Fall Antique Festival is back this weekend with some additions

The annual Clinch River Fall Antique Festival will once again take place on Market Street this weekend.
The annual Clinch River Fall Antique Festival will once again take place on Market Street Oct. 12-13.

According to Anderson County Chamber of Commerce executive assistant Marsha Stapleton, the biggest change this year is the addition of a beer garden behind Hoskins in the Flat. In order to keep everything family-friendly, there will be barriers around the garden so that no one under 21 can even enter. Police will be checking ID and volunteers trained by ASAP of Anderson County will sell wristbands.

“We want people to be able to taste and savor the craft beers,” Stapleton said.

There will be a three-drink limit, and no beer can be taken out of the beer garden. But, food can be taken in. Clinch River Brewing, the only brewery in the county, will provide the beer.

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Thacker to present the story of Norris

Did you know that the City of Norris owes its existence to one person—TVA’s first chairman and chief engineer, Arthur E. Morgan?

You can hear the whole story at a free, public meeting of the Clinch River Chapter, Trout Unlimited, at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, in the parish hall at St. Francis Episcopal Church, 158 W. Norris Road, Norris.

When President Franklin Delano Roosevelt selected Morgan to lead TVA in 1933, he accepted on the condition that all hiring would be based on character and merit with no political appointments.

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Sharon Byrge to be honored as ‘MG Walk Local Hero’

The Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America (MGFA) will honor Sharon Byrge this year as the Tennessee MG (myasthenia gravis) Walk Local Hero.

Participants affected by myasthenia gravis will gather to celebrate the lives of MG patients, physicians and caregivers, and walk to raise awareness and funds to support the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America (MGFA) at the Tennessee MG Walk Saturday, Oct. 13, at Songbird Trail in Norris.

Funds raised by the MG Walk Campaign are vital in making the MGFA’s vision of “a world free of myasthenia gravis” come to life.

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CHS Class of 1954

Clinton High School class of 1954
Clinton High School class of 1954 held its 64th class reunion Sept. 29 at Harrison’s. In the first row are, Edna Taylor, Loretta Hopson, Mary Vowell, Shirley Moore, Wanda Wilson, and Dot Carden. In the second row are, Mickey Bolton, June Dotson, Wanda Prince, Barbara Jeffers, and Betty Overton. In the third row are, L. W. Bolton, DeWayne Ely, Bobby Wallace, Jimmy Beets, Cecil Conner, and Bill Murphy.

LCES ‘Music Makers’ first performance will be Veterans Day program Nov. 7

Lake City Elementary School Music Makers have begun rehearsals. Their first performance will be a Veterans Day program at 8 a.m. Nov. 7.

All veterans are invited to attend.

LCES Music Makers for 2018-19 are Karoline Arender; Madison Babb; Dakotah Berlin; Emilee Braden, Chloe Freeman, Jordan Hosch; Gracie Jones; Eli Johnson; Jordan Lindsay; Rihanna McGhee; Jeremiah Owens;

Lainey Phillips; Mylee Pietroburgo; Savannah Rhoades; Isabella Templin; Coy Tomlinson; Austin Smith; Makayla Vowell, Emmaline Watson, Darla Yearwood Jansen Baker; Peyton Baker; Jasmine Bean; Brooklyn Bradley;

Jamie Budrow; Emerie Bullock; Rylan Elkins; Stella Farrow; Peyton Hallcox; Trysten Harmon; Brooklyn Howard; Sam Horton; Hannah Leinart; Zoi-beth Lindsay; Raelynn Luke; Gloria Massengill; Lillie Mefford;

Nevaeh Mincey; Jaidyn Pebley; Tyler Pitsenbarger; NevaeH Riffey; Natalie Sellers; McKenzie Sharp; Jaylen Shelton; Ansley Wilbanks; Syler Williams.

Parkinson’s support group to meet Oct. 16 in Oak Ridge

PK HOPE IS ALIVE Parkinson’s Support Group of East Tennessee would like to invites everyone to its monthly meeting from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. October 16.

