Updates: City parks, Clinton City Hall closed; meals available for kids at schools

What’s open, what’s closed, what’s changed or canceled in response to coronavirus



Meal Distribution Information: 10:30 am until 12:30 pm Monday and Thursday, Anderson County School Nutrition will provide three days of Breakfast and Lunch to anyone under 19 years of age beginning weekly on Monday, March 30 at six sites in a grab and go setting.

Three more days of meals can be picked up the next Thursday, April 2. Food will be available outside the school in prepackaged form. Each child receiving meals must be in vehicle or child must pick up meals if walking from their home.

Follow signage directions at the following locations and look for the car line or canopy awning:

• Andersonville Elementary School-1951 Mountain Road, Andersonville

• Claxton Elementary-2218 Clinton Highway, Powell

• Clinton Middle School-110 North Hicks Street, Clinton

• Grand Oaks Elementary-1033 Oliver Springs Highway, Clinton

• Lake City Elementary, 402 Lindsay Street, Lake City

• Norwood Elementary, 809 Tri-County Blvd, Oliver Springs

Hours, days, and locations are subject to change. Please visit acs.ac or ACS Facebook pages for continued updates.


(Notice from City of Clinton)

Effective Friday, March 27, 2020.. all playgrounds, recreational equipment, basketball courts and tennis courts in Clinton City Parks will be closed until further notice. Parks Dept officials had hoped it would be possible to continue open use of the parks by encouraging social distancing. After observation of activity.. we have determined that it's in the best interest of our citizens to temporarily suspend the use of these facilities.

Please watch the City of Clinton Facebook page and website for updates and information.


In order to protect city employees and the public, Clinton City Hall is closed until further notice. Rest assured.. we are still here to meet the needs of our citizens during these difficult times of adjustment.

Please contact the appropriate department as needed:

City Hall Staff: (865) 457-0424

by email: skitts@clintontn.net






Building Codes and Permits: (865) 259-1180 OR 259-1181

by email: jbyrd@clintontn.net

Court Clerk: 865) 259-1110

by emaiL; mherrell@clintontn.net


Police Records: (865) 259-1211

by email: jcantrell@clintontn.net


In response to the recent issues surrounding the COVID-19 Coronavirus, and based on recommended guidance from various local, state, and federal authorities, the Clinton Fire Department will be modifying our response plan to various call types as follows:

The Department will no longer respond to non-life threating call such as:

Lift Assists that do not involved an injury unless the victim has no other means for help and has fallen; Smoke Detector Maintenance; Residential and Commercial Inspections, etc.

Our E-911 Dispatchers have been trained in obtaining additional information from callers requesting Emergency Medical type response from the Clinton Fire Department. Based on proper evaluation of each call, the response will be handled as indicated.

We realize that the change in our response plan may place a hardship on some individuals; however, the safety of all our citizens and First Responders is our immediate priority. Our response plan will be reviewed and revised as warranted by additional recommendations and guidance from the various authorities.


Here’s a list of some of the businesses, government offices or services, services and events that we know are either closed, canceled, still open, and announcements of interest concerning response to the coronavirus emergency:


--Anderson County Schools and Clinton City Schools are closed until at least April 27.

But the Clinton City Schools system will be service free “grab and go” breakfast and lunch meals for children through 18 years old at North Clinton Elementary School. Breakfast hours are 8-9:30 a.m., and lunch hours are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Adults may get breakfast for $3 and lunch for $3.50, but kids eat free. This service is not limited to Clinton City students, but all children must be present to get a meal.

--Clinton Community Center (101 Hicks St.) is closed, and all recreational activities including youth softball and baseball are canceled until further notice.

--Clinton Senior Center will remain closed until further notice. Also suspended is the on-site meals program. Functions of the Anderson County Office on Aging, also based at the Senior Center, are continuing. Staff are doing a complete cleaning of the center while it is closed.

