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3M gets $16.5 million in new building permits for plant expansion in Clinton

A tractor-trailer pulls out of the sprawling 3M Company plant complex in the Eagle Bend Industrial Park in Clinton. The plant, which opened in 2015 on the former site of a Food Lion distribution center, will undergo a major expansion this year. - G. Chambers Williams III

Clinton’s 3M Company filtration-products plant in the Eagle Bend Industrial Park will spend $16.5 million on expansion projects this year that should lead to new jobs, according to economic development officials and building permits issued by the city of Clinton. The sprawling 772,000-square-foot plant, which 3M purchased on a 160-acre site in the industrial park in December 2014, already had about 125 employees as of October. But no information is available yet on how many new jobs might be created by the coming expansion, said Andy Wallace, president of the Anderson County Economic Development Association. “They are in the middle of an expansion,” Wallace said. “We are working with them to help out with some state and local [financial] incentives. They are going to be making an announcement about it when they get their incentives from the state.” According to public records with the city of Clinton, 3M obtained a building permit on March 13 for $4.5 million for what was described as a “3M Mill Project” by The Christman Company for an “industrial interior renovation.”

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His service still lives in his dreams

Ray Duncan at his home in the Blowing Springs community.

Last week (June 25) marked the 70th anniversary of the start of the Korean War, and Ray Duncan still vividly recalls his experiences during that conflict. “I think about it all the time,” said Ray, 88, who with his wife, Ola, lives in the Blowing Springs community. “I have dreams about it. I was at the front in 1953 and experienced plenty of hard fighting. I can remember it all and consider myself to be lucky to have survived it and still be alive today to talk about it. I am thankful to the good Lord for protecting me.” Drafted into the U.S. Army in 1952 when he was working at a warehouse in Toledo, Ohio, Ray served his basic training in California before being shipped to Korea in early 1953. The war had been fought for more than two-and-a-half years at that point and Ray’s unit would be sent into an area where fighting was heavy.

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Agency denies bid to stop rail line’s demise

An historic railroad line along the New River in Anderson, Campbell and Scott counties now has been cleared for permanent abandonment as a result of a ruling last Friday (June 26) by the U.S. Surface Transportation Board. The board rejected a June 23 bid from an Oklahoma-based railroad company to buy the 42-mile rail line that runs from Oneida in Scott County to Devonia in remote Anderson County. No trains have run on the line – the former Tennessee Railroad – since a deep coal mine stopped production in the Fork Mountain area near Devonia in early 2013. Pending the outcome of an appeal, which was filed Monday afternoon, the STB’s Friday ruling would immediately allow the line’s current owner, the R.J. Corman Railroad Co., to abandon the route and begin pulling up track and other components of the line. In its decision, the STB said that the proposed buyer of the line, the Arkansas-Oklahoma Railroad Co., had not “sufficiently demonstrated ‘a continued need for rail service’ on the line,’” adding that the line had “no active shippers.”

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Buddy’s on track for November opening

Buddy’s bar-b-q in Clinton plans to be open by mid-November, the company’s chief executive said this week as construction of the building nears completion. “We’re looking at an early- to mid-November opening,” said Mark Lemoncelli, CEO of the Knoxville-based chain. “It’s hard to say until we get the building, so I’m guessing on that. Our goal is to be open for the holidays, no later than the 15th.” And as work continues on the structure, its owners are still looking for tenants to take three other retail spaces available in what is called Retail Building I of the 23-acre Glen Alpine Mixed-Use Retail Development, at 2200-2206 N. Charles G. Seivers Blvd. It’s next door to where a Shell gas station/convenience store and Baskin-Robbins ice cream store once stood, and where a second retail building is planned next.

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