CHS Class of ’50 cleans up its memories

Clinton High School Class of 1950 alumni Ann Patton looks at the refurbished plaque listing the names of the class of 1950. - Ken Leinart
They graduated 69 years ago and still like to hang out together.

In fact, after their 40th reunion they decided to meet every year.

The Clinton High School Class of 1950 has come together for picnics at Cove Lake, breakfast in familiar booths at Hoskins, dancing at Elks Lodge, barbeque at Freels Bend historic cabin, big band tunes at the Community Center (forever “the Rec Hall” for this group), a dinner cruise on Fort Loudon Lake, potluck at the Norris Dam pavilion, a Museum of Appalachia barn shindig, and their own 80th birthday party.

This year’s reunion, a luncheon at Harrison’s Restaurant on September 6, featured a special preview: The class roster plaque from Clinton Memorial Park, newly refurbished and updated. The city will reinstall the plaque soon.

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City of Norris replacing familiar patrol truck

The familiar sight of police officers in white Ram pickups patrolling the streets of Norris and Andersonville Highway soon will be gone.

Instead, the last remaining Ram patrol vehicle will be replaced in coming weeks by a used Ford Explorer SUV with special police modifications, which the Norris City Council on Monday night decided to buy from a surplus-vehicle program operated by the state of Missouri.

The council chose to spend $23,000 on the three-year-old Explorer rather than purchase a new Dodge Charger police sedan for $27,000, which was originally considered as the replacement for the ailing Ram pickup.

City Manager Scott Hackler told the council members that although the Charger would be new and would come with all-wheel drive, the Police Department really needed a four-wheel-drive sport utility vehicle to replace the four-wheel-drive Ram.

That’s because the Police Department not only patrols paved city streets, but also the miles of gravel and dirt roads contained within the Norris Watershed, a 2,200-acre forest preserve that runs between the city proper and Norris Lake.

“Even though the Charger would come with four-wheel drive, it’s not suitable for off-road,” Hackler said.

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Family matters

Anderson County High School steps up to help during former player’s son’s leukemia treatment

Anderson County High School senior Gywneth Fagan holds a decal displaying the school’s support for four-month-old Jack Price of Campbell County, who is being treated for leukemia at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital. - Fred Strohl
More than $1,700 was raised by the beginning of this week at Anderson County High School to help the family of Jack Price -- the four-month-old son of Justin and Traci Price of Campbell County — who was recently diagnosed with leukemia and is being treated at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital in Knoxville.

Selling Maverick decals with Jack’s name on them, $500 was raised in-school last week before sales in the stands at Maverick Stadium during Friday’s AC-Hixson football game resulted in more than $1,200 collected.

Once the PA announcement was made announcing the effort, it was only a matter of minutes before spectators rose to the occasion to buy out the entire supply of decals.

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