Interfaith forum will focus on recovery from substance abuse

Addiction and recovery impacts all of us, and the interfaith community plays an important role in recovery from substance misuse.

The Oak Ridge Recovery Interfaith Forum will bring together faith leaders and community organizations across Anderson County. ASAP of Anderson partnered with the Child Advocacy Center of Anderson County, First United Methodist Church of Oak Ridge, Oak Ridge Unitarian Universalist Church, and United Way of Anderson County to plan and organize the forum.

The event is from 6 - 8 p.m. July 9 at Oak Ridge Unitarian Universalist Church. The address for the church is 809 Oak Ridge Turnpike.

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Elrod vying for ‘America’s Homecoming Queen’

Miss Savannah Elrod, daughter of Tim and Alisa Elrod of Clinton, has been selected Finalist for America’s Homecoming Queen.

She is the Anderson County High School Homecoming Queen. Savannah will represent Tennessee at the 38th Annual America’s Homecoming Queen Selection to be held July 15 – 17, 2018 in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

Savannah plans to attend college and become a teacher. Savannah is also competing for America’s Favorite Homecoming Queen.

By voting for Savannah on the website you can help her reach her goal and be one of our future leaders.

America’s Homecoming Queen is a non-profit organization promoting education and community service for high school homecoming queens for thirty seven years.

For Further Information Ms. Savannah Elrod Phone 865-498-0366

Rocky Top plans Second Annual July 4 events

The City of Rocky Top presents its Second Annual Fourth of July Bash in Memory of Tiny Houck.

Once again, the City hopes to bring the community together for a day filled with fun and excitement, which will begin with a Kids’ Parade.

Kids of all ages can decorate non-motorized bicycles, scooters, strollers, wagons, wheelchairs, or just simply march through the parade to the ball field. Registration for the Kids’ Parade begins at 1 p.m. in the parking lot of SunTrust Bank and kids will march down Main Street to the ballfield, where they can play the rest of the day away.

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Music will fill the summer air in Anderson County

There are lots of great opportunities to take in live music all around Anderson County this summer.

Jazz on the Hill at Green McAdoo occurs the first Saturday each month through September this summer.

July 7’s Jazz on the Hill artist is Soulful Sound Revue featuring Lee Willis and the Aug. 4’s artist is Brian Clay.

The September artist is yet to be determined.

Norris is also hosting a summer concert series with Concert on the Commons.

Concert on the Commons is a free concert held every Friday night at the Norris Commons.

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Eagle Scouts scholarships

American Legion Post #199 in Clinton presented a graduating senior and Eagle Scout with a $1,000 scholarship; this being the final year for the Post, the two Eagle Scouts were recognized as being friends since beginning school together. The Eagle Scout scholarship recipients are Reid Dukes and Will Jeter.

Milly’s Wings joins push for all-inclusive playground

The foundation Milly’s Wings is teaming up with Anderson County resident Christina McNally to bring an all – inclusive playground to south Clinton.

Specifically South Clinton Park.

David and Natalie Erb started Milly’s Wings in August 2015 in honor of their late daughter, Amelia, who suffered from a neurological disorder.

Milly’s Wings has been striving since then to install playground equipment that is inclusive to all children, disabled or not, in all the schools around Anderson County.

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Registration open for Clinch River Cleanup

Registration is open now for everyone who wants to help with the sixth annual Big Clinch River Cleanup on Saturday, July 21. It starts at 8 a.m. with breakfast at the scenic Museum of Appalachia, 2819 Andersonville Highway, Norris. The cleanup will wrap up about 2 p.m.

Volunteers work in a variety of ways:

• Above the water line, workers walk along riverside roads and through parking areas, gathering trash.

• Volunteers wearing waders patrol for litter in shallow water.

• In kayaks and canoes, volunteers work to clean shorelines and shallow water where there is no public access by road.

• In powerboats and driftboats, volunteers haul tires and other items from the depths.

The first 100 volunteers to register will qualify for a free full breakfast at the picturesque museum. To sign up, please visit and click on Big Cleanup Registration. For more information, contact Rusty Hallett at or (859) 227-1227, or Dave Easter at or (859) 608-7090. The event will be held rain or shine (in case of severe weather, the breakfast will be held but volunteers will stay on shore).

Clinch River Chapter TU works to preserve and protect the Clinch River tailwater and its watershed through conservation projects and through education of children and adults in aquatic natural resources. Meetings are held the second Thursday of the month in the parish hall at St. Francis Episcopal Church, Norris, except when outdoor activities are scheduled.

Reserve Grand Champion

3ACES Shadoe 9056 won reserve grand champion bred-and-owned female at the 2018 Tennessee Angus Association Junior Preview Show, June 9 in Lebanon, Tenn. Tristan Meier, Clinton, Tenn., owns the October 2016 daughter of Gambles Safe Bet. She first won reserve senior champion. Jon Davis, Gallipolis, Ohio, evaluated the 84 entries. Photo by Alex Tolbert, American Angus Association.

Marie Norman celebrated 90th birthday

On May 13 Marie Norman of Claxton celebrated her 90th Birthday and Mother’s Day. Joining in celebration were 9 of her 10 great-grandchildren. Pictured with “Nanny” - Garrett and Tara Zody (Claxton); Jacey, Jorja, and James Blevens (Claxton); Maddy, Izzy, and Katy Coker (Wesley Chapel, Fla.); Tristan Norman (Gallatin); Not pictured, Bailey Vinkler (Gallatin).

Be wary of student loan ‘repayment’ pitches

If you owe money on federal student loans, you should be wary of sales pitches from companies offering to help borrowers lower their payments, KHEAA warns.

Such companies charge fees — sometimes high fees — for filling out forms that you can do for free. Many will want to charge monthly fees for monitoring your loans. Again, you can do that for free.

The best place to start is the servicer that the U.S. Department of Education has assigned your loan to. Your servicer can tell you what your options are and can help you with the forms you need. If you need help finding your servicer, you can go to and retrieve your loan information.

You can also go directly to and click on the link titled “Student loans.” Under that link you’ll find links to detailed information about all of your options.

KHEAA is a public, non-profit agency established in 1966 to improve students’ access to college. It provides information about financial aid and financial literacy at no cost to students and parents.

KHEAA also helps colleges manage their student loan default rates and verify information submitted on the Free

Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). To learn more about those services, visit

In addition, KHEAA disburses private Advantage Education Loans on behalf of its sister agency, KHESLC. For more information about Advantage Education Loans, visit