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Making a splash

TDEC’s Anne Marshall holds “The Big Check” during last weeks presentation of a $500,000 grant to the City of Clinton. - Ken Leinart

Anne Marshall, special projects coordinator with Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, has worked with the city of Clinton for so long … Well, it’s been a while. Marshall pointed that out last Wednesday during a ceremony for TDEC’s $500,000 grant to the city of Clinton for the revitalization of the Jaycee Park Pool. Marshall said the project “is one of those projects that stand out. It will be a model for the state’s recreation plan.” The revitalization will include a pool and splash pad, along with four pavilions. Clinton City Manager Roger Houck and Clinton Parks and Recreation Director Jason Brown both noted that adding a splash pad to the facility was important. “You look at the response to the splash pad at Lakefront. … It’s extremely popular,” Brown said.

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So glad you came back

Joey Smith (far left in back of carriage) gives a guided tour of Clinton’s historic residential area along Eagle Bend. The carriage rides were added by Historic Downtown Clinton to enhance the return of the Fall Antique Festival, which resumed after being shut down last year due to the pandemic. - Katherine Birkbeck

Sponsors of last weekend’s Clinch River Fall Antique Festival said Monday that the two-day event was a great success, and that crowds who turned out were as large or perhaps even larger than those the downtown area had seen in pre-pandemic festivals. “It was great to have the festival return after a year off, and adding a full second day contributed to its success,” said Anderson County Chamber of Commerce Executive Vice President Janet Hawkins. “Each year we try to expand or add something new. This year we added the horse-drawn carriage rides down the historic Eagle Bend residential area,” she said. “We heard multiple comments that this year’s was the best festival ever. Many thanks to our sponsors and volunteers.” Others agreed.

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Friday night incident still under investigation, but no taser was involved

Social media posts are painting an alarming picture about an alleged incident following the Clinton High School football game Friday night. There’s the truth, and there’s the social media truth, and in this case those two truths do not match. The biggest social media “truth” involves the use of a taser by an Anderson County Sheriff’s deputy on a student-athlete. The real truth is that nothing like that happened. Monday morning, the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office opened an investigation into “an alleged incident reported Friday night immediately after Clinton High School’s football game, involving a juvenile student-athlete.

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Help your community — sponsor the Blaze

The Clinton Blaze athletic program is providing sponsorship opportunities during the 2021-22 school year. Potential donors looking to sponsor the Blaze and Lady Blaze and provide scholarships, pregame meals or other necessities for the program can contact Clinton City Schools Athletic Director E.T. Stamey at Stamey noted that the Blaze are also putting up sponsorship banners at Arowood Arena. Cross country: The Blaze cross-country teams are now doing pre-practice warm-ups on Clinton High School’s new turf football field. Cheerleading: The Clinton Blaze will have a cheerleading squad for the first time during the 2021-22 school year, and Coach Kaylee Houck announced the members of the inaugural squad recently.

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Regular season winds down for volleyball  Read More

Jill Holland Ryan quits seat on Norris Council  Read More

Citizen comments sought for regional transportation plan  Read More


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Immigration desperation does not make it right  Read More

In other words  Read More


Little body, big heart and desire  Read More

Mavs swarm Hornets 48-14  Read More

Third-quarter outburst seals fate for Dragons in low-scoring affair  Read More

Cheerleaders get up in the air  Read More

Clinton runs at Loudon County meet  Read More

Season coming to an end for Lady Dragons  Read More

After a trip to Bristol, CHS band can be called ‘grand champions’  Read More


4-H’s fall paper clover sale begins  Read More

Help your community — sponsor the Blaze  Read More

Casting for Recovery holding fundraiser  Read More

Black Oak Baptist Trunk or Treat is Oct. 23  Read More

Veterans breakfast will be held Oct. 9  Read More

Museum of Appalachia celebrates start of fall with heritage festival  Read More

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Scenes from: 2021 Victor Ashe Park Cross Country Classic  View

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