Early voting begins Friday, July 13

Early Voting in Anderson County will begin Friday, July 13 and will run through Saturday, July 28 with Aug. 2 being Election Day.

The hours to vote early are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mon-Fri and 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday.

There are multiple locations to vote at that can all be found at

This election is a state primary election and a county general election.

The Republican candidates running for Governor are Diane Black, Randy Boyd, Beth Harwell, Bill Lee, Basil Marceaux Sr. and Kay White.

The Democratic candidates running for Governor are Karl Dean, Craig Fitzhugh and Mezianne Vale Payne.

The Republican candidates running for the United States Senate are Marsha Blackburn and Aaron L. Pettigrew.

The Democratic candidates running for the United States Senate are Phil Bredesen, Gary Davis and John Wolfe.

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An all-American Fourth of July

Ronald Spitzer - Capt America
Who better to lead a Fourth of July “Kid’s Parade” in Rocky Top last Wednesday than Captain America (AKA Ryan Spitzer). Rocky Top’s “Kid’s Parade” was just one of the many family friendly and children orientated events held throughout Anderson County on Independence Day. Right: Bill Whitacre (playing guitar) and Chip Bailey entertained at Norris Day in Norris on July 4, held on the Norris Commons, with traditional folk, bluegrass, and country tunes. Leo Collins (not pictured) joining the duo with some tap dancing and “soft shoe” numbers.

DA’s office evaluating re-trying Oak Ridge man

Appeals Court vacates eight aggravated assault covictions against Lee Harold Cromwell; vehicular homicide stands

District Attorney General Dave Clark will evaluate whether to retry a 68-year-old Oak Ridge man on eight counts of aggravated assault stemming from a July 4 incident in Oak Ridge in 2015, a press release from Clark’s office stated last week.

The Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals “took issue with the jury instructions issued by a Special Judge hearing the original trial and vacated a portion of the jury’s verdict as a result.”

Lee Harold Cromwell was convicted of vehicular homicide of 37-year-old James Robinson and eight counts of aggravated assault when he drove his pickup truck into a crowd watching the Oak Ridge fireworks show.

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Operations Committee makes bid decision on 205 Main Street

The Anderson County Operations Committee sent the decision to put the property at 205 Main St. in Clinton to bid to the Purchasing Committee.

The building at 205 Main St. was originally purchased, by the county, to be utilized as the new senior center.

After realizing that there were many flaws with the building, not only with the state of disarray the facility was in but also the general layout of the building not being conducive to the needs of a senior center, the Anderson County seniors were forced to move back into their current location at 195 Edgewood Ave. in Clinton.

The decision then became whether or not to spend the money to renovate the property or to sell the property and look elsewhere for another potential Senior Center.

“We have found the perfect place,” Mayor Terry Frank said, “But it doesn’t currently fit our pocketbook.”

Frank suggested to the Operations Committee that they move to put the property to bid with a minimum asking price.

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Former state Supreme Court Justice E. Riley Anderson dead at 85

“The courtroom is not sacrosanct. It belongs to the people just as any other part of government does.”

E. Riley Anderson
Former Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Edward Riley Anderson passed away July 4, 2018, at the age of 85. In his judicial career, Justice Anderson served three years on the Court of Appeals, 16 years on the Tennessee Supreme Court, and five terms as chief justice. During his tenure on the Supreme Court, he led the way for innovative improvements to the outreach and functionality of the Tennessee judiciary.

Anderson’s father died when he was six-years old, leaving his mother to support the family and raise him and his older brother. She was forced to take a seven-day-a-week job and leave her sons in the care of a family friend, who also served as a foster parent for other children.

This experience instilled in Justice Anderson a lifelong interest in foster care. Eventually, Justice Anderson’s mother remarried, and her new husband adopted Justice Anderson and his brother.

The family remained in Knoxville, and Justice Anderson graduated from Central High School in Knoxville in 1950 and enrolled at the University of Tennessee. At first, Justice Anderson considered becoming an engineer because of his interest in math. That changed one day, though, when he hitchhiked to school in the car of a local lawyer.

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Josh Anderson running for Dist. 3 Commission seat

With the tumultuous county primary behind us, and many county races effectively decided, it’s important to remember that all 16 seats of the nonpartisan county commission race are on the Aug. 2 ballot.

After Commissioner Emert announced he would not seek re-election to county commission last year in order to pursue his mayoral bid, I made the decision to run one more time since there would be an open seat in District 3 (the Norris, Andersonville, Fairview and Glen Alpine precincts).

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Fulton running as write-in for Circuit Court Clerk

Robert Fulton said he did a lot of thinking and a lot of praying.

And in the end he tossed his hat into the political ring.

Fulton is a write-in candidate for Anderson County Circuit Court Clerk on the Aug. 2 ballot.

He said he was “approached by many people who weren’t happy about the choices they had on the ballot.”

“I never thought I would throw my name into politics,” Fulton said.

And as a write-in, he’s taking a hard road in the race.

While there numerous issues Fulton said he will address if elected, getting to that point is going to be the battle.

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