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UPDATED October 22,  2014






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Lincoln’s closes after tumultuous stretch


Lincoln’s Sports Grille has shut down, citing economic conditions. The closure was first announced on a sign posted on the eatery’s front door on Monday and in a press release issued on Tuesday.  The popular restaurant and bar on South Illinois Avenue was the subject of five show cause hearings before the Oak Ridge Beer Permit Board over the past couple of years.  In the last show cause hearing in August, members revoked Lincoln’s permit.  Lincoln’s regained the permit after a temporary agreement imposing new conditions was worked out between the business, the city and the Beer Board that was approved by Anderson County Chancellor Nicki Cantrell, pending an appeal of the Beer Board’s revocation.  But in an interview earlier this month with our partners at Oak Ridge Today, Scott Green, one of Lincoln’s owners, said the inability to sell beer between late August and early October had a substantial impact on the business. The restaurant and its staff had also been hurt by the bad publicity, Green said.  Two of Lincoln’s five show cause hearings had been called after alcohol was sold to underage customers in state stings, and others were called after the Oak Ridge Police Department responded to disturbances. The revocation during the last show cause hearing on August 28 went into effect immediately. That revocation followed an earlier two-week suspension of Lincoln’s beer permit in June.  Lincoln’s opened in March of 2010. Since then, the restaurant had featured a mix of family friendly entertainment, music, comedy, community events, and food and drinks. Owners and managers had recently said they were trying to become more of a restaurant and less of a bar.  For much more on this story visit our partners at www.oakridgetoday.com.


Early voting continues in AC


Tuesday, 629 people cast ballots in early voting for the November 4th election, bringing the six-day total to 2847.  Early voting hours Monday through Friday will be from 10 am to 6 pm and Saturdays from 9 am to 12 noon at the Clinton Community Center, the Midtown Community Center in Oak Ridge and at the North Anderson Government Office in the Anderson Crossing Shopping Center in the Norris/Andersonville area.  For a complete look at a sample ballot, including the various municipal races in Anderson County, the amendments to the state constitution, statewide and national races, visit the Anderson County Election Commission website at www.acelect.com


Distemper found at OR Animal Shelter


(ORPD) Two dogs recently taken in by the Oak Ridge Animal Shelter have been diagnosed with canine distemper. The Animal Shelter was closed Friday and Saturday to allow for thorough cleaning of the facility. Dogs in the shelter were tested to see if others have contracted the disease.  The Animal Shelter was expected to reopen at 11 a.m. Wednesday.  As a precaution, all animals brought into the Oak Ridge Animal Shelter will be vaccinated on arrival, the Oak Ridge Police Department said in a press release. Dogs with any kind of cough or nasal discharge will be kept separate from dogs available for adoption.  No cats have tested positive for distemper—cats and dogs cannot pass the disease to each other, the ORPD said.  Early signs of canine distemper include sneezing, coughing, and discharge from the eyes and nose. Depression and/or loss of appetite are also symptoms.  The virus can be passed from dog to dog through sneezing, coughing, and sharing food and water bowls.  The ORPD said shelter staff has been taking extra precautions cleaning and sanitizing kennels with bleach and disposing of items such as towels and blankets that might be contaminated. Pet owners should be wary of wild animals, such as raccoons and foxes, which can carry the virus.


Harriman makes historic hire


(BBB) Harriman City Council members voted unanimously Tuesday night in a special called session that followed a workshop, to hire Kevin Helms from the Nashville area as Harriman’s first city manager.  Helms, a married father of two, told the Mayor last night via phone after the meeting that he and his family are excited for this new opportunity, and that he looks forward to being a Harriman resident. Helms was one of three finalists for the position and he'll make $69,000 a year with some incentives, such as insurance for his family, moving expenses up to $3,000 and a severance package of seven months’ pay in the event of an untimely dismissal.  Helms could start in the new position as early as next week. 


ASAP strategic action plan session


(ASAP) For the past four years, Allies for Substance Abuse Prevention (ASAP) has been funded by the Drug-Free Communities Support Program.  This ten-year grant-funded program has provided training, technical assistance, and financial support for the implementation of environmental prevention strategies in Anderson County. ASAP has just entered the final year of the first phase of the grant program.  We have enjoyed automatic renewal of our grant for several years, but we now face competitive renewal for the second five-year term.  The Drug-Free Communities Grant is a highly competitive program, funding a small percentage of applicants each year.  To ensure our coalition is prepared with a strong action plan, ASAP invites you to participate in a strategic planning retreat on October 27, from 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm, which will be held at ORAU’s Main Campus (100 ORAU Way, Oak Ridge).  Volunteers present will assist in preparing the plan and will be part of the solution to reduce youth substance abuse in Anderson County.  Please join us and share your ideas and expertise! Lunch will be provided.  Please RSVP to 865-457-3007 or ASAPofAnderson@gmail.com.


ORT:  New Japanese steakhouse to open in 2015


(Oak Ridge Today) A new Japanese steakhouse could open at the former Mr. Gatti’s Pizza in central Oak Ridge by early January, a development company said Monday.  The new restaurant will be named Fuji Japanese Steakhouse, and it will serve Hibachi-style cuisine and freshly made sushi, Cappiello Real Estate and Development Company said in a press release.  The 3,600-square-foot building on Wilson Street is being converted into a Japanese steakhouse with Asian décor, and the former kitchen space is being renovated.  The company said Fuji Japanese Steakhouse, which will be at one of the entrances to the redeveloped Oak Ridge mall (renamed Main Street Oak Ridge), will offer a different style of dining than the other traditional Asian restaurants in the city. The restaurant will be ideal for family dinners, business lunches, and parties in one of two large party rooms that can be reserved, the press release said.


WYSH Sports Crew busy once again


With the Clinton Dragons returning from their by week on Friday, the WYSH Sports Crew gets back down to business for another exciting weekend of live sports programming.  Thursday from 3 to 5 pm, join us at the Clinton Police Department for Blossman Propane Sports Talk, this week sponsored by Allies for Substance Abuse Prevention—or ASAP—of Anderson County.  We will hear from current and former Dragons players as well as coaches and more, so join us as we get you ready for your sports weekend.  Fox & Farley Friday Night Football hits the road with the Dragons on Friday for a trip to Madisonville and a showdown with the Sequoyah Chiefs.  Pregame coverage begins at 7:00 Friday night immediately following Trading Time Primetime.  Saturday at 1:00, we head to Martinsville for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Kroger 200 and we continue our coverage of the Chase for the Sprint Cup Series Championship with the Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500 Sunday afternoon at 12:30 pm


ORT:  OR wreck injures 2


(Oak Ridge Today) Two drivers were injured in a head-on rollover crash on Oak Ridge Turnpike on Sunday night.  The crash was reported at about 10:54 p.m. Sunday near West Lincoln Road.  40-year-old Jeffery Wooten of Oak Ridge was traveling west on the Turnpike in a Ford Focus when the car crossed the median and struck a 1996 Ford Ranger driven by 19-year-old Dexter Selby of Crossville head-on.  The collision caused the Ranger to roll over into the ditch on the south side of the Turnpike, the ORPD said in a press release. The truck came to a stop upside-down.  The eastbound lanes of the Turnpike were closed as emergency personnel investigated the crash.


AC early voting reminder, update


Early voting in Anderson County continues through October 30th.  On Monday, 570 people voted, bringing the five-day total to 2218.  Early voting hours Monday through Friday will be from 10 am to 6 pm and Saturdays from 9 am to 12 noon at the Clinton Community Center, the Midtown Community Center in Oak Ridge and at the North Anderson Government Office in the Anderson Crossing Shopping Center in the Norris/Andersonville area.  For a complete look at a sample ballot, including the various municipal races in Anderson County, the amendments to the state constitution, statewide and national races, visit the Anderson County Election Commission website at www.acelect.com


Bartley denied bond


A judge denied Kenneth Bartley Jr. bail at Monday's arraignment on a domestic assault charge, ruling that Bartley could be a danger to the community and is a flight risk. Bartley's next court hearing is scheduled for Nov. 20.  The convicted Campbell County High School shooter ran from Caryville police officers Thursday night when they tried to arrest him for domestic assault. On Saturday morning, Bartley turned himself in to deputies at the Campbell County Jail.  The incident began when Bartley’s mother told police that Bartley tried to choke her late Thursday night. She managed to break free and call police. By the time officers arrived at the scene on Crutchfield Lane, Bartley had already left.  He is currently serving two years probation for misdemeanor assault and resisting arrest in connection with incidents that occurred over the summer.  In February, Bartley was convicted of reckless homicide in the 2005 death of Campbell County High School assistant principal Ken Bruce. Two other administrators were also hurt in that shooting.


AC Commission allocates money for bonuses


Monday, Anderson County commissioners voted to replace Chris Phillips in Commission District 4 with the man whose vacated seat he won in August.  Phillips resigned his Commission seat—won in August—so that he could return to work as the county’s Budget and Accounts Director after leaving that post earlier this year to become City Recorder in his native Rocky Top.  Phillips was elected along with incumbent Tim Isbel to serve on the Commission but resigned effective October 10th.  Monday, commissioners replaced Phillips with former Commissioner Zach Bates, who did not run for re-election to the Commission in August after having unsuccessfully challenged County Mayor Terry Frank in the Republican primary.  Bates was sworn in and began his service to District 4 immediately following the Commission vote.  Once commissioners got down to business, they voted 14-1 to set aside up to $290,000 from the undesignated fund balance to provide county employees with a one-time, lump-sum payout to help make up for the fact that those 450 employees have not received pay raises in recent years.  The fund balance—or rainy-day fund—is up to $4.29 million and the proposal advanced by Commissioner Myron Iwanski last month will provide workers with approximately $640 each in bonus money.  When exactly those bonuses will show up on workers’ paychecks remains to be seen.  Commissioners also briefly discussed, but took no action on, the Andersonville Volunteer Fire Department’s request to have its annual $20,000 contribution from the county government reinstated now that it has dropped its unpopular and controversial subscription program.  Commissioners indicated Monday they wanted more information on the changes at the AVFD before making any final decisions. 


OR ‘STEMposium’ coming Thursday


On Thursday, October 23 from 8:30 am to 4pm, Discovery Education and Oak Ridge Schools will host the Oak Ridge Schools STEMposium, an interactive discussion focused on best practices for providing students with the critical thinking and problem-solving skills they need to succeed in STEM careers. The event will convene educators from some of the most innovative school districts across the country, including Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Houston Independent School District, Grand Prairie Independent School District (TX), Baldwin County Public Schools (AL), Richland School District Two (SC) and the New York City Department of Education.  Discovery Education’s Global Director of STEM Cindy Moss will deliver the keynote, exploring best practices to create a STEM culture, why districts need a STEM education plan, and the meaningful impact it can have on students and their ability to solve real-world problems. During the rest of the day, participants will examine national and local STEM data, experience STEM teaching and learning, and work together to begin creating the STEM vision for their district.  Through a six-year partnership, Discovery Education is supporting Superintendent Dr. Bruce Borchers’ plan to transform Oak Ridge Schools into the premier preK-12 STEM school district in the nation through engaging digital content and sustained, customized professional development.  The event will be held at Oak Ridge Associated Universities in the Pollard Technology Conference Center Auditorium at 210 Badger Avenue in Oak Ridge.


Report:  AC Chamber retail chief steps down, cites conflict


According to the Knoxville News-Sentinel, the Anderson County Chamber of Commerce’s chief retail recruiter has resigned amid a conflict with Chamber President Jackie Nichols.  The paper reports that Diane Ilgner’s resignation letter cites conflicts with Nichols that have “resulted in a very difficult work environment and puts the success of the retail development initiative at risk.”  Ilgner was hired in March 2013 to lead the effort to bring more retail businesses to Anderson County through an initiative funded in part by the governments of Anderson County and Clinton.  The letter includes allegations that Nichols instructed Ilgner to not speak with prominent business leaders or government officials, including the county mayor and the Chamber’s Retail Advisory Board, among other accusations.  Nichols told the News-Sentinel that while she would not comment on the specific allegations, the future of the retail development initiative will be decided upon by the chamber.


Lincoln’s closes doors


After five show-cause hearings in about a two-year period, Lincoln’s Sports Grille in Oak Ridge has called it a day, announcing Monday that it would be closing after four years in the city.  Here is the press release announcing the closure: 


(Lincoln’s) “Lincoln’s Sports Grille has closed its doors after serving the Oak Ridge community for over 4 years.  “Today, I am sad to announce the closing of Lincoln’s” said ownership of Lincoln’s Sports Grille. “Lincoln’s has enjoyed being apart of Oak Ridge since 2010. We always wanted Lincoln’s Sports Grille to be a place that a fan could enjoy great food and beverage while watching their favorite team play. It was a joy to be an extended part of the families and teams in Oak Ridge.”  Lincoln’s Sports Grille opened on March 15, 2010 and has been a strong supporter of Oak Ridge and Oak Ridge High School athletics. Lincoln’s would like to thank the community for all there years of support and patronage.” 


Lifestar leaving AC base for new digs in CC


UT Lifestar has announced that it will be opening a new base in Campbell County and closing its current base in Anderson County early next month.  UT says that the new location is more centrally located and will allow Lifestar to better serve Anderson, Campbell, Claiborne, Scott and Union counties as well as parts of southeast Kentucky.  The new facility will measure some 5000 square feet and have living quarters, office space and a hangar.  It will be staffed by four pilots, four nurses, four paramedics and an aviation mechanic.


CPD:  Family Night Out ‘one of best yet’


(CPD) Clinton Police Chief Rick Scarbrough reports that the department's recent Family Night Out event was one of the best yet. According to initial numbers, more than 350 people came out for the 7th annual celebration. "It's just something our department started a few years ago as a way to say thanks to the citizens, and as a way to meet the folks we serve everyday. Our officers work hard to provide a safe, drug free community. We feel that getting out and meeting our neighbors is a very important part of our efforts." said Chief Scarbrough.  The event featured live music by the Parrott Brothers Band, a play area for the children, free BBQ sandwiches and more. CPD's K9 officers and their partners presented a demonstration too. Chief Scarbrough adds that the department appreciates Clinton City Council for their participation and support of the event. Plans are already being made for the 2015 Family Night Out.  


THP:  Watch out for deer


(THP) The Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) urges motorists to exercise caution on the roadways this time of year due to deer-mating and -hunting season. Last year, two people were killed in traffic crashes involving deer on state roadways.  “The fall season is the most active time of year for deer-related crashes. We want to remind drivers to watch out for deer on or around the roadways, especially at dawn or after sunset,” Colonel Tracy Trott said.  Motorists are also encouraged to dial *THP (*847) from an available cell phone for assistance in the event of a deer-related crash. The call will be connected to the nearest THP Communications Center and the next available state trooper will be dispatched to the location.   

In Tennessee, there were 6,135 deer-related crashes in 2013. That’s an increase of 3.2 percent from the 5,947 crashes involving deer the previous year. Last year’s deer-related traffic incidents, included, 5,853 property damage crashes, 280 wrecks with injury, and two vehicular fatalities.  The THP also reports that between 2009 and 2013, 8.9 percent of deer-related crashes occurred on interstate highways. Deer-related crashes in Tennessee have steadily increased by 15.3 percent since 2009.   According to State Farm, there have been an estimated 1.25 million collisions between deer and vehicles in the U.S. between July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014. That’s an almost three percent increase from a year ago. 

The Tennessee Highway Patrol and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) suggest the following tips to help prevent deer-related crashes during peak mating and hunting seasons: 

  • Remember that mating season puts deer on the move and deer tend to move at dawn and dusk.
  • Whenever you see deer cross the road, expect more to follow.  Many times, the second or third deer crossing becomes the one that motorists hit.
  • Be attentive; drive defensively, constantly scanning the roadside, especially at daybreak and dusk.
  • Do not swerve to avoid contact with deer. This could cause the vehicle to flip or veer into oncoming traffic, causing a more serious crash. Swerving also can confuse the deer as to where to run.
  • When you spot a deer, slow down immediately.  Proceed slowly until you pass that point.
  • If you do collide with a deer, never approach the injured animal.  They are powerful and can cause bodily harm to a human.  Report any deer collision, even if the damage is minor. 

