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Special recognition for a special system

From left: Board of Education member Joey Smith, Blaze Program Coordinator and Athletic Director E.T. Stamey, and Director of Clinton City Schools Kelly Johnson give an overview of some of the programs in the city system at the TSBA meeting last weekend in Nashville.

It’s been a good week for the Clinton City School System. It started Nov. 14 with a $50,000 donation from Steve Clapp, pastor of Clinton Christian Church. The church, founded by his parents, Neal and Dorothy “Dot” Clapp, sold its building and lot for the new Wendy’s. The church took the proceeds from the sale and donated that to various organizations throughout the region. During Monday night’s Clinton City Council meeting, Clinton City School System Director of Schools Kelly Johnson said the funds are to be used to assist children in need in the school system. “I am beyond humbled and blessed that they chose CCS as one of the recipients. We will certainly use this donation wisely to continue our ‘Tradition of Excellence,’” Johnson said after the donation. “Honestly, Clinton is such a special place. Amazing.”

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New Wendy’s plans to open Dec. 1

Adrienne Hopeck, general manager of the new Clinton Wendy’s, stands behind the counter below the menu boards of the restaurant on South Charles G. Seivers Boulevard. - G. Chambers Williams III

Clinton’s new Wendy’s restaurant now plans to open Wednesday, Dec. 1, on South Charles G. Seivers Boulevard, General Manager Adrienne Hopeck said Monday. Delays in getting a refrigerator delivered had forced the postponement of the opening from early November, but the store is now just about ready to go, she said. A total of 37 staff positions have been filled, but Hopeck said she still needs some day-shift workers for the new restaurant. It’s on the south side of town at 400 S. Charles G. Seivers Blvd., about a 15-minute drive from the current Clinton Wendy’s, just off Interstate 75 at Exit 122. There are tables and booths inside the restaurant that can seat up to 42 guests, and tables outside that can accommodate up to 20 more, she said. The store will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. seven days a week, with breakfast service from 6:30 to 10:30 a.m., Hopeck said.

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The search is on

Clinton Police are still seeking the driver of what is believed to be a GMC-brand pickup or SUV that struck and killed a Clinton man on a motorized bicycle early Saturday on Clinch Avenue, and left the scene without stopping. Chief of Police Vaughn Becker said the victim was Jordan Pitts, 39, who was on his way to work at the Hardee’s restaurant in South Clinton on his motorized bike when he was hit about 3:35 a.m. near Portwood Road. Family members reported that the vehicle that struck Pitts dragged him about 300 feet down the highway before leaving the area. The victim was taken to a Knoxville hospital, where he died later in the day, according to reports. “We are still investigating, and we do have some video that we’re checking,” Becker said Monday.

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City’s first two package stores near completion

Two retail liquor and wine package stores are close to opening in Clinton, one of them possibly as early as Dec. 1, in the wake of voter approval of package stores in the city in a referendum in November 2020. SP’s Wine & Liquor could be the first to open, said Savan Patel, whose father and brother will be the owners of the store at 2170 N. Charles G. Seivers Blvd. Suresh Patel, the father, owns 70-percent of the business, while the brother, Alish Patel, owns 30-percent. Their store is in the same building as the new Starbuck’s coffee shop, which is also close to opening just west of the building housing Buddy’s bar-b-q. Savan Patel said the owners are still waiting for an air-conditioning unit to be installed, which was supposed to have been done in October. “We are hoping to get that done so we can open Dec. 1, and if it’s still delayed, maybe Dec. 15,” he said. “But if we miss that date, we probably won’t open until February.” SP’s Wine & Liquor was provisionally issued a license to sell wine and spirits by the state Alcoholic Beverage Commission Board last Thursday, Nov. 18, pending the issuance of a certificate of occupancy for the building by the city of Clinton, and an inspection by ABC agents.

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