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Help keep Clinton’s heritage alive

Letter to the Editor

Clinton needs your help and support!

All of you have many fond memories of years at Clinton.

Your parents and families were important, even influential parts of the town’s past prosperity.

You will remember Clinton’s many lovely historic homes and landmarks: the Park Hotel, the Peak house, the old County Jail, our stately Anderson County Courthouse, the Ice house... today: ALL GONE!

Our train depot AND the Magnet Mill water tower are all that are left of our heritage.

We — both today’s citizens and also those whose roots were here and who appreciate our heritage — must be heard.

We must keep the tower!

Not only an iconic emblem of a prosperous past, it also IS Clinton’s skyline — a sentinel peering symbolically forward to renewed prosperity.

The tower is also one of the oldest still standing in Tennessee, unique because of its elliptical bottom, and definitely worth keeping!

The mill property is owned by an out-of-town group, has for years been unoccupied and left to ruin, all but one original building condemned and torn down.

The lonely water tower remains.

Let’s keep it, preserve it, even buy and relocate it if need be.

Show your support by attending the next Clinton City Council meeting, at 5:30 p.m. Monday, April 23, at the Clinton Community Center.