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Options for new school in Claxton

Claxton Elementary’s football field as it stands today.

Claxton’s Community Sports League announced via Facebook Tuesday, June 1, that the community will no longer have a football program due to proposed construction projects at the school —including expansion of the current building and/or a new school. Recently, a post on the “Claxton, TN” facebook page brought the community’s attention to the Claxton Elementary football field. The field is used by local youth leagues. The page’s administrator, Leo York, asked community members to reach out to the school board to save the field if they could. “A lot of people are in favor of preserving the football field,” said York. “A lot of parents have worked hard over the years to get that field into the position it’s currently in and I don’t think they’re too eager to see all that work be for nothing. I want to preserve the field if it can be preserved, but obviously academics comes first.” York said if the school was only planning to expand, then he would like to see the field preserved, but he understands if there’s plans for a whole new school that may not be possible.

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The LEO principle

Cody Miller falls back to look for an open receiver during a rainy Monday practice for the Mavericks. - Collin Riggs

After the mess of trying to get sports up and running while maintaining COVID guidelines last year, there was the question of whether the unorthodox methods might produce some lasting drills. Or they would teach lessons that coaches could carry forward into the next year. With summer practice well underway, the answer, at least for Anderson County High School, is clear. “No,” said Coach David Gillum. “Mostly it was just one big inconvenience. There’s tiny little things you had to do to be more organized and [which] made practice a bit more efficient. You implement a little bit of that, but now you have bodies to go against, so the crossover wasn’t really big for us.” The question did lead to another interesting one, though: How often are drills changed and new ones introduced to practices?

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Lewis Ridenour will run for Circuit Court Clerk

Lewis Ridenour, a lifelong native of Anderson County, has declared his candidacy for Circuit Court clerk. Ridenour currently resides in Andersonville, along with his wife of 25 years, Pam. Ridenour is employed as a police officer with the city of Oak Ridge and is a former Anderson County Sheriff’s Department chief deputy. Ridenour has served with the Oak Ridge Police Department since 2008. His assignment for the past seven years has been as liaison to the Department of Energy. Prior to working for Oak Ridge, Ridenour served with the Sheriff’s Department. Ridenour served as a reserve deputy and corrections officer before eventually advancing to the rank of chief deputy.

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ORNL FCU summer concert series returns for this summer

ORNL Federal Credit Union is excited to announce the return of its annual Summer Sessions concert series. After canceling the event in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the free concert series will feature bluegrass and Americana bands from throughout the region. Free and open to the public, Summer Sessions will kick off in July and continue through October. The first show will be held on Saturday, July 17, and will feature Sierra Hull and Justin Moses. Hull, a native of Byrdstown, is an accomplished singer, songwriter, and instrumentalist who made her Opry debut at the age of 10. Hull is married to and currently tours with Moses, a former member of Ricky Skaggs’ band, Kentucky Thunder. Opening for Hull and Moses will be The Po’ Ramblin’ Boys, a bluegrass band formed in the Great Smoky Mountains.

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Juneteenth  Read More

Juneteenth  Read More

Lewis Ridenour will run for Circuit Court Clerk  Read More


Anderson County Mayor Terry Frank appointed to TACIR commission  Read More

Norris Day will be held July 3  Read More

ORNL FCU summer concert series returns for this summer  Read More

Dr. Parrot: ‘Let’s see what the community wants’  Read More

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The LEO principle  Read More

Delaney Wade’s blessing in disquise  Read More

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Summer hoops camp at ACHS  Read More

USA Cycling time trial championship will change OR traffic patterns  Read More


A day for appreciation  Read More

Hello Summer  Read More

Parkinson’s Support meeting will be June 15 in person and via Zoom  Read More

Pints and paddles and a barbecue lunch  Read More

TWRA announces ‘Conservation Raffle,’ grants for habitat protection  Read More

For the safety (and appetites) of the community  Read More

Sinking Springs United Methodist Church is beginning restoration of its cemetery.  Read More

DAR hosts Tennessee 225th anniversary event at Clinton Library  Read More


There’s a lot happening at FES  Read More

Academic achievements  Read More

Clinton City Schools STEM Camp  Read More

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