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Commissioners tour ‘senior’ sites

Anderson County Commissioners (from left) Chuck Fritts, Shain Vowell, Robert Jameson and Robert McKamey look over the space in Faith Promise Church in the Morning Pointe subdivision last week. - Ken Leinart

Several Anderson County commissioners toured the two proposed sites for a new Anderson County Senior Center last week. Commissioners Tracy Wandell and Chuck Fritts from District 1; Robert Jameson from District 2; Shain Vowell from District 4; and Robert McKamey from District 5; Anderson County Mayor Terry Frank, as well as a representative from the Anderson County Buildings and Grounds Department toured the Faith Promise building in Mariners Pointe subdivision and the Old Armory in Clinton. The Faith Promise location is approximately 6.7 acres, about evenly split between the building and an adjacent lot. That location has been offered to Anderson County for $500,000. Both locations offer ample parking.

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Lane closures on downtown bridge to last until May

Denver Reed, left, of Knoxville and John Nicely of Morristown ride a lift up to the side of the bridge over Market Street in downtown Clinton on Monday, Nov. 11. The two are working on a project to repair the crumbling concrete sides and sidewalks of the bridge, which carries Charles G. Seivers Boulevard traffic. The two men work for Southern Constructors Inc. of Knoxville, contractor for the project. - G. Chambers Williams III

Lane closures on the Charles G. Seivers Boulevard bridge over Market Street and the Norfolk Southern Railroad in downtown Clinton will continue until completion of the bridge repair project in May, officials said Tuesday. When work on the project began about two weeks ago, the eastbound right lane was closed, forcing traffic coming from the west to move into the left lane. Clinton City Manager Roger Houck said that traffic pattern will be in effect for about two months, then the two center lanes will be closed for about 40 days before the closure shifts to the left lane for westbound traffic until the work is finished. Engineer Tim Horton of Southern Constructors Inc. of Knoxville, contractor for the project, said the work includes concrete patching of the bridge overhangs and sidewalks on both sides, and removal of the asphalt roadway surface. The asphalt will then be replaced by an “epoxy overlay,” with “flintstone rock sprayed into it for better grip when it’s raining,” Horton said. “The epoxy seals the bridge off and makes the surface waterproof.”

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‘Interim’ no longer part of Poole’s title

Michael “Mike” Poole has been named chief of police in Norris, after serving about two months as interim chief. “I am pleased to announce that an offer has been presented to and accepted by Mike Poole as the new Norris police chief,” Norris City Manager Scott Hackler announced Oct. 31. “Chief Poole has 17 years of law enforcement experience, of which the last three have been with the Norris Police Department as a patrol officer, detective, sergeant, and interim chief,” he said. The promotion took effect on Nov. 4, Houck said. Poole, 45, replaced former chief Samuel W. Ogburn, who resigned over allegations of submitting fraudulent documents about the department’s firearms training to the Tennessee agency that supervises certification of police officers. Immediately before being named interim chief, Poole was a sergeant with the Norris department.

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County’s 4-H and Ag Hall of Fame ads four new members

Howard Farmer, John Gamble, David Irwin and Carolyn Irwin are the newest members of the Anderson County 4-H and Ag Hall of Fame. They were inducted during a ceremony and luncheon at 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3, at the Junior Achievement Building in Clinton. The award was established to honor and preserve the legacy of the men and women who have provided outstanding leadership and service to Anderson County in the areas of agriculture and 4-H youth development. Farmer started in 4-H as an eighth-grader more than 70 years ago, and has been contributing to community and youth development ever since. He was a charter member of the Tennessee 4-H Honor Club in Anderson County, a Tennessee 4-H All Star, a delegate to Tennessee 4-H Congress, and a delegate to Tennessee 4-H Roundup, among many other 4-H honors.

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