Tennessee law allows deer killed in a collision to be taken and used as food, as long as you contact the nearest TWRA regional office to report the accident within 48 hours. For a listing of TWRA regional offices, visit the TWRA website at www.tnwildlife.org.


ACSD gets early start on Halloween safety


(ACSD) With Halloween soon upon us, our neighborhoods will be scattered with trick-or-treaters. To ensure a fun and safe Halloween, the Anderson County

Sheriff’s Department is offering the following safety tips.

  • Parents, please remember when choosing your children’s costumes, face paint is preferable to a mask. Trick-or-treaters should wear reflective clothing, carry a bright orange bag, and carry a flashlight or glow stick to make it easier for passing cars to spot them. Always walk on the left side of the road facing traffic. Parents and children alike should watch for cars at all times.
  • Adults should always accompany young children. A parent or older child should stay close all times or never let children walk by themselves. Wait in the driveway or by the door until they return.
  • Older children should travel in pairs or in groups while trick or treating. Parents should know the route their children are following. Children should always walk together to the front door of each house and never run across the road. Dark, unlighted houses should be avoided.
  • Children should save all their candy until they get home. Parents should closely inspect all candy. Throw away all unwrapped candy or any suspicious looking goodies.
  • Motorists should use extra caution Halloween night. When driving, slow down and be aware. Trick-or-treaters may dart into the road. Please drive at safe speeds and leave distance from the vehicle ahead of you. They may have to stop suddenly. 

Sheriff’s deputies will be actively patrolling our neighborhoods throughout the county during Halloween evening.  Please help us make Halloween a safe and enjoyable time in Anderson County.


Early voting continues through Oct. 30th


Early voting in Anderson County continues through October 30th.  On Friday, 548 people voted early, with 147 people voting on Saturday.  That brings the four-day total to 1648.  Early voting hours Monday through Friday will be from 10 am to 6 pm and Saturdays from 9 am to 12 noon at the Clinton Community Center, the Midtown Community Center in Oak Ridge and at the North Anderson Government Office in the Anderson Crossing Shopping Center in the Norris/Andersonville area.  For a complete look at a sample ballot, including the various municipal races in Anderson County, the amendments to the state constitution, statewide and national races, visit the Anderson County Election Commission website at www.acelect.com


AC Commission replaces Phillips with Bates


This morning, Anderson County commissioners voted to replace Chris Phillips in Commission District 4 with the man whose vacated seat he won in August.  Phillips resigned his Commission seat—won in August—so that he could return to work as the county’s Budget and Accounts Director after leaving that post earlier this year to become City Recorder in his native Rocky Top.  Phillips left the county government to help the town update its accounting practices as it makes the transition from Lake City to Rocky Top and prepares for what is expected to be a busy time for the city.  Phillips was elected along with incumbent Tim Isbel to serve on the Commission but resigned last month.  This morning, commissioners replaced Phillips with former Commissioner Zach Bates, who did not run for re-election to the Commission in August after having unsuccessfully challenged County Mayor Terry Frank in the Republican primary.  Bates was sworn in and began his service to District 4 immediately following the Commission vote. 


Powell man struck, killed


A Powell man was killed Saturday afternoon when he was struck by a vehicle while walking along Clinton Highway.  According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, 66-year-old Kenneth Miller was walking north along Clinton Highway when it happened around 2:30 p.m. Saturday.  A vehicle also headed north crossed onto the shoulder just south of Stanley Road and hit Miller.  THP said the driver was 77-year-old Patsy Kirby of Powell.  While alcohol and drugs are not believed to have played a role in Saturday’s accident, the THP report indicates that citations and/or charges are pending.


Bartley back in trouble


Convicted high school shooter Kenny Bartley spent time in jail this weekend, once again accused of domestic assault.  Bartley ran from Caryville police officers Thursday night after they tried to arrest him following a domestic assault call from his mother’s home.  Bartley turned himself in to deputies at the Campbell County Jail at 10:20 a.m. Saturday.  He was booked on a domestic assault charge and held without bond. Bartley was arraigned on Monday.  The incident began when Bartley’s mother told police that Bartley tried to choke her late Thursday night. She managed to break free and call police. By the time officers arrived at the scene on Crutchfield Lane, Bartley had already left.  He is currently serving two years probation for misdemeanor assault and resisting arrest.  In June, his father called police to report that his son had threatened to kill him. Deputies said the convicted high school shooter became violent when they tried to arrest him.  Then in July, officials responded to a domestic dispute call again at the Bartley house. During that incident, Bartley tried to hit two deputies.  Last month, Bartley pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor charges for those arrests last summer.  In February, Bartley was convicted of reckless homicide in the 2005 death of Campbell County High School assistant principal Ken Bruce. Two other administrators were also hurt in that shooting.


ORUUC in new home


The Oak Ridge Unitarian Universalist Church dedicated its new church on Sunday.

The new church is at 809 Oak Ridge Turnpike. The church moved from its former location at the intersection of Robertsville Road and the Oak Ridge Turnpike to make way for the new Kroger Marketplace shopping center.  After nearly six decades at its old home, the church moved to its new location in late September. The first service was held on Sunday, October 5.  Two years ago, in the fall of 2012, the congregation voted to accept an offer from Kroger to purchase their property and historic building.


Good news on Roane, Morgan road project


(Submitted) State Senator Ken Yager (R-Harriman) said today that improvements slated for State Route 29 (US 27) in Roane and Morgan Counties from State Route 61 in Harriman to south of Whetstone Road in Morgan County  are still scheduled despite an earlier delay in the project.  The delay was due to the expiration of federal funds under the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) Act which governs federal surface transportation spending.  The project is the first leg of a larger plan to take the four lanes from Roane County to the Kentucky line through Morgan and Scott Counties.  Yager said the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) has informed him the project is back on track after the Highway and Transportation Funding (HATFA) Act was signed into law in August.  HATFA will provide states with partial highway funding through next May.  “Four-laning SR29 (US27) from Roane County through Morgan and Scott Counties is one of my top priorities,” said Senator Yager. “The completion of the project will contribute to the economic development of all three counties.  The federal law enacted in August provided partial funding from the Highway Trust Fund for the fiscal 2015 year, enabling TDOT to move forward with the improvements for this needed project.  This is very important to our communities and I am very pleased the project is back on track.”  Yager said while the scheduled improvements were stalled, the design work was not stopped.  “This helps to expedite the process in getting this project advertised and out for bid,” he said.  Advertising for the project is scheduled for January 15, with bidding opening on February 13.  Yager added, “I sincerely appreciate the support we have received from TDOT and particularly the commitment of Commissioner John Schroer to see this vital project to completion.  We are grateful that TDOT has recognized this project as a priority and included it with the limited funds coming to Tennessee.  We look forward to seeing these improvements completed.”  Senator Yager is Chairman of the Senate State and Local Government Committee.


Early voting update


Thursday was day two of the early voting period for the November 4th election and 453 Anderson County voters cast their ballots.  That brings the 2-day total to 953 early voters.  Early voting runs through Thursday October 30th.  Early voting hours Monday through Friday will be from 10 am to 6 pm and Saturdays from 9 am to 12 noon at the Clinton Community Center, the Midtown Community Center in Oak Ridge and at the North Anderson Government Office in the Anderson Crossing Shopping Center in the Norris/Andersonville area.  Several municipal races are on the ballot, including in Clinton, where there is just one contested race.  That is in City Council Ward 1 where incumbent ET Stamey is being challenged by Ted Phillips and Ron Young.  Clinton will also vote on whether to allow wine sales in grocery stores, as will Norris and Oak Ridge.  Norris voters will also be asked if they will approve on-site consumption of alcohol.  In Oak Ridge, 10 people are vying for four seats on the City Council and eight people are running for three seats on the city School Board.  In Oliver Springs, Mayor Chris Hepler is being challenged by Jerry Vann; Maurice Walker is opposed in the Alderman Ward 2 race by Jeffery Bass and Terry Craze is opposed in Ward 4 by Nathan Benson.  Michael Lovely and Donald Douglas are facing off to be mayor of Rocky Top and six people are running for two seats on the Rocky Top City Council.  For a complete look at a sample ballot, including the various amendments to the state constitution, statewide and national races, visit the Anderson County Election Commission website at www.acelect.com


ASAP kicks off Tobacco Prevention Initiative


(ASAP) October 22 Anderson County Health Department and Allies for Substance Abuse Prevention will host a reception to introduce the Anderson County Tobacco Prevention Initiative.  The reception will be held at 10:00 a.m. in the Conference room of the Anderson County Health Department. Light snacks and beverages will be served; and the agencies will unveil the "Choose not to use" signs to be displayed throughout Anderson County.


ORT:  Donut Palace coming to OR


(Oak Ridge Today) A Donut Palace will be built where Price Florist used to be, a development company said Thursday.  Redevelopment work is starting, and The Donut Palace of Oak Ridge could open in the first quarter of 2015, said Cappiello Real Estate and Development Company.  The company said The Donut Palace is a regional chain that is primarily located in Texas and the Midwest and is described as “an artisan bakery featuring handmade apple fritters, muffins, cookies, brownies, pastries, and of course, doughnuts.” Along with the baked goods, they will offer coffee, drinks, and artisan sandwiches.  The Oak Ridge franchise will be at 1021 Oak Ridge Turnpike, near the Methodist Medical Center campus. “While the chain typically places its bakeries within a strip shopping center, this site will be an evolution of the brand, creating the look and feel of a modern-day coffee shop, yet adding the convenience of a drive-through window service,” a press release from Cappiello Real Estate and Development Company said. “The single-story, 1,800-square-foot building will be a blend of brick, wood, and metal, reflecting a modern yet comfortable atmosphere with plenty of natural light.” 


Man indicted on theft, kidnapping, assault charges


An Oliver Springs man was indicted by an Anderson County grand jury last week on charges of especially aggravated kidnapping, aggravated assault and theft in connection with an incident in March in which he is accused of stealing batteries from the Wal-Mart in Oak Ridge, jumping into the passenger side of a woman’s car and forcing her at knifepoint to try and elude pursuing police.  51-year-old Michael Seeber has been in the ACDF since the March 9th incident.


Commodity sign-ups begin October 20th


The Anderson County Community Action Commission will start signing Anderson County residents up on the NEW orange commodity card on Monday October 20th.  It is that time of year when EVERYONE must sign back up!  Residents MUST bring with them proof of ALL household income, however it CANNOT be a bank statement, proof of address, and know everyone's birth date and social security number.  Clients can sign up at 149 North Main Street Monday-Friday 8 am to 12:00 noon.  The deadline to sign up is Monday November 10 at 12:00 noon. If you have any questions please call our office at 457-5500.


490 vote early on Day 1 in AC


On Wednesday, the first day of early voting for the November 4th election, 490 people in Anderson County cast their ballot.  Early voting runs through Thursday October 30th.  Early voting hours Monday through Friday will be from 10 am to 6 pm and Saturdays from 9 am to 12 noon at the Clinton Community Center, the Midtown Community Center in Oak Ridge and at the North Anderson Government Office in the Anderson Crossing Shopping Center in the Norris/Andersonville area.  Several municipal races are on the ballot, including in Clinton, where there is just one contested race.  That is in City Council Ward 1 where incumbent ET Stamey is being challenged by Ted Phillips and Ron Young.  Clinton will also vote on whether to allow wine sales in grocery stores, as will Norris and Oak Ridge.  Norris voters will also be asked if they will approve on-site consumption of alcohol.  In Oak Ridge, 10 people are vying for four seats on the City Council and eight people are running for three seats on the city School Board.  In Oliver Springs, Mayor Chris Hepler is being challenged by Jerry Vann; Maurice Walker is opposed in the Alderman Ward 2 race by Jeffery Bass and Terry Craze is opposed in Ward 4 by Nathan Benson.  Michael Lovely and Donald Douglas are facing off to be mayor of Rocky Top and six people are running for two seats on the Rocky Top City Council.  For a complete look at a sample ballot, including the various amendments to the state constitution, statewide and national races, visit the Anderson County Election Commission website at www.acelect.com


Mayor:  AC taking ‘proactive’ stance on Ebola


(AC Mayor’s office)  The Anderson County Mayor's Office wants the public to know that Anderson County Government is aware and proactive concerning the Ebola virus.  Local Health Department and emergency officials are taking early preventive measures, including conferencing, reviews of protocol, and in-service training, to be sure they know what to do in the unlikely event that a case of the Ebola virus occurs here.  Staff members at the Anderson County Health Department recently completed a "table-top exercise" aimed at allowing the employees to plan ahead and be prepared. They used a hypothetical "case" and followed already-established protocol to deal with the hypothetical case.  The procedures involved isolation of the hypothetical Ebola patient upon presentation to the Health Department, protection measures for other Health Department patients and staff members, and immediate communication between the local Health Department, Anderson County Emergency Medical Service, Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge, and the Health Department's regional office in Knox County as well as the State Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and prevention.  "Similar exercises have been conducted in every health department office across Tennessee," Art Miller, director of the Anderson County Health Department, said. 

"We have a great team in Anderson County that communicates and works well together," Anderson County Mayor Terry Frank said. "We believe it is very highly unlikely that a case of the Ebola virus will happen in Anderson County, but we want to be proactive at the same time. We want citizens to know we are keeping a close watch, communicating, and preparing," Mayor Frank said.

Anderson County EMS personnel are all trained in recognizing symptoms of the virus and trained in the questions to ask of their patients, according to Director Nathan Sweet.

"EMS has had an infection-control policy for a long time," Sweet said. "In many ways, we're ahead of the game. We are more than adequately prepared to deal with this situation and feel we have all possible measures in place to protect the patient, our crews and the public," he said.

According to Miller, health departments, EMS personnel and hospitals across Tennessee are all receiving training in proper protocols to deal with Ebola virus. County and local Health Department officials are appreciative of the leadership provided in this matter by the Tennessee Department of Health Commissioner John Dreyzehner and his employees.

"Our main job, as a health department, is to communicate and educate the public," Miller said. 

According to the CDC, Ebola virus is only contagious through direct physical contact with the bodily fluids of someone who has traveled to countries in West Africa and develops a fever and other symptoms, including body aches, vomiting and diarrhea.

To date, three people in the United States have been diagnosed with Ebola; one man in Dallas, Texas who recently traveled there from Liberia, and two hospital nurses who reportedly cared for him. The man died on Oct. 8.  To learn more about the Ebola virus and what the Tennessee Department of Health and CDC are doing to prevent the disease, visit www.http://health.state.tn.us/ or http://www.cdc.gov/.


ORT:  Second Clark Center Park meeting scheduled


(Oak Ridge Today) The second public meeting on Clark Center Park will be held during the Oak Ridge City Council work session scheduled for Monday, October 27, at 7 p.m. The meeting will be at the Oak Ridge Municipal Building at 200 South Tulane Avenue.  The first meeting was in August. The 80-acre park could be transferred from the U.S. Department of Energy to the city.  The DOE’s Oak Ridge Office is in the process of reviewing the agency’s land holdings across the Oak Ridge Reservation, including Clark Center Park (formerly known as Carbide Park).  The park area includes a swimming area along Melton Hill Lake, and incorporates two picnic areas, a playground, restrooms, a boat ramp, two ball fields, and also provides access to the Gallaher Bend Greenway. DOE spends about $300,000 per year to maintain the park.

DOE has said it wants to transfer ownership of the park to the city at no cost, “provided that the property remains a recreational park asset for the public.”

DOE has said it has not established a timeframe for disposing of the property.


