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THE ANDERSON COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

AUGUST 2019

MEMBER FOCUS

M&M Broadcasting is Staying Connected Jasper Young has been in media sales for 20 years, with 10 of those years in radio advertising here in Clinton. “The Chamber, more than anything, has helped me really “plug into” and stay connected to the community I serve, which is a central focus of my radio advertising sales,” said Young. M & M Broadcasting currently has four stations, WYSH & WQLA are Anderson County’s Classic Hit Country stations! “We’re proud to be locally owned and operated with a focus on the community we call home,” Young stated. “With many beloved programs such as Trading Time and Ask Your Neighbor, WYSH & WQLA are your sources for local news, sports, and information. “Clinton High School football

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brings lots of excitement with the Kick for Cash, the Dragon Wagon Sports Talk program dedicated to the alumni of Clinton High spotlighting teachers, coaches, and students, and with basketball half court shots.” According to Young, 96.7 Merle FM plays the biggest Country music artists in America today and the alltime Legends of Country music. “We start our day with Knoxville’s own Wilhite and Wall and we keep our focus local with Temper Evans middays and her local music Monday spotlights,” he said. “We are proud to have award winning Jack Ryan piloting us through drive time and Outlaw Nation brings the hottest music around to our nights! Dan Bell and Mike Kelly start our weekend mornings off right with the best in

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country gospel and the legendary Sunday Survey on Saturday.” Praise 96.3 offers the “best in Southern Gospel Music”. It was founded in Knoxville in March 1991 with 6000 watts of power, the station is the #1 Southern Gospel Radio Station in the country. “We’re proud to serve the East Tennessee Area with music that is both uplifting and inspirational,” said Yound. “Since its origin Praise 96.3 has brought to Knoxville a fine new tradition and a commitment to excellence.” That commitment is evidenced by numerous awards from both industry and public organizations. “We were also named Station of the year from Singing News Magazine three years in a row!,” said Young.

Call Jasper to discuss advertising strategies to help your business grow. (865)216-5433


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Start Saving for College Now!

Cost of education likely to soar in coming years By Crystal Huskey

crystal@mycouriernews.com School’s back in session, and parents across the county are walking around with lighter wallets after all the costs associated with supplies, clothes and extracurricular activities. For parents of younger kids, the cost of college seems far off in the future, but according to financial advisor Josh Moles, the sooner you start planning — and saving — the better. The average costs of college in Tennessee right now is $20,000 per year. In another 18 years, that cost is expected to soar to $50,000, according to Moles, who works for George Paynter’s Edward Jones branch in Clinton. “If you don’t start doing something now, then you’re going to have to come up with $50,000 to pay for that. Or somebody is,” he said. He cautions strongly against student loan debt, which is crippling a portion of the adult population. If you have $100,000 in student loan debt but only make $30,000 a year coming out of school, that’s a big problem. “It’s important to get an idea of instate versus out-of-state tuition costs now,” said Moles. “Take advantage of the Hope Scholarships, and community colleges are exceptional ways to save on those up-front costs.” The average cost of community college is $3,600 per year, according to Moles, and in Tennessee, students get the first two years free.

If you don’t start doing something now, then you’re going to have to come up with $50,000 to pay for that. Or somebody is,” — Josh Moles, financial advisor As far as saving, Moles recommends a 529 college-savings plan. “That allows folks to save aftertax money, and any growth they get on there, they wouldn’t have to pay any taxes on as long as that money

was used for things related to college,” he said. “Save the receipts. It’s a great vehicle, especially to start when your kids are younger.” A 529 can be set up with any financial advisor, and the money can be set up to be invested

aggressively or more conservatively. Typically, as the child gets closer to college, the investments aren’t as aggressive. It’s like a 401K retirement plan, but for college. You can also set up an account through the state at Tnstars.com. You can even set up auto-drafts so that the money is automatically transferred from your bank account every month. The website offers calculators that help you estimate how much you need to save per month. “If you have a couple kids and the first one gets a full ride, you can transfer that to a second kid, or nephew, or anyone,” Moles said. “At a minimum, you can keep the money and pay the taxes and a small penalty.” Anyone can fund it, including other family members, and every little bit helps. The Keeton and Associates branch of Ameriprise Financial in Clinton provided information regarding college savings plans as well, including info on a Coverdell Education Savings Account. That’s a tax-advantaged education savings vehicle that lets you save money for college, as well as for elementary and secondary school (K-12) at public, private, or religious schools. Ameriprise also offers various calculators on its website to determine college expenses. A combination of saving, investing, and taking advantage of state programs can all significantly defray the cost of college.


