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A field of honor


River City Baseball’s Hayden Harrell places one of the many wreaths on the headstone of an American serviceman Dec. 18, 2021, at Knoxville Veterans Cemetery in Knoxville.

The grass is almost perfect — the lines from the mower are like an artist’s canvas. The ground — sacred — is so much like a dream you want to but can’t quite remember. It would be good ground for a pitch and a catch, a batted ball, a stab for a drive to the outfield. But this is not the place. And there is a young man, a middle-schooler and a baseball player, a young man who has been brought up in the old ways — the “Yes, sir,” and the “Yes Ma’am,” ways; and a young man raised with a feeling of gratitude for so much his country has bestowed on him and for those who made it possible. Hayden Harrell. He is the son of a Marine — because there is no such thing as a “former Marine,” unless you look in a cemetery — so he understands. Hayden Harrell didn’t ask to be put in a spotlight. He didn’t ask that his teammates be put in the spotlight, either. He and his teammates asked that others be put in that spotlight — the ones he and his River City Baseball teammates put wreaths on their tombstones. That’s where the spotlight should shine.

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John Rice Irwin passes at age 91


JOHN RICE IRWIN

John Rice Irwin, cultural historian and founder of the Museum of Appalachia, passed away at the age of 91 on Sunday, Jan. 16, 2022, in Clinton. His family was blessed to be by his side when he drew his final breath, they said. A graveside service will be held at Norris Memorial Gardens at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 20. The procession will leave from Holley-Gamble Funeral Home in Clinton at 3 p.m. A celebration of the life of John Rice Irwin will be held at the Museum of Appalachia at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 24. “How incredibly blessed we have been to have a man in our midst who was so deliberate about bringing people together to share music and stories, and preserve the history of our Appalachia,” Anderson County Mayor Terry Frank said of Irwin. “He understood the value of knowing where we’ve been, of who we are, and the incredible community bonds that kind of understanding and appreciation creates in us as a people. He will be greatly missed, but he has left an incredible legacy that will never be forgotten -- a legacy his family and our community will continue to build upon.”

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Politics in 2022: Commission races begin to take form

First off, Joshua Anderson will run for re-election in District 3 for Anderson County Commission. Secondly, there has been much wringing of hands and other clichés associated with the 2022 Anderson County Commission after petitions were filed by the Anderson County Republican Party to hold commission elections on a party basis. Anderson, who is chairman of the Anderson County Commission, said he intends to run as an independent. Party affiliation was not part of his running for Anderson County Commission four years ago when he ran for the office as an independent — nor will party affiliation be part of his campaign this time around. “I will be on the August ballot for the General Election,” Anderson said.

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AC Fair organizers looking for E.T.’s contacts

There is only one E.T Stamey. That sentiment has been voiced repeatedly since an emergency health issue forced the Clinton icon to the sidelines in December. Stamey is the driving force, along with the Clinton City School System, of the Clinton Blaze. The program has been recognized by the state of Tennessee. Of the many hats Stamey wears, the role he takes with the Anderson County Fair is sometimes overlooked. The county fair is award-winning because of the work that goes into it. The “Best Six Days of Summer” actually start on that seventh day — when the fair closes and preparations for the next year begin. And Stamey has always been a part of that preparation. “E.T. is vital in putting the fair together,” Anderson County Fair President Steve Queener said. “But we don’t know what E.T. knows,” he said.

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Community

John Rice Irwin passes at age 91  Read More

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