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4-H members carry on ranching tradition


Avery Chandler, an 11th-grade homeschool student, stands with one of his ewes. He is raising his own flock with skills he learned through 4-H. - Crystal Huskey

A new generation of farmers is cropping up in Anderson County. Bristol Brown, Nicholas Monday and Avery Chandler are all 4-H members and are actively raising, showing and selling livestock. They breed them and often sell them to other 4-Hers. “There’s a lot involved in a breeding project,” said Donna Carter, who oversees the 4-H program in Anderson County. “Youth have to start with quality females, then select their sire, have the female bred — often learning to artificially inseminate — ultrasound the females to determine whether they are pregnant, feed and care for a pregnant animal, assist during the farrowing/lambing process, and then appropriately care for the offspring. It’s been really awesome to see how big their farming operations have gotten and discovering what they are using their profits for.” Bristol Brown is a seventh-grader at His Hands Reaching Academy. He started 4-H in the fourth grade. He and his sister, Baylee, work together at B & B livestock, a 200-acre farm owned by his family. They raise market hogs, sheep, short horn cattle, chickens, and “all that good stuff,” according to their mother, Breeanna Brown.

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Homes still flooded from February’s record rainfall


Weeks after February’s record rainfall, water still stands in homes near Hidden Valley and Laurel Roads. - Ken Leinart

The National Weather Service is forecasting rain Thursday and, using a saying coined during the Civil War, “It’s no Presbyterian rain either, but a good Baptist downpour.” Forecasts are modeling a slow-moving system coming into the Tennessee Valley bringing “severe weather” with it. “The large and slow-moving nature of the storm this week is a problem for flooding concerns,” AccuWeather Lead Long-Range Meteorologist Paul Pastelok said. Much of Tennessee could be looking at 1 – 3 inches of rain Thursday and into Friday. For homeowners on Laurel Road in Clinton, still coping with the late February flooding, another heavy rain is not the answer they were looking for. “We’re just now getting water pumped out from the February rains,” Connie Reeves said Tuesday.

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County rejects lone bid of $300,000 for 205 S. Main

Monday night Anderson County Commission rejected the lone bid for 205 S. Main Street. Submitted by Rusty Wallace, the bid was for $300,000. The county bought the property for $600,000 to be used as a senior citizens center, but was never utilized as such because of mold problems. The county approved letting Stephenson Realty and Auction conduct an auction for the property. District Five Commissioner Robert McKamey made the motion to proceed with an auction. Commission received the recommendation to proceed with an auction from the county’s Purchasing Committee. “If we get $600,000 I’ll probably do cartwheels in the courthouse,” McKamey said. District Six Commissioner Catherine Denenberg seconded the motion. District Three Commissioner Josh Anderson suggested the county “hang on” to the property because “it will only increase in value” because of all of the changes coming to the downtown Clinton area.

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iPad app leads to stolen goods

That “find your iPad” app really does work. Just ask Kelsey Kesterton, owner of Rocky Top Grooming. Kesterton came to work on March 21 and discovered that her newly opened business had been broken into. Many items were stolen, including her iPad. “He made a mess,” she said. “I might not have even known if I hadn’t seen stuff all over the store.” He stole “stupid stuff,” according to Kesterton: lysol, a dremel tool, a charger for a grooming clipper but not the actual clipper. And her iPad. Kesterton said that she called the police and her fiance suggested that she use her “find my iPad” app on her phone. It started to ping, and it appeared to be in the woods behind her shop.

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News

County rejects lone bid of $300,000 for 205 S. Main  Read More

iPad app leads to stolen goods  Read More

Homes still flooded from February’s record rainfall  Read More

Opinion

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Sports

Mavs Run-Rule Dragons  Read More

Lady Dragons fall to Halls, Karns  Read More

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Turkeys victorious in Blaze Bowling week five  Read More

Webb School of Knoxville Track and Field Meet Results  Read More

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Special Olympics team 1st place  Read More

Community

4-H members carry on ranching tradition  Read More

Knight will be guest speaker for Democratic Women’s Club dinner  Read More

Inaugural Blooms Day in downtown Clinton a huge success  Read More

People and Places of Anderson County  Read More

Free legal clinics offered in April  Read More

Timely Topics plans anniversary event  Read More

Six county veterans take part in April 10 HonorAir flight  Read More

School

Bridgeman named to honor society  Read More

Hawks take part in ‘Blooms Day’  Read More

Gallaher accepted at UC  Read More