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One final salute


Taking part in “Operation Last Mile” Saturday morning along Charles Seivers Boulevard are, from left, 2LT Landon Wood, Retired SFC Carla Miller, and SSG Chris Fairchild (local area recruiter for the Army Na- tional Guard), and other active duty service personnel. - Tony Cox

Honor, pride, duty, sacrifice. There is something woven in the fabric that makes an American flag. It isn’t tangible, not in the sense that it is a piece of thread, or material, you can hold in your hands. It is a thread, though. Shared by many who love their country, but more so by those who have served their country. It is there — if you are willing to see it. Sgt. Robert Reece and Sgt. Christopher Fairchild are part of that thread, that group who serve their country. For them, the American flag is no mere symbol of “nation.” They see and understand what is woven in the fabric of the American flag.

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Drive through grocery give away this Friday


JCOR President Ronnie Bogard and ORUUC Stone Soup Free Community Meal coordinator Jinx Watson meet to make final plans for the May 29 free grocery give away.

In order to practice social distancing and still provide food on the final Friday of the month, the Stone Soup Ministry of Oak Ridge Unitarian Universalist Church (ORUUC) and the Jewish Congregation of Oak Ridge in partnership, will give away family size bags of groceries on a first come-first served basis between 5 - 6 p.m. —or until supplies run out — Friday, May 29. Drive through the ORUUC parking lot to the main entrance of the church where a volunteer will assist you. Please remain in your car and maintain a safe distance from other drivers. ORUUC is located at 809 Oak Ridge Turnpike (traffic light #2) in Oak Ridge.

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Clinton Public Library begins phase 2 of its re-opening plan

The Clinton Public Library began the second phase of its re-opening plan on Tuesday, May 26, meaning it will now offer computer use by appointments and will continue curbside pickup. Kim Harrison, the director of the library, said the board meeting to vote on the reopening plan she proposed went well, but board members are still unsure of what criteria to use to assess reopening. “The board is seeking a more professional opinion on what metric we should be using,” said Harrison. Regarding what the second phase of reopening will entail, it will mostly just be the limited use of computers by appointment. “No browsing the collection quite yet,” said Harrison. “But everyone is still able to place reserves and things.”

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Children’s Museum to re-open next week

The Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge will reopen on a three-day-a-week schedule and welcome visitors beginning Tuesday, June 2, now that museums across the state are allowed to reopen. The Museum will take precautions recommended as a result of COVID-19, including social distancing and increased cleaning of the facility, to protect the safety of visitors and staff. “Children’s Museum visitors will be expected to practice social distancing, and visitors ages 5 and older will be required to wear a mask. Masks will be optional for visitors ages 3-4,” said Beth Shea, Executive Director of the Museum. “All staff and volunteers in public areas of the Museum will wear masks, and the Museum will be vigilant about cleaning and visitor safety protocols.”

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News

City of Clinton moves meeting date to hold budget workshop  Read More

One final salute  Read More

County gets ‘leads’ on dumpster arsonist  Read More

Remains of apparent suicide victim found on Bacon Springs Lane in Clinton  Read More

Funding in place for SR-33 completion  Read More

Norris plans to hold tax rate for new budget of $1.866M  Read More

Vandy doing study of rate of COVID-19 infection in children  Read More

Oak Ridge receives grant from Department of Justice  Read More

Opinion

It’s gonna be a long summer  Read More

We need to change Social Security  Read More

Sports

Better late than never: Spring football practice begins June 1  Read More

Community

Clinton Public Library begins phase 2 of its re-opening plan  Read More

Commission on Aging offers advice to seniors  Read More

Weigel’s provided pizza, doughnuts to front-line workiers  Read More

Arts Craft Center will provide remote clay class for children  Read More

Drive through grocery give away this Friday  Read More

Children’s Museum to re-open next week  Read More

Goodwill Industries offering IT program and job placement  Read More

Making the best of the ‘beginning of summer’  Read More

School

Video compiled congratulating the Class of 2020 in Tennessee  Read More

Carson-Newman releases Dean’s List for spring, 2020  Read More

Business

Buddy’s bar-b-q building is taking shape in Clinton  Read More