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Rep. Dennis Powers named to regional leadership team for ‘Yes on 1’ Committee

The Yes on 1 Committe announced its regional leadership team, naming state Rep. Dennis Powers, R-Jacksboro, as Anderson and Campbell County chairman.

Yes on 1 will advocate for Amendment 1 to place right-to-work in the Tennessee Constitution, which will appear on the state’s election ballot Nov. 8, 2022.

Right-to-work ensures that Tennesseans cannot be forced to join a union and pay dues in order to get or keep their jobs.

“Tennessee is a highly sought location for companies seeking a talented workforce and a business-friendly environment,” Powers said.

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Motorists still waiting for traffic to be moved to new Lewallen Bridge

Work is still progressing on making connections from the new Clinch River bridge in Clinton to the highway sections it serves, but there’s still no word on when traffic will be moved onto the bridge, a city official said Monday.

Lynn Murphy, the city of Clinton’s liaison with the Tennessee Department of Transportation on the bridge project, said he met with the on-site superintendent for bridge contractor Blalock Construction Co. Monday morning, trying to get an update on the work’s progress.

TDOT spokesman Mark Nagi told The Courier News three weeks ago that northbound traffic could be moved from the present bridge onto the new span as early as Sept. 12 or 13 “if all goes well,” but that did not happen.

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Rocky Top council OKs rezoning to allow RV park


Former Rocky Top Fire Chief Ronnie Spitzer.
The Rocky Top City Council last Thursday night approved rezoning a tract along Tennessee Highway 116 just west of downtown to allow development of a recreational-vehicle park.

Following a public hearing, the council voted unanimously to pass on second and final reading an ordinance to rezone the parcel, adjacent to Sharp Drive, to give the RV park direct access to Highway 116.

The zoning was changed to C-2 (Tourist Commercial District) from R-1 (Low Density Residential District).

That change follows a rezoning ordinance the council approved in August on an adjacent lot on Sharp Drive from R-2 (High Density Planned Residential Development District) to C-2 as part of the property for the planned RV park.

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