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THE ANDERSON COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

AUGUST 2019

ANDERSON COUNTY SCHOOLS

DID YOU KNOW STORIES:

Did you know that the Anderson County School system has new K-9 SRO Officer? Max is his name and he is a 5-year-old Labrador Retriever that the Anderson County Sheriff’s Department rescued from Knoxville Labrador Retriever Rescue. Al, the previous K-9 SRO, is retiring after 10 years

Did you know the Vendetta’s Motorcycle Club has donated over $6000 to Claxton Elementary School in the last 4 years! The school system is grateful to have such an amazing community partner like Robert W. Arwood and

of service with the Anderson County Sheriff’s Department. Max has almost completed his training in narcotics detection and will later receive training in search and rescue. Max will accompany School Resource Officer Kim Lay as she visits all of our schools.

The Vendettas. Riders from 40 different groups started from Biker Rags on Kingston Pike and hit the road to raise money for school supplies. This year the Vendettas donated 60 filled backpacks as well as a cash donation of $1000.

Test Scores are Back! Seven schools make Reward status Anderson County School is very excited to announce the exceptional year of academic achievement it had during the 18-19 academic calendar. ACS had 7 Reward Schools, 5 Level 5 schools and 6 Level 4 schools. (Level 5 being the highest score a school can receive and being a ‘Reward School’ represents growth across all 3 state measured categories: Growth, Achievement, and lack of Chronic Absenteeism). Anderson County Schools had test score growth across ALL tested grade levels (3-12). In addition to the overall growth in the test scores, graduation rate is up 2.2% from last year from 93.7% to 95.6% making it way above the state average. The district missed being an Exemplary School District by 0.1 (1/10th of a point) classifying it as an Achievement Pathway district. The system is proud of the accomplishment of all of it’s teachers, administrators and staff. Without their dedication to educating Every Student, Every Day this exceptional growth and achievement would not have been possible.

Level 5 Schools Andersonville Elementary School Fairview Elementary School Grand Oaks Elementary School Lake City Middle School Anderson County High School

Reward School Andersonville Elementary School Fairview Elementary School Grand Oaks Elementary School Norris Elementary School Norris Middle School Norwood Middle School Anderson County High School

Level 4 Schools Briceville Elementary School Claxton Elementary School Norris Middle School Norwood Elementary School Norwood Middle School Clinton High School


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CLINTON CITY SCHOOLS

Meet the Teacher Night Clinton City Schools is up and running for the 125th school year!!! On Thursday, August 1, students and parents flooded the schools to the annual Meet the Teacher Night. On this night, students and parents find their new classrooms, meet their new teacher, drop off supplies, and pick up important paperwork regarding the upcoming school year. Implementing the Meet the Teacher Night has helped provide a smooth transition to a new year. Students are able to walk in on the first day, know where to go, and are ready to start the day! It is always so wonderful to see and hear students back in the hallways after summer break! We look forward to a great year!

Teacher Supply Depot On Saturday, August 3rd, the Teacher Supply Depot opened its doors for business for the first time this school year. The items in the depot came from community donations at the Stuff the Bus event and other contributions. Teachers came out early this Saturday morning and loaded buckets with free school supplies to use in their classrooms. Knoxville Teachers Credit Union was on hand with donuts and water to welcome the teachers. The teachers had a great time shopping for supplies and enjoying fellowship with one another. The next Teacher Supply Depot will be held on Tuesday, August 13th afterschool. A special thank you is extended to all of the community members that have supported the Teacher Supply Depot. Teachers from both Clinton City Schools and Anderson County schools participated.

Stuff the Bus Event On July 26th and 27th, the Anderson County Education Foundation held its first annual Stuff the Bus event at Wal-Mart in Clinton. The purpose of the event was to stuff the school bus with supplies for teachers and students in Anderson County and Clinton City Schools. Representatives from both school districts and members of the Education Foundation worked the event. Community members overwhelming supported the school supply drive with more than $2,500.00 worth of school supplies and donations. Some of the most popular items that were donated were glue sticks, paper, and Expo markers for dry erase boards. All of the donations on the bus were separated by Anderson County and Clinton City Schools staff and used to stock the Teacher Supply Depot.

