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

A library staff member is pictured holding holding and wearing one of the new masks they’re distributing to the public. They even have “TN” stitched into the fabric. - Collin Riggs
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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Commission on Aging offers advice to seniors

As the state gradually emerges from its COVID-19 restrictions, the Tennessee Commission on Aging and Disability reminds older adults that they should continue to be vigilant about exposing themselves to the deadly coronavirus.

Older adults remain especially vulnerable to COVID-19. The data clearly indicates that older adults are much more likely to have serious complications if they become infected.

One of the chief ways the virus spreads occurs when it comes into contact with people’s hands.

Then, when people touch their mouths, noses or eyes, they become infected.

And those who come into contact with older adults — including family members, friends and service providers — must remember what everyone should continue to do:

Stay home if possible.

Wash your hands often.

Stay six feet away from others.

Wear a mask.

Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.

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

Pizza delivery took on a new meaning for three Weigel’s employees the past few weeks — delivering dozens of pizzas and doughnuts to local hospitals and fire stations.

After determining where the hospitals and fire stations were in the 11 counties Weigel’s serves, Kurt Weigel – Weigel’s recruiting director; Brittany Obester, recruiting benefits coordinator; and Kelly Bowling, HR director, loaded their cars with dozens of pizzas and boxes of doughnuts and headed out.

During a four day period, they made deliveries to 15 hospitals and 18 fire stations.

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Arts Craft Center will provide remote clay class for children

The Appalachian Arts Craft Center located in Clinton/Norris, has partnered with Studio 212 Arts, located in Maryville, to provide a remote clay class for children ages 6-12. Children will work at home to create a unique personalized clay door and/or wall plaque. Registration deadline: June 8. Registration Fee: $25. For more information and/or to register for the class visit or Facebook.

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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Children’s Museum to re-open next week

Children play in the Ed Westcott Room at the Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge before the Museum closed in mid-March.
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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Goodwill Industries offering IT program and job placement

Goodwill Industries-Knoxville offers the Google IT Professional Certificate Program for those in East Tennessee interested in launching careers in information technology.

The program is designed to take beginners to job readiness in six months.

Support roles in IT are included in the best jobs over the next decade, growing faster than many other occupations. Participants in the program learn the skills to succeed in this highly competitive workforce. Scholarship opportunities through Goodwill give people the opportunity to change their lives at no cost.

The five-course program includes computer networking, systems administration, cybersecurity and more. The course is completed online with Goodwill instructors giving guided training and support.

Goodwill will assist with job placement for students upon completion of the program. Graduates will have the opportunity to share their resumes with top companies seeking entry-level IT support.

Registration is under way. Interested applicants can learn more about the program by emailing or calling 865-588-8567. Additional information is available at

Making the best of the ‘beginning of summer’

Anderson County Park
Swimming, boating and picnicking were in full swing on Memorial Day at the Anderson County Park on Norris Lake near Andersonville. County parks were reopened to the public on May 18 after being shut down for two months over coronavirus concerns.