Early voting begins October 15th


Early voting for the November 4th general election in Anderson County begins Wednesday October 15th and runs through Thursday October 30th.  Early voting hours Monday through Friday will be from 10 am to 6 pm and Saturdays from 9 am to 12 noon at the Clinton Community Center, the Midtown Community Center in Oak Ridge and at the North Anderson Government Office in the Anderson Crossing Shopping Center in the Norris/Andersonville area.  Several municipal races are on the ballot, including in Clinton, where there is just one contested race.  That is in City Council Ward 1 where incumbent ET Stamey is being challenged by Ted Phillips and Ron Young.  Clinton will also vote on whether to allow wine sales in grocery stores, as will Norris and Oak Ridge.  Norris voters will also be asked if they will approve on-site consumption of alcohol.  In Oak Ridge, 10 people are vying for four seats on the City Council and eight people are running for three seats on the city School Board.  In Oliver Springs, Mayor Chris Hepler is being challenged by Jerry Vann; Maurice Walker is opposed in the Alderman Ward 2 race by Jeffery Bass and Terry Craze is opposed in Ward 4 by Nathan Benson.  Michale Lovely and Donald Douglas are facing off to be mayor of Rocky Top and six people are running for two seats on the Rocky Top City Council.  For a complete look at a sample ballot, including the various amendments to the state constitution, statewide and national races, visit the Anderson County Election Commission website at www.acelect.com


ORT:  Progress PAC endorses candidates


The new Progress PAC political action committee has endorsed three candidates each for Oak Ridge City Council and Oak Ridge Board of Education.  The three candidates endorsed in the City Council race are Kelly Callison, Warren Gooch, and Ellen Smith. The three endorsed in the School Board race are Bob Eby, Paige Marshall, and Laura McLean.  “PAC board members feel these candidates best support exceptional schools and jobs in Oak Ridge via teamwork between the Board of Education and City Council,” a press release said.  David Bradshaw, Progress PAC treasurer, said that the committee decided not to contribute funds to the election campaign of any candidate. Instead, the committee’s support will be in the form of independent expenditures that are not in collaboration with any candidate.  For more, visit our partners at Oak Ridge Today by following this link:  http://oakridgetoday.com/2014/10/15/progress-pac-endorses-three-city-council-boe/


ACSD seeks missing man


The Anderson County Sheriff's Department is asking for the public's help in locating a missing person.  Michael David Miller, 42, was last seen on Sunday, October 5, at his parent's home in Claxton.  He exchanged text messages with a friend on Tuesday, October 7, but has not been heard from since.  In the text, he reportedly asked his friend to tell his parents that he was okay and was “seeking help.”  Michael David Miller is a 42-year-old white male, standing about five feet seven inches tall, weighing approximately 150 pounds with blonde hair and hazel eyes.  He should be driving a Grey 2010 Hyundai Elantra 4 door sedan with Tennessee license 059KKF.  Miller was reported missing on Friday, October 10, and efforts to locate him have been unsuccessful.  Anyone having information is asked to call the Sheriff's Communications Center at 865-457-2414.


KNS:  Lawsuit alleges racial, age discrimination in Trustee’s office


The News-Sentinel reports that the former office manager in the Anderson County Trustee’s Office has filed a federal lawsuit against the county alleging racial and age discrimination.  Craig Dixon worked in the Trustee’s office from September 2006 to August of last year, when he was fired by Trustee Rodney Archer.  Dixon’s lawsuit alleges violations of the Tennessee Human Rights Act and the federal Family and Medical Leave Act.  The suit contends that Dixon, who was 50 at the time of his firing and one of only two black employees of the county government, was discriminated against because he was replaced by a 24-year-old white male.  The KNS reports that among the allegations in the suit is that Archer had written on a notepad in the office that people over the age of 40 were “useless” and resistant to change.  The lawsuit says that Dixon’s separation notice from Archer indicated he was fired for violating office policy and that Archer told the state Department of Labor and Workforce development that Dixon had been fired for falsifying audit logs.  However, the report says that the state did not find sufficient evidence of “work-related” misconduct and that the county did not appeal that decision.  The lawsuit alleges that Dixon was eligible for FMLA status to help care for his sick mother and filed the necessary paperwork with the county HR department but never received the necessary federal paperwork.  Dixon’s lawsuit also says that at no time during his employment in the office did he receive any written warnings or disciplinary action.  The KNS reported that Dixon’s personnel file indicated that Archer did list deficiencies in Dixon’s job performance on two occasions, including allegations that he made more than 25 personal calls from the office per day, that he would not pay office bills on time and that he did not make bank deposits on a daily basis.  Archer told the KNS Tuesday that while he cannot comment specifically on the pending lawsuit, “Anderson County and I deny all claims raised by Mr. Dixon.”  The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages, the reinstatement of Dixon to his former job or an award of front pay, which legally is defined as money awarded during the period between judgment and reinstatement or in the event that reinstatement is not possible. 


2 indicted for selling heroin near school


Two men in custody since January of 2013 on charges that they sold heroin near Claxton Elementary School were indicted last week by an Anderson County grand jury.  40-year-old Charles Randolph Johnson and 29-year-old Joe Fentress Butler face charges of selling drugs within 1000 feet of a school.  A confidential informant using a digital recorder and marked bills allegedly purchased $25 worth of heroin from Butler and authorities say that he had been supplied with the drug by Johnson.  Both men will be arraigned on October 31st in Anderson County Criminal Court. 


New election app unveiled by state


The office of Tennessee Secretary of State is proud to announce the launch of GoVoteTN. The new Tennessee Voter Smartphone App is now available in the Apple Store and in Google Play.  "This is another Tennessee voter resource that answers common questions about voting from one's phone," Secretary of State Tre Hargett said, “This resource will give voters more information about the who, what, when, and where of elections. The free app allows you to view voter-specific information when searching by name or address."

Highlights of the app include:

  • Early voting and Election Day polling locations and hours of operation
  • Candidate list for upcoming election
  • Ability to mark sample ballots for upcoming election
  • Navigation to early voting and Election Day polling locations
  • County election commission information
  • Access online election results through the application

The free app allows Tennessee residents the opportunity to be more informed about elections and who their elected officials are. “I am pleased we are able to offer the smartphone application to voters who continue to utilize technology more every day. I expect voters will find the app easy to use and a great source of information,” Coordinator of Elections Mark Goins said.

Information in the application is provided by Tennessee county election commissions. To learn more about the GoVoteTN app or elections visit the state's election website at www.GoVoteTN.com. If you need more specifics about elections or early voting you can look up contact information for county election commissions, visit http://tnsos.org/elections/election_commissions.php


TCFP offers sleep apnea seminar


Take Charge Fitness Program will be hosting a FREE Seminar on Obstructive Sleep Apnea on October 27that 5:45 PM!!  Laura A Cutler with Parkway Sleep Disorder Center will be conducting seminar.  Ms. Laura Cutler will discuss how Obstructive Sleep Apnea is identified and treatments available for it.  The community is invited to this informative seminar at Take Charge Fitness Program located at Clinton Physical Therapy Center at 1921 N. Charles Seivers Blvd in Clinton.  The meeting will be in the upper building, so please proceed through the lower parking lot to the driveway to the upper building.  If you have any questions, please contact Take Charge Fitness staff at 865-457-8237


AC Tourism Council calls special meeting


The Anderson County Tourism Council will have a special called meeting on October 22, 2014 at 9 a.m. at the Clinton Community Center.  The agenda will include a presentation by the Competitive Airfare Partnership and the Retire Tennessee Program.


ORT:  OR to apply for roundabout grant


(Oak Ridge Today) The city of Oak Ridge plans to apply for a state grant to design and build a roundabout near Oak Ridge High School at a five-way intersection sometimes referred to as “Malfunction Junction.”  The Oak Ridge City Council unanimously approved the grant application on Monday. If approved, the Tennessee Department of Transportation grant would be used to build a roundabout at the intersection of Providence Road, Pennsylvania Avenue, East Pasadena Lane, and North Tulane Avenue.  The total cost of the project is estimated at $748,113. Tthe grant funding would come from the Transportation Alternative Program. TDOT funds 80 percent of those projects, excluding design, and a 20 percent local match is required.  The city’s cost would be about $150,000, and the city would pay for the design, officials said Monday.  Oak Ridge City Manager Mark Watson said the roundabout will help improve traffic flow and air quality in Oak Ridge, and the proposal is in line with a program to optimize traffic signal timing.  There were 43 crashes at the intersection from February 2008 to September 2014, and eight resulted in injuries, Oak Ridge Public Works Director Gary Cinder told City Council members. Cinder said the predominant cause—it applied to 24 crashes—was a failure to yield or to use due care of caution.  Cinder other options for the intersections have been looked at since 2001, but “a roundabout is the way to go.”


Frank questions indictment of appointee


Anderson County Mayor Terry Frank has questions for DA Dave Clark concerning the indictment of Public Works Director and Building Commissioner David Crowley.  A letter hand-delivered from the mayor’s office to the DA’s office states that the five misdemeanor charges handed down against Crowley last week by a grand jury do not meet the legal standards for those charges.  Crowley, who was appointed by Mayor Frank in September of 2012, was charged last week with five counts of inspecting houses without the proper certification following a TBI investigation.  He turned himself in at the Anderson County Jail Thursday morning, posted a $1000 bond and returned to work that same day.  Frank’s letter states that the charges “require not only a knowing failure to enforce the statute, but also that the intentional failure posed ‘an immediate danger to the life, safety or welfare of another.’”  Her letter states that each of the five houses in question has been inspected several times since Crowley’s initial inspection and that occupancy permits were issued.  Frank’s letter also says that it has been almost a year since the alleged illegal inspections were performed and nine months since County Law Director Jay Yeager raised questions about Crowley’s certifications, writing that she is not aware of any “immediate danger.”  The same morning that Crowley was indicted, he fired building inspector Lisa Crumpley for what her separation papers deemed insubordination, according to the News-Sentinel.  Crumpley cooperated with the TBI probe and her lawyer, David Stuart, sent a letter to Frank and County Commission Chairman Robert McKamey two weeks ago that expressed concern that she would be retaliated against.  Last week, Mayor Frank issued a statement in which she said that she would not tolerate anyone being terminated for lawfully cooperating in an investigation and pledged to look into the matter further. 


KCSO IDs Campbell man killed in crash


The Knox County Sheriff’s Office has identified the Campbell County man killed early Sunday morning after his SUV crashed on I-75 in Knox County.  Deputies say a 1993 Chevy Blazer driven by 59-year-old Charles Williams of LaFollette, struck an embankment and he was ejected from the vehicle.  Authorities say he was not wearing his seatbelt and also said there were no signs he had been drinking. The crash is still under investigation.


OSHS supporters respond to rumors


Several people wearing the purple and gold of Oliver Springs High School attended Monday night’s Roane County Commission meeting to show their support for the school in the face of rumors that budget constraints could force it to close.  School leaders say that those are just rumors for now and that the School Board has not even begun its budget deliberations for next year.  School officials say that in order to meet the needs of the system next year, they need a $3 million increase over last year’s $50 million budget.  If they are not able to secure those funds through a tax increase or other means, then all options to balance the budget could be on the table, including closing OSHA, could be on the table.


Clinton man killed in OR wreck


A 63-year-old Clinton man was killed last week in an accident on the Oak Ridge Turnpike when his Jeep Cherokee rolled several times and came to rest in a field.  The driver, Larry Ivy, was taken to UT Medical Center, where he later died.  Oak Ridge Police say that Ivy had been traveling east on the Turnpike last Monday afternoon October 6th, when his vehicle left the roadway and flipped several times before coming to rest about 300 feet from the road in a field.  Ivy was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the vehicle. 


ORFD Chief appointed to state commission


(Oak Ridge Today) Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has announced the appointment of Oak Ridge Fire Chief Darryl Kerley to the Commission on Firefighting Personnel Standards and Education as a representative of the Tennessee Fire Chief’s Association, the Tennessee Fire Safety Inspectors Association, and the Tennessee Fireman’s Association.  The appointment is effective immediately and runs through July 31, 2020, a press release said.  Kerley has more than 37 years’ experience in fire and emergency services, serving in various capacities for several East Tennessee agencies, including fire chief for the Seymour Volunteer Fire Department, rescue technician and diver for the Knoxville Rescue Squad, and fire chief for the U.S Department of Energy at the K-25 Gaseous Diffusion plant in Oak Ridge.  In a letter to Kerley, Haslam stated: “I consider it very important to ensure that Tennessee’s boards and commissions are filled with the most dedicated and qualified citizens. I believe your participation is certain to leave a positive impact on this board and the work it does.”  The Firefighting Personnel Standards and Education Commission is responsible for the certification of volunteer and paid firefighters in the state of Tennessee. The nine-member Commission also administers the Educational Incentive Pay Program for paid firefighters in Tennessee.  The Commission is responsible for approving training programs to meet the requirements of T.C.A. 4-24-112 (the Minimum Training Statute) and proof of compliance with this statute through annual audits of selected fire departments.  “We are proud of Chief Kerley in his work for the City of Oak Ridge,” City Manager Mark Watson said in the press release. “Most notably, Chief Darryl Kerley has improved the Oak Ridge Fire Department to the ISO rating 2, which includes Oak Ridge as one of six departments in Tennessee.  “We know Chief Kerley can add his expertise to help the people of Tennessee in this new capacity as a member of the Tennessee Fire Commission.”  There are more than 350 fire departments enrolled in the Commission’s programs serving more than 19,000 fire service personnel in Tennessee.  “Governor Haslam has placed a great amount of trust and confidence in my abilities to serve on the commission,” Kerley said. “I promise my colleagues and local fire departments that I will do my very best to work with the other commissioners to make Tennessee Fire Service one of the best in our nation, in order to make Tennessee an even better place to live, work, and raise a family.”


Wildfire season begins October 15th


Wildfire season in East Tennessee begins on Wednesday and Tennessee forestry officials want to remind everyone that burn permits will be required.  Tennessee's official wildfire season runs from Oct. 15 - May 15.  During this time, anyone who does any outdoor burning is required by state law to request a free burn permit from the Tennessee Department of Agriculture, Forestry Division.  There are two ways to receive a burn permit. East Tennessee residents can request a burn permit online from 9 a.m. - midnight any day of the week or call their local state forestry office between the hours of 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.  Residents can receive an online permit in minutes. Online permits are restricted to individual debris piles smaller than 8 ft. x 8 ft. Anyone who wants to burn a larger brush pile or more than one pile at once must call the local forestry office for a permit. Anyone who lives within city limits must also receive a permit from the city and follow local ordinances.  Forestry officials warn that burning permit requests are more popular on Fridays as people prepare to burn leaf and brush piles over the weekend, so phone lines could be busy.  Burn permits may be canceled, restricted or denied during times of extreme drought or wildfire danger.  Anyone caught burning illegally during wildfire season will receive a citation and may be held responsible for any costs associated with putting out the fire.

Safety tips for outdoor burning:

1. Don't set any fires on property that borders a forest or grassland

2. Watch the wind

3. Keep tools and supplies on hand to contain or extinguish the fire

4. Dig a line down to mineral soil around the fire

5. Notify your neighbors

6. Get a permit and check local ordinances

7. Don't leave your fire until it's completely out

For more information on open burning in Tennessee, visit the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation's website or call the East Tennessee Division office at (865) 594-6432.


Campbell man killed in Knox crash


A Campbell County man was killed early Sunday morning when his SUV crashed into an embankment and rolled several times on I-75 in Knox County.  The Knox County Sheriff’s Office says the wreck happened around 4:50 a.m. Sunday on I-75 at mile marker 114.  A deputy reported the driver was not wearing a seat belt and was thrown from the SUV when it hit an embankment and rolled several times.  The man was pronounced dead at the scene.  The KCSO said there were no signs of alcohol and the cause of the crash is under investigation. The victim's name has yet to be released.


ORT:  Fallen limb sparks fire


(Oak Ridge Today) A fallen tree limb knocked down a power line from a utility pole on Friday night, starting a small electric fire in a yard at 150 North Seneca Road.  The Oak Ridge police and fire departments blocked the road until the Oak Ridge Electric Department was able to respond and shut off the power.  The fire was reported at about 11:30 p.m. Friday. It burned for about an hour but did not spread. 


OR school leaders warn of scam


Oak Ridge school officials have notified parents of a scam involving fraudulent school solicitations.  School officials said last week that unknown people are driving around Oak Ridge and asking for donations for the Parent-Teacher Organization at the schools.  Parents were told in a Skylert call last week that neither the schools nor the PTOs send parents or employees door-to-door to collect money.  If approached by someone purporting to be representing the schools or the PTO, officials say to not give them any money and to immediately notify law enforcement. 


