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Voting at a record pace

Voterslineupoutsidetheearlyvotingpollsiteforthe Nov. 3 General Election in the Anderson Crossing Shopping Center on Andersonville Highway just a few minutesbeforeitopenedonthefirstdayofearlyvoting, Oct. 14. - G. Chambers Williams III

Anderson County is on “a record pace” right now in early voting, with a total of 11,298 having already voted as of Tuesday morning – 22-percent of all registered voters in the county, Elections Administrator Mark Stephens reported. Early voting had been underway only five days by the end of voting on Monday, but already more than a third of voters expected to turn out for the Nov. 3 presidential election had voted, the numbers showed, compared with the vote total for the 2016 presidential election in Anderson County. In that election, 30,502 total votes were cast, with then-candidate Donald J. Trump outpolling Hillary Clinton by a 64-percent to 30-percent margin. “We’re on a record pace right now,” Stephens said. “With 22-percent of registered voters already voting, that’s a pretty strong number.” That includes 2,012 absentee ballots that have already been received, according to the county’s election website, Stephens said voters have not had to deal with long waits to vote at any of the three polling locations.

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County homeless task force set in motion

Anderson County Commissioners Tim Isbel (standing, left) and Shain Vowell discuss the county’s homeless problem at the Rocky Top City Council meeting on Thursday, Oct. 15. Seated (center) is Councilman Tony Delaney, while City Manager Michael Foster is seated on the right. - G. Chambers Williams III

Anderson County is moving to create a special task force to deal with the issue of homeless people on the streets, particularly in Rocky Top, Clinton and Oak Ridge. The County Commission heard ideas on formation of the task force Monday night after the commission’s Operations Committee, which includes eight of the 16 county commissioners, voted unanimously on Oct. 12 to bring the measure before the full commission. County Mayor Terry Frank, who was at the Operations Committee meeting, said Monday that the task force is a good idea to address the homeless problem. “There was a lot of good discussion,” Frank said. “We know in Appalachia that opiate and meth addiction and homelessness are often tied together. I know there have been some issues where we have been able to bring people together with smaller groups of people representing different interests, more like a working group.

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Local authorities join new appeal to preserve New River railroad line

Local proponents of efforts to save an historic rail line running through Anderson, Campbell and Scott counties have filed a new appeal with the U.S. Surface Transportation Board to try to overturn the board’s Sept. 25 decision that would allow for immediate removal of the tracks and a permanent closing of the line. The North East Tennessee Railroad Authority, whose chair is Anderson County Mayor Terry Frank, joined the Oklahoma-based Arkansas-Oklahoma Railroad Co. – or AOK -- in seeking a re-hearing in the case, in which the board denied an earlier appeal that could have saved the line. Frank has been leading efforts to save the 42-mile railroad line that runs from Oneida, in Scott County, to Devonia, in remote southwestern Anderson County, since well before Kentucky-based R.J. Corman Railroad Co., owner of the line, filed a notice of planned abandonment with the STB in March. The latest appeal, filed Oct. 13, seeks to overturn the board’s ruling, by a 2-1 vote on Sept. 25, and is based on some new evidence and arguments intended to bolster the case for saving the line, Frank said Monday.

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MEDIC lists urgent needs from donors

All MEDIC Regional Blood Center Donor Centers and Community Drives are in need of O Positive, B Negative, and Platelets. Locations are: Downtown Knoxville – 1601 Ailor Avenue Farragut – 11000 Kingston Pike Athens – 213 E. Washington Avenue, Suite 104 Crossville – 79 S. Main Street Location Hours, directions and Mobile Blood Drive List: MEDIC is requiring all donors to wear a mask or face covering. If a donor does not have a mask or face covering, MEDIC will provide one. Appointments can be made online at using the donate link. Appointments can also be made by calling 865-524-3074. MEDIC Regional Blood Center has seen an increase in demand for blood products and is currently experiencing a critical need. America’s Blood Centers, AABB and American Red Cross have released a joint statement on the nation’s current blood supply. This shortage is national and not just local to MEDIC. As a reminder, the blood on the shelves now is what would be used in a trauma event, and it takes three days for donated blood to be processed and ready for distribution.

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