Commissioners speak out on delinquent tax attorney selection

Anderson County Trustee Regina Copeland reported her choice for delinquent tax attorney to the Anderson County Commission Monday night.

That was the simple part.

Copeland told the body that after researching her options, after multiple consultations with other counties, the County Technical Advisory Service (CTAS), auditors, and many others she will be keeping the same delinquent tax attorney for at least one more year — Doyle “Trippy” Teno.

Copeland said she needed to have the tax attorney in place by April 1. “I’m not making any changes in the position that is there,” she said. The Anderson County Delinquent Tax Attorney will begin working on 2017 delinquent taxes and will be in place for one year.

The Anderson County Delinquent Tax Attorney is appointed by the Anderson County Trustee and approved (or not approved) by the County Mayor.

However, some commissioners questioned the appointment.

In the end, however, it was “much ado about nothing.”

District One Commissioner Chuck Fritts said the decision to retain Teno, “Cost the county tax payers a lot of money. We’re looking at a 30-plus cents tax increase on our citizens. We don’t need to pay an outside attorney a whopping salary by not using (Anderson County Attorney) Jay Yeager,” he said.

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Spring cleaning in the city motor pool

Clinton Police Officer Nathan Braden - Ken Leinart
Clinton Police Officer Nathan Braden did some cleaning on his patrol car last week —taking advantage of the sunshine and warm weather that followed what seemed like a month of rain. And just in time, too. The Spring Equinox occurs at 5:58 p.m. Wednesday, March 20 (today).

This is the weekend to learn about Aspire

This is the weekend.

The field has been mowed, parking has been arranged, amenities arranged.

And the biggest item on the day’s menu is a dream turning into a reality: Aspire Park.

On March 23, with a rain date of March 30, the public is invited to check out the proposed plans and walk around the site from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. There will be free food trucks, activities for kids and people on site to answer questions from the public.

“It is a big undertaking,” Hollingsworth Foundation Executive Director Mike Wallace said. “And it’s moving really quickly.”

As The Courier News reported last week, it’s long been a dream of the Hollingsworth family to contribute to a park that would improve the quality of life in Clinton, according to Joe Hollingsworth.

“We wanted this be a component to the recent Clinton Vision and a true experience that would repeatedly attract local appreciation and some national recognition,” he said. “Additionally, we wanted it to highlight some of the local historic stories to give a texture of the community to those who enjoy the park.”

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Alfred Williams, member of ‘Clinton 12,’ dies at 83

Alfred Williams said he was “no hero.”

Williams, one of the “Clinton 12,” died last Thursday, March 14, 2019, at The Waters Nursing and Rehabilitation Facility in Clinton.

Services for Williams will be held Saturday, March 23, 2019, at Mt. Sinai Baptist Church in Clinton, with the family reieived friends from noon – 1 p.m. A funeral service will follow.

In 1956 Williams and 11 other African-American students were the first to attend an all-white public school in the south. Williams’ story of his year at Clinton High School is both tragic and inspiring.

In an interview with The Courier News in 2006 Williams spoke of his time at Clinton High School: The abuse from white students who shoved him against lockers, threw things at his head, and called him “N*****.” He said that the kindness of teachers saw him through most of that year.

Born in Anniston, Ala., he and his brother, Maurice, went to live with relatives in Oak Ridge following his mother’s death. He said education was a mainstay in his family.

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EMS Director asked to explain transfer for ‘linen service’

Anderson County Emergency Services Director Nathan Sweet was called in front of Anderson County Commission Monday during its monthly session to explain the reasoning behind a fund transfer he had requested.

Sweet had asked that $20,000-plus his department received in an insurance settlement stemming from an accident involving an ambulance and another party be split into two accounts: One for vehicle maintenance (almost $12,000), and another for linen service (roughly $8,000).

Sweet told commission the ambulance service changes the linens in the vehicle after every use and that this year the service has gone beyond what he had budgeted. The $8,000, he noted, should make up for the shortfall for the remainder of the fiscal year.

The ambulance in question was involved in an accident — through no fault of the EMS service — and was given a $20,000-plus settlement.

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