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Memorial Day service will be held at Veterans Memorial at 10 a.m.

An unidentified veteran reads the names on the Anderson County Courthouse monuments during last year’s Memorial Day event. - Ken Leinart

The Director, Veterans Services for Anderson County, Leon Jaquet — U.S. Navy Retired — would like to invite all residents of Anderson County to Anderson County’s 11th Annual Memorial Day Ceremony at 10 a.m. Monday, May 27. The service will be held rain or shine at the Veterans Memorial in front of the Anderson County Courthouse with speeches from the Anderson County Mayor Terry Frank, Tennessee District 33 State Representative John Ragan, and keynote speaker Thomas Ogles, US Army Retired. The program will include a 21-gun salute and wreath laying at the Veterans Memorial to pay tribute to the men and women of the U.S. Military who have given their lives to protect the freedoms Americans enjoy every day. “The day itself is sacred and veterans need no reminder of the reason for it, but what about the general public, and more importantly the next generations,” Jaquet said. Everyone is invited to attend and show their support of our military past, present and future.

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Clinton Elementary students bring science alive

Clinton Elementary student Ellie Yarborough - Crystal Huskey

Sixth-grade students at Clinton Elementary may have solved a decades-long problem. The City of Clinton’s community pond, Town Springs, has been around for as long as the city has been, well, a city. According to City Manager Roger Houck, it used to literally be the town’s watering hole. And since at least the 1970s, it’s had an algae problem. “When I came to work here 30 years ago, it was a problem,” Houck said. The city has had the University of Tennessee and the TWRA come out to study the problem and enact solutions, but so far, no luck. Clinton Elementary teacher Kimberly O’Dell decided to involve her students in the problem and see if they could come up with a solution. She was encouraged to do so by city councilmember Rob Herrell. Thanks to a grant from ORAU, students collected water samples and investigated possible solutions.

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Memorial Day: Thank our soldiers

May 30, 1868 was the first official Decoration Day. The day was declared by General John A. Logan and observed at Arlington National Cemetery. Volunteers that day decorated the graves of more the 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers. During World War II, Decoration Day was expanded and renamed Memorial Day to honor all Americans who died in military service. The day became a national holiday in 1971. Almost 500,000 military personnel died during the U.S. Civil War. About 1.1 million service members have died in all the wars combined. If you know someone killed in any of our wars then every number is very personal to you. We know 90,220 of our service members died in Vietnam. If one of those was your friend, sibling or child then that war has a face that is personal to you. Four thousand four hundred and twenty four died in Iraq. I’m not sure how many have died in Afghanistan but the last statistic I can find is 2,372 but I’m sure it’s several more now. War is bad. I don’t like the idea of war and yet every service member died fighting for you and me. They died for our country.

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Board of Education slashes budget by $800,000

No one sitting on the Anderson County Board of Education was happy about the new budget passed last Thursday — but they all understood it was what had been asked of them. Director of Anderson County Schools Dr. Tim Parrott presented the new budget that asks for no new revenue from Anderson County Commission. “I don’t like any of these cuts. I didn’t like the first ones,” Board member Andy McKamey said. Among the cuts are a foreign language teacher, coach’s supplements, and band equipment. But the 2-percent pay increase for staff remains. “Some of these are really distasteful,” McKamy said. Parrott said the state is paying for about $500,000 of those raises, leaving the board about $1 million to cover not just the 2-percent raise, but step increases as well. “I want to commend you for keeping those (raises) in,” board member Teresa Portwood told Parrott. The board has previously cut about $700,000 from its budget, but was still $800,000 out of whack.

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