Two youths from county are youngest honorees

From left: Tennessee Lt. Gov. Randy McNally, EmmaGrace Bridges and Dan Bridges Jr. are shown during proceedings at the state capitol on Tuesday, Jan. 10, in Nashville.
Two Anderson County students received personal invitations to be the youngest honorary pages of the Tennessee Senate at the Capitol in Nashville on Tuesday, Jan. 10.

Lake City Middle School seventh-grader EmmaGrace Bridges and Briceville Elementary School fourth-grader Danny Bridges Jr. were invited by Lt. Gov. Randy McNally to attend and witness how the Tennessee government procedures are conducted.

“We were able to witness the newly elected senators being sworn into office, and had the prestigious honor to witness the voting procedures of the senators as they voted for the speaker of the House,” EmmaGrace Bidges said.

“Mr. Randy McNally was voted in to be speaker of the Senate,” she said. “We also got to meet Jan McNally, Sen. Bowling and other senators from other districts around the state. We both were very grateful for this prestigious opportunity and were very humbled by the heartfelt invitation to come and witness these events in person. This is something we will never forget.

“We don’t know what our future holds, but as long as we put God first, we know we have a bright future ahead of us. Thank you so very much Lt. Gov. Randy McNally for the invitation and for everything that you do for our state,” she said.

Celebrating Arbor Day in Rocky Top

Lake City Elementary School student Gabby Green reads a proclamation from the mayor of Rocky Top during the city’s recent Arbor Day ceremony at City Hall. The event was Rocky Top’s fifth Arbor Day celebration and marked the city’s fourth year as an official Tree City. - Rebecca Bozeman

Local rescue squads can get $2M in grants from state of Tennessee


Rescue squads locally and across the state can apply for up to $2 million in grants through the newly created Rescue Squad Grant Program through the Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance and the Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office.

Last year, Gov. Bill Lee and the General Assembly approved the funds for the purchase of lifesaving equipment by Tennessee rescue squads.

The money is intended to be used to buy equipment used by rescue squads during responses to emergencies, and to help keep squad members safe.

“This program will help provide resources to Tennessee’s rescue squads, while fulfilling Gov. Lee’s vision of strengthening Tennessee’s rural communities,” said state Fire Marshal and TDCI Commissioner Carter Lawrence.

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RAM sets two-day clinic in Oak Ridge

Remote Area Medical, a major nonprofit provider of pop-up clinics delivering free dental, vision and medical care to those in need, will hold a free, two-day clinic Feb. 18-19, at the Oak Ridge Civic Center, 1403 Oak Ridge Turnpike.

This clinic is in collaboration with The Free Medical Clinic of Oak Ridge.

All of the clinic’s services are free, and no ID is required.

Dental, vision and medical services will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis.

The patient parking lot will open no later than 11:59 p.m. (midnight) on Friday night, Feb. 17, and remain open for the duration of the clinic. Once in the parking lot, participants will be given additional information regarding clinic-opening processes, and next steps will be provided. Clinic doors open at 6 a.m.

Due to time constraints, patients should be prepared to choose between dental and vision services.

Medical services are offered, in addition to dental or vision services, free to every patient attending the clinic.

For more information, to donate or to volunteer, please visit or call 865-579-1530.