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Rocky Top council OKs rezoning to allow RV park


Former Rocky Top Fire Chief Ronnie Spitzer.

The Rocky Top City Council last Thursday night approved rezoning a tract along Tennessee Highway 116 just west of downtown to allow development of a recreational-vehicle park. Following a public hearing, the council voted unanimously to pass on second and final reading an ordinance to rezone the parcel, adjacent to Sharp Drive, to give the RV park direct access to Highway 116. The zoning was changed to C-2 (Tourist Commercial District) from R-1 (Low Density Residential District). That change follows a rezoning ordinance the council approved in August on an adjacent lot on Sharp Drive from R-2 (High Density Planned Residential Development District) to C-2 as part of the property for the planned RV park.

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Fisher wins Johnson University Invitational


Anderson County High School sophomore Kaitlyn Fisher shows off her medal after taking first place at the Johnson University Invitational in Knoxville on Saturday.

Anderson County High School sophomore Kaitlyn Fisher took first place at the Johnson University Invitational track event in Knoxville on Saturday. She had the top time at 20:40.00. Teammate junior Megan Haire narrowly missed on a Top 10 finish, claiming 11th place with a time of 23:29.00. “Kaitlyn has really embraced training since track season last spring,” said Derek Wallace, head coach for Anderson County. “She had a great preseason this summer running a lot with Connor Chandler, and is starting to see the rewards. She’s really pulling Megan Haire and Haley Braden along, too, this season. They are both having strong seasons. Macy and Marley Caldwell and Victoria Lasiter round out our varsity right now. They are all working hard to peak at the end of the season,” Wallace said. “Overall, it was a very solid race for many of our runners on a very difficult course,” said Clinton Coach Tim Kumes. “Finishing times at Johnson University races are typically 1:30-2 minutes higher than most races due to the elevation and the difficulty of the course,” he said. “Jade Guadarrama is really showcasing the fact that she’s a dual-sport athlete participating for both Lady Dragon soccer and the Dragon cross-country team,” he said.

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City school system achieves rare air

You get used to good news and high marks from the Clinton City School System. Being ranked as one of the Top 20 school districts in the state annually will have that effect. The last TNReady assessment, however, has changed that. Clinton City Schools are no longer just a Top 20 system. They are now also a Top 10 system. And last year was a year like no other. A global pandemic hit, educators were forced to think outside the box to find the best way to utilize and to accommodate virtual classes, and everything they knew about running a school system was placed in a box, shaken up, and dumped on the floor like puzzle pieces. And in the midst of this there were concerns shouted from on high about “learning loss.” The results from the TNReady assessment, however, show Clinton City School System flourished under the most-trying of circumstances.

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AACC now accepting new artists

The Appalachian Arts Craft Center is accepting applications for artists interested in selling their handmade arts and crafts at the center. Interested artists should submit their completed application, three samples of their work, and a nonrefundable $25 jurying fee by 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 29, for the judging process. Visit appalachianarts.net or the arts center for an application.

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News

Rep. Dennis Powers named to regional leadership team for ‘Yes on 1’ Committee  Read More

Motorists still waiting for traffic to be moved to new Lewallen Bridge  Read More

Rocky Top council OKs rezoning to allow RV park  Read More

Opinion

The divine love of Christ  Read More

State announces ‘Rate the Plates’  Read More

Focus on what you do  Read More

Asking for prayers and support for a member of the LCMS family  Read More

Sports

Lady Dragons bounce back against Powell after sweep by ACHS  Read More

Fisher wins Johnson University Invitational  Read More

Lake City continues streak against Norris in volleyball  Read More

NAGAF Football will mark 50th year Oct. 2  Read More

McCraffrey breaks free against Jefferson  Read More

LCMS holds first baseball tryouts  Read More

Mavs take control of Region 2-4A  Read More

Dragons stand tall against third-ranked Powell  Read More

Is it Week 6 already?  Read More

Clinton Middle softball wraps ups season, honors departing eighth-graders  Read More

Road Warriors  Read More

Community

St. Mark UMC annual Fun Fest is this weekend  Read More

St. Therese Catholic Church will hold rummage sale Oct. 1-2  Read More

School

CHS will host band competition Saturday  Read More

Homecoming time is here  Read More

City school system achieves rare air  Read More

It was a Blaze-ing good day for breakfast  Read More

Business

AACC now accepting new artists  Read More

Clinton farmers market closes early for season  Read More

First convenience store opens in Norris  Read More

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