AC official indicted


Anderson County Public Works Director and Building Commissioner David Crowley was indicted earlier this week on charges that he inspected five houses under construction in the last three months of 2013 without having obtained the proper certification to do so.  Crowley was indicted on five misdemeanor counts of violating the state’s building official certification law.  The TBI says that at the request of 7th District Attorney General Dave Clark agents began investigating Crowley on April 16th.  During the course of the investigation, the TBI developed information that Crowley had performed five inspections without the proper certification. State law affords a building commissioner 12 months to obtain the proper certification. Agents determined Crowley performed five inspections outside the grace period afforded in Tennessee law.  He began working in the office in September of 2012 but failed to pass the required courses and tests.  In January, County Mayor Terry Frank instructed Crowley to not inspect any more buildings until the certifications were obtained.  Crowley turned himself in to authorities Thursday at the Anderson County Jail and was released a short time later after posting a $1000 bond.   Shortly before he turned himself into authorities, Crowley fired a building inspector in his office described as a whistleblower.  Lisa Crumpley was fired early Thursday morning.  In a letter sent to Mayor Frank and County Commission Chairman Robert McKamey dated October 3rd, her attorney, David Stuart writes:  “Ms. Crumpley has been conscientiously required to engage as part of the duties on her employment, including but not limited to providing information requested by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the county law director.  It is her belief that she is about to be subjected to retaliation on account of this activity, and I am therefore sending you this letter to formally protest and to seek appropriate intervention to prevent any retaliation.”  We will continue to follow this story for you as developments warrant. 


(TBI Press Release) Agents from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation have obtained indictments for an Anderson County man accused of performing building inspections he wasn’t certified to do.  At the request of 7th District Attorney General Dave Clark, TBI Special Agents began investigating David Lynn Crowley on April 16, 2014. During the course of the investigation, Agents developed information that Crowley, the Public Works Director and Building Commissioner for Anderson County performed five inspections without the proper certification. State law affords a building commissioner 12 months to obtain the proper certification. Agents determined Crowley performed five inspections outside the grace period afforded in Tennessee law.  On Tuesday, the Anderson County Grand Jury returned indictments for the 62-year-old Clinton man, charging him with five misdemeanor counts of violating the state’s building official certification law. Today, he was booked into the Anderson County Detention Facility and subsequently released after posting $1,000 bond.


ORT:  FMCOR gets Pre-Diabetes grant


(Oak Ridge Today) The American Medical Association Foundation has awarded a $10,000 “Healthy Communities/Healthy America” grant to the Free Medical Clinic in Oak Ridge. The grant will be used to support a two-year program that identifies and provides early intervention for pre-diabetic patients, a press release said.  By completing the lifestyle intervention program, participants should lower their risk of developing type 2 diabetes and improve their overall health, the release said. The pre-diabetes initiative will run in conjunction with the “Healthy Habits, Healthy Lives” wellness program that the clinic began this fall. The wellness program is supported by a three-year grant from the BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Health Foundation.  In the press release, FMC Executive Director Teresa Brittain said the clinic is excited about the new partnerships with the AMA Foundation and with the BCBS Foundation. Brittain said the pre-diabetic and wellness programs are furthering the clinic’s mission to give patients the tools and knowledge they need to take more responsibility for their health and well-being.  The Free Medical Clinic serves low-income, uninsured patients from Anderson, Morgan, and Roane Counties. It is located at 116 East Division Road in Oak Ridge and is open Monday through Friday. For more information, visit the clinic’s website at www.fmcor.org or call (865) 483-3904.


K-31 demolition begins


Demolition of the K-31 Building began Wednesday in Oak Ridge's East Tennessee Technology Park.  The two-story, 750,000 square foot building began operations in 1951, and was used to enrich uranium for defense and commercial purposes. It was shut down in 1985.  Crews removed most of the hazardous materials from the building's interior in 2005.  This is the fourth of five gaseous diffusion buildings at the former uranium enrichment site to be demolished.  Crews worked this summer to accelerate K-31's demolition five months ahead of its original proposed schedule.  Once the K-31 demolition is completed next year, the 383,000-square-foot K-27 Building will be the only remaining gaseous diffusion building at ETTP. It is scheduled for demolition in 2015.


RC Sheriff purchases drug incinerator


The Roane County Sheriff's Office has purchased a drug incinerator with a grant from the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation. It uses high heat to turn pills into piles of ash.  Deputies will use the incinerator to destroy medications collected in its drug take-back program.  Officials say that in the past, when drugs are collected, they have had to wait and schedule an appointment at another incinerator.  This new device means that when they collect a large amount of medications or other drugs, they can incinerate them on-site without an appointment.  Residents don't have to wait for an event to turn in unwanted drugs. A drop box at the sheriff's office is available to collect old and unused medications at any time.


ORT:  Lincoln’s selling beer again


Lincoln’s in Oak Ridge is selling beer again.  The Oak Ridge Beer Permit Board revoked Lincoln’s beer permit on August 28. The revocation went into effect immediately.  But Lincoln’s has appealed that decision and had asked that the revocation be put on hold while the legal case is pending. On September 16, the Beer Board agreed in a 5-2 vote.  The board’s agreement was initially conditioned upon a list of 13 items. One of the conditions, which would have required an owner to be present at all times, has since been removed. (The board approved the removal in a 4-0 vote on Thursday after a pair of split 2-2 votes.)  Among the remaining conditions: Lincoln’s will shift its focus to food service and sales and provide a family-friendly atmosphere—with beer and alcohol sales being secondary—and the restaurant and bar will stop selling beer and alcohol one hour before closing.  Any violation of the agreement or the rules governing beer sales would result in an automatic 90-day suspension.  On Monday, Lincoln’s officials told our partners at Oak Ridge Today that they want to work with the Beer Board and are trying to become more of a sports-oriented restaurant and less of a bar. Lincoln’s last show cause hearing in August was called after the restaurant’s second violation for selling beer to a minor (someone under 21).  Green called it human error, saying the server was properly trained and looked at the customer’s identification but misread it. He pointed out that it was only Lincoln’s second underage sale in four years.  Lincoln’s does not want to serve to underage customers.  As of Monday, a court date hadn’t been set in the appeal of the Beer Board’s revocation of the beer permit.  Lincoln’s staff was able to start serving beer again at 4 p.m. Friday.  On Tuesday, the Oak Ridge Beer Board took no action against three businesses cited earlier this year for selling beer to an underage operative during a state Alcoholic Beverage Commission sting.  The Beer Board determined that the three businesses—New China Palace, Riverside Grill and the Outback Steakhouse—had shown sufficient cause for no negative action to be taken against them.


UT Arboretum adding auditorium


Visitors to the University of Tennessee Arboretum in the coming weeks and months  –  including those planning to stop by for the Saturday, October 11 plant sale or the October 15 Woods and Wildlife Field Day – may catch a glimpse of something more than trees.  Construction supplies, equipment and heavy machinery are in evidence as the facility begins construction on its long anticipated auditorium.  The auditorium will be the newest addition to the UT Arboretum site, says Kevin Hoyt, director of the UT Forest Resources AgResearch and Education Center and UT Arboretum. “It is designed to complement the existing outdoor pavilion, but will be a stand-alone facility capable of accommodating gatherings of up to 120 people.”   Hoyt went on to describe the facility as a good fit for the Arboretum’s environment. “We’re really excited about the design,” he said. “Aesthetically, it’s an indoor space with outdoor ambitions.”   The 2,400+ square foot facility will have large windows that overlook the Arboretum’s hardwood forest, and the design includes a unique two-sided stone fireplace that can add ambiance to events that spill over from the indoor space to a large outside patio.  Of particular interest to many Arboretum visitors will be the addition of restroom facilities. Previously no public restrooms have been available on the Arboretum grounds.  Paid for with a combination of private donations and existing university facility funds, the auditorium is expected to be completed by June 2015. Construction begins as the Forest Resources Center and Arboretum celebrate 50 years of service to Tennessee forest landowners, the forest industry and the community at large.  Hoyt recently thanked the members of the UT Arboretum Society for their support of the facility. In a letter published in their newsletter last summer he wrote of the lasting legacy the building will provide the community, noting that the auditorium will help the research and education center “launch innovative education programs” among its many functions.  The Forest Resources Center includes some 11,500 acres of forested lands in Oak Ridge, Morgan and Scott counties, and Tullahoma. The Arboretum, which is open to the public for recreation and educational activities, comprises 250 of those acres. For more information about the research activities or the Arboretum and its plant collections and hiking trails, please visit the center’s website: forestry.tennessee.edu.  Although the construction phase may prove a bit noisy and messy, Hoyt assures the public that the serenity of the Arboretum will be restored as soon as possible.  In addition to its 10 AgResearch centers throughout the state, the UT Institute of Agriculture provides teaching, research and outreach through the colleges of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources and Veterinary Medicine and UT Extension with offices in every Tennessee county.


Island Invasion wrap-up


(Submitted) On Saturday September 27, 2014, over 75 volunteers invaded the islands of Norris Lake.  The mission was to pickup trash and illegally dumped items.  This cleanup effort was the fourth biannual Five County Norris Lake Cleanup and a National Public Lands Day event.  “For this cleanup, we decided to focus on the islands on Norris Lake because they are popular camping spots and while many of the campers are responsible with their waste, some tend to leave their trash and other unwanted items behind on the islands when the camping season is over,” said Julie Graham with East Tennessee Quality Growth. “The majority of what we picked up was cans and bottles but we also properly disposed of tires, foam blocks, patio chairs, tents, carpet and other camping gear.”  The event is organized through a partnership between the Anderson County Tourism Council, Campbell County Chamber of Commerce, Claiborne County Chamber of Commerce, Grainger County Chamber of Commerce, Leave No Trace, Norris Lake Marina Association, Plan East Tennessee, Tennessee Valley Authority, Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency, Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation and Union County Chamber of Commerce.  The partnership has been working on other environmental and safety issues concerning Norris Lake since 2011.  “We could not have conducted this cleanup without the help of the volunteers, many of which participated with their co-workers, fellow students or fellow homeowner association members,” said Stephanie Wells, Anderson County Tourism Council Director.  “We had groups from the Hampton Inn in Clinton, Keurig Green Mountain, Inc, Norris Shores Homeowners Association, Horace Maynard High School’s FFA Program, Keep Union County Beautiful, the Campbell County Fishing Team and the Clinton High School Interact Club in addition to the individuals that showed up to the help.”

“While we appreciate all the volunteers that help with the cleanup efforts, our ultimate goal is to eliminate the need for the cleanups,” said Wells.  “We want to raise public awareness about the problem and encourage people to properly dispose of their trash such as household garbage, tires, appliances, etc.  We also want to make sure that when visitors come to the lake for the day or the weekend, that they are  taking home all that they brought like bottles, cans, tents, food packaging, coolers, paper products, etc.”  

To help increase public awareness, volunteers that cleaned up around the Oak Grove area during the Five County Norris Lake Cleanup that was conducted in March 2014, built a display with just a sample of items picked up along the shores of Norris Lake and along Hwy 441. The display represents over 40 bags of trash picked up in one day and was on temporary display during the fall cleanup at Big Ridge State Park.  It is on permanent display at Norris Dam State Park.   The partnership volunteers have also hung 27 signs at public launches on Norris Lake.  The signs have phone numbers that people can call to report illegal dumping.   “Norris Lake consists of 800 miles of shoreline; we can’t monitor it all,” said Graham.  “We think that the signs will encourage people who are boating on Norris to report the illegal dumping that they see.”   The group has partnered with the Norris Lake Coast Guard Auxiliary to hand out information packets including a trash bag to boaters they encounter on the lake.  “Norris Lake is considered the cleanest lake in the TVA system, even with the dumping and trash issues” said Graham.  “We want to do everything that we can to keep it the cleanest lake but we need help from the residents and the visitors.”

If you are interested in volunteering with the cleanup efforts or the continuing public awareness campaign, visit www.NorrisLakeProjectTeam.com, call toll free to 800-524-3602 or email info@yallcome.org.  The Norris Lake Project Team is a partnership with the Anderson County Tourism Council, Big Ridge State Park, Campbell County Chamber of Commerce, Campbell County Litter Grant Program, Claiborne County Chamber of Commerce, East Tennessee Quality Growth, Grainger County Chamber of Commerce, Keep Union County Beautiful, Leave No Trace, Narrow Ridge Earth Literacy Center, Norris Dam State Park, Norris Lake Marina Association, Tennessee Valley Authority, Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency, Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation and Union County Chamber of Commerce.


Ex-CHS standout pleads guilty in 2011 case


Troubled former Clinton High School football standout Scotty Whitt pleaded guilty Tuesday in Anderson County Criminal Court to charges stemming from a May 2011 incident in which he was accused of breaking into a woman’s house and raping her.  Whitt, now 39 years old, pleaded guilty to reduced charges of aggravated assault, aggravated burglary and criminal trespassing.  He was sentenced to eight years in jail on the assault charge, three years on the burglary charge and 30 days on the criminal trespassing charge, all of which will be served concurrently.  Whitt was given credit for time served since his arrest the morning after the May 19th, 2011 incident, and will spend the rest of his life on community supervision upon his release from jail.  Whitt was standout running back in high school and helped the Dragons advance to the 1992 state championship game but after high school he did not have the grades necessary to go to college, and developed a drug problem that has helped land him behind bars on several occasions on a variety of charges. 


Clinton announces leaf collection dates


The City of Clinton’s Public Works Department is announcing the 2014 Leaf Collection Schedule, which begins on October 20th. Our city is zoned into four service areas, with each area receiving three leaf collections. The collection dates are approximately one month apart. In order for collections to be made, leaves must be at the curbside before the scheduled Monday collection date. Leaves should normally be collected within five days of the date shown.  If you desire to have leaves removed on dates other than what is shown on the schedule, you should bag them and place them at the curbside with your household garbage for Waste Connections to collect. Waste Connections will collect a total of the equivalent of four 32 gallon containers from each household, whether leaves, household trash, or a combination.  In past years we have had problems with leaves being placed in the street, on sidewalks, and in drainage ditches. Your leaves should be piled near the curb or ditch line, on your property, and no closer. When leaves are placed in the street and in ditches, rain carries them into our storm water drains and catch basins, adding to drainage and flooding problems. Leaves placed in the street obstruct traffic, and leaves placed on sidewalks create a hazard for pedestrians. Leaves may be bagged and left at the curbside for collection on the scheduled days.  It is a violation of Clinton City Ordinances 16-106 and 16-107 to place leaves in the street or in drainage curb/gutters and ditches. We have asked our Codes Enforcement department to help enforce these ordinances. If your leaves are left in violation of the ordinances, they will not be collected until a correction is made through Codes Enforcement. Your cooperation with this ongoing problem is needed and will be greatly appreciated.  If you have a large amount of leaves that you wish to gather and need a location to dump them, call me at 457-6495 or e-mail to lmurphy@clintontn.net and I will make arrangements for you. Also, please do not combine brush with leaves, as our equipment will not be able to collect them from the same pile.


ETHRA LIHEAP applications available


The East Tennessee Human Resource Agency (ETHRA) will be distributing applications for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) throughout the month of October.  To receive an application by mail, call ETHRA toll-free at 1-800-552-0127, extension 4825 and leave your name and mailing address.  You can also download the application from ETHRA’s website at www.ethra.org/publications/2014LIHEAPapp.pdf.  The sponsor of the program is the Tennessee Housing Development Agency and the goal of the program is to provide assistance to low-income households to help offset the high cost of heating their homes.


ACSD beer sting nets 5


The Anderson County Sheriff’s Department, in cooperation with the Rocky Top Police

Department, the Oliver Springs Police Department, and Allies for Substance Abuse

Prevention of Anderson County (ASAP), conducted compliance checks of local businesses who sell beer on Monday, September 29.  Investigators with the Sheriff’s Special Operations Unit visited twenty businesses to attempt to purchase beer. Five sold beer to the underage person. All twenty businesses checked for identification showing the person to be under 21 but the five sold beer anyway.

The following businesses sold beer to the underage person.