The group meets at Kern Methodist Church in the Family Life Center, 453 East Tennessee Ave., Oak Ridge.

This month our speaker is Melissa Grater, speech pathologist at Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge and is employed by Covenant Health. She will be talking about swallowing and how care-partners can recognize problems.

The group meets on the third Tuesday of the month. Family members and Care Support partners are always welcome.

PK Hope Is Alive Parkinson’s Support Group is affiliated with the Parkinson’s Foundation, The Michael J. Fox Foundation and the Parkinson’s Unity Walk Foundation.

NAACP of Oak Ridge selects youth council

NAACP Youth Council Officers
The NAACP Youth Council elected its leadership team. The Youth Council Executive Officers are: (from left in photo) Tyrell Romano, President; Monica Johnson, Vice President; Kjuan Stacy-Wright, Secretary; and Jacori Wimes, Treasurer. Also, Romano is a member of the NAACP Local Branch’s Executive Committee.

The Branch wants teenagers who want to become change agents for their communities by taking on the challenges of leadership for the future. The NAACP wants to be that vehicle for this change and the training ground for this leadership in addressing the political, educational, financial, and social inequalities within our community.

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The Clinton Church of Christ will celebrate it’s 75th Anniversary on Sunday, October 21 with a Homecoming and Friends & Family Day. Bible Class will be at 10am, Worship at 11am, a fellowship Lunch at 12pm and an afternoon worship at 1pm. We invite all of our former and current members, friends, family, and neighbors to join us for this special day as we celebrate.

The Clinton church met for the first time with 6 people in 1943 in the midst of the turmoil and uncertain times of World War 2. Many individuals and families moved to the area to begin work on the secret project in Oak Ridge. More of our history can be found on our website

Veterans free breakfast is Oct. 13

Military veterans from Anderson County are once again invited to come together this weekend for a community Veterans Breakfast.

The breakfast, hosted by Anderson County citizens, is sponsored this month by Lt. Governor Randy McNally and State Representative John Ragan.

The breakfast will be held this Saturday, October 13th at the Clinton Community Center. “Chow line” opens at 8:30 am and there will be a brief program at 9 a.m. In addition, Walgreens will be on-site at the breakfast providing veterans with free flu shots. Eligible veterans should bring their Veterans cards or Medicare cards if they wish to receive a free flu shot.

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Pickin’ in the Park draws huge crowd

Hundreds of people flocked to Norris Dam State Park’s annual Pickin’ in the Park, an outdoor concert with food, vendors and a strong community spirit. The event took place on Friday on the east side of the park near the Tea Room.

The band Wild Blue Yonder entertained the crowd with lots of songs about opossums. It’s their popular “roadkill anthem” that is played in the band’s acoustic roots style.

Betsy Carver (right) owns Juanita’s Jams with her husband Scott (not pictured). On Friday, she and her mom Peggy (left) and step-daughter Riley sold their wares.

Janet and Steve Curtis, owners of Knox Dough, brought their edible cookie dough to Pickin’ in the Park.

The Billings family took a hayride from the parking lot to the

festival, enjoying

every minute of it.

Jenna Hill, owner of Busy Bee Creations, has a small home-based business selling goat’s milk and honey products.

Norris’ recreation committee continues to build community spirit

Josh Anderson led a two-hour drama camp over the summer.
According to Norris Recreation Commission member Brianne Kibler, the commission’s mission is to enhance the quality of life for Norris residents by advocating for, planning, promoting, and evaluating Norris’ parks, recreational facilities, and recreational opportunities.

That includes a thriving free summer program for kids, a Firecracker 4K fun run on July 4, a small Halloween parade and an upcoming Turkey Trot 5K in November.

Some of their programs are in conjunction with the Betty Anne Jolley library in downtown Norris.

Library director Jenny Hefron has played a significant part in expanding recreational programming in the community.

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