Clinton City Schools is blessed with area businesses, churches, and organizations that help ensure that the school year gets off to a great start! From school supplies to backpacks, we are able to meet the needs of both teachers and students through the generosity of the community. Clinton City Schools would like to give a special thanks to the following for supporting our back to school efforts: • Rusty Wallace Chevrolet • Trey McAdams State Farm • ADFAC • First Baptist Church

• The Ridge Church • Willow Ridge • Faith Promise • Water Angel Ministries


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THE ANDERSON COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

AUGUST 2019

AUGUST NETWORKING COFFEE

Community Partners Titanium

Thursday, August 15, 8 – 9:30 a.m. In Partnership with Rocky Top Chamber

Knights Flowers

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MEMBERSHIP MADNESS Mon. Aug 19 – Thur. Aug. 29

NEW MEMBER INCENTIVES!!

MEMBERSHIP MADNESS

Platinum

Thursday, Aug 29, 6 – 7:30 p.m.

TEAM BANQUET

Calhoun’s Event Center 100 Melton Lake Peninsula, Oak Ridge

NETWORKING COFFEE

Gold

Thursday, September 5, 8 – 9:30 a.m. In Partnership with Rocky Top Chamber

Ray Varner Ford

2026 N. Charles G. Seivers Blvd 865-457-0704 www.rayvarnerford.com

RIBBON CUTTING- NEW LOCATION Friday, September 6, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Faith Promise – Anderson Campus

Silver

1115 N. Charles Seivers Blvd., Clinton www.faithpromise.org

BUSINESS AFTER HOURS

Thursday, September 12, 4:30 – 6 p.m.

Lone Mountain Travel-Dream Vacations

Chamber Office 245 N. Main St., Suite 200 Clinton • 865-888-9212 www.lonemountaintravel.com

2nd ANNUAL CHAMBER GOLF CLASSIC Friday, September 13, 8:00 a.m. & 1:00 p.m. TN Centennial Golf Course www.tinyurl.com/ACGolfClassic19

Bronze Lt. Governor Randy McNally

NETWORKING COFFEE – FARM DAY Thursday, September 19, 8 – 9:30 a.m.

Farm Bureau Insurance Services

Underwood-McRae Agricultural Pavilion (Anderson County Fair Grounds) 1100 E. Field Dr., Clinton 865-457-1633 www.fbitn.com

19th Clinch River Fall Antique Festival Saturday, October 12, 9 -5 p.m. SPONSORSHIPS AVAILABLE: 457-2559


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WELCOME NEW MEMBERS!

COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP RENEWAL!

Anderson County UT Extension Oak Ridge Associated Universities – Gold

Aisin Automotive Casting Tennessee, Inc. – Silver

ORNL Federal Credit Union – Silver

Lt. Governor Randy McNally – Bronze

THANK YOU FOR YOUR RENEWAL! Akins Public Strategies Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc., Keeton & Associates Anderson County Emergency Communications District Anderson County Fair Association ASAP of Anderson Canterfield of Oak Ridge Clayton- Appalachia Clinch River Brewing, LLC. Clinton City Schools Granny’s Place Hampton Inn – Clinton Jinx Logo’s, Inc. MAG-USA, Inc. Michael Farley Rental Properties Pizza Plus of Andersonville Pop’s Car Wash

Bob Gilliam

Primerica Protomet Corporation Recovery House of East Tennessee, Addiction Treatment Center Rusty Wallace Chevrolet Salvation Army, The Southern Commercial, LLC Real Estate Advisors StrataG Taylor Martin Photography Tennessee College of Applied TechnologyKnoxville Top Shelf EDU, LLC Merle 96.7 Walgreens Willow Run Apartments Windrock Properties, LLC WYSH 1380

INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS

Larry Beeman- Norris City Council

Agriculture / Education Laura Clark 100 N. Main St., RM 213 Clinton, TN 37716 www.extension.tennessee.edu

Classy Caterer

Trisha Kelly Catering / Event Planning 645 Washburn Dr. Lenoir City, TN 37771 865-406-5477 www.classycaterer.com

111 Acuff Lane, Clinton Corner of NAGAF Road and Highway 61

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Fountain City Liquor & Wine

Wine / Beer / Liquor Sales Paul Dixon 4860 North Broadway Northeast Knoxville, TN 37912 865-312-9798 www.fountaincityliquourandwine.com

Chad & Kara Carmichael Hardware / Lumber 130 Yarnell Industrial Pkwy Clinton, TN 37716 865-457-1593 www.clintonhomecenter.com

Teresa Portwood, GRI Sellers Realty, LLC 865-457-4110 865-789-7987

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Beauty Salon / Specialty Shop Joe & Barbara Washington 1212 Clinch Ave. Clinton, TN 37716 865-938-2547 www.elevatesalonboutique.com

Clinton True Value Home Center

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Elevate Salon & Boutique

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