  • In & Out Market Lake City Hwy. Clinton
  • Lee’s Food Mart E. Tri-County Blvd. Oliver Springs
  • Raceway E. Tri-County Blvd. Oliver Springs
  • Smokes & Things Clinton Hwy. Powell
  • Von’s Market E. Wolf Valley Rd. Heiskell

Five clerks who sold beer to the underage purchasers have been cited to court. The beer permit holders will be brought before the respective beer boards for Anderson County and Oliver Springs.  Businesses who checked for identification and did not sell beer are to be commended and recognized for their efforts. All of the following businesses checked for identification and did not sell beer to the underage purchaser:

  • Anderson Discount Tobacco Main St. Oliver Springs
  • Bread Box Edgemoor Rd. Powell
  • Exxon N. Main St. Rocky Top
  • Fast Lap Market (Town Talk) Lake City Hwy. Clinton
  • Food City E. Tri-County Blvd. Oliver Springs
  • Marathon (Mack’s Tobacco) Oak Ridge Hwy. Clinton
  • Marathon (Edgemoor) Edgemoor Rd.
  • Marathon (Downtown) Main St. Oliver Springs
  • Marathon (Fast Track) Lake City Hwy. Rocky Top
  • Marathon (Rocky Top) N. Main St. Rocky Top
  • Pilot #314 N. Main St. Rocky Top
  • Rite Aid E. Tri-County Blvd. Oliver Springs
  • Shell N. Main St. Rocky Top
  • Shell (Fun Food) E. Tri-County Blvd. Oliver Springs
  • Weigel’s #73 Weigel’s Ln. Rocky Top

In 2013, the Anderson County Underage Drinking Task Force was established to create a platform for representatives from each municipality across Anderson County to address underage drinking issues. In collaboration with Allies for Substance Abuse Prevention (ASAP) of Anderson County, the Underage Drinking Task Force consists of community members representing beer boards, alcohol outlets, law enforcement officers, Tennessee Alcohol Beverage Commission and other government officials. Task Force members have been working diligently by analyzing policy and investigating best practices to prevent and reduce underage drinking.  The Underage Drinking Task Force meets on the fourth Thursday of each month at 6:00pm in the Board Room on the 5th floor of the Robert Jolley Building at 101 South Main Street in Clinton. For more information about the Underage Drinking Task Force, please contact Michael Foster, Prevention Coordinator with ASAP at (865) 457-3007 or Michael@ASAPofAnderson.org. By being proactive, local law enforcement agencies, along with the Underage Drinking Task Force, are creating a safer environment in Anderson County.  For additional information on preventing underage drinking, please visit: www.ASAPofAnderson.org.


OR Animal Shelter offering half-off adoptions


The Oak Ridge Animal Shelter is celebrating 40 years at its 395 Belgrade Road location with a whole month of specials and activities.  Through the month of October, the Shelter will feature half-price adoptions. Every available animal will have an adoption fee of $55 instead of $110. The discount price still includes spaying and neutering, microchips, DHPP and Bordatella vaccines (for dogs), FVRCP vaccine (for cats), a rabies vaccine, a dose of Frontline (for fleas and ticks), and a dose of dewormer.  The Oak Ridge Animal Shelter will be participating in several events for their celebration and invite you to attend:

  • October 11—at the Little Ponderosa Petting Zoo and Rescue for their third annual Fall Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.,
  • October 18—at Pet Supplies Plus with adoptable animals from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.,
  • October 25—at Tractor Supply with the Adopt-A-Dog event from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and
  • November 1—at Animal Costume Party at the Shelter from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Bring your vaccinated pets to the Shelter, and photos of your pets will be posted to their Facebook page.

The City of Oak Ridge Animal Shelter is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.  For more information, contact the Oak Ridge Animal Shelter at (865) 425-3423 or animalshelter@oakridgetn.gov.


ORUUC in new home


An Oak Ridge church that voted two years ago to relocate to make way for a multi-million dollar development moved into its new home Sunday.  After nearly six decades at its original location, the Oak Ridge Unitarian Universalist Church celebrated the change with a parade from the old location to its new location.  Led by three of its founding members, the congregation walked into its new church down the road near Summit Medical.  The church continued the celebration with its first service inside the new building.  The relocation process began in 2012, when the church sold its original site to make way for a 30-million-dollar Kroger Marketplace. The first part of that development opened this past June.


UWAC to celebrate in Clinton


You are invited to celebrate United Way Day in Clinton on Friday October 24th in front of the Anderson County Courthouse.  The United Way of Anderson County invites you down for free hot dogs, chips and drinks, to be enjoyed while you visit with a few United Way of Anderson County partner agencies and volunteers and learn more about how your donations are creating real and lasting change in the county.  If you complete a 2014 UWAC Donation Pledge card, you can show it Hoskins Drug Store across the street from the Courthouse for a FREE treat.  For more information about this event or about UWAC, call 865-483-58431.


Clinton hotel hiring


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Y12 workers receive NNSA honors


(Submitted) Thirteen teams at Y-12 received NNSA Defense Programs Awards of Excellence at an annual ceremony held recently at the New Hope Center. A total of 209 recipients were recognized, with several participating on more than one team. In total, 235 awards were presented for significant achievements in 2013.  NNSA’s newly appointed Uranium Program Manager Tim Driscoll gave the keynote address. “I’m here today as a patriot, a citizen, a father, a friend to some of you, and as a customer,” Driscoll said. ”These awards are a testament to the good work that goes on here every day at every level. They’re a testament to the loyalty and dedication of all those involved.” 

Mark Padilla, NNSA Production Office’s assistant manager for programs and projects, and Jim Haynes, CNS president and chief executive officer, joined Driscoll in presenting the awards. ”The hard work that happens here is what makes the Nuclear Security Enterprise what it is,” Padilla told the crowd.  Haynes said that often Hollywood celebrities and professional athletes garner praise but that Y-12 workers are just as deserving of being in the spotlight. “You are the real heroes. You are creators of solutions. You do the yeoman’s work for our nuclear security,” he said. “How refreshing it is for you to be recognized instead of those who walk the red carpet. You do the critical front-line work for our nation.”  Established by NNSA in 1982, the Defense Programs Awards of Excellence recognize significant individual and team accomplishments across the nuclear weapons complex in support of NNSA’s nuclear weapons program.  The awards are given annually to recognize significant achievements in quality, productivity, cost savings, safety or creativity in support of NNSA’s nuclear weapons program.


Campbell man charged in girlfriend’s death


A Campbell County man has been arrested after the shooting death of his girlfriend.

Officers responded to a home on Sharp Lane in Caryville around 5 pm Thursday and found 51-year-old Wanda Odell dead from a gun shot wound. Authorities have charged her boyfriend, Tommy Odell with criminal homicide.  An autopsy was scheduled for Friday at the UT Medical Center Forensic Anthropology Center. The investigation is ongoing.


THP:  Man killed in I-75 wreck


One person died in a single-vehicle accident on Interstate 75 North in Anderson County Thursday afternoon.  The Tennessee Highway Patrol responded to the scene just before 3:30 p.m. at exit 129, the Rocky Top exit. The THP report indicates that a 1998 Ford pickup left the right side of the roadway, traveled into a ditch and flipped, partially ejecting the driver, 29-year-old William Overton of Jacksboro.  Troopers say he was not wearing a seatbelt. 


Phillips leaving 2 jobs to return to old job


Former Anderson County budget director Chris Phillips, who left that job earlier this year to help his hometown update their financial mechanisms as they get ready for an extended period of growth, is returning to his old job in the Courthouse.  That means that he will step down as City recorder in Rocky Top and as a newly-elected County Commissioner in District 4.  Phillips was elected to that post in August but will step down from the commission on October 10th.  It will be up to the remaining 15 commissioners to select a replacement to serve the rest of his term, which runs through August 2016.  In a press release issued by the County Mayor’s office, Phillips says, “While the thought of disappointing those who were kind enough to vote for me weighs heavily on me, I know I can best serve the people of this county by implementing and directing policy, rather than making policy [as a commissioner].”  Citing his accomplishments in Rocky Top, Phillips says that he spent his time there “working toward balancing their accounts, working with the auditors to help them complete the overdue 2012/2013 financial audit, instituted direct deposit for the employees, installed card machines in order to accept debit and credit card transactions, hired a new water clerk, installed property tax software in the place of a manual paper process, and corrected many other processes that had fallen by the way side over the last few years. I’ve helped Rocky Top modernize in anticipation of great things to come, and now feel I’m able to return to Anderson County.”  Mayor Terry Frank had this to say about Phillips’ return:  “I never wanted Chris to leave, but I certainly understood from the beginning that Lake City, now Rocky Top, was in search of next level management in modernizing their accounting structure… I made it clear from the get-go that if I had not filled the Budget Director position, he was always welcome back home here in Anderson County Government.”  Interim Budget Director Connie Aytes will return to her former position as Deputy Budget Director when Phillips’ return becomes official.  Read the entire press release on our website, www.wyshradio.com.


(Press release from Anderson County Mayor’s office) Anderson County Mayor Terry Frank today announced that Chris Phillips will be rejoining Anderson County Government as Budget Director.   

“I never wanted Chris to leave, but I certainly understood from the beginning that Lake City, now Rocky Top, was in search of next level management in modernizing their accounting structure.  Though Chris tried to accomplish Rocky Top’s goals by working part-time on weekends, it really took him leaving the county to be in Rocky Top full time.   I made it clear from the get-go that if I had not filled the Budget Director position, he was always welcome back home here in Anderson County Government,” stated Frank.

“While the thought of disappointing those who were kind enough to vote for me weighs heavily on me, I know I can best serve the people of this county by implementing and directing policy, rather than making policy, and that requires that I step down from my position as Commissioner to serve Anderson County in another way,” stated Phillips. Phillips will resign his District 4 County Commission seat effective Oct. 10.

“Chris knows Anderson County inside and out, and we have missed him.  Our team is excited to have him back, and I personally am just thrilled,” said Mayor Frank. Phillips will officially rejoin Anderson County Government on Oct. 30. 

“I want to thank Connie Aytes, who has served as Interim Budget Director, for her tireless work,” said Mayor Frank.  “She has served Anderson County for six years – since February 2014 as Interim Budget Director – and under Phillips’ previous tenure as Budget Director, was named Deputy Director. Her past experience as an auditor with the Tennessee Office of the Comptroller has given the accounting office a unique area of expertise, insight, and guidance.  She is so appreciated for rising to the challenge as Interim Director, and we can’t possibly thank her enough. She remains a vital part of the team,” continued Mayor Frank. 

Phillips successfully helped Anderson County achieve seven Certificates of Excellence in the seven years he previously was the county’s Budget Director. He is a Certified Financial Manager accredited through the Association of Government Accountants and holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Tennessee Wesleyan College.

“When approached by Rocky Top, I felt it was my duty to help get my hometown in solid financial order. I left to get things back on track, believing it was my calling to do so. Once I was here, I immediately began working toward balancing their accounts, working with the auditors to help them complete the overdue 2012/2013 financial audit, instituted direct deposit for the employees, installed card machines in order to accept debit and credit card transactions, hired a new water clerk, installed property tax software in the place of a manual paper process, and corrected many other processes that had fallen by the way side over the last few years. I’ve helped Rocky Top modernize in anticipation of great things to come, and now feel I’m able to return to Anderson County,” said Phillips.

“I am very proud to have helped Rocky Top move forward, and am excited to return to Anderson County,” Phillips said.


USEC emerges from bankruptcy, changes name


Centrus Energy Corporation announced this week that it has satisfied all the conditions to emerge from a Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The conditions were outlined in a reorganization plan approved by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware on September 5.

The plan became effective Tuesday, and Centrus, formerly known as USEC Incorporated, emerged from the restructuring in a “stronger position to supply customers with nuclear fuel and support the energy and national security needs of the United States,” a press release said.

John Welch, president and chief executive officer of Centrus:  “Looking ahead, we will continue as a reliable supplier to our customers with an improved financial foundation. We strongly believe in the future value that the American Centrifuge technology can provide for domestic uranium enrichment and will build on the innovation of our employees, America’s leading experts on uranium enrichment, to support the national security objectives of the United States government.”

Welch said Centrus will remain positioned to commercialize the American Centrifuge technology when market conditions permit to supply the global fleet of commercial power reactors.

The company has next-generation uranium enrichment operations in Oak Ridge at the American Centrifuge Technology Manufacturing Center, the former Boeing building. In August, USEC (now Centrus) announced that Oak Ridge National Laboratory had exercised an option to extend the American Centrifuge demonstration program into 2015.

The press release this week said a new board of directors consisting of up to 11 directors will provide governance and strategic direction for Centrus. Five members of the previous USEC board, including one member appointed by Toshiba America Nuclear Energy Corporation, and five newly appointed directors under the plan approved by the bankruptcy court will comprise the new board. One seat on the board remains vacant, which may be filled by a person appointed by The Babcock & Wilcox Company.

Centrus Energy Corp. is a trusted supplier of enriched uranium fuel for a growing fleet of international and domestic commercial nuclear power plants. Centrus is working to deploy the American Centrifuge technology for commercial needs and to support U.S. energy and national security.


CDBGs announced for several Tennessee communities


Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty recently approved more than $28 million in Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) to assist Tennessee communities with infrastructure, health and safety projects, and downtown improvements.  “Community Development Block Grants play an important role in helping communities across Tennessee prepare for future economic development opportunities and continued growth,” Haslam said. “Working with our communities in making these improvements helps bring us one step closer toward our goal to making Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs.”   

“Community development sets the stage for burgeoning economic development and when a community invests in itself, the private sector is more likely to invest in it as well,” Hagerty said. “I am pleased to see so many communities across the state eagerly taking steps not only to attract new business and encourage future growth, but also to create better living conditions for the families that reside there.” 

Allocation of CDBG funds is based on priorities set at local levels where community needs are best known. The CDBG program is administered in Tennessee by the Department of Economic and Community Development.




CDBG Amount

Local Funds



Drainage Improvements





Sewer System Improvements




Morgan County

Waterline Extension




Oliver Springs

Sewer System Improvements




Rocky Top

Water System Improvements




Union County

Waterline Extension





Ruby Tuesday in OR closes


Ruby Tuesday in Oak Ridge has closed. The restaurant announced the closure in two signs posted on its front doors.  The signs invite diners to eat at other local Ruby Tuesday restaurants in Knoxville and Lenoir City.  In early January, the company announced that it would close 30 restaurants during the next few months, although executives wouldn’t say which ones. The announcement came after a disappointing earnings report.  It is not clear at this time if the closure of the Oak Ridge location is related to that January announcement.


ORT:  ORHS chem lab incident prompts response


Students at Oak Ridge High School were briefly evacuated Tuesday morning after a chemistry experiment set off smoke detectors.  According to our partners at Oak Ridge Today, a small amount of zinc chloride and water created water vapor that set off the smoke detectors, which then shut chemistry lab hoods. The Oak Ridge Fire Department manually opened the vents in the room (LC212) until the smoke detector system reset. Firefighters checked the air, making sure it was safe to breathe.  There was no fire, no damage, and no injuries, according to the ORFD, which also said that no students were ever in danger.  Oak Ridge police and fire departments responded to the call at about 10:30 a.m. Tuesday and gave the “all clear” about 20 minutes later. 


OR Mall TIF deadline extended


In two separate meetings Monday, the Oak Ridge Industrial Development Board and the City Council voted to approve a 10-year extension of a tax increment financing plan for the initial costs of demolishing most of the nearly-vacant Oak Ridge Mall property and redeveloping it into the recently-renamed Main Street Oak Ridge.  North Carolina-based Crosland Southeast has proposed turning the mall property into a mixed-use downtown collection of retail stores, office space, apartments and a hotel.  When all is said and done, the project could represent a total private investment of some $80 million while generating as much as $2 million a year in new property tax revenues for the city and the county.  Plans call for existing retail anchors Belk, JC Penney, Cinemark Theaters, and Super Walmart to remain on the property and receive a facelift.  City leaders also voted to use $1 million money from the city’s reserve and capital maintenance funds to pay for the relocation of utilities and rebuilding three private roads on the property to public road standards.  TIFs allow the developer to invest money typically owed for taxes into infrastructure for the length of the financing agreement.  The financing plan for this project involves $13 million in tax increment financing, and the payback period for that loan to Crosland was extended Monday from 20 years to 30 years. Under the agreement, the developer would be loaned $13 million by a consortium of four local banks.  Property taxes on the project would continue to be paid to Oak Ridge and to Anderson County at their current levels, while the expected increase in property taxes from the development would be used to repay the loans.  City leaders hope to obtain a $1 million federal Economic Development Administration grant that the city would use to match its $1 million investment in the roadwork and utility relocation.  If the grant falls through, the Industrial Development Board would contribute $500,000 for that work with the rest coming from money generated by the TIF.  Company officials say that negotiations with possible tenants are progressing very well.  If all goes as planned, demolition should begin early next year with a grand opening in the third quarter of 2016.


