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$10,000 reward authorized for leads in 2014 murder

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee has authorized, at the request of Seventh Judicial District Attorney Dave Clark, a $10,000 reward “for information leading to the conviction of the person or persons responsible for killing Thomas Steven ‘T.S.’ Thrasher.”

Thrasher was found dead in his home, 615 Wester Vanderbilt Drive in the Rolling Hills Apartment Complex in Oak Ridge, on Dec. 8, 2014. He died from a gunshot wound.

In a release issued by Clark Monday, he said the investigation into Thrasher’s death was conducted by the Oak Ridge Police Department and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation).

Persons with any information are requested to contact the TBI tip line at 800-TBI-FIND.

In his release, Clark said, “We are grateful to Gov. Lee for agreeing to extend this offer of a reward.

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Norris gets another fire pumper

Thanks to the city of Clinton

The city of Clinton last week donated this surplus 1994 fire truck to the city of Norris to be used as the Norris Fire Department’s third pumper truck for backup. - G. Chambers Williams III
Norris has added a third fire truck to its volunteer fire department, courtesy of the city of Clinton.

Last week, Clinton donated a surplus 1994 Custom Ferrara Invader fire pumper truck to Norris, which City Manager Scott Hackler said should help the city improve its fire insurance rating, helping homeowners to get lower insurance rates.

“That’s a big help for us,” Hackler said.

Clinton decided to pass the truck on to Norris rather than sell it as surplus, and it was a neighborly thing to do, Hackler said.

“We’ve already gotten two police patrol cars from them, but this is the first fire truck,” he said. “They have been a good neighbor to us.”

New fire pumper trucks can run as much as $350,000, Hackler said.

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RSCC hosting vaccine clinic for students and staff

Roane State Community College, in partnership with the Free Medical Clinic of Oak Ridge, is planning a two-part COVID-19 vaccination clinic at its Oak Ridge Branch Campus for Roane State students and employees.

The first is scheduled for Wednesday, April 28, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., and will provide the first dose of the Moderna vaccine to participants. Appointments are available for students and college employees by visiting R numbers will be required to sign up. Students and employees from any campus location are eligible.

The clinics will be held in a drive-through format. Participants should follow signage posted on campus and can stay inside their vehicles the entire time. A short waiting period after receiving the shot will be required for safety. Vehicles will park in a designated area during this time.

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