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Chilly, wet weather doesn’t dampen festival


Members of the American Legion Post 172 of Clinton serve up popcorn and snacks during last Saturday’s Clinch River Spring Antique Fair in downtown Clinton. - G. Chambers Williams III

Cool and rainy weather put a bit of a damper on last weekend’s Clinch River Spring Antique Fair in Historic Downtown Clinton, but the event went on as planned. Saturday’s weather was much better than Friday’s, since the rain mostly was limited to brief light showers on Saturday, with slightly higher temperatures. There still were plenty of visitors, and the rain might actually have helped the established downtown merchants by driving some customers inside their stores and away from the street vendors.

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Briceville VFD breaking ground Thursday


Materials for construction of the steel building for the new Briceville Volunteer Fire Department station await the start of the project along Tennessee Route 116 just south of Briceville. - G. Chambers Williams III

A groundbreaking ceremony for the new Briceville Volunteer Fire Department headquarters and station will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday (May 12), Fire Chief Jamie Brewster has announced. Materials for the steel building were recently delivered to the site just south of Briceville along Tennessee Route 116, but in the style of Swedish retailer IKEA, some assembly is required. “We’re excited and very thankful we’re finally to the point we can begin construction,” Brewster said in an announcement of the formal groundbreaking. Tennessee Lt. Gov. Randy McNally and state Rep. John Ragan are expected to attend the ceremony, along with Anderson County and local officials. The ceremony is open to the public, as well, the announcement noted. The new building will replace a smaller one just east of the main Briceville intersection on Highway 116 that has served the department for more than 42 years.

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Bowling wins big in primary

The May 3 Primary is over. Two Republican incumbent judges lost their chances to run in the General Election in August, while county officeholders facing a challenge all won. No Democrats were on a Primary Election ballot. “It was kinda crazy,” Victoria Bowling said after defeating Judge Don Layton in the Republican Primary. “I was a little disappointed in the turnout,” she said. “You can have a lot of people telling you they support you, but they have to get out and vote.” There were 6,698 ballots cast in the May 3 primary. There are 47,348 registered voters in Anderson County.

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Engineers: Norris sewer upgrades to cost $5.5 million or more

Norris will have to spend about $5.5 million – or even more – to fix problems with stormwater runoff overwhelming the city’s sanitary sewer system during heavy rains, the City Council was told Monday night. Engineers with Cannon & Cannon Consulting Engineers of Knoxville outlined to the council members a plan to make the repairs required by the state of Tennessee, with an estimated completion date of late 2028. The price tag for the bulk of the work was estimated to be $5.488 million, with a potential bill as high as $6.6 million, the engineers said. There’s also the possibility the city would have to install a 750,000-gallon holding tank for stormwater runoff, at a price of more than $2.1 million. Money to pay for the upgrades will come from a “combination of grants, debt and increased sewer rates” to customers, Mayor Chris Mitchell said after the meeting.

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News

Bowling wins big in primary  Read More

Briceville VFD breaking ground Thursday  Read More

Engineers: Norris sewer upgrades to cost $5.5 million or more  Read More

Tourism, Chamber of Commerce, look at joint venture near downtown  Read More

Opinion

Capture the rain  Read More

From Cold War to Cold War  Read More

To protect patients, first we must protect patents  Read More

Sports

Mavs advance in district tourney  Read More

Three-run seventh lifts Lady Mavs  Read More

ACHS track and field competes at Maryville High  Read More

Former Mav golfer one of two from county lifting RSCC team  Read More

Community

Chilly, wet weather doesn’t dampen festival  Read More

Dove, Grammy award winner to be in Oliver Springs Sunday  Read More

Veterans breafast is this weekend  Read More

EVC’s 2022 Compassion Fundraiser was held April 7  Read More

Community Day at Little Ponderosa Zoo and Rescue  Read More

ORNL releases summer concert series  Read More

School

Briceville Hornets  Read More

2022 graduation times announced  Read More

Business

Farmers markets report successful season opening  Read More

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