AC Veterans Day Parade info


Anderson County’s 8th annual Veterans Day Parade will be held on Thursday November 11th at 6 pm.  This year’s parade theme is “Welcome Home Commemoration” for all military members who have served since September 14th, 2001 and the grand marshals will be members of the 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment from Anderson County.  If you would like to participate, there is no entry fee but donations will be accepted to help advertise the parade.  The parade is being sponsored by the Anderson County Veterans Service office, Clinton American Legion Post #172, Tennesseeans for Living History and the Anderson County Chamber of Commerce.  The parade route will start at the train tracks on Market Street and continue up Main Street past the Courthouse and end on Broad Street.  For more information, contact Veterans Service Officer Leon Jaquet at 865-463-6803 or 865-556-0997 or Lynn Fox at 865-719-9947.


Bartley pleads in summer assaults


Convicted Campbell County school shooter Kenneth Bartley Jr. pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor charges in court Monday morning and received two years probation on both charges, which will be served concurrently for an effective sentence of two years probation.  Bartley was arrested twice over the summer after disputes with his father.  As part of the plea deal, he will move out of his father’s house and into his mother’s.  His attorney, Greg Isaacs, says that Bartley also has a job waiting for him for the first time since his February conviction on one count of reckless homicide in 2005’s fatal shooting of Campbell County High School assistant principal Ken Bruce in an incident that left two other administrators were also wounded.  .


AC RAM in fundraising mode


Following up on a report we brought you last week, First Baptist Church of Clinton will host a Remote Area Medical—or RAM—Clinic on  April 11th and 12th, 2015.  The mission of the clinic is to provide those who need them with vision, medical and dental services free of charge.  The clinic will be free and will be supported by volunteers and donations.  Organizers are asking the community for prayers and for financial support for the clinic, which has an overall budget of $30,000.  If you would like to donate, you can send a check payable to “First Baptist Church of Clinton, AC RAM Event” by sending it to 225 North Main Street, Clinton, TN 37716.  For more information, you can call 865-259-6726 or www.andersoncountyram.com.


1 killed, 3 hurt in Saturday crash


One man was killed and three others injured Saturday night in a single-vehicle accident on I-75 in Campbell County.  The accident happened Saturday at around 10:15 pm when a northbound Ford Explorer driven by 34-year-old Juan Garcia left the left side of the road and hit the guardrail, traveled back across the roadway, then crossed back over to the median, where it rolled over and came to rest on its roof.  Garcia, according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol accident report, was killed in the crash.  Two men and a woman who had been passengers in the Explorer were hurt in the accident, although the severity of their injuries was not reported.  None of the four occupants had addresses in the US, according to the trooper’s report, which also indicated that all of the occupants of the SUV had been wearing seatbelts. 


Norris Lake Fall Color Boat Trips


Fall Color Trips will be held October 18th through the 31st at Norris Lake.  Each year, nature displays a spectacular array of fall colors. Join park staff as they take you along the shores of Norris Lake on a pontoon boat ride and view this beautiful display of nature’s artistry. Each boat ride will last approximately one hour and will depart from the Norris Dam Marina.  Park Rangers will narrate your trip with tree identification and park history. The daily trips will depart at 11am, 12:30pm, 2pm and 3:30pm each day.  The cost is $7.00 for adults and $5.00 for children under six. Trips will be canceled for inclement weather. Please call the park office to register for a trip. Call 865-426-7461 or visit www.norrisdamstatepark.org.


ORNL FCU undergoing facelift


ORNL Federal Credit Union has started its major facilities projects in Oak Ridge with the demolition of its location at 215 South Rutgers Avenue, which was the Credit Union’s sole branch between 1969 and 1987, before housing the Operations and Imaging departments for the last 27 years.  Business operations at ORNL FCU’s main branch located at 221 South Rutgers Avenue will not be affected by the ongoing work.  This initial step is part of the Credit Union’s larger facilities plan, which involves relocating its main branch into a high-efficiency, “forward-looking” work environment that will be built on the 215 South Rutgers Avenue location and retain the original building’s address.  The current main branch/headquarters building at 221 South Rutgers Avenue will be remodeled and redesigned to consolidate the Credit Union’s back office operations.  Demolition should conclude at the end of this week, with construction preparation of the new branch scheduled to begin in October.  Earlier this year, ORNL Federal Credit Union also announced its plans to develop a three-story, 24,000-square-foot regional center at the intersection of Pellissippi Parkway and Northshore Drive in Knox County, which will become the home office for CU Community LLC, a credit union service organization. The Northshore facility will include a new “branch of the future” for ORNL FCU members and a state-of-the-art work environment for employees, according to a press release.  ORNL FCU’s Regional Center at Northshore is slated for completion in 2016.


ADFAC benefits from Y-12 donation


(Submitted) Y12 employees recently donated more than $2,000 and numerous school supplies to ensure students in need are starting the school year with what they need. Working with Aid to Distressed Families of Appalachian Counties, or ADFAC, employees donated money along with some 144 wide-ruled notebooks, 132 packs of crayons, 111 packs of pencils, 80 packs of paper, and 66 packs of glue sticks.  ADFAC volunteers use the donations to provide backpacks and school supplies to fulfill more than 7,000 requests for assistance.  ADFAC, which began in the 1980s, works to meet the unfilled needs of community members. To find out more about ADFAC, visit www.adfac.org or call (865) 483-6028. 


AC FFA state champs


The Anderson County Future Farmers of America (FFA) have earned a state title in the Milk Quality and Products Career Development Event (CDE). Students from 33 chapters gathered at the Tennessee State Fair to compete in the event sponsored by F&M Bank of Clarksville. The Milk Quality and Products CDE tests agricultural education students on their knowledge of quality production, processing, distribution, promotion, and marketing of milk and dairy foods.  The Anderson County team is comprised of all freshmen, making their state title that much more impressive. Mary Leach was the highest-scoring individual, while Kayla Palmer and Rhett Boling tied for 2nd, and Colby Profit placed 4th.  Anderson County will represent Tennessee at the National FFA Convention in Louisville, KY this October. The team will compete for national recognition and up to $1000 per team member.  The Tennessee FFA Association is comprised of more than 13,000 members from 213 high school chapters, 7 middle school chapters and 8 collegiate chapters across the state of Tennessee. To learn more about FFA visit www.tnffa.org.


ORCVB has new director


Earlier this week, former Oak Ridge Rowing Association director Mark DeRose accepted the position of executive director of the Oak Ridge Convention and Visitors Bureau.  He will succeed Katy Brown, who left the post earlier this year to accept another job opportunity.  He agreed to a contract worth $55,000 a year following negotiations with the Board of Directors that took place on Wednesday. 


Man charged after infant son found inside vehicle


A man was charged this week after police responded to a 911 call of an infant left in a van in the Jacksboro Walmart parking lot.  Jacksboro Police say an officer found the four-month-old boy asleep inside the vehicle with the windows rolled up.  The officer got the child out of the car and went inside the store to look for his parents.  Officers reported that after about ten minutes, they located Jessie Francis and his 7-year-old son inside the store shopping.  Security camera footage showed they'd been inside for at least 30 minutes. Francis eventually told officers that he had forgotten the infant was with him.   He was arrested and charged with child abuse and reckless child endangerment.  Officers said it was about 75 degrees outside at the time of t6he incident and when they used a thermal imaging device to gauge the temperature inside the minivan, it was 87 degrees.  The baby was taken to an area hospital for an exam and is now back with his mother.   Francis is due in court next Thursday. 


2 arrested in Anderson after pursuit from Knox


Two people were charged after they led authorities on a chase up I-75 late Wednesday morning.  The pursuit began at the Knights Inn on Dante Road when a Knox County Sheriff's deputy was looking for a stolen vehicle and saw a man and woman shooting up drugs outside the motel. The pair got into a vehicle and fled.  Officers pursued the two as they got onto I-75 at Callahan Drive and headed north shortly after 11:30 am.  The chase ended just after noon when the THP deployed spike strips on the road that deflated a rear tire and caused the driver to lose control near the Rocky Top exit, where authorities were able to take them into custody.  The driver, 45-year-old Jeffrey Kent Lee admitted to shooting up Oxycontin just before the pursuit and is facing numerous moving violations, driving on a revoked license, evading arrest, and damaging county property. Additional charges could be pending. Lee also had a warrant for a stolen vehicle out of Paris, Tennessee. His passenger, 35-year-old Elizabeth Williams was taken into custody for outstanding warrants out of Humphreys and Stewart counties in Tennessee.  No one was hurt during the pursuit.


October is Crime Prevention Month


(ACSD) The Anderson County Sheriff’s Department joins with the Anderson County Board of Commissioners in proclaiming October as Crime Prevention Month for 2014. Sheriff Paul White has challenged the entire community to make crime prevention a priority and wishes to thank law enforcement officers throughout Anderson County along with the many people who have taken personal responsibility for their neighborhoods as well as community organizations that work for the common good.  In 1984, the National Crime Prevention Council, the nation's center of excellence for preventing crime, designated October as Crime Prevention Month. The month-long commemoration reflects the adage that prevention pays off. NCPC strongly believes that citizen involvement in crime prevention can and has played a vital role in helping many communities stay safe.

Crime Prevention Month recognizes successful crime prevention efforts on the local, state, and national levels to generate interest and enthusiasm for prevention efforts to continue to grow even stronger and become more widespread.  The Anderson County Sheriff’s Department wishes to recognize those who have contributed to preventing crime in Anderson County. Sheriff’s deputies, along with other local, state, and federal law enforcement officers, work tirelessly each day to combat crime.  Investigators share information with other agencies on a daily basis and by working together are solving cases and making arrests. Crime analysis and mapping allows deputies to work smarter by showing where and when crimes are occurring and predicting areas where they may occur. 

One of the most successful crime prevention methods is the Neighborhood Watch program. Throughout the county there are some 30 Neighborhood Watch groups keeping

a close eye on their community. Neighbors watching out for neighbors has been a success and the department thanks those volunteers who have made a difference.  Neighborhood Watch is one of the oldest and most effective crime prevention programs in the country, bringing citizens together with law enforcement to deter crime and make communities safer.  Sponsored by the National Sheriff’s Association, Neighborhood Watch can trace its roots back to the days of colonial settlements, when night watchmen patrolled the streets. The modern version was developed in response to sheriffs and police chiefs who were looking for a crime prevention program that would involve citizens and address an increasing number of burglaries.  Launched in 1972, Neighborhood Watch counts on citizens to organize themselves and work with law enforcement to keep a trained eye and ear on their communities, while demonstrating their presence at all times of day and night. Neighborhood Watch works because it reduces opportunities for crime to occur; it doesn’t rely on altering or changing the criminal’s behavior or motivation.  Crime prevention efforts have paid off in Anderson County. By working together and with the help of the community, crime is down in the unincorporated areas of the county 45.45% since 2007. Property crimes such as burglary and theft are down 41.14%.

The Anderson County Sheriff’s Department will be joining the Oak Ridge Police

Department for National Night Out on Saturday, October 11, from 3:00pm until 7:00pm, at A.K. Bissel Park in Oak Ridge. Crime Prevention Officer David Massengill will present information on crime prevention efforts and Neighborhood Watch in Anderson County.  For information about crime prevention or forming a Neighborhood Watch group in your community, please contact Deputy David Massengill 865-457-6255, extension 1150.  Visit the National Crime Prevention Council website: http://www.ncpc.org.


ACSD receives grant


(ACSD) Sheriff Paul White announced today that the Anderson County Sheriff’s Department has been awarded a Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) from the Office of Criminal Justice Programs (OJP). The grant award of $14,993.00 from the OJP will be matched with $4,997.00 in local funding for a total of $19,990.00 which will be used for purchase of law enforcement equipment.  Sheriff White received notification of the grant award from the Office of Criminal Justice Programs, Tennessee Department of Finance and Administration.  For more information, please visit: http://state.tn.us/finance/adm/ocjp.


Ouster suit dismissal to be appealed


The attorney for the 22 Anderson County residents who filed an ouster suit against County Law Director Jay Yeager in the spring will appeal the dismissal of the suit last week by a specially-appointed senior judge.  Senior Judge Don Ash last week issued an opinion based on a hearing held August 28th dismissing the suit on the grounds that the Anderson County Law Director is not subject to ouster because his is an appointed position and not an elected one.  Judge Ash also opined that the plaintiffs “can prove no set of facts that would entitle them to relief.”  His ruling also made those plaintiffs liable for all court costs in the case, which will continue to mount as the appeals process continues.  The original ouster suit was filed in May with three grounds for Yeager’s dismissal but was later amended to include 16 reasons for ouster.  Yeager has vehemently denied any wrongdoing and has publicly stated he believes that County Mayor Terry Frank, with whom he has had several high-profile disagreements, is behind the suit.  Mayor Frank has repeatedly denied that allegation.


Sitel expanding OR operation, 125 new jobs available


Monday, Sitel announced a major hiring effort aimed at attracting over 125 new employees at the company’s Oak Ridge facility. Newly hired associates will provide inbound customer service support for a leading loan acquisition and servicing provider. The hiring effort will continue within the local community for the next 60 days, according to a press release.  The company, a leading global customer care provider, will fill positions at both the entry and upper management levels, while providing career development opportunities with fast-moving growth potential for all employees, the press release said. Sitel offers its employees a market-leading total compensation and benefits package, which includes medical, dental, vision, 401K, paid vacation, and holiday time with additional bonus and incentive opportunities, the release said.  The company will host open houses every Tuesday and Thursday through November at their facility located at 1089 Commerce Park Drive in Oak Ridge. Interested applicants are encouraged to attend or can also apply online at the Careers tab of www.sitel.com.


Children’s Museum of OR snares healthy living exhibit grant


(Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge) Thursday, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) awarded a grant totaling $137,108 to the Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge. The museum will use the grant funds to develop its new Kids in Action! Healthy Living exhibit and programs.  According to a press release, the museum will plan, develop, and construct “Kids in Action,” a healthy living exhibit and accompanying educational programs to support healthy nutrition, healthy activity, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education, and community wellness. Through partnerships with East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, Oak Ridge Associated Universities, and the University of Tennessee Agriculture Extension the “Kids in Action” initiative will use fun and engaging activities, including a human body exhibit and a fitness trail mascot, “Peppy Pepper,” to raise awareness in the community about healthy nutrition and exercise and to encourage positive attitudes concerning healthy lifestyles. The project will provide direction, encouragement, and programs aligned with school STEM initiatives to children who are confronted with serious lifestyle choices.  Mary Ann Damos, executive director at the museum, stated, “We are excited to begin the project and look forward to forming new partnerships in the community to work with us in this effort. I am very grateful to the Institute of Museum and Library Services for this grant award and for all of the work they do for museums and libraries across the nation.”  The museum will have to provide a 50-50 match of the grant, which will include both in-kind labor and money, so they are actively seeking sponsors with a focus on health care and medical organizations.  The exhibit itself will replace the current “1910 exhibit” on the first level of the museum and is expected to take up to three years to complete.  For more information, visit http://childrensmuseumofoakridge.org/.


Ouster suit dismissed


Friday, a specially appointed senior judge from Murfreesboro issued an order dismissing the ouster lawsuit filed against Anderson County Law Director Jay Yeager in May by 22 county residents.  In his opinion, Senior Judge Don Ash dismissed the suit on the grounds that the position of Anderson County Law Director does not fall under the state guidelines for an ouster suit, which apply only to elected officials “in a position of public trust.”  The judge also wrote that the 22 plaintiffs in the suit “can prove no set of facts which would entitle them to relief.”  The decision can be appealed and if an appeal is filed, we will let you know about it.  The suit was initially filed in May with three grievances calling for Yeager’s ouster and later amended to include 16.  Yeager steadfastly denied any wrongdoing.


