Bowling wins big in primary

Matt Tuck beats incumbent; Lynch, Long hold off challenges

The May 3 Primary is over.

Two Republican incumbent judges lost their chances to run in the General Election in August, while county officeholders facing a challenge all won.

No Democrats were on a Primary Election ballot.

“It was kinda crazy,” Victoria Bowling said after defeating Judge Don Layton in the Republican Primary.

“I was a little disappointed in the turnout,” she said. “You can have a lot of people telling you they support you, but they have to get out and vote.”

There were 6,698 ballots cast in the May 3 primary. There are 47,348 registered voters in Anderson County.

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Briceville VFD breaking ground Thursday

Materials for construction of the steel building for the new Briceville Volunteer Fire Department station await the start of the project along Tennessee Route 116 just south of Briceville. - G. Chambers Williams III
A groundbreaking ceremony for the new Briceville Volunteer Fire Department headquarters and station will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday (May 12), Fire Chief Jamie Brewster has announced.

Materials for the steel building were recently delivered to the site just south of Briceville along Tennessee Route 116, but in the style of Swedish retailer IKEA, some assembly is required.

“We’re excited and very thankful we’re finally to the point we can begin construction,” Brewster said in an announcement of the formal groundbreaking.

Tennessee Lt. Gov. Randy McNally and state Rep. John Ragan are expected to attend the ceremony, along with Anderson County and local officials. The ceremony is open to the public, as well, the announcement noted.

The new building will replace a smaller one just east of the main Briceville intersection on Highway 116 that has served the department for more than 42 years.

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Engineers: Norris sewer upgrades to cost $5.5 million or more

Norris will have to spend about $5.5 million – or even more – to fix problems with stormwater runoff overwhelming the city’s sanitary sewer system during heavy rains, the City Council was told Monday night.

Engineers with Cannon & Cannon Consulting Engineers of Knoxville outlined to the council members a plan to make the repairs required by the state of Tennessee, with an estimated completion date of late 2028.

The price tag for the bulk of the work was estimated to be $5.488 million, with a potential bill as high as $6.6 million, the engineers said.

There’s also the possibility the city would have to install a 750,000-gallon holding tank for stormwater runoff, at a price of more than $2.1 million.

Money to pay for the upgrades will come from a “combination of grants, debt and increased sewer rates” to customers, Mayor Chris Mitchell said after the meeting.

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Tourism, Chamber of Commerce, look at joint venture near downtown

One items dominated early in theMonday, May 9, Anderson County Operations Committee Meeting: Tourism.

Director of Tourism Stephanie Wells made a request to move forward with obtaining a new building for tourism and the Anderson County Chamber of Commerce.

The building would be located, “near downtown Clinton.”

Wells presented a site plan for a new building with a maximum structure of 10,000 square feet.

“I’m not saying that’s what we’re going to build, but that’s the ‘maximum’ size,” Wells said.

The building would be a combination Tourism/Chamber of Commerce/Anderson County Economic Development Association facility.

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