Spotlight: Youth Leadership Anderson County visits Nashville

Anderson County Youth Leadership Visits Nashville

Youth Leadership Anderson County visited Nashville for a state government trip on March 12. (Submitted photo)

Youth Leadership Anderson County—sponsored by the Anderson County Chamber of Commerce and consisting of high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors from Anderson County High School and Clinton High School—visited Nashville for their State Government Trip on March 12.

The class had an opportunity for a “photo op” with Gov. Bill Haslam, Sen. Randy McNally, Rep. Dennis Powers, and Rep. John Ragan. The class visited the Titans Stadium and the Capitol, and participated in a mock session led by McNally, Powers and Ragan.

Those attending were Amber Bumgardner, Ivey Cates, Ryan Collinsworth, Rachel Crabtree, Jacob Craft, Hope Gass, Autumn Hicks, Sam Horn, Madison Ivey, Sami Joy, Olivia Kelly, Morgan Labelle, Tiffney Littlejohn, Matthew Lloyd, Matthew Longmire, Ali Matteson, Sarah Mawhinney, Victoria Parray, Erika Seiber, Taylor Spradlin, Sean Wallace, Brooklyn Webster, and Matthew Wilson. [Read more...]

Spotlight: TNBank donates to March of Dimes

Tom Tuck and March of Dimes

TNBank President Tom Tuck, left, presents a $1,000 check to Aaron Richardson of March of Dimes for the March of Dimes Campaign, March for Babies.

The March for Babies Walk is Friday, May 2, at A.K. Bissell Park in Oak Ridge and Saturday, May 10, at the Knoxville Civic Center.

Pet of the Day: Goofy

Pet of the Day: Goofy


Goofy was our featured pet of the day on Monday. He is a real doll and full of love and personality. You will love this little fella.

The Oak Ridge Animal Shelter is at 395 Belgrade Road in east Oak Ridge. The phone number is (865) 425-3423.

See the Animal Shelter’s website here. You can also find more information on adoptable animals at the Oak Ridge Animal Shelter on this Facebook page.

Meredith to seek re-election to Anderson County Commission

Rick Meredith

Rick Meredith

County Commissioner Rick Meredith has announced he is seeking re-election to the Anderson County Commission, representing District 2. District 2 includes the Clinton, South Clinton, and North Clinton precincts.

“It has truly been an honor to represent the residents of District 2 on County Commission,” Meredith said in a press release. “I take very seriously the trust that you have placed in me, and it is my hope that you will allow me to continue serving you and working with my fellow commissioners to move Anderson County forward.”

First elected in 2010, Meredith said he brings extensive experience in economic and community development to the Commission, as well as knowledge of both state and local planning and program management. He joined the Hollingsworth Companies in 2010 as senior vice president for community development. [Read more...]

Follow-up: Comptroller to examine potential conflict

Information from WYSH Radio

Following up on a story WYSH broke last week, Anderson County Mayor Terry Frank said she has asked the state Comptroller’s Office to look into whether or not any rules have been broken regarding School Board member Dail Cantrell’s ownership of a recycling company that has done business with the county government on an informal basis in the past.

Cantrell is a 25 percent owner of Scrap Metal Solutions in Clinton, and the company was slated to receive scrap metal generated as part of the school system’s energy efficiency project. After Cantrell divulged his ownership stake in the company, Scrap Metal Solutions was removed from the contract under consideration, and attention shifted to a verbal agreement between the company and the county’s Solid Waste Department under which SMS would collect scrap metal from the county’s convenience centers and take it to a recycling facility. That agreement has been suspended until the direct or indirect nature of Cantrell’s ownership has been examined by the county law director. [Read more...]

Knoxville man arrested after alleged burglary, running into tree

Information from WYSH Radio

A Knoxville man was arrested Saturday night after he allegedly broke into a house on Channel Way in Clinton and later injured his head by running into a tree.

The arrest report from the Clinton Police Department indicated that the residents of the home called 911 after Darron Christopher Hickman, 46, kicked in the front door, entered the house and “passed out.” At some point, Hickman got up and left the scene before officers arrived, and once they did, they located him a short time later in the nearby woods, where he was found sitting under a tree bleeding from the head. [Read more...]

Oak Ridge Schools selects Teacher Leaders

The Oak Ridge School system has announced its selections for Teacher Leaders for the 2014-15 school year.

