Clinton Library halts curbside pick up

In response to the new executive orders released by the governor, the Clinton Public Library suspended its curbside service as of the end of business Saturday, April 4. The service will be suspended until April 14, when the library will reevaluate the situation.

During this time, patrons will be unable to place items on hold and pick them up, with the exception of tax forms.

Tax forms and booklets for the 1040 and 1040 SR will be available for scheduled, no-contact pickup.

Library programs will shift to completely online, using the library’s social media platforms:

• Facebook:

• Instagram:

• Twitter:

No fines will accrue on any items while the library is closed. Patrons should keep any items currently checked out until after April 14, or after the stay-at-home order is rescinded.

Staff will be at the library during regular business hours to answer phone calls.

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Library Board will meet via Zoom

The Anderson County Library Board will hold its regular monthly meeting at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 16.

Due to the COVID-19 social distancing rules, this meeting will be held electronically, via Zoom. The public is welcome to attend all meetings. Anyone wishing to do so may contact Clinton Public Library by phone during the library’s business hours at 865-457-0519 or via email at to obtain instructions.

Lions share how to make a mask

Kathi Browne, former Lions Club member from Maryville, suggested a mask-making project for Lions to do at home to help with the COVID-19 virus response.

Her husband is Mark Browne, MD, senior vice president and chief medical officer for Covenant Hospitals, and he has given his approval for the masks to be used at all Covenant facilities.

“As we all know there is a desperate need for face masks in our hospitals and nursing homes,” Kathie Browne said.

“We can help take some of the pressure off by making face masks for non-surgical purposes for our local hospitals and nursing homes.

Masks need to be made of 100-percent cotton.

Recommended are t-shirt fabric or cotton sheets and pillowcases with tight weaves,” said Browne.

There are two types of masks: one with a pouch for a filter the hospital will supply. and the other without the pouch.