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Rep. John Ragan acknowledges education ‘not in the textbook’

Rep. John Ragan gave Kelly Johnson a quick reminder on the proper way to fold an American flag. - Ken Leinart

Rep. John Ragan presented a proclamation recognizing the City of Clinton School System and the Blaze programs to Clinton City Schools Athletic Director E.T. Stamey and Clinton City Director of Schools Kelly Johnson last Friday. The proclamation was passed by the state legislature and signed by Lt. Gov. Randy McNally, Speaker Cameron Sexton, and Gov. Bill Lee. “This recognition is not trivial,” Ragan said during the presentation Friday morning. Ragan said proclamations acknowledge the accomplishments and efforts by citizens of the state. He noted the Blaze programs are a valuable teaching tool for the City of Clinton School System, that extracurricular activities teach lessons “that are not in a textbook. “They teach you to strive for excellence if life, fair competition, and that extra effort is often required … and gives you the leadership to succeed. “They pay big, big dividends,” Ragan said. “In lots of other places, lessons that carry far, far beyond (a child’s school years).”

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Art Trail event will showcase the artwork of 19 schools

Fifth-grade art students Chayson Eich, left, and Brennon Sturgill work on a canvas at Norris Elementary School in preparation for the April Anderson County Art Trail event in downtown Clinton.

Original artwork created by students in 19 Anderson County schools will be on display in the windows of shops in downtown Clinton during the first Anderson County Art Trail event to be held in April. The art will be hung up in the store windows on April 7, and “will be on display for a week,” said coordinator Alison Greenhouse, the art teacher at Norris and Fairview elementary schools. “Also in the works is a street festival on April 10 that the downtown merchants are getting together for this event,” she said. The art will be provided by students from kindergarten through 12th grade. Each school also will contribute a “collaborative” piece of art sized three-by-three feet that will represent the work of all the art students in the school, Greenhouse said. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the usual spring school art show won’t take place this year, and the Art Trail event will replace it, she said.

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For some, gas bills should ‘hold steady’

While customers in the service area of the Oak Ridge Utility District will most likely see increases of up to 20 percent this month in their residential bills where they have natural gas heating, those in the Powell-Clinch Utility District area most likely won’t see those spikes. That’s because PCUD has been able to avoid this winter’s unusual increases in wholesale natural gas prices while ORUD has not, according to officials with both districts. Extreme cold weather and snow in some areas of the Deep South – especially Texas – have brought higher utility costs and bills for millions of people, even outside those areas. But PCUD has been mostly immune to the higher prices, said Ron Neil, president of the Rocky Top-based gas utility. “There has been some disruption in the market that caused [natural gas] prices to go up, but it did not affect us,” Neil said Monday. “Most of our gas is locked in on price, and we can pull gas out of storage and not have to buy it at the higher prices if we need to.

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Rocky Top seeks $250k grant for police cars, fire equipment

Rocky Top plans to seek a federal grant of $250,000 to help pay for a long shopping list of new vehicles and equipment for the city’s police, fire and street departments, City Council members were told last Thursday night. City Manager Michael Foster said the U.S. Department of Agriculture encouraged the city to apply for the grant, which would require Rocky Top to pay an $80,000 local match if the full amount is approved. On the list of items the money would pay for are new radios and patrol cars for the Police Department, body cameras for police officers, pagers for firefighters, vehicle-extrication equipment for the Fire Department, a side-by-side off-road vehicle for the Fire Department, and an asphalt recycler and bush hog for the Street Department.

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