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New home for Chamber purchased


Anderson County Chamber of Commerce President Rick Meredith shows the survey plat of the site for the new chamber headquarters to chamber officials Janet Haw- kins, left, and Jackie Patterson on Tuesday morning (June 28). The property is at North Main and Hicks streets, across from Knight’s Flowers. - G. Chambers Williams III

The Anderson County Chamber of Commerce last week closed on the purchase of a 1.17-acre lot on North Main Street in Clinton that will be the site of the new chamber headquarters. Across from Knight’s Flowers, the vacant lot, formerly the Hicks homesite, was purchased from Brenda Lou Hemphill for $199,900. It has road frontage on North Main and North Hicks streets, with the Norfolk Southern Railway tracks at the rear. Chamber President Rick Meredith said there will be two connecting buildings constructed on the site. One will hold the Chamber of Commerce offices, and the other the Anderson County Tourism Office, which will be moving from its current site in a log building near Interstate 75, next to Golden Girls restaurant. The chamber will be moving from its offices at 245 N. Main St.

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Honoring Steve Pyatt


Clinton firefighters John Nelson, left, and Hunter Holt stand with the city’s new nearly $520,000 rescue pumper stationed last week at Station 2 in South Clinton. - G. Chambers Williams III

Clinton put its newest fire truck into service last week at Station 2 in South Clinton, a Pierce rescue pumper that has been designated Engine 2. City Manager Roger Houck said the city paid $519,915 for the new truck out of “reserve funds” on May 9. “We also have ordered our new Engine 3, which will go into service at our headquarters station downtown,” he said. Because of supply issues that are delaying fire equipment purchases nationwide, the new Engine 3 probably won’t arrive until early 2024, Houck said. “We are truly blessed with such a supportive city council, city manager, and city residents,” the fire department said in a Facebook post announcing the addition of the truck. “The Clinton Fire Department is pleased to introduce to you our newest member of our fleet. “Engine 2 went into service effective today to serve as the primary fire engine at Station 2 in the South Clinton Community.”:

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Norris sets schedule for taking applications, hiring city manager

The Norris City Council last Friday night set a July 18 deadline for candidates to apply for the vacant city manager position, and approved a schedule of special meetings to interview applicants and make a final hiring decision. The person hired will replace former City Manager Scott Hackler, whose resignation was effective at the end of the day Monday (June 27). On a unanimous vote, the council approved a list of qualifications for applicants that will be included in advertisements that will be placed through various media to seek candidates for the job. The council will hold a special called meeting at 6 p.m. Friday, July 22, to review applications and choose candidates to interview. Then first interviews with those applicants will be held during three special meetings, at 6 p.m. Aug. 3, 4 and 5. That will be followed by second interviews of the finalists during a called meeting at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 6.

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Norris budget holds property tax rate

There will be no increase in Norris property taxes in the fiscal year beginning July 1, but water and sewer customers will see steep rises in their bills – 25 percent for sewer service and 10 percent for water – in the 2022-23 budget approved unanimously by the City Council Monday night. After about an hour and a half of discussion, the budget was approved on second and final reading nearly as it was submitted to the council Monday night. It calls for total expenditures of $3.05 million against expected revenues of $2.59 million. The budget holds the property tax rate at the current level – $1.54 per each $100 of assessed value. A motion by Mayor Chris Mitchell to cut the sewer rate hike to 20 percent for the first six months of the new budget year, adding the additional 5 percent beginning Jan. 1, failed to get a second.

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News

New home for Chamber purchased  Read More

A tale of two churches in the heart of Clinton  Read More

Norris sets schedule for taking applications, hiring city manager  Read More

Honoring Steve Pyatt  Read More

Sawmill Road extension plan expected to proceed  Read More

Norris budget holds property tax rate  Read More

Competing, honors, and summer camps  Read More

Opinion

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A letter from Abraham Lincoln  Read More

Sports

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Witnessing through sports  Read More

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The All-Star Saturday in photos  Read More

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Community

Touch-A-Truck with Clinton emergency crews  Read More

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