4-H members carry on ranching tradition

Avery Chandler, an 11th-grade homeschool student, stands with one of his ewes. He is raising his own flock with skills he learned through 4-H. - Crystal Huskey
A new generation of farmers is cropping up in Anderson County.

Bristol Brown, Nicholas Monday and Avery Chandler are all 4-H members and are actively raising, showing and selling livestock. They breed them and often sell them to other 4-Hers.

“There’s a lot involved in a breeding project,” said Donna Carter, who oversees the 4-H program in Anderson County. “Youth have to start with quality females, then select their sire, have the female bred — often learning to artificially inseminate — ultrasound the females to determine whether they are pregnant, feed and care for a pregnant animal, assist during the farrowing/lambing process, and then appropriately care for the offspring. It’s been really awesome to see how big their farming operations have gotten and discovering what they are using their profits for.”

Bristol Brown is a seventh-grader at His Hands Reaching Academy. He started 4-H in the fourth grade. He and his sister, Baylee, work together at B & B livestock, a 200-acre farm owned by his family. They raise market hogs, sheep, short horn cattle, chickens, and “all that good stuff,” according to their mother, Breeanna Brown.

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Knight will be guest speaker for Democratic Women’s Club dinner

Kristal Knight
Kristal Knight, Executive Director of Emerge Tennessee, will be the guest speaker at the Monday, April 22, meeting of the Anderson County Democratic Women’s Club. The club will host a pot luck dinner at 6 p.m. in the Club Room of the Clinton Community Center, 101 S. Hicks St., Clinton.

Knight became the first executive director of Emerge Tennessee in 2017, after working on local and national campaigns. Emerge Tennessee, a state affiliate of Emerge America, seeks to increase the number of Democratic women leaders from diverse backgrounds in public office through recruitment, training, and providing a powerful network.

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Inaugural Blooms Day in downtown Clinton a huge success

Adeline Queener, a six-year-old Clinton Elementary student, got her face painted during the festival. - Crystal Huskey
Top left: The Wright family — Alexa, baby Ezra, Andrew and daughter Layla enjoy the first inaugural Blooms Day, which took place on April 13.

Center left: Megan Eliot represented Clinch River Community School at Blooms Day on Saturday. Many vendors were at the festival with plants to celebrate the season.

Bottom Left: Mollie Farrar and Katherine Birkbeck catch up at Blooms Day. Birkbeck owns the Spindle Tree and was instrumental in getting this special day off the ground.

Top right: Adeline Queener, a six-year-old Clinton Elementary student, got her face painted during the festival.

Center right: The Stair Agency put on a fashion show for Blooms Day with many of their models.

Bottom right: Angela Galen and Kathleen Owen enjoy some sunshine after a rainy start to the festival.

Center: Brynn Biddle and her dog, Frankie Bee, took time to shop and spend time with friends during Blooms Day.

People and Places of Anderson County

Angelo Miceli - Joe Bonomo
Manhattan-native Angelo Miceli was born on a kitchen table at his home in 1913.

“I try to keep alive every day, but it’s most difficult,” he jokes.

At 105 years old, Miceli says he is proud of the life he lived, and is thankful for his health — “I eat lots of vegetables, no fatty stuff,” he says — and his loving family.

“Without them, I don’t know where I would be,” he reflects. “We have three parts to our nature: the physical, the mental and the spiritual. Each of them has to be nourished. I’m nourished mentally and spiritually with my interaction with people and church. Physically, I read books on nutrition and do what they say. I’m careful about that.”

While the world has changed dramatically in the century-plus that he’s been alive, he says that people haven’t.

“I don’t see that could possibly be, people changing. I can’t see that, fundamentally, people have changed. Our universal need for finding a meaningful life, that’s been eternally a problem,” he says.

“The most important thing is your interaction with others. You can’t be isolated from the world and live a meaningful life.”

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Free legal clinics offered in April

The Tennessee Supreme Court has designated April as the third annual HELP4TN Days, a time dedicated to bringing free legal resources to Tennesseans in need. Throughout the month of April, more than 100 free legal clinics will be held throughout the state, and online and phone-based legal services will be offered to residents who cannot make it to a legal clinic.

The best place to start when looking for legal resources is or by calling (844) HELP4TN.

Contrary to popular belief, individuals do not have the right to an attorney in most civil legal actions, including evictions, debt collection, family law matters including domestic violence, expungements, employment issues, and other civil legal problems. Federal data shows that 71 percent of low-income households experienced at least one civil legal problem last year and 70 percent of those households said the issue significantly impacted their lives.

In East Tennessee, the following legal clinics are being held:

Oak Ridge Legal Help Clinic - General civil legal advice clinic

April 16, 2019, 4:00 PM

Legal Aid Society

575 Oak Ridge Turnpike, Suite 201, Oak Ridge, 37830

Sponsor: Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands

Pre-registration is required

Call: 865-483-8454 or 800-483-8457

Timely Topics plans anniversary event

Timely Topics Club will celebrate its 85th anniversary on Tuesday, May 28, with a luncheon, fashion show, narration about the club’s history, and music. The celebration will be held at noon at the Clinton Community Center Great Room.

The cost is $16 a person. Those planning to attend must let the program chairman, Ann Gann, 457-4669, or the president, Dorothy Howell, 457-1925

Six county veterans take part in April 10 HonorAir flight

Six Anderson County veterans participated in an HonorAir Knoxville flight flying to Washington, D.C .,to see the memorials built in their honor. Front row from left: Ste- phen Day, and James Hannah. Back row from left, Archie Seiber, James Monroe Jr., Robert Cummings and Jerry Moretz visit Arlington National Cemetery.
When the HonorAir Knoxville flight landed in Knoxville the evening of April 10 it successfully completed 27 flights taking more than 3,600 East Tennessee veterans to Washington, D.C., to see the memorials built to honor their sacrifices.

Six Anderson County veterans took part in the April 10 trip: Stephen Day, James Hannah Back, Archie Seiber, James Monroe Jr. Robert Cummings and Jerry Moretz.

HonorAir Knoxville was established and is presented by Prestige Cleaners and Prestige Tuxedo. Covenant Health has been a major sponsor of each of the flights taken to date.

The program is dedicated to taking as many East Tennessee World War II, Korean War, and Vietnam War veterans as possible on this special trip. The one-day, all expense paid trip includes a chartered flight and tours of the World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War, Marine and Air Force Memorials.

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