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Alfred Williams, member of ‘Clinton 12,’ dies at 83


Alfred Williams said he was “no hero.” Williams, one of the “Clinton 12,” died last Thursday, March 14, 2019, at The Waters Nursing and Rehabilitation Facility in Clinton. Services for Williams will be held Saturday, March 23, 2019, at Mt. Sinai Baptist Church in Clinton, with the family reieived friends from noon – 1 p.m. A funeral service will follow. In 1956 Williams and 11 other African-American students were the first to attend an all-white public school in the south. Williams’ story of his year at Clinton High School is both tragic and inspiring. In an interview with The Courier News in 2006 Williams spoke of his time at Clinton High School: The abuse from white students who shoved him against lockers, threw things at his head, and called him “N*****.” He said that the kindness of teachers saw him through most of that year. Born in Anniston, Ala., he and his brother, Maurice, went to live with relatives in Oak Ridge following his mother’s death. He said education was a mainstay in his family.

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People and Places of Anderson County

Freddy Fagan - Joe Bonomo

Freddy Fagan is a fixture of the Clinton community. Found often at some of town’s best eateries around lunchtime, he’s known to most everyone who hangs out in downtown Clinton. Freddy enjoyed every second of getting his picture taken when we came by a few weeks ago. Everyone has a story, and this series offer a small glimpse into the lives of others. LaFollette resident Joe Bonomo is a prolific, successful artist, and is passionate about portraiture. He spent many hours in Anderson County recently photographing people in town and learning a little about them, and then going back home and creating their portraits. To find out more about Bonomo’s art, visit, on Facebook at, and on Instagram at @bonomoart. This series, however, is only available in The Courier News.

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Commissioners speak out on delinquent tax attorney selection

Anderson County Trustee Regina Copeland reported her choice for delinquent tax attorney to the Anderson County Commission Monday night. That was the simple part. Copeland told the body that after researching her options, after multiple consultations with other counties, the County Technical Advisory Service (CTAS), auditors, and many others she will be keeping the same delinquent tax attorney for at least one more year — Doyle “Trippy” Teno. Copeland said she needed to have the tax attorney in place by April 1. “I’m not making any changes in the position that is there,” she said. The Anderson County Delinquent Tax Attorney will begin working on 2017 delinquent taxes and will be in place for one year. The Anderson County Delinquent Tax Attorney is appointed by the Anderson County Trustee and approved (or not approved) by the County Mayor. However, some commissioners questioned the appointment. In the end, however, it was “much ado about nothing.” District One Commissioner Chuck Fritts said the decision to retain Teno, “Cost the county tax payers a lot of money. We’re looking at a 30-plus cents tax increase on our citizens. We don’t need to pay an outside attorney a whopping salary by not using (Anderson County Attorney) Jay Yeager,” he said.

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Lady Mavs Enter Spring Break 3-0

The Anderson County Softball Lady Mavericks (3-0, 2-0) have opened up their 2019 campaign undefeated—defeating Oak Ridge, Central, and Catholic. Those engaged with the TSSAA Softball community know that Halls, Powell, and Anderson County are the District 3-AAA powerhouses. Coming into 2019 with expectations to win, the Lady Mavs have kicked off this season in winning fashion. Last Monday, Anderson County faced two District 3-AAA opponents, Oak Ridge and Central, before their out-of-district game against Catholic. For the Lady Mavs and senior pitcher Hannah Bruce, the opening day contest against Oak Ridge would be the perfect way to start the season. Anderson County demolished their cross-county rivals 15-0, and run-ruled the Lady ‘Cats in 2-1/2 innings.

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