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There’s rising water (rates) in Norris

Norris City Manager Scott Hackler explains to the City Council on Monday night the budget items that the Norris Water Commission needs to increase for the rest of the current fiscal year, which will force an increase in water rates. - G. Chambers Williams III

Norris water customers most likely will see their monthly bills increase about 22-percent soon as the city deals with a financial shortfall of about $95,000 in the current fiscal year, according to information given to the City Council on Monday night. That would raise the typical monthly water bill of nearly $20 to just over $24, according to city estimates. City Manager Scott Hackler showed council members a chart outlining the Water Commission’s needs for additional revenue, which include $56,331 for an additional full-time staff member, $20,000 for a contingency fund, $11,000 for part-time workers and $8,000 for handling of chemical hazards in the water plant. These proposed expenditures were determined during the first of three workshops the Water Commission planned to deal with financial issues. In the next workshop, set for Nov. 4, the commission is expected to create a proposed ordinance to present to the council to raise the water rates, City Manager Scott Hackler said.

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Not your ordinary retriever

Anderson County mascot Ella

Anderson County football has a new mascot who is gaining notoriety quickly. Ella is a four-year-old chocolate labrador retriever that has been running onto the field at Maverick Stadium during the past two weeks to grab the kicking tee after AC kickoffs. Anderson County Principal Ben Downs said Ella is gaining a following far beyond Maverick football season. “Through today there have been almost 250,000 views on Facebook,” Downs said Friday after the Mavericks won their sixth game of the year in seven tries with a 42-14 home win over East Ridge. Ella is owned by Lance Freeman of Andersonville, who bought the puppy four years ago as a birthday gift to his daughter Ansley, who is now nine years old and a fourth grader at Andersonville Elementary School.

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TVA issues water traffic caution for Norris Lake

The Tennessee Valley Authority has issued a water traffic caution during transmission line work on the Norris-McCreary fiber line at multiple locations crossing Norris Lake. Crews will be working on the transmission line beginning 7 a.m. each day on Wednesday, Oct. 16, through Sunday, Oct. 20. Water crossings include the area near and upstream of Twin Cove Marina. Crews will be working crossings in inlets near the state boat ramp just north of Norris Dam State Park and near Mountain Lake Marina. Watercraft operators should avoid the area or take extra precautions. Safety boats will be in place. Everyone in the area should heed warnings of the safety patrol boats and personnel that will be on patrol in the area. Marine channels 13, 16 and 81 will be monitored by the safety boats.

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City announces leaf collection schedule

The City of Clinton Public Works Department is announcing the 2019 Leaf Collection Schedule. The city is zoned into four service areas, with each area receiving three leaf collections. The collection dates are approximately one month apart. In order for collections to be made, leaves must be at the curbside before the scheduled Monday collection date. Leaves should normally be collected within four days of the date shown. In past years there have been problems with leaves being placed in the street, on sidewalks, and in drainage ditches. Leaves should be piled near the curb or ditch line, on your property, and no closer. When leaves are placed in the street and in ditches, rain carries them into our storm water drains and catch basins, adding to drainage and flooding problems. Leaves placed in the street obstruct traffic, and leaves placed on sidewalks create a hazard for pedestrians. Leaves may be bagged and left at the curbside for collection on the scheduled days. It is a violation of Clinton City Ordinances 16-106 and 16-107 to place leaves in the street or in drainage curb/gutters and ditches. The Codes Enforcement Department has been asked to help enforce these ordinances. If leaves are left in violation of the ordinances, they will not be collected until a correction is made through Codes Enforcement. Cooperation with this ongoing problem is needed and will be greatly appreciated. Also, please do not combine brush with leaves, as equipment will not be able to collect them from the same pile. If you desire to have leaves removed on dates other than what is shown on the schedule, you should bag them and place them at the curbside with your household garbage for Waste Connections to collect. Waste Connections will collect a total of the equivalent of four, 32-gallon, containers from each household, whether leaves, household trash, or a combination.

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