ORT:  Minivan strikes gas line, sparks fire


(Oak Ridge Today) A 43-year-old Knoxville man was taken to the hospital after his minivan went down a small embankment on the Oak Ridge Turnpike, crashed into a wooded area, and sparked a gas line fire on Saturday afternoon.  Driver Thomas Debusk was taken by ambulance to UT Medical Center in Knoxville, the Oak Ridge Police Department said.  The cause of the crash, reported at about 1:43 p.m., was not immediately known. The gold 2003 Honda Odyssey van driven by Debusk struck an aboveground natural gas pipeline in a small basin below Oak Ridge Turnpike and next to the parking lot at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, which is across from Tractor Supply.  Oak Ridge Animal Control Officer Sara Walter, who was working at a pet adoption event at Tractor Supply when the crash occurred, ran across the Turnpike to assist, the ORPD said in a press release.  Walter and a passerby identified as Danny Mealer broke the driver’s window, pulled Debusk from the vehicle, and rendered first aid.  ORPD Officers Grant Gouldie and Tim Nguyen, who incurred minor injuries at the scene, were treated at Methodist Medical Center and released.  Firefighetrs waited until the Oak Ridge Utility District arrived for instructions on what to do about the fire shooting up from the one-inch high-pressure gas line.  Once ORUD arrived, utility workers told firefighters they could turn off the gas.  In the meantime, firefighters kept the fire from spreading, including to a nearby utility pole, by keeping the area wet.  The gas line fire was out by 2:09 pm, less than 30 minutes after it was reported.  All four lanes of Oak Ridge Turnpike were temporarily closed near Tractor Supply. The gas line was capped, and ORUD checked the area for leaks and found none.


Violette honored by peers


Earlier this month, the Director of the Clinton City School System, Dr. Vicki Violette, was named the 2015 Superintendent of the Year by the Tennessee Organization of School Superintendents for the Eastern District during a ceremony held in Pigeon Forge.  This is the second time that Dr. Violette has been recognized by her peers with this award, which she also won in 2012.  Violette gave the credit for her honor to the hard work of the students, teachers, school board members and central office staff as well as to the support of the entire community. 


Update:  Lamar Deal passes away after accident


A tragic accident Thursday afternoon at Deal’s Small Engine in Clinton killed owner Lamar Deal.  A report from the Clinton Fire Department indicates that while unloading lawn mowers from a tractor trailer at the business at around 1:30 pm, a cable snapped and Deal was struck in the chest by a hook attached to a forklift pulling a palette   When emergency responders arrived, they found two people applying pressure to the wound and immediately began lifesaving measures.  Crews called for Lifestar to land at Lakefront Park to transport Deal to UT Medical Center but as the chopper landed, he became unresponsive and rescue personnel began CPR and transported him to UT by ambulance.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Lamar Deal, a longtime client and friend of WYSH Radio, especially his wife Barbara.  As soon as funeral arrangements are announced, we will pass them along to you.


Commissioner proposes money for county employees


Anderson County commissioners learned Monday that the undesignated fund balance—or rainy-day fund—is above the minimum $4 million dollar threshold established two years ago.  As a result, Commissioner Myron Iwanski is proposing that the excess $290,000 in the fund balance be used to reward employees who have not seen significant pay raises in four years.  In a memo to his fellow commissioners and copied to local media outlets, Iwanski writes, “Four years ago our fund balance was heading down to less than $500,000 and our credit rating being affected.  Beginning [at that time], by being more cautious with how we spend fund balance money and with the help of all of our elected officials and employees, we increased the fund balance to [its current level].  One of the many things we did to turn this around was not [give] our employees a salary increase for several years—except to cover the annual increases in health insurance cost.  Countywide office holders, meanwhile, were given state-mandated increases in salaries.”  Iwanski is proposing one of two options:  a lump sum payment of $640 for all 450 employees who would be eligible if this plan is approved, or give those employees a lump payment equal to 2 percent of their respective salaries.  The measure will be submitted to the Budget Committee for discussion in October and could also be discussed at the full Commission’s next meeting later in the month.  Any motion to use money from the fund balance must be approved by a super-majority of the Commission—or 12 votes out of 16.  Iwanski’s memo can be read in its entirety on our website. 


(Memo from Commissioner Myron Iwanski) I think we were all pleased that for the 4th year in a row our year-end fund balance increased over the previous year. We owe a big thank you to our county employees for helping making this happen.  Four years ago our fund balance was heading down to less than $500,000 and our credit rating was being   affected. Beginning four years ago, by being more cautious with how we spend fund balance money and with the help of all our elected officials and employees, we increased the fund balance to the current $4,290,000.  One of the many things we did to turn this around was not giving our employees a salary increase for several years - except to cover the annual increases in health insurance cost. County-wide office holders, meanwhile, were given state mandated increases in salaries.  I propose using a small portion of this fund balance to provide a small lump sum payment to those county general fund employees that did not get a state mandated salary increase.  I propose that $290,000 (which is the amount above the $4 million fund balance goal) be used for a one-time lump sum payment to employees in lieu of a salary increase. If we exclude part time employees, new hires, and employees that received a state mandated pay increase, there are about 450 general fund employees that would qualify for this lump sum payment, according to Human Resources.  If we were to split the $290,000 evenly among the 450 employees, each employee would receive a one-time payment of $640. Alternatively, we could give all of these employees a lump payment equal to about 2 percent of their salary.

I suggest that to qualify for this lump sum payment employees;

Must be full time (i.e., able to qualify for heath insurance),

Must not be an elected official (County Commissioners would not qualify),

Must not have received a salary increase in the last year, and

Must have worked full time from January 1, 2014 to September 1, 2014

I am sending this to the Budget Committee for them to consider at the October budget meeting. Having sent this to the Budget Committee for consideration, the full County Commission can also take this up at its October meeting, and consider any recommendations the Budget Committee may offer.  I believe that addressing this for our hard working employees who have done without a salary increase for years should be our top priority. As such, I ask that Budget Committee and County Commission take up this request in October and before taking up any other proposals to use money out of the fund balance.


OR Beer Board gives Lincoln’s leeway


Tuesday night the Oak Ridge Beer Board approved an agreed order that will allow Lincoln’s Sports Grille to resume selling beer as early as this weekend.  Last month, the Board voted after the popular eatery’s fifth show-cause hearing to revoke Lincoln’s beer permit for one year.  Lincoln’s has filed a petition in Chancery Court asking Chancellor Nichole Cantrell to either modify the board’s decision or uphold the revocation and the agreed order accepted last night will remain in effect until a hearing on that petition can be held.  The agreed order includes several strict guidelines that Lincoln’s will have to abide by, including cutting off the sale of alcohol an hour before closing time, having at least one owner on site at all times and accepting an automatic 90-day suspension of their beer permit if any alcohol-related infractions occur while the order remains in effect.  No action was taken during a second special meeting of the Board against three other businesses who had also violated beer ordinances. 


Repairs made to Jaycee Park walking trail


Clinton Public Works and Parks & Recreation employees recently completed some much needed work on the walking trail at Jaycee Park. In a press release, Public Works Director Lynn Murphy says this is the first major repair effort on the trail in about fifteen years.  Murphy says that the city had received some complaints about the condition of the trails, which raised questions for officials about walkers’ safety.  Several sections of asphalt were either completely removed and replaced or, when possible, repaired.  Officials hope that further improvements to the Jaycee Park walking trail can be made in the near future.


State awards $24M in highway safety grants


(GHSO) Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam, Tennessee Department of Transportation Commissioner John Schroer and Governor’s Highway Safety Office Director Kendell Poole announced the Tennessee agencies that received grant awards totaling more than $24.2 million to support highway traffic safety efforts.  The funds support the mission of GHSO to save lives and reduce injuries on Tennessee roadways through leadership, innovation, coordination and program support in partnership with numerous public and private organizations.  “Having safe roads is critical to our mission of making Tennessee a better place to live, work and raise a family,” Haslam said.  “These grants will support the efforts of highway safety agencies and advocates to reduce the number of people killed and injured in traffic crashes in Tennessee each year.”  There are multiple elements that contribute to a safe roadway system.  Some of those aspects are an accurate traffic safety data collection and analysis system, well-trained and well-equipped law enforcement personnel, and effective emergency medical and trauma systems.  A major part of roadway safety is educating motorists about laws and good driving behaviors.  “These grants help fund a variety of enforcement, legal and educational initiatives across the state including speed enforcement, first responder equipment purchases, DUI prosecutors and child passenger safety training,” Schroer said.  “These grants will make a difference in the effectiveness of our highway safety partners.”  The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration provides the funding to GHSO.  The grants, totaling 449 for the 2014-2015 funding cycle, were awarded to 386 agencies that successfully applied for funding based on a defined problem and statistical need.  Each year, GHSO accepts applications from agencies across the state for available highway safety funds.  Applications are reviewed and scored by GHSO and external highway safety advocates.  The agencies that meet the criteria for funding received awards.  “Our grantees are the backbone of GHSO,” Director Kendell Poole said. “It takes everyone working together to make a difference. We are dedicated to saving lives across Tennessee and pledge to work with grantees statewide to accomplish our mission.”  For more information about GHSO, visit www.tntrafficsafety.org.  For a complete list and description of each grant, visit http://www.tn.gov/tdot/news/2014/GHSO-FY2015GrantAwards.pdf


Anderson County Sheriff's Department: Reducing Fatalities in Anderson County: ($40,000.25)

ASAP of Anderson County Alcohol Education and Safe Driving in Anderson County TN Alcohol Education ($29,152.60)

Clinton Police Department, Rocky Top PD and Norris PD:  High Visibility Enforcement ($5000 each)

Oak Ridge Police Department Operations STAR (Strategic Traffic Accident Reduction) [$ 35,148.00]

TN District Attorney General, 07th Judicial District 20142015 DUI Abatement/Prosecution Enhancement Grant DUI Prosecution ($198, 047.32)

Campbell County Sheriff's Department Campbell County Alcohol Enforcement Program ($57,768.64)

Caryville, Jacksboro, Jellico and Lafollette Police Departments:  High Visibility Enforcement Police Traffic Services ($5000)

City of Sunbright, the Morgan County Sheriff’s Department and the Wartburg Police Department High Visibility Enforcement Police Traffic Services Morgan East 5,000.00 $

Morgan County Sheriff Department High Visibility Enforcement ($5000 each)

Harriman Police Department DUI Check Patrol and Check Points ($15,088.39)

Kingston Police Department, Oliver Springs PD, Roane County Sheriff’s Office and the Rockwood PD: High Visibility Enforcement Police Traffic Services Roane East ($5,000.00)

Roane County Sheriff's Office:  Network coordinator ($15,000.00)

Roane County Sheriff's Office:  A safer TN through saturations and checkpoints ($87,800.00)


AC DA named to Bar Association Board of Governors


Anderson County District Attorney General Dave Clark has been named a Governor of the Tennessee Bar Association, according to a release from his office.  In that release, Clark states:  “It is an honor to be selected to serve in a leadership role among my peers and to help continue the service of the Tennessee Bar Association.”  The 23-member Board of Governors controls the activities and business of the Tennessee Bar Association in all its activities across the state.  The TBA represents over 10,000 attorneys in the state in trying to foster legal education, maintain the honor and dignity of the profession of law, cultivate professional ethics and promote improvements in the law and the administration of justice.  Clark earlier this month was appointed to the Board of Directors for the Tennessee Conference of District Attorneys General.


Body found in A’ville; death ruled suicide


A 56-year-old Knoxville woman committed suicide in the woods off of Indian Gap Road in Andersonville, according to a report from the Anderson County Sheriff’s Department.  Deputies responding to a report of a suspicious vehicle in a gravel pull off on Indian Gap found the car unoccupied on Tuesday evening with a woman’s identification and other personal belongings inside the vehicle.  Deputies contacted the Knox County Sheriff’s Office since her information identified her as a Knox resident and they learned that the woman and her husband had been involved in a domestic dispute the previous night.  Her husband told investigators that he had called the KCSO but that his wife had left their home before deputies arrived.  Deputies searched the nearby woods and found the woman hanging by her neck from a tree about 40 yards from the car.  Her death has been ruled a suicide.  Authorities do not know how she ended up in Andersonville.  WYSH does not identify suicide victims.


Appeals court finds for OR in dispute over apartments


An appeals court in Knoxville has upheld the dismissal of Applewood Apartments’ owner Joe Levitt’s lawsuit against he Oak Ridge Board of Building and Housing Appeals, calling his second appeal in this case “frivolous.”  Levitt and the Board have been at odds for over five years as to whether or not the apartment buildings are unfit for human habitation.  In May of 2009, the city inspected four Applewood buildings and issued Levitt two notices of violation.  Following Board hearings to determine if the buildings would be declared unfit for occupation and demolished, the Board voted to do just that.  Levitt sued in Anderson County Chancery Court, but that suit was dismissed.  Levitt filed an appeal of that decision, which was upheld.  The Board again voted in March of 2013 to declare the buildings unfit for occupancy and demolish them.  Levitt filed a second appeal in June of last year.  The trial judge denied the appeal, writing in October of last year that “the issues raised by [Levitt] have already been litigated by this Court and the Tennessee Court of Appeals.”  The Appeals Court ruling upholding that dismissal falls under the legal category of “res judicata,” which according to the decision “bars a second suit between the same parties or their privies on the same cause of action with respect to all issues which were or could have been litigated in the former suit.”  The appeals court verdict states that this most recent appeal was “simply an attempt to re-litigate issues which were fully and finally decided” in his first suit.   The appeals court determined Levitt’s second appeal to be frivolous and remanded the case back to the trial court to determine the proper award of damages to the defendants for his frivolous appeal.  After that decision is rendered, the issue of whether or not to demolish the apartments will be placed back in the hands of the Oak Ridge Board of Building and Housing Appeals.


Shop Rite in Rocky Top burgled overnight


WYSH radio has received several calls over the past two days about why the Shop Rite grocery store in Rocky Top was closed most of the day Tuesday.  Rocky Top Police confirmed to WYSH Tuesday that the store was indeed robbed sometime late Monday or early Tuesday.  The culprits disabled the store’s security cameras and alarms, which also disrupted the store’s computer system, and stole an undisclosed but significant amount of money from the safe.  Rocky Top Police were called to the store Tuesday morning, and according to the store manager, had identified a suspect within just a few hours and gotten a confession a short time later.  Store officials say that the robbery was an “inside job.”  The delay in reopening the store was due to rebooting and reinforcing security on the store’s computer system.  The Shop Rite in Rocky Top reopened to shoppers at around 5 pm Tuesday.  No one was inside the store at the time of the robbery and no one was injured.  Police say the case will likely be presented to a grand jury and, as of the time this report was filed, the identity of the suspect or suspects has not been released.


House of Bryant files another ‘Rocky Top’ legal challenge


The owners of the iconic bluegrass song "Rocky Top" have filed another legal challenge to prevent the recently-renamed Anderson County town of Rocky Top from cashing in on the name change.  Earlier this year, Lake City changed its name to Rocky Top, a change widely seen as the first step in revitalizing the town’s economy.  The House of Bryant owns the rights to the song and is suing city leaders and the developers of several proposed attractions for trademark infringement.  This spring, the company sought an injunction aimed at preventing the then-Lake City Council from changing the town’s name to Rocky Top until the lawsuit was heard, saying it could do irreparable damage to the brand that family created.  That request for an injunction was rejected in May and the city officially changed its name in June.  This latest legal challenge comes after Monday's announcement that marketers with the city had reached an agreement with a Knoxville fashion designer to manufacture "Rocky Top, Tennessee" merchandise.  House of Bryant has filed another request for the courts to step in, saying Monday's merchandise deal is "new information" that constitutes grounds for a temporary injunction.  The suit says, "the Developers have taken real and concrete steps toward infringing Plaintiff's Rocky Top Marks."  The merchandising agreement is with Marc Nelson-Denim and encompasses manufacture of t-shirts, coffee mugs, key chains and other merchandise with the Rocky Top, TN 37769 logo on them. The suit asks for the court to stop the group from "selling any goods that compete with Plaintiff's goods and that bear marks confusingly similar to the Rocky Top Marks."  We will continue to follow this story for you. 


Coming soon:  More Rocky Top, TN swag


Knoxville-based fashion designer Marcus Hall has signed a licensing agreement to manufacture “Rocky Top, Tennessee” products and plans to open a retail store in the recently-rechristened town of Lake City.  Hall designs and manufactures custom-designed blue jeans and will soon open a retail store above his east Knoxville warehouse, which is also where he makes his products.  The Rocky Top, TN Dry Goods and Denim store, as his local venture will be known, will sell more than jeans, as people will be able to purchase t-shirts, coffee mugs, keychains and other items with the name “Rocky Top, TN” emblazoned upon them.  Hall says that the pending litigation filed by the House of Bryant, the publishing company that owns the copyright to the iconic bluegrass song “Rocky Top,” did not cause him any concern because, as he and others associated with the town remind us, all of the products will use the actual geographic location of “Rocky Top, TN”—some even with the ZIP code—to avoid any confusion with the song.  A motion by House of Bryant to prevent the town from proceeding with the name change was denied earlier this year. 


