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Norris gets another fire pumper

The city of Clinton last week donated this surplus 1994 fire truck to the city of Norris to be used as the Norris Fire Department’s third pumper truck for backup. - G. Chambers Williams III

Norris has added a third fire truck to its volunteer fire department, courtesy of the city of Clinton. Last week, Clinton donated a surplus 1994 Custom Ferrara Invader fire pumper truck to Norris, which City Manager Scott Hackler said should help the city improve its fire insurance rating, helping homeowners to get lower insurance rates. “That’s a big help for us,” Hackler said. Clinton decided to pass the truck on to Norris rather than sell it as surplus, and it was a neighborly thing to do, Hackler said. “We’ve already gotten two police patrol cars from them, but this is the first fire truck,” he said. “They have been a good neighbor to us.” New fire pumper trucks can run as much as $350,000, Hackler said.

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Clinton’s ‘Mosaic’ weekend

Visitors crowded the street and sidewalks during Saturday’s Mosaic art festival on Market Street in downtown Clinton. - G. Chambers Williams III

For the first time since the pandemic struck in March 2020, Clinton blocked off Market Street last Saturday and a crowd gathered for the downtown area’s “Mosaic” street art festival. There were street vendors, food trucks, food booths, face-painting and other activities not seen since before the shutdown, and people were clearly enjoying being out on the street again. The event was centered around artwork created by students in 19 Anderson County schools that was on display in the windows of shops on Market Street. Merchants hosted the event, decorated their stores and opened their doors to the crowds, who held up pretty well until rain finally moved in around midday. The event was part of the first Anderson County Art Trail, which also included special events and live performances during the “Mosaic” event all day Saturday in the downtown area. Students’ art was on display and available for sale, said Art Trail coordinator Alison Greenhouse, who teaches art at Norris and Fairview elementary schools. The art was provided by students from kindergarten through 12th grade, and each school also contributed a “collaborative” three-by-three-foot piece of art designed to represent the work of all the art students in the participating schools, Greenhouse said. Sixteen Anderson County Schools and the three Clinton elementary schools signed up to participate, and the downtown merchants were looking forward to hosting the event, Katherine Birkbeck, owner of the Spindle Tree on Market Street, said in earlier announcements about the special event.

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Searching for justice

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee has authorized, at the request of Seventh Judicial District Attorney Dave Clark, a $10,000 reward “for information leading to the conviction of the person or persons responsible for killing Thomas Steven ‘T.S.’ Thrasher.” Thrasher was found dead in his home, 615 Wester Vanderbilt Drive in the Rolling Hills Apartment Complex in Oak Ridge, on Dec. 8, 2014. He died from a gunshot wound. In a release issued by Clark Monday, he said the investigation into Thrasher’s death was conducted by the Oak Ridge Police Department and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation). Persons with any information are requested to contact the TBI tip line at 800-TBI-FIND. In his release, Clark said, “We are grateful to Gov. Lee for agreeing to extend this offer of a reward.

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Museum of Appalachia could get an RV park after rezoning is OK’d

Museum of Appalachia visitors might soon be getting a place to stay overnight right next to the museum. Norris City Council members Monday night unanimously approved on first reading an ordinance to rezone about 17.5 acres adjacent to the museum for commercial use (C2), which city officials have said would accommodate construction of an RV park/campground on the property. That property, along with the land upon which the museum sits, is now zoned S1 (Scenic), which would not allow the RV park. The acreage is between the museum and Scruggs Cemetery Lane, behind a stone wall, on land the museum has used for overflow parking during special events. It sits back from Andersonville Highway, and the RV park would be accessed only through the museum’s entrance road. Although there was no mention specifically during the meeting of the RV park, and no plan has yet been submitted to the city for approval, city officials have been told that the founding family of the museum wants to use the two tracts they own connecting to the museum property for the park and campground, which could include cabins.

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