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The ‘secret’ is out, Advance Auto moving to Seivers Blvd.

Workers from ECB Masonry of Knoxville work on installing the exterior walls of the new Advance Auto Parts store under construction on South Charles G. Seivers Boulevard. The workers are, from left, James Joshua Betz and Charles Ryan. - G. Chambers Williams

The not-so-well-kept secret is finally out: The Advance Auto Parts store on Clinch Avenue in Clinton will be moving to its new location on South Charles G. Seivers Boulevard in early December. Store Manager Ben Brown confirmed the plans this week, saying the new Advance Auto building will be between the nearly constructed Fast Pace Urgent Care clinic just to the west and a new Dollar General store still to be built just to the east, on the south side of the road. Then, over the weekend a sign was erected in front of the building announcing that the new store was “Coming Soon.” “We’re planning to open in the first week of December, and our new store will carry about half again as many parts as we have in the current location,” said Brown, who has worked at the store for the past eight years. The store will add five employees to its current staff of 15 when the new location opens, and the behind-the-counter parts storage area will be larger, Brown said. While floor space will be about the same as before, the open shopping area for customers will be smaller than it is now to accommodate the additional parts inventory, he added.

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CHS Class of ’50 cleans up its memories

Clinton High School Class of 1950 alumni Ann Patton looks at the refurbished plaque listing the names of the class of 1950. - Ken Leinart

They graduated 69 years ago and still like to hang out together. In fact, after their 40th reunion they decided to meet every year. The Clinton High School Class of 1950 has come together for picnics at Cove Lake, breakfast in familiar booths at Hoskins, dancing at Elks Lodge, barbeque at Freels Bend historic cabin, big band tunes at the Community Center (forever “the Rec Hall” for this group), a dinner cruise on Fort Loudon Lake, potluck at the Norris Dam pavilion, a Museum of Appalachia barn shindig, and their own 80th birthday party. This year’s reunion, a luncheon at Harrison’s Restaurant on September 6, featured a special preview: The class roster plaque from Clinton Memorial Park, newly refurbished and updated. The city will reinstall the plaque soon.

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Family matters

More than $1,700 was raised by the beginning of this week at Anderson County High School to help the family of Jack Price -- the four-month-old son of Justin and Traci Price of Campbell County — who was recently diagnosed with leukemia and is being treated at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital in Knoxville. Selling Maverick decals with Jack’s name on them, $500 was raised in-school last week before sales in the stands at Maverick Stadium during Friday’s AC-Hixson football game resulted in more than $1,200 collected. Once the PA announcement was made announcing the effort, it was only a matter of minutes before spectators rose to the occasion to buy out the entire supply of decals.

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Clinton, Anderson County face undefeated teams Friday

Both Anderson County teams are the underdogs going into this week’s football games, with Clinton travelling to an undefeated Meig’s County and Anderson County hosting and undefeated South Doyle. Clinton will face off against the Meigs County Tigers, who are 3-0. Meigs is a 2A school, currently ranked 86th in the state. Last year the Tigers went 13-1, going undefeated until their loss to Trousdale in the playoffs. Clinton went 4-7, although there is something to be said for Clinton’s strength of schedule against the Tigers. Clinton plays West, Oak Ridge, Powell, and Fulton, some of the strongest teams in the state. Clinton has a young team and is still rebuilding their program under Coach McKamey, but the game should still be interesting and competitive.

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