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Clinton firefighter Dustin Wenz looks over the Safe Haven Baby Box recently installed at Station 2 in South Clinton. - G. Chambers Williams III

Clinton’s first “Safe Haven Baby Box” will be dedicated and put into operation during a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 2 p.m. today (Wednesday, April 17) at Fire Station No. 2 in South Clinton. The $12,000 cost of the box plus its installation have been paid by Isaiah House, an organization that looks after displaced children. “Our intention is to have one of these baby boxes placed near every one of our Isaiah House locations,” said Andrea Townsend, program coordinator for the location in Anderson County. “We have 22 locations in 12 states.” As for the baby box at Station 2, “We sponsored it and brought it to Clinton,” Townsend said. “We’ve been working on this for about two-and-a-half years, and we had to wait for the new bay to be built in the fire station. “We are extremely excited that the city of Clinton will be the new home of a Safe Haven Baby Box,” Townsend said. “The [box] will allow hope and a new beginning for a child in need, while providing grace for the surrendering parents. “Being a voice to the fatherless and advocating for the children in our community is what we are all called to do,” she said. She added that “additional recognition goes to Hicks Construction for [its] installation of the Safe Haven Baby Box, and the city of Clinton, along with the Clinton Fire Department, for their partnership with this project.”

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Former tourism office site will get Take 5 oil-change business

This site of the former home of the Anderson County Tourism Council will soon hold a Take 5 10-minute oil-change shop. The log cabin has been sold and will be moved from the site. - G. Chambers Williams III

The log cabin near Interstate 75 Exit 122 in Clinton that previously served as the home of Anderson County’s Tourism Council will soon be dismantled and carted away to make room for a Take 5 oil-change business. Signs recently posted at the front of the lot along North Charles G. Seivers Boulevard, next to the Golden Girls Restaurant indicate the new business is coming. The owner of the property, John Davenport, said the oil-change location should open next March. “The cabin has been sold and we’re trying to get that moved,” said Davenport, who is a Jellico-based developer who bought the property from Anderson County last July for $706,750, according to county property records. The official address of the nearly half-acre lot is 115 Welcome Lane. “I will be developing the site for them,” Davenport said of Take 5, a regional chain of oil-change and car-wash locations based in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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Anderson County jail officer arrested on multiple charges

An Anderson County Sheriff’s Department corrections officer has been arrested and jailed in connection with allegations of sexual misconduct with a minor female inmate and introduction of contraband into the jail. David Antonio Berruquin, 28, was working in the Anderson County jail when a female prisoner at the facility complained to another sheriff’s office employee that Berruquin had sexually assaulted her in her cell. On April 12, he was arrested and charged with the crimes of introduction of contraband into a penal facility, as well as sexual exploitation of a minor, according to a report from District Attorney General Dave Clark. “Her complaint was passed along to Anderson County Sheriff Russell Barker, who contacted the district attorney general,” the report said. “The sheriff and [Clark] made the decision … to ask the Tennessee Bureau of Investigaton to look into the allegations … which ultimately led to Berruquin’s arrest,” it said.

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Claxton plane crash claims life

James Scarlett, a business owner enroute from Florida to his home in Grand Rapids, Michigan, died last Friday afternoon when his small plane crashed into the woods near Claxton, according to multiple reports. Scarlett, who would have turned 46 on April 22, was the only person on board the single-engine, six-passenger Piper Saratoga aircraft when it apparently experienced an issue in flight and dropped into the woods in the Tillery Road/Gadsontown Lane area of Anderson County around 4:43 p.m. Residents in the area reported hearing a low-flying aircraft and the sound of a crash, and it took only a short time for the crash site to be located. No people on the ground were hurt by the crash in the wooded area, and no structures were damaged. The aircraft was found and emergency services workers located Scarlett’s body in the woods near 429 Gadsontown Lane. Contrary to early reports that two people were on board the aircraft, Scarlett was the only occupant, said Brice Kidwell, director of the Anderson County Emergency Management Agency. Scarlett, whose company, Scarlett, Inc., makes woodworking machinery, was on his way home from the annual Wood Industry Conference in Florida at the time of the crash. He had made a refueling stop at Knoxville’s McGhee Tyson Airport shortly before the crash. He leaves a wife, Amanda, and two sons, Tucker and Quinlan.  The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the accident.

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