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Tyler Mayes new chairman of Anderson County Commission

County commissioners appointed Tyler Mayes chairman. Here he sits with Commissioner Denise Palmer while talking to Anderson County Law Director Jay Yeager. - Ben Pounds

Commissioner Tyler Mayes is now chairman of the Anderson County Commission. The commission voted to appoint him to the post during its Monday, Sept. 18, meeting. Mayes represents the Claxton and Bull Run areas. The chairman’s job is to preside over County Commission meetings and keep procedural rules. Mayes gave thoughts on the position in comments before the vote. He said meetings need to be “proper and professional” and to keep “decorum,” strictly following the rules. “There’s 16 of us up here with 16 different opinions, and this individual needs to express all 16,” he said. “We may vote a certain way, but we don’t project picking sides.” Mayes said the chairperson needs to let citizens express “what’s on their mind, what’s on their heart.” “But also I see the chairman as being able to protect the 16 of us from direct or any kind of inflammatory comments,” he said. He also said the chairman should represent the full commission “with dignity and with class” at events.

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Rocky Top council recognizes retiring Police Chief Shetterly

Retiring Rocky Top Chief of Police Jim Shetterly is presented a plaque by Mayor Kerry Templin honoring Shetterly’s nearly 37 years of service to the city, during last week’s City Council meeting. Shetterly is retiring as of Friday, Sept. 29. - G Chambers Williams III

The Rocky Top City Council had high praise last week for Chief of Police James “Jim” Shetterly, who will retire as of Friday (Sept. 29) after nearly 37 years with the Police Department, the last 31 as chief. A resolution passed unanimously by the council said, in part: “The Mayor and Council wish to publicly commend and express appreciation to Police Chief James Shetterly Jr. for his more than 36 years of dedicated, loyal and committed service to the City of Rocky Top and call upon all residents to acknowledge and reflect upon the many contributions to our community by James Shetterly Jr. and wish him good health, happiness and a long life during his retirement, as well as to extend appreciation to his wife and family who shared this fine man with the City of Rocky Top for more than 36 years.” Shetterly was joined at the meeting by his wife, Pam. Also in attendance was the new police chief, John Thomas, whose first day on the job was the day of the council meeting, Tuesday, Sept. 19. The council normally meets on the third Thursday of each month, but the meeting was held two days earlier because of a “scheduling conflict” for the regular date, which would have been Sept. 21, the city recorder said in an email.

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Battery recycling company eying Clinton location

A battery recycling company is looking to build a storage facility in Clinton. Michael Vogel, CEO of Evolve Renewable Materials, spoke at the Monday, Sept. 18, Anderson County Commission meeting about the property at 1671 Lake City Highway. The commission approved his request to rezone the tract from general commercial district to light industrial district. His company is based at 159 Mitchell Road, Oak Ridge. He said the company currently employs 10 people in Oak Ridge. He estimated adding another five to 10 employees with the Clinton facility. He said he expects the company to grow from there, creating more jobs. He described his company’s operations as “circular,” recycling old battery components into new ones.

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Clinton City Council receives update on Jaycee Park pool, other projects in city

At the Monday evening Clinton City Council meeting, City Manager Roger Houck informed the council of the status of some of the city’s maintenance projects and a possible change in the city’s election procedures. Houck said bids for the splash pad at Jaycee Park would be opened on Oct. 19. He said that on Sept. 21, Aspen Contracting had been awarded a $50,000 contract to repair the roof on the public works building. Houck also said Studio 4 Design was awarded $52,000 for a design service agreement on the old armory. In addition, the Police Department has been awarded a $20,953 grant to pay for 20 body cameras. Houck told the council that the Rogers Group would be paving Main Street and Clinch Avenue next week. The way Clinton citizens elect their council members could be changing under recently passed state legislation, according to Houck. Currently, city councilmen are elected at large. Under the new law, only those people living in a ward can vote for the councilman representing that ward. Houck said the new law would also affect school board elections. Houck said he was confused about how the new law would be administered. He said it was “about as clear as mud.”

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Tyler Mayes new chairman of Anderson County Commission  Read More

Rocky Top council recognizes retiring Police Chief Shetterly  Read More

Clinton City Council receives update on Jaycee Park pool, other projects in city  Read More

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More steps toward ‘workforce’ housing project in Oak Ridge  Read More

Tax break for future Oak Ridge hotel goes forward  Read More


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No constitutional right to free knowledge  Read More

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Freddy’s fan club  Read More

Mavs continue their ‘region roll’ with win at Carter, 49-0  Read More

Anderson County’s boys cross-country team takes 6th at Sequoyah Invitational  Read More

Bigger than the game  Read More

Dragons fall to second-half surge from ’Cats  Read More

Lady Dragons earn top seed  Read More

With win at Clinton, Wildcats take control of region  Read More

Lady Wildcats hand Central first loss  Read More

After beating Jefferson, Roberstville is No. 3 seed in playoffs  Read More

River City 12U team brought the thunder to weekend tournament  Read More

Clinton runners continue to impress, set personal records  Read More

Cheering on the Volunteers  Read More


Work begins on mural celebrating Rocky Top  Read More

FCE Clubs Fall Fling crowns ‘Soup Queen’  Read More

A chance to meet Winston, Smoky Mountain Service Dog  Read More

Scrapbooking: a hobby and a lifestyle  Read More

‘Full Moon Pickin’ Party’ set for Friday evening at Museum of Appalachia  Read More

The Rocky Top mural  Read More


Artrip makes Dean’s List at Alvernia University  Read More


Battery recycling company eying Clinton location  Read More

Ribbon cutting signals opening of Coal Creek General Store  Read More

Tidal Wave Auto Spa begins hiring for location in Clinton  Read More

Emory Valley Dental Clinic to host extraction event Oct. 20  Read More

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