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Candidates’ talking points

Rocky Top resident Shelby Marsh, left, addresses Mayor Tim Sharp, right, after the city council meeting on Thursday (Sept. 17) about issues in the city, including drug addicts and homeless people on downtown streets. - G. Chambers Williams III

Both candidates who are on the ballot for the two open seats on the Rocky Top City Council in the Nov. 3 general election, incumbent Juston Job and newcomer Zack Green, say their goals are to help improve the city. Job, who is also vice mayor, is seeking his second term on the council, after being appointed to fill out the unexpired term of a councilman who resigned three years ago. Green is seeking his first term on the council, replacing Nathan Dison, who has moved outside the city limits and no longer qualifies to hold the council seat. These two candidates, who were the only ones to file to run before the Aug. 20 deadline to have their names appear on the ballot, both have homes within the city limits. A third would-be candidate, Katie Hurst/Styles, filed a notice with the Anderson County Election Commission on Sept. 14 stating her intention to run as a write-in candidate. She launched her effort to seek a council seat on the Facebook page known as Rocky Top Community Chit Chat, and also created a separate Facebook page to promote her candidacy. But her name will not appear on the ballot, and neither is she technically qualified to serve on the council, because she lives outside the city limits. Styles acknowledged that to The Courier News outside Rocky Top City Hall last Thursday night following the September city council meeting.

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Aspire’s first memorial is in place

Standing at the Service and Sacrifice Memorial at 8:46 a.m. Sept. 11, 2020, as the first spire of the structure is put into place, are, from left: Andrew Smiddy, Paula Mc- Queen, Amanda Fritts, Joe Hollingsworth Jr., Nicci Hollingsworth, Brenda Starwalt, J.D. King, and Tom Wortham.

Aspire reached two milestones recently. The multi-purpose legacy park has been making steady progress despite ever-changing weather conditions and a global pandemic. While the two milestones reached are true “milestones,” they won’t be the last Aspire will attain. The first was the park’s “Premier Resort Designation,” which allows “Aspire the ability to serve adult beverages anywhere on the premises and enabling at types of events.” The bottom line is this designation will support surrounding tourism as well as “national and regional marketing, including magazine publication possibilities.” Make no mistake, that’s a big deal and should draw new visitors to Clinton and Anderson County. The designation was signed by Governor Lee and awarded by the State General Assembly on June 15. The second milestone is the Spires. The Spires is the anchor of the Service and Sacrifice Memorial (SASM) in Aspire.

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New life for an old cabin

Clinton’s Ken Haley has wanted his own log cabin since he began playing with a set of Lincoln Logs toys he got for Christmas as a child. He’s wanted to build one he could live in, but that hasn’t happened, so he’s finally settled for something considerably smaller. This month, he’s been setting up a nearly historic small log cabin – just 8-by-10 feet – in the back yard of his home along the Clinch River on Riverside Drive. Although his restored cabin didn’t come from pioneer times, it does trace its history to the 1982 Knoxville World’s Fair, where it was erected by Peter Gott and R.O. Wilson as an example of the Appalachian way of life. That’s carved on the front of the cabin, which until Haley bought it had been sitting on a farm in Union County, where it was rebuilt right after the fair closed and it had to be moved, Haley said.

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Mavs bounce back with 42-0 region win

Anderson County hosted Howard Tech on Friday, Sept. 18, for a region game. The Mavs won 42-0. It wasn’t even close. The Mavericks scored their first touchdown less than two minutes into the first quarter on a six-yard run by Gavin Noe, and scored again less than two minutes later on a 33-yard pass by Walker Martinez to Bryson Vowell. The Mavs scored once again with just two-and-a-half minutes left in the first quarter. That ball was carried by freshman Nick Moog. The Mavericks came back out and did the same thing in the second quarter, scoring three touchdowns to put them up 42-0 before halftime. All three of the touchdowns in the second quarter were carried by Joshua Miller and included a pass both from Martinez and from Stone Hatmaker.

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