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Downtown shopping, restaurant complex set for Market Street

Steve Heatherly looks over the front of the old Hammers buillding at Market Street, where he is creating the Market Street Market dining and shopping complex. - G. Chambers Williams III

Plans are in the works for a large new development in downtown Clinton called the Market Street Market, which would incorporate several new businesses including upscale restaurants, retail stores, a food court and “pop-up” shops. Developer Steve Heatherly said he is managing partner of “a small group of lifelong Clintonians dedicated to improving our town,” with emphasis on Market Street. The group, known as MSP Property Redevelopment, plans to update the former Hammers Dry Goods store location at 381 Market St. to become a “destination” for shoppers and diners. It’s the former site of Clinton’s Park Hotel, which was demolished in 1971. The current building was constructed in 1972. Hammers has long since moved to Charles G. Seivers Boulevard. “I think it’s an exciting idea,” Clinton City Manager Roger Houck said Monday. “We’re seeing a lot of new businesses on Main and Market streets. That goes hand-in-hand with our plans for downtown.” Signs on the front and back of the old Hammers building promote the new Market Street Market and list Heatherly’s phone number to call for information. “Our vision is that it will become an 11,000-square-foot destination on Market,” Heatherly said. “There will be multiple eateries, with indoor and outdoor eating spaces; 15 pop-up retail spaces; a fast-grab food area and food court; and a kids’ play area.

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Norris police lieutenant commended for saving resident’s life with CPR

Norris Police Department Lt. David Campbell stands with Joe Colorusso at Monday night’s City Council meeting after Campbell was presented a let- ter of commendation for helping to save Colorusso’s life on April 11 during a medical emergency.

In yet another example of a police officer doing good work, Norris Police Lt. David Campbell was honored at the City Council meeting Monday night for helping to save the life of a Norris man during a medical emergency on April 11. Chief of Police Mike Poole pre- sented Campbell a framed “Let- ter of Commendation” during the meeting, recognizing the officer’s lifesaving efforts using cardio-pulmonary resuscitation after arriving at the Hilltop Lane home of Joe Colorusso on an emergency call-out, finding him unconscious and unresponsive. According to the letter, Anderson County EMS credited Camp- bell with performing CPR for seven minutes until paramedics arrived at the scene, providing “the required blood and oxygen vital for sustained life.”

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Clinton gets $500,000 from state to help pay for new pool complex

Clinton has received a $500,000 state grant to help pay for a new swimming pool complex in Jaycee City Park, which will include a new, smaller pool and a splash pad, city officials said. The current pool has been closed since 2019, and the city has said it would not be reopened. Instead, the city will “reconfigure and renovate the pool compound,” according to a city announcement. The total project will cost about $1 million, with the city matching the state grant with its own money, City Manager Roger Houck said. “The current pool will be removed and replaced with a smaller Americans with Disabilities Act accessible pool and adjacent splash pad,” the city’s announcement said. “The existing bathhouse and entrance will be upgraded for ADA accessibility.” The project is not without controversy, with multiple commenters the past few days on social media sites complaining about the plans to replace the current pool with a smaller one.

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Anderson’s drug-related deaths up from 2020

The powerful opioid fentanyl and fentanyl analogues (synthetic opioids) continue to claim hundreds of lives each year in both Anderson County and neighboring Knox County. Fentanyl and fentanyl analogues were the most frequently identified drugs in the 464 drug-related deaths in both counties last year, according to findings released today by the Knox County Regional Forensic Center. “After seeing an encouraging 11.6% drop in overdose deaths in 2019, I’m sad to see the 2020 statistics showed an increase of 82% in Anderson County,” Anderson County Mayor Terry Frank said. “The loss of life, the pain and suffering for friends, family and our community is heartbreaking. We must continue our efforts of raising awareness, prevention, education and coordinating with key agencies and organizations to combat drug related deaths.” Drug-related deaths in Anderson County totaled 51 in 2020, up from 28 deaths in 2019, according to findings released today by the Knox County Regional Forensic Center.

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