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The Garden draws big first-day crowd on Market Street

Taylor Martin, second from right, and employee Heydon Bouldin wait on customers at The Garden during its opening night on Friday, May 7, in downtown Clinton. - G. Chambers Williams III

Even before the 3:30 p.m. ribbon cutting to mark the official opening, The Garden on Market – a new pop-up downtown Clinton restaurant and bar – began drawing customers last Friday afternoon. “It was a great success,” said Taylor Martin, owner and creator of the business, which for now operates only on Friday evenings in conjunction with the nearby Clinton FARM Market. The Garden’s hours for now are 4 to 10 p.m., and it will continue to be open during those hours and on Fridays only for the foreseeable future, Martin said. It’s located inside the Spindle Tree photo studio and event space at 303 Market St., in the former location of a short-lived Cajun restaurant that went out of business about three years ago.

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Norris council approves rezoning next to museum

This image from the Anderson County property map shows the two parcels — Tracts 13 and 132 — that were rezoned for commercial use Monday night by the Norris City Council. They would provide 17.5 acres for a planned RV park adjacent to the Museum of Appalachia.

Despite objections from three nearby residents and a member of the Norris Planning Commission, the Norris City Council quickly and unanimously voted Monday night to change the zoning of property next to the Museum of Appalachia to commercial use. Although Mayor Chris Mitchell and others on the council made it clear that they were voting on the rezoning, and not any specific plans for the property, some heated discussion in a public hearing before the meeting made it clear that the ultimate goal is to accommodate the museum founding family’s goal of setting up a campground and park for recreational vehicles. It would be the first overnight accommodations facility near the museum, which sits along Andersonville Highway in the Bethel community on land that was annexed by Norris about 10 years ago. The rezoning, approved on second and final reading, changes the property from the current S-2 (Scenic Highway District) to general commercial (C-2). The rezoning covers the address 2819 Andersonville Highway, which includes two tracts comprising about 17.5 acres adjacent to the museum. The land is owned by the family that created the Museum of Appalachia in 1969, and still controls it. John Rice Irwin is the family patriarch, and his daughter Elaine Irwin Meyer is president of the museum.

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U.S. board rejects deal to preserve rail line

The U.S. Surface Transportation Board has paved the way for the owner of an historic railroad line from Oneida to Devonia in Scott, Campbell and remote Anderson County to pull up the tracks and close the line permanently. In a 4-1 decision last week, the STB denied an appeal by an Arkansas railroad company to allow it to buy the nearly 42-mile line from Kentucky-based R.J. Corman Railroad using a process through the STB that would have forced the sale. Last September, the STB – in a 2-1 vote – denied a request by Arkansas-Oklahoma Railroad Co. to buy the line and rehabilitate it for proposed new freight customers. The line has been dormant since 2013, when the last customer – a coal-mining operation in the Devonia area – shut down. In January, Arkansas-Oklahoma Railroad attempted to reach an agreement with R.J. Corman to purchase the line outside the STB’s Offer of Financial Assistance program, through mediation that had been ordered by the STB. The mediators said that despite two meetings with R.J. Corman Railroad and Arkansas-Oklahoma Railroad, on Jan. 21 and 22, “the parties ultimately were not able to reach a settlement,” and “the mediation has ended.”

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Lady Mavs run over Campbell, advance in district tourney

Anderson County entered the district softball tournament strong on Wednesday, May 5, beating Campbell County 15-0 over four innings to move on to the next round. Makayla Simmons pitched a perfect game for the Lady Mavs, finishing with six first- pitch strikes and nine strikeouts, as well as a WHIP (Walks plus hits per inning pitching) of 0.00. At bat, Abbie Buswell led the Lady Mavs with three hits and three RBI, followed by Lea Elkins with a single hit and three RBI and MaKenzie Henderson with two hits and three RBI. Hannah Hooks and Kaitlyn McKamey also managed to get one base with a single walk each. In the next round of the tournament, the Lady Mavs dropped to Karns 11-7 after nine hits and seven errors. Reece Simpson, after a stretch of sickness that took kept her from pitching against Campbell County earlier in the week, returned to the mound for the Mavericks, pitching five innings to finish with 13 first-pitch strikes and two strikeouts. Simpson finished with a WHIP of 1.80.

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