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Civic club meetings

Clinton Lions Club: The Clinton Lions Club meets the first and third Monday of each month at Apple Blossom Cafe and Catering, 409 Cullom Street, Clinton, at 6:30 p.m.

Clinton Rotary Club: The Clinton Rotary Club meets every Tuesday at noon at the Clinton Community Center, 101 S. Hicks Street, Clinton.

If you would like to have your civic club meeting times and locations published on a space-as-available basis, send your club name, meeting day/date, time and location to with the subject line: “Club News”.

Mailed announcements can be sent to: The Courier News, Attn: Club News, 233 N. Hicks St., Clinton, Tennessee 37716.

Work set to begin next week on new Clinton outdoor pool

Three contracts for Clinton’s new swim complex in Jaycee Park were approved by the City Council in a recent special meeting, and construction was scheduled to begin this week, City Manager Roger Houck said.

Although Houck was out of town on vacation, he said the council voted to give the contracts to the three lowest bidders in his absence, and, “They all say they’re ready to get started.”

DWR Aquatics, based in Vonore, Tenn., had the low bid on the new outdoor pool, at $573,000, and will remove the old pool and construct the new, smaller one, Houck said.

There are two other contracts -- one for a new splash pad, and another to renovate the swim complex building.

Low bidders were Thomas Hicks Construction of Clinton, $791,000, for the pool building; and Classic Pools & Spas, $278,675, for the splash pad, Houck said.

The project was divided into three separate requests for bids after the city received no bids for the entire project as one contract.

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Restaurant’s giving tradition continues serving community

John Fletcher (center), owner of Vega Cafe and Smokehaus in Norris, and manager Tere- sa Mundal hand out dinners during the cafe’s annual giveaway on Wednesday, Nov. 22.
Vega Café & Smokehaus handed out free Thanksgiving dinners-to-go to people who showed up last Wednesday at the restaurant in downtown Norris.

Those receiving the food were treated to individual dinner plates of fresh smoked turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce, a fresh-baked roll, and sliced carrots.

Restaurant owner and head chef John Fletcher said a total of 250 meals were prepared for the event, with 50 of them earmarked for the Norris Garden Apartments.

The rest were given to people who showed up at the café. About 15 people were in line when the door was opened at noon.

Each meal was in a single-serving aluminum container, ready to be heated up.

This year’s Thanksgiving handout was the fourth for Fletcher, who began the gesture in 2020 during the pandemic with 200 meals given out. He prepared 300 dinners for Thanksgiving 2021 and 2022, but had some left over.

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