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City awarded $25,000 grant for dog park

Boyd Foundation President Randy Boyd, right, talks with Anderson County Chamber of Commerce Presi- dent and County Commissioner Rick Meredith (left) , and Clinton Mayor Scott Burton after presenting the City of Clinton a $25,000 grant for a dog park.

The Boyd Foundation presented the City of Clinton with a Dog Park Dash grant for $25,000 last week. The grant will go towards the construction of a dog park. But, as Boyd Foundation president Randy Boyd says, dogs don’t drive themselves to the park. It’s a people park, too. “One of the things that’s neat in small towns like Clinton is that this seems to be something that really galvanizes the community,” said Dog Park Dash Grant Coordinator and spokesperson Harrison Forbes. Forbes said Parks and Recreation Director Jason Brown and Clinton Community Center employee Taylor Huddleston were the driving force behind the grant. They encouraged the community to send in letters of support and participate in a social media campaign to win the grant.

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People and places of Anderson County

Donnie and Laura Gray - Joe Bonomo

It’s a small farm with a big impact. Gray Family Farm is just outside of town in Heiskell. Donnie and Laura Gray moved out there just eight years ago, and have been raising cattle and selling them for beef since 2007. “Both of my grandparents were farmers, and Laura’s dad and grandparents were farmers,” said Donnie. Donnie is a full-time electrician at Y12 and considers farming his hobby. Laura, however, disagrees. “I don’t think he realizes how much business he does,” she said. “This is more than a hobby.” She talked about how proud she is of how hard he works on the farm after a long day at work. Laura works hard on it too, managing the business side of things. Laura and Donnie met at a horse sale when Laura was around 16 years old. Donnie was involved with horses back then and was “into rodeos and stuff like that,” he said. He sold his horses when they started raising cattle and never looked back. Between the two of them, they feed a whole lot of local families. Clinch River Brewing Company in Norris uses their meat, and the restaurant at the Museum of Appalachia did for a while, too.

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New housing development will bring almost 200 new rooftops to Clinton

Work began in earnest last week on a 64-acre tract near the intersection of Charles G. Seivers Boulevard and Miller Road for a proposed housing development. Early plans call for 127 detached homes and another 60-90 attached housing units. The number of attached housing units will depend on the which floor plan is selected, said Nicci Hollingsworth, who is overseeing the development. Grading of the site — which includes placement of utilities — is expected to take about eight months. Once grading is completed Hollingsworth said there will be “multiple” builders working in the development. She added local contractors are being selected for the work. “We hope to have people moving in within a year,” Hollingsworth said. She noted that it has taken almost a year to get the development ready for site preparation, but now that work has begun it’s exciting to watch it unfold. “This has been my baby for a year now,” she said. “It’s been a labor of love.”

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‘They ain’t no kin to me’

Sharon Lee Braden, 48, Rocky Top, was arrested Monday on charges of aggravated arson, three counts of aggravated assault, and reckless endangerment related to a June fire at an Offutt Road residence in Clinton. Anderson County Sheriff’s Office detective Sean Flynn issued the arrest warrants as a result of evidence collected during his investigation and statements made by an eye witness. The witness reported that he saw Braden start the fire and when he approached her she fled. The victims, Randy Cox Sr. and two minors, were able to evacuate safely from the home. The witness stated Braden approached him at Sammy’s Market in Rocky Top a few days later and told him he “should have let Mr. Cox burn in the fire.” The witness explained there were also two children in the home and Braden allegedly responded, “They aren’t no kin to me”. Anderson County Sheriff, Russell Barker, praised the work by Detective Flynn. “Detective Flynn did a great job on this case. His hard work resulted in removing a very dangerous person off our streets” Barker stated. The Sheriff’s Office is investigating a fire incident involving a vehicle and camper that occurred Monday at the same address. Braden is a suspect in that investigation as well. Braden is being held at the Anderson County Detention Facility on a $260,000 bond.

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