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Some headway in the cleanup of American Nuclear superfund site?

There might be some light visible at the end of the tunnel concerning a longstanding problem dealing with radiation levels at a closed plant in the county.

After more than 50 years, it appears that progress might be made toward cleaning up radiation levels in water around the American Nuclear Corp. site at the end of Blockhouse Valley Road.

“This is absolutely phenomenal, excellent and outstanding news,” Anderson County Mayor Terry Frank told county commissioners at their meeting on Monday, Sept. 19.

She informed them of the results of a recent workshop meeting she attended with officials of the U.S. Environmental Protection Administration and the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation.

The plant was built in the early 1960s by the late Jim Wilder, and went bankrupt a decade later. It used radioactive isotopes Cobalt-60 and Cesium-137 to make items for x-ray heads and other medical needs.

The problem began in 1968 when routine tests by Oak Ridge National Laboratory disclosed “significant and unacceptable” levels of nuclear radioactivity in a nearby river. Some cleanup was done in 1974, and the state of Tennessee took control of the site in 1980.

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County EMS team heads south to help in expected hurricane

The Anderson County Emergency Medical Service is sending a team of two employees to aid in disaster response in Florida as the Sunshine State prepares for the anticipated landfall of Hurricane Ian later this week.

Scott Thomas, a critical-care paramedic and assistant director of Anderson County EMS, and Bobbie Jo Henderson, a paramedic and deputy director of education, both deployed to Central Florida Monday afternoon.

Thomas and Henderson, with assistance from other EMS employees, outfitted an Anderson County EMS ambulance with additional supplies and personal needs and joined other ambulance crews from across Tennessee.

They are part of a strike team of EMS and disaster-response workers who are going to aid those in the projected path of Hurricane Ian.

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Norris hires city manager

Charles ‘Adam’ Ledford will begin duties Oct. 17

Charles “Adam” Ledford, currently city administrator in Marion, Kentucky, is on tap to take the city manager position in the city of Norris.

A contract to hire Ledford, who goes by the name “Adam,” was approved on a unanimous vote by the Norris City Council on Monday night, with a base salary of $110,000 plus benefits.

Ledford, 45, a native of Eldorado, Illinois, accepted the job Tuesday morning in a communication with Norris Mayor Chris Mitchell, and is scheduled to begin in Norris on Oct. 17.

He has been city administrator since 2016 in Marion, a town of about 3,000 people in western Kentucky. Before that, he was city administrator in Sac City, Iowa, from 2008-16.

Ledford replaces Scott Hackler in the Norris city manager position. Hackler resigned in June, citing health reasons.

The new Norris city manager holds a master of public administration degree in local government from City University in Seattle, Washington; a bachelor’s degree in business administration and management from Park University, Park, Missouri; and an associate of arts degree from Southeastern Illinois College in Harrisburg, Illinois.

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We’re back!

Hawk Talk

We’re back!

With an all-new crew of eighth-grade Hawks taking the lead with the guidance of sponsor and writing teacher Kevin Powers, we bring Courier News readers good news from the halls, rooms, and spaces of your hometown middle school for the first time since March 2020.

You will find short pieces below related to areas of learning and fun in our building from classes and sports to our amazing Explore to Soar clubs and the brand-new Hawk Time Experience at Clinton Middle School: A college and career Academy.

A brand-new ‘experience

By Elle Schnakenberg and Natalie White

Clinton Middle students start every morning with The Hawk Time Experience.

Hawk Time is an opportunity for teachers and students to build community and work toward a common goal.

Students work with teachers in more of a club setting to provide service for the school and community.

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