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‘A teaspoon at a time’

Numerous public meetings were held to get input on what the citizens of Clinton thought about a new vision for South Clinton — as part of the Clinton Vision process.

You may not realize it, but the future dynamics of South Clinton are already here. The “Clinton Downtown Vision, South Clinton Plan” was released last month. It came after several months of meetings that asked for input from residents, businesses, and the Clinton City School System. The “South Clinton Vision” is complex. The final document is a heavy read, with various zones: River, Vista, Residential, Gateway, and Hiway Drive. And like the original Clinton City Vision, there is an anchor to build upon. As complex as it is though, two — the “River Zone” and the “Vista Zone” — are well underway. No matter where you look, who you ask, or what you expect, Aspire Park is going to be the anchor in the vision for South Clinton. Aspire is a game-changer. The park is the “ringer” in a pick-up basketball game. It’s an anchor and it’s a tone-setter for the future of not just South Clinton, but the city as a whole. A $6 million grant has already been approved for the sidewalks to connect Hiway Drive to the new Clinch River Bridge.

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Dealing with Brookstone

At the Monday, Sept. 19, meeting of the Anderson County Commission, Commissioner Tyler Mayes, left, read a proclamation honoring Chuck Fritz, right, for his 20 years of service as a commissioner. - Pete Gwada

At its meeting this past Monday evening (Sept. 19) Anderson County commissioners dealt with a variety of issues including appointments to various boards and committees, traffic concerns brought about by an expansion of Brookstone Ridge subdivision, and a fee schedule for adopting animals from the animal shelter. Commissioners proclaimed, Sept. 24 to be Commissioner Charles “Chuck” Fritz Day in Anderson County in recognition of Fritz’ 20 years of service to the county. “We did a lot to keep Anderson County moving forward,” Fritz said of the commissions he served on, adding, “I look forward to seeing what this commission does.” The commissioners also proclaimed Oct. 1 to be Jennings Foust Day in Anderson County in recognition of Foust’s five terms as constable. Anderson County Sheriff Russell Barker said “he was one of the best” in honoring retiring Deputy Steven Dale Abner for 30 years of service under five sheriffs. Commissioners proclaimed Sept. 30 to be Deputy Steven Dale Abner Day in Anderson County.

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The chickens have come home to roost

Backyard chickens are now legal in Rocky Top as the result of an amendment to the city’s animal control ordinance last week. But there are some strict limits and requirements. Only three “female chickens” – hens – are permitted on any lot of less than an acre, and a maximum of six are allowed on lots of at least an acre. And to help keep them from becoming a nuisance to adjoining property owners, the chickens must be in an approved henhouse during night hours, and their pens must be enclosed to keep them from escaping, or from predators or vermin entering the henhouses. Anyone wanting to keep chickens must apply for a permit, and pay an annual fee of $25 for the privilege. Violations of the ordinance carry a $50-a-day penalty.

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Nov. 8 ballots finalized

No one filed to be counted in the Nov. 8 general election as a write-in candidate for any of Anderson County’s municipalities by the noon Monday (Sept. 19) deadline, according to the county Election Commission. That means the slate of candidates who qualified for spots on the ballots in the election is now completely set, as the deadline for having a name removed from the ballot has also passed. • In Clinton, Scott Burton and Zach Farrar are squaring off for the mayor’s position. Clinton City Council candidates include David W. Queener and Vicki Violette, Ward 1; Brian D. Hatmaker, Ward 2; and Wendy Maness, Harper M. Maxwell, and Mitchell “Shoney” Wolfe, all in Ward 3. • Rocky Top Mayor Timothy Sharp will face challenger Kerry Templin for a four-year term as mayor of that city Sharp is seeking his fourth term as mayor. Templin has never held elective office.

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‘A teaspoon at a time’  Read More

The chickens have come home to roost  Read More

The Courier News brings home five TPA awards  Read More

Nov. 8 ballots finalized  Read More

Dealing with Brookstone  Read More

Clean up your ‘record’ Oct. 29 at ‘expungement clinic’  Read More

Rocky Top council extends city manager’s contract for five years  Read More


Dance, dance, dance — then dance some more  Read More

EVs don’t need to ‘Vroom’  Read More

Helping voters sort through the chaff  Read More


A ‘Rep’ is made  Read More

Mavs move on, await Cyclones  Read More

Why you can’t spot a good team 15 points  Read More

A win is a win, unless the coach ain’t happy  Read More

Lady Dragons volleyball wins two at weekend tourney  Read More

It was a slugfest  Read More

Jai Hundley returns, leads ’Cats to win  Read More

Lady Wildcats move into second place in 3-AAA with win over Powell  Read More

Jefferson gets big win from Clinton Hawks  Read More

A growing tradition  Read More


CHS band will host Clinch River Classic band competition  Read More

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