--Most churches are closed, and some are moving to online services only at this point, according to the Anderson County Chamber of Commerce. Check your own church for updated information.

-- Oak Ridge Senior Center is closed until further notice. As a result, the ETHRA Senior Nutrition Program Congregate Meal program (on-site meals) also has been suspended.

--Oak Ridge City Court will be closed until Tuesday, March 31.

--All local restaurants are closed to inside dining. Some, however, are providing curbside or drive-through service and even delivery business only.

--Clinton’s Dunkin’ Donuts is open for drive-through service only.


--Most fast-food and some full-service restaurants are offering take-out food from the drive-through or curbside pickup. The Anderson County Chamber of Commerce has a partial list of restaurants offering takeout service at: andersoncountychamber.org/list-of-restaurants-with-drive-thru-or-curbside-pickup/

--Most pharmacies remain open; some have drive-through service or curbside pickup available.

--Dollar General stores will reserve the first hour of opening each day for senior citizens to shop exclusively.

--Clinton Food City is open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., with the first hour each day reserved for seniors.

--All area Walmart stores are open from 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. daily instead of the usual 24 hours a day. This allows the staff to clean the store and restock shelves during closed hours.

--Clinton and other area Ingles supermarkets are open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, with the first hour on Tuesdays and Wednesdays reserved for seniors or those who have “compromised immune systems.”

--The ETHRA Senior Nutrition Program Home Delivered Meals (“meals on wheels”) is still operating, with home-delivered meals.

-- Anderson County EMS will provide care to those with COVID-19, or suspected to have COVID-19, as well as continue to provide care to those who need an ambulance for other reasons.




UPDATE: 3/23/20

The City of Clinton has been notified of Waste Connections’ plans for continued service to the residents of Clinton during the COVID-19 pandemic. The following information outlines their current plan to minimize risk for their employees and customers while still providing waste connection services to our community.

Residential trash will only be collected from carts or cans - no loose or bulk materials will be collected.

Any trash in bags must be secured, and the bag tied and sealed.

This policy will remain in effect until further notice. Any trash placed at the street not meeting these guidelines will not be picked up.

This policy will remain in effect until further notice.

--The Anderson County Rescue Squad in Clinton is offering to pick up prescription medicines and deliver them to the homes of seniors or other people who are particularly vulnerable to the virus, Call 865-457-7121 for information.

--Tennessee State Parks, in an effort to flatten the curve of COVID-19 while continuing to serve Tennesseans, is joining the CDC and the Tennessee Department of Health by encouraging residents not to travel, but to visit only their nearby parks. All 56 state parks have transitioned to day-use schedules, opening daily from 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. The new schedule will be in place until at least April 10.

During this period, all public gathering spaces such as visitor centers, shelters and playgrounds at state parks will be closed. Additionally, parks cabins, lodges and campgrounds close. Future reservations with arrival dates between now and April 9 will be canceled. The parks will waive cancellation fees during this time.

Camps catering to large groups will be closed during the same period. Golf courses and clubhouses in the parks will also be closed. Parks events of greater than 10 people will be canceled or postponed, in accordance with Gov. Bill Lee’s Executive Order 17. All park-hosted events have been canceled through April 15. Restaurants, cafes and bars will remain closed until at least April 10.

--Powell Clinch Utility District, which provides natural gas service to the area, said it is “suspending disconnections for nonpayment effective immediately. This applies to all residential and small commercial accounts.”

“While services will not be disconnected, bills will continue to accrue,” the Rocky Top-based utility said. “Customers can contact customer service at 865-426-2822 or 423-562-2795 with any questions and to learn more about payment options and assistance. In addition, customers in need can also visit our website to learn more about energy assistance programs: powellclinch.com/energy-assistance.

“Payments are still being accepted at our payment locations, but alternative payment options are encouraged and available which include mailing a check, paying by phone, or paying online at pcud.org or powellclinch.com.”