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Big steel arrives in the city

Northbound Clinch Avenue traffic waits as a tractor-trailer rig brings a 100-foot steel bridge beam to the site of construction of the new bridge over the Clinch River next to the current Lewallen Bridge in South Clinton last week. - G. Chambers Williams III

Steel girder beams – some of them 100 feet long – began arriving last week for the new Clinch Avenue bridge over the Clinch River, creating just a few minor traffic backups when the special trailers pulled onto the site. Motorists passing at the right times could watch as a giant crane lifted each of the heavy beams off their trailers, one girder per trailer, and stacked them up at the south approach to the new bridge. The beams were to be set one by one onto barges in the river below before being lifted into place between the six concrete bridge piers and two abutments. They will be the supports for the bridge deck once they are all in place and fastened down.

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Because sometimes babies won’t wait

Anderson County Sheriff’s Department Assistant Chief Deputy Robert Sexton, left, and Deputy Kory Blevins recently provided assistance in the immediate aftermath of a baby’s birth near Ciderville. - Fred Strohl

Police officers perform all types of duties during their daily routines, but you don’t hear often about them assisting in the aftermath of the birth of a baby. That was the case recently when two Anderson County Sheriff’s Department deputies did just that along Clinton Highway near Ciderville Music. Deputy Kory Blevins and Assistant Chief Deputy Robert Sexton responded to a 911 call from a woman whose pregnant daughter was riding with her in the vehicle as they were racing toward South Knoxville and the University of Tennessee Medical Center around 8:30 a.m. The baby, a girl, decided she was not going to wait any longer as the mother gave birth in the car. Blevins was dispatched to the scene, and Sexton was sent as a backup officer. “I was working at Claxton Elementary School when I received the dispatch,” Blevins said. “I got to the scene in about 30 seconds and the baby had been born. I immediately tied off the umbilical cord and got some blankets to keep the baby warm. I also got the car warmed up because the doors were open when I arrived.”

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County working on way to find relief for Rocky Top

It’s been called an economically depressed area and — recently — a “food desert.” But it also is home to about 1,800 Anderson Countians, plus another 1,000 or so who live in the immediate surrounding area. It’s Rocky Top, Tennessee, and as Anderson County Operations Committee Chairman Tim Isbel said, “It’s hurting.” It’s been about two years since the only supermarket in Rocky Top — Shoprite — closed. Despite numerous inquiries about the site, no other supermarket — chain or independent — has opted to locate there. The numbers don’t seem to back it up, Operations Committee members were told Monday night. But the Operations Committee took a step to try to help Monday night — passing a resolution to forward to the full Anderson County Commission for next Tuesday’s meeting — that would lower Tax Increment Financing (TIF) requirements for three areas in the county. If passed — and there is still some tweaking to be done to the resolution — it could make locating new businesses in Rocky Top, Norris, and Oliver Springs very palatable. The resolution would drop the minimum requirement of a $3 million development to $500,000 in those areas.

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Save-A-Lot closing

Clinton’s Save a Lot grocery store is about to close its doors, according to reports from several store employees and customers, although company officials so far have refused to confirm the reports or return phone calls or emails from The Courier News. Shelves at the store, at 512 Clinch Ave. in South Clinton, held less Tuesday, and staff at the checkouts were telling customers the store was closing. No one would say when the final day would be, but it was clear shelves were not being restocked. In a telephone call to the store last week, a store manager who identified himself only as “Charles” said in response to a question about whether the store was closing: “I can neither confirm nor deny that.” He referred the newspaper to the parent company of the store, Houchens Industries, Inc., of Bowling Green, Kentucky. Two calls to the Houchens media relations contact, Kyle Wilson, were not returned.

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