2 of 3 plotters plead guilty in murder attempt


Two people accused of conspiring to kill an elderly man pleaded guilty Monday in an Anderson County courtroom.  44-year-old David Lee Suddeth and 53-year-old Dorothy Roxanne McFarland both pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit second-degree murder, attempted second-degree murder, attempted aggravated arson, attempted aggravated kidnapping and theft under $500.  In exchange for those pleas, each was sentenced to nine years behind bars.  A third person, the alleged mastermind of the plot, 50-year-old Randolph Lane, is expected to enter a plea in this case on Wednesday.  The trio was accused of plotting to kill then-73-year-old Luther Byrge—with whom they were all living—in January of 2012.  Their plan was to lock Byrge inside his bedroom, disable the smoke detector, cut the phone lines and set his house on fire while he was inside.  The plan almost worked too, as the phone and smoke detector were disabled and Byrge was locked in his room, but according to testimony in court, the plan ultimately failed when the gasoline that was ignited under a bathroom sink melted the pipes and extinguished the fire.  The motive was robbery.  Byrge was not injured in the incident.


CFD’s Fill the Boot campaign raises $1007 for MDA


Members of the Clinton Fire Department raised $1007 during their annual “Fill the Boot” campaign held on July 5th to benefit children and adults affected by muscle disease across the area.  The Muscular Dystrophy Association—or MDA—says that the money raised during the 2014 Clinton Fill the Boot campaign will help support the organization’s programs of worldwide research, specialized health care services and day-to-day support that includes sending children affected by muscular dystrophy or related muscle diseases to a weeklong, barrier-free MDA summer camp in Washington.  For more information, visit www.mda.org.


ACSD deputy charged with DUI


A corporal with the Anderson County Sheriff’s Department is on unpaid administrative leave after he was arrested for DUI early Friday morning in Oak Ridge.  41-year-old Roger Day of Clinton was charged with first offense DUI after an Oak Ridge Police officer on routine patrol found him and a passenger next to an overturned motorcycle.  Shortly after 5 am, Officer Christopher Carden reported that he discovered the motorcycle on its side on Robertsville Road near the Oak Ridge Turnpike.  Day and a woman identified as Oak Ridge resident Chandra Flaming were at the scene and Day told Carden that as he had tried to turn right on to Robertsville from the Turnpike that he had “just dropped the motorcycle.”  Neither Day nor Fleming was seriously injured, but as Carden spoke with Day, he reported that the deputy smelled of alcohol, had bloodshot eyes and slurred speech.  Day completed some field sobriety tests but eventually refused to take any more.  Day admitted to having consumed five or six 16-ounce beers earlier in the evening.  He was booked into the Anderson County Jail and released on a $1500 bond.  Again, he is on unpaid leave while the case works its way through the legal system.


AVFD chief resigns, subscription service nixed


Andersonville Volunteer Fire Department Chief Jeff Bagwell resigned his position last month and the department has ended the controversial subscription plan that damaged the relationship between the department and the community.  Rodney Reeder has been promoted to chief and he told the Courier News last week that his first priority will be to repair that relationship.  In late 2012, the department announced via a letter to homeowners that it would begin a subscription program, scrapping its longtime donation-based, claiming at the time that because donations were down, the department’s future might be in jeopardy.  The community backlash was immediate and angry, as many did not appreciate the heavy-handed tone of the letter and many more complained about the lack of notice or the lack of public meetings to discuss the proposal.  The County Commission responded to those community complaints by voting this year to withhold its traditional $20,000 a year contribution to the AVFD until they backed away from the subscription service and to withhold the planned donation of a new fire engine. 


Johnson returns as Chief Jailer


Longtime Chief Jailer Avery Johnson ended his nine-month-long retirement last week and is back on the job as the top cop at the Anderson County Jail.  Johnson retired in November of last year after 33 years with the Anderson County Sheriff’s Department, but said that he missed his old job and decided to return last week.  Johnson returns to his duties just in time for the final phase of work on the multi-million dollar jail expansion that began under his first tenure as chief jailer.  Construction on the addition is said to be complete and officials expect to pass their next jail inspection by the state on September 22nd, despite some “minor” issues noted during the state’s last inspection in August. 


AC DA named to state committee


Anderson County District Attorney General Dave Clark has been named to the Executive Committee of the Tennessee District Attorneys General Conference.  The six-member committee controls the activities and business of the Conference in all of its activities across Tennessee.  The Conference, in turn, manages the centralized functions of the 31 DAs who cover all 95 counties in Tennessee.  In a release announcing his selection to the Executive Committee, Clark writes “It is a true privilege to be able to contribute to the fine work of Tennessee’s District Attorneys General who seek everyday to do justice, give a voice to victims, make our communities generally safer and generally manage the state’s criminal justice system.”   


AC Commission welcomes new leadership


The Anderson County Commission on Tuesday appointed a new chair and vice chair.  The new chair is longtime Commissioner Robert McKamey, who represents District 5.  The new vice chair is Steve Emert, who represents District 3.  No other candidates for either post emerged during Tuesday’s very brief special called meeting.  McKamey replaces Chuck Fritts, who did not seek to be re-appointed as chair after three terms, while Emert will replace Commissioner Robin Biloski, who also did not seek another term as vice chair.  Tuesday’s special meeting followed a swearing-in ceremony for new and returning commissioners and other county officials elected on August 7th.  Newcomers who were sworn in Tuesday included Circuit Court Clerk William Jones, Chancellor Nikki Cantrell, General Sessions Division II Judge Roger Miller and Juvenile Court Judge Brian Hunt.  Chris Phillips, Theresa Scott and Phillip Warfield were sworn in for their first terms on the County Commission and School Board newcomers Don Bell and Teresa Portwood also took their oaths of office.  Judge Miller’s eligibility to serve was called into question following his stunning Election Day defeat of longtime Judge Ron Murch after it was learned he owed back taxes and unpaid child support.  Miller told the News-Sentinel Tuesday that the child support issues have been dealt with and the tax questions will also be addressed in the near future. 


AC DA hires veteran prosecutor as ADA


The Anderson County District Attorney General’s Office has hired veteran prosecutor Tony Craighead as an assistant DA.  Craighead lost in his bid to become the DA in the state’s 13th Judicial District earlier this month and joins the Anderson County prosecutor’s office after over 20 years working in that district.  He replaces Sandra Donaghy, who was elected Criminal Court Judge in the 10th Judicial District. Craighead has prosecuted several high-profile cases, including the murder charges against Byron (Low Tax) Looper, who was ultimately convicted in the 1998 death of State Senator Tommy Burks, his election-time opponent.  He also served as interim DA in the 13th District in 2006 and held the post until a permanent successor was named in 2008.  His focus in Anderson County will likely be on cases in Criminal Court.


Clinton Fire Department receives donation


On August 20th, the Clinton Fire Department was awarded a donation from Golden Living Centers-Windwood that will help the department purchase three EZ-IO Drivers. According to a press release, the EZ-IO Intraosseous Infusion System is a solution for immediate vascular access.   Lt Bradley Allen said: "The new drivers will provide Clinton Fire Department's first responders a more efficient way to deliver medications, intravenous fluids and blood products to adult and pediatric patients alike. With a specially designed cutting IO needle and small power driver, the EZ-IO allows the Firefighters complete control - avoiding the use of force." 


November municipal ballots set in AC


Thursday at noon was the deadline to qualify to run in the November 4th municipal elections in Anderson County and here is a look at who qualified to seek office in the year’s third and final election.  Voters in Norris, Clinton and Oak Ridge will decide if they want to allow wine to be sold in grocery stores.   Norris will also vote on whether to allow on-site alcohol consumption.  Incumbent Clinton Mayor Scott Burton is unopposed as he seeks re-election to another four year term.  There will be changes on the City Council as longtime incumbents Charlie Lyons and Jerry Shattuck are not seeking re-election.  Ward 1 incumbent ET Stamey will face challenges from Ted Phillips and Ronald Young in November.  Brian Hatamker in Ward 2 and Zach Farrar in Ward 3 are running unopposed.  Three people are running for Clinton City School Board:  incumbents Timothy Bible and Curtis Isabell in Ward 2 and unopposed newcomer Kimberly “K.K.” Webster in Ward 3.  Incumbent Jim Webster is not seeking re-election.  Donald Douglas has qualified to run for Mayor of Rocky Top, as has Vice Mayor Michael Lovely.  Six people have qualified to run for seats on the Rocky Top City Council:  Brian Brown, Gary Mullins, Pamela Brown, Denise Casteel, Beck Lindsay and current Mayor Timothy Sharp.  The Norris City Council race includes only incumbent Council members Jack Black, Bill Grieve, York Haverkamp, Chris Mitchell and Loretta Painter.  In Oak Ridge, incumbent Council members Anne Garcia Garland, Ellen Smith and David Mosby are seeking re-election while Mayor Tom Beehan and Vice Mayor Jane Miller announced this week they will not be seeking re-election.  Aditya “Doc” Savara, Pedro Otaduy, Eric Tobler, Kelly Callison, Rick Chinn, Gary Love and Warren Gooch have all qualified to seek office as well.  Incumbent Vice Chair Bob Eby, Andrew Howe, Jean Hiser, Mike Mahathy, Andy Marathe, A. Paige Marshall, Laura McLean, Laurie Paine and Aaron Wells have qualified to run for Oak Ridge School Board seats.  Jenny Richter and Dan DiGregorio are not running in November.  Oliver Springs Mayor Chris Hepler is facing a challenge from Gerald Vann while incumbent Ward 1 Alderman candidate Robert Miller Sr.is unopposed.  Incumbent Maurice Walker and Jeffery Bass will face off in Ward 2 and incumbent Martin “Terry” Craze and Nathan Benson will vie to represent Ward 4. 


ACSD warns drivers of 2nd impostor


The Anderson County Sheriff’s Department says a second female motorist was stopped by a police impersonator Monday night but unlike the previous incident, in this case the suspect pulled a knife on the victim but she drove off and was not harmed. At about around 9:45 pm Monday, a 49 year old woman was pulled over by a police impersonator on Yarnell Rd off East Wolf Valley Rd near Clinton. He approached the victim and asked for her driver's license.  He then pulled a knife and she immediately drove away and called 911.  The descriptions of the suspect and his car are different from the previous incident, which occurred about two weeks ago.  The suspect in Monday’s incident was described as a white male in his mid or late 20s to mid 30s, 6'00" 200 lbs, clean shaven, with a muscular build and short dark brown hair. He spoke with a soft voice.  The suspect was well-dressed wearing dark civilian clothing (not a uniform) and had a badge on his belt.  The car was described as a dark colored sedan, possibly an older model Chevrolet Caprice, with a chrome grille and had a revolving blue light on the dash.  The car also was believed to have been outfitted with a spotlight but it was not used when stopping the victim.   Since descriptions of the person and the car are different, investigators say they are unsure if this is the same suspect as the earlier incident.  What is most concerning in this case is the suspect pulled a knife on the victim.  Quick thinking in driving away prevented her from being harmed.  The suspect and his vehicle description have been broadcast to all surrounding law enforcement agencies and a search of the area where this incident occurred was done but the vehicle was not located.  The Sheriff's Criminal Investigations Unit has been following up on both tips from the public as well as from other police agencies on the earlier case.  However, none have yielded a possible suspect at this time.  Authorities have also been conducting extra patrols in the area of the previous incident but neither the suspect nor his vehicle has been found.  We will continue extra patrols not only in the areas where these incidents have occurred but throughout the county seeking vehicles matching both descriptions. In the first case, the vehicle was described as a dark colored late 90s Chevrolet Lumina.  The impersonator was described as a white male, mid-30s to mid-40s, 5'10" to 5'11", about 200 pounds with a stomach that hung slightly over his belt.  He had ear length brown hair, combed to one side, balding on top of the head with a receding hairline and a graying mustache.  He was wearing a white button-up shirt with dark dress pants and had a gold or brass colored badge on his left side and a revolver in a dark colored soft holster on his right side.  The impersonator spoke in a deep "country" voice.  Anyone with information on either of these cases is being urged to contact Sergeant Jeff Davis with our Criminal Investigations Unit at 865-457-6255, extension 1141, or our communications center at 865-457-2414.  The Anderson County Sheriff's Department would again like to remind motorists if they are unsure if they are being pulled over by an actual law enforcement officer they should turn on their hazard flashers, call 911 to verify the officer’s authenticity, and slowly drive to a well-lit area such as a business or store before stopping.


AC election results


Here are the results from races in Thursday’s election in Anderson County:

County Mayor:  Terry Frank (7856 votes) def. Jim Hackworth (6193) and Bradley Rickett (619). 

Sheriff:  Paul White (7386) def. Anthony Lay (6918).

General Sessions Judge, Division 1:  Don Layton (8628) def. Ryan Spitzer (4939).

General Sessions Judge, Division 2:  Roger Miller (6986) def. Ron Murch (6129).

Juvenile Court Judge:  Brian Hunt (8810) def. Michael Clement (4650).

Circuit Court Clerk:  William Jones (7163) def. Tyler Mayes (5993).

Register of Deeds:  Tim Shelton (6984) def. Bill Gallaher (6712).

School Board, District 2:  Teresa Portwood (1155) def. Greg Crawford (847).

School Board, District 7:  Don Bell (820) def. Steve Fritts (468)

County Commission, District 1:  Tracy Wandell (838) and Chuck Fritts (826) hold off challenge from Floyd Grisham (718).

District 2:  Rick Meredith (1474) and Mark Alderson (1344) re-elected.

District 3:  Steve Emert (1040) re-elected, Phillip Warfield (838) elected, ousting incumbent Dusty Irwin.

District 4:  Tim Isbel (950) re-elected, Chris Phillips (607) elected.

District 5:  Jerry White (876) and Robert McKamey (690) re-elected.

District 6:  Steve Mead (549) and Whitey Hitchcock (549) re-elected.

District 7:  Jerry Creasey (803) re-elected, Theresa Scott (531) elected to first term.

District 8:  Myron Iwanski (1297) and Robin Biloski (1145) re-elected.

Constable District 1:  Jennings Foust (2468)

Constable District 2:  Jason Stokes (1790) and Eugene Chaney (1408) elected.

Constable District 3:  Wade Brock (1088) re-elected.

Constable District 4:  Leslie Ray Wakefield (1713)

Oliver Springs City Judge/Recorder:  Joseph Van Hook (269)

Oliver Springs Court Clerk/Finance Officer:  Ramona Walker (258)

Republican State Executive Committeeman:  Scott David Smith (3794) def. Leon Fritts Shields (2773).

Republican State Executive Committeewoman:  Julia Hurley (6624)

Democratic State Executive Committeeman:  Richard Dawson (2388)

Democratic State executive Committeewoman:  Mary Beth Hickman (1808) def. Dixie Damm (708)

State Senate, 5th District Republican primary:  Randy McNally (8232)

State House of Representatives, District 33 Republican primary:  John Ragan (4487) def. Caitlin Nolan (3719).

State House, District 33 Democratic primary:  Misty Neergaard (1935) def. write-in candidate Leslie Argon (97).

State House, District 36:  Republican Dennis Powers and Democrat James Virgil Kidwell unopposed in respective primaries.

US House of Representatives, 3rd Congressional District:  Chuck Fleischmann (50.8%) def. Weston Wamp (49.2%) and will face Democrat Mary Headrick in the general election in November.

US Senate, Republican primary:  Lamar Alexander (52%) def. several challengers led by Joe Carr (38%) and will face Democrat Gordon Ball in November.

More information will be added later. 

Last night, the Anderson County Election Commission’s website crashed and it is currently suspended so Election Administrator Mark Stephens has forwarded WYSH the link and you can find both the unofficial cumulative results as well as the precinct-by-precinct breakdown.  Here are the links:

Unofficial Cumulative: https://www.dropbox.com/s/iy417uqh0v70oar/Final%20Unofficial.pdf

Unofficial Precinct breakdown: https://www.dropbox.com/s/u8wec4er5i5rbh5/precinct.pdf

You can also find results at http://www.andersontn.org 


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