The Teacher Leader initiative was conceived and launched as a result of the Tennessee Department of Education’s push to create a differentiated pay scale for teachers in all counties. The department encouraged systems to either adopt a structure where teachers receive pay bonuses based on student test scores and eliminate increases in pay for advanced degrees or years of service, or adopt programs that ask teachers to take on greater responsibilities in schools.

“When presented with the opportunity to reward teachers for their dedicated and outstanding service, we decided not to get rid of our steps and lanes that reward teachers for their time and dedication to the classroom and earning advanced degrees, but rather recognize teachers that step up and take on greater leadership roles around STEM, analyzing data, and reinforcing professional learning communities,” said Bruce Borchers, Oak Ridge Schools superintendent. [Read more...]

ETCompetes! Speaker Series: Secrets of successful communities


In the ever-changing world of economic development, it is imperative that communities in East Tennessee recognize the paradigm shift that is happening nationally in regards to enhanced community character, retail, real estate, and economic changes. In an effort to foster change and growth all around our beautiful region, ETCompetes!—in conjunction with their partners East Tennessee Quality Growth, NAI, US Bank, and University of Tennessee School of Landscape Architecture—are sponsoring two workshops featuring nationally recognized speaker, Ed McMahon, Urban Land Institute senior resident fellow.

McMahon spent 14 years as the vice president and director of land use planning for the Conservation Fund in Arlington, Va., where he helped protect more than five million acres of land that has historic or natural significance. McMahon is also the cofounder and former president of Scenic America, a national nonprofit organization devoted to protecting America’s scenic landscapes. [Read more...]

Obituary: Kay French Lamuno Ivens

Kay French Lamuno Ivens

Kay French Lamuno Ivens

Kay French Lamuno Ivens, age 58, of Maryville, passed away Saturday, March 22, at the University of Tennessee Medical Center.

She was born June 20, 1955, in Oliver Springs, the daughter of James D. and Helen Freeman French.

Mrs. Ivens worked as a realtor with her husband of 21 years, Mark A. Ivens, of Ivens Realtors, and she was a member of the Knoxville Association of Realtors as well as the Blount County Association of Realtors, where she had served as past president and had also won the Realtor of the Year Award. [Read more...]

NSPS finishes first year as DOE’s security contractor in Oak Ridge

Joe L. Evins Federal Building

National Strategic Protective Services LLC on Monday said it has completed the first year of its protective force services contract with the U.S. Department of Energy in Oak Ridge. Among the facilities guarded by NSPS are the Joe L. Evins Federal Building, pictured above.

National Strategic Protective Services LLC on Monday said it has completed the first year of its protective force services contract with the U.S. Department of Energy in Oak Ridge.

“Congratulations to everyone at NSPS for a job well done,” NSPS President Ignacio Balderas said in a press release. “A lot of hard work went into winning and transitioning this critical infrastructure contract in early 2013. During the course of the past 12 months, we have built a solid relationship with DOE, established high morale within our employee base, fostered productive labor relations and above all, engaged proactively with the Oak Ridge community.

NSPS is a joint venture of Triple Canopy Inc. and Securiguard Inc. The company provides protective force services to the East Tennessee Technology Park, the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and the Joe L. Evins Federal Building. NSPS replaced former longtime security contractor WSI Oak Ridge in 2013 following an unprecedented security breach at the Y-12 National Security Complex in July 2012. [Read more...]

Frank, AC mayor, elected treasurer of ETDD, ETHRA board

Terry Frank

Terry Frank

CLINTON—Anderson County Mayor Terry Frank has been elected treasurer of the East Tennessee Development District’s board of directors as well as treasurer of the East Tennessee Human Resource Agency’s Board and Policy Council.

The ETHRA Board and Policy Council meetings are held in coordination with the East Tennessee Development District. This combined meeting offers members a wider opportunity to discuss issues concerning the 16 county governments that comprise both the ETHRA and ETDD boards.

ETHRA has several advisory groups that provide an important community partnership link with the executive director. They include groups such as Workforce LWIA4, Council on Aging and Disability, and Correctional Services among others. [Read more...]

Reader photo: Bull Run at sunrise

Bull Run at Sunrise

Oak Ridge resident Michele Brandenburg took this picture of the Bull Run Fossil Plant at sunrise. The coal-fired plant is in Claxton on Edgemoor Road. It’s across the Clinch River from Oak Ridge.

“The steam plume looks really different with the sun behind it,” Brandenburg said.