December 2020 - BiZ: Anderson County Chamber of Commerce Business Journal

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“A Small Town Christmas” Grand Marshall Dr. Joseph Rainey accompanied by his wife Pam

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Will 2019 be remembered as the year of the building boom or the year of change in Anderson County?

Consider the following: In January the Department of Energy proposed building a landfill within the Oak Ridge Security Complex, to be used as the former site transitions into industrial use. “Y-12 is the most unique facility in the world,” J. Brad Stevenson, a geologist/ environmental consultant with Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation said. “It’s a real challenge and it’s not a simple problem to fix.” It will be well into 2020 before the situation is settled. Also in January, Clinton City Schools and Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) announced partnership to enhance STEM education programming in the City Schools System. Anderson County Schools broke ground for a new Early Head Start center behind the Anderson County Career and Technical Center. Tennessee Department of Transportation, which had begun work on replacing the Lewallen Bridge, completed blasting for the project. Joe Hollingsworth Jr. and the Hollingsworth Foundation unveiled plans for a park in South Clinton, Aspire Park. In February Tennessee Valley Authority announced plans to close Bull Run Fossil Plant. Clinton Utilities Board (CUB) began looking at its policies for

Work began in earnest last week on a 64-acre tract near the intersection of Charles G. Seivers Boulevard and Miller Road for a proposed housing development. Early plans call for 127 detached homes and another 60-90 attached housing units. The number of attached housing units will depend on the which floor plan is selected, said Nicci Hollingsworth, who is overseeing the development. Grading of the site — which includes placement of utilities — is expected to take about eight months. Once grading is completed Hollingsworth said there will be “multiple” builders working in the development. She added local contractors are being selected for the work. “We hope to have people moving in within a year,” Hollingsworth said. She noted that it has taken almost a year to get the development ready for site preparation, but now that work has begun it’s exciting to watch it unfold. “This has been my baby for a year now,” she said. “It’s been a labor of love.”

developers and individuals in response to a meeting held in December, 2018. In March a Community Day was held on the site of Aspire Park in South Clinton, showcasing the features of the park. The last standing structure on the Magnet Mills site was demolished in May. In June plans for development along the Hwy. 61 corridor in North Clinton near the I-75 interchange were revealed by Black Horse Capital Partners. In July the Anderson County Chamber of Commerce and the City of Clinton released a “significant update” on the Vision proposed the previous year for downtown Clinton. The first of those is the viaduct

going over Market Street and Eagle Bend. Construction started in November and will shut down traffic to one lane each direction for six to eight months, according to Clinton City Manager Roger Houck. In November TDOT began construction on the I-75 exit 122. There will be two left-turn lanes going into Clinton and another lane going toward Andersonville. Also in July, Anderson County Mayor Terry Frank unveiled plans for a new 10,800-square foot animal shelter. In August, Nicci Hollingsworth began clearing land on a 64-acre tract of land for a development that will bring at least 200 new rooftops to Anderson County. WYSH Radio in Clinton added 99.5 AM and 101.1 FM to its

listening area. In September Advance Auto revealed plans to move from South Clinton to South Charles G. Seivers Blvd., joining Fast Pace Urgent Care and Dollar General Store GROWTH continued on page 4



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Rick Merideth and staff host Community Partners Christmas Breakfast at the Museum of Appalachia.

Heather Brown, Staybridge Suites of Oak Ridge & Marsha Stapleton, Anderson County Chamber of Commerce speak at Network evernt.

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Brian Harrison owner of Urban Air Adventure Park cuts the ribbon on their newest Tennessee location on Saturday, Nov. 2.

Travis Elliott and “Cowboy” McDonald, Charlie’s Towing at Southern Bank of Tennessee Christmas Networking Coffee.

Alicia Kriebel, Image360 & Pam Forgety Meadowview Senior Living at Southern Bank of Tennessee Christmas Networking Coffee.






along the same stretch of roadway. More retail and restaurant businesses should begin popping up soon on North Charles G. Seivers Boulevard at Sinking Springs Road as the developer of a 16-acre tract hopes to break ground on one or two projects in December. What businesses are going onto that site hasn’t been revealed yet. But a separate unrelated project will bring a new Tractor Supply store next to Fox Toyota on the opposite side of Interstate 75, just east of Exit 122. The 16-acre development known as Project Black Horse includes most of the land between two Shell gasoline stations – one of which has been closed for the past couple of years – including at least two lots fronting on Charles G. Seivers. It’s about a half-mile west of Exit 122. There are four parcels nearly ready for development, including the former Shell convenience store site that also housed a Baskins Robbins ice cream shop, said

Andy Hillmer, principal broker for Southern Commercial LLC of Knoxville, which is overseeing the project. Clinton City Council passed three tax increment financing (TIF) proposals, or Economic Impact Plans, for three separate retail ventures. First the city passed a TIF for Black Horse Capital Partners and a proposed development for a retail shopping complex. The 16-acre site would have two retail units in the first phase, Andy Hillmer, principal broker for Southern Commercial LLC of Knoxville told Council Monday night. Hillmer said developers hoped “to be moving dirt” by the end of the year. As part of the Black Horse project, Sinking Springs Road will undergo renovations as well, eliminating the curved intersection the road has with Charles Seivers Boulevard and instead cut straight across on one of the plots. Hillmer said a connection at the Doe Run intersection would

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Chistopher Marcinkoski with Port Design, speaks at a Clinton Vision metting in July.

be ideal, which could mean a traffic light being placed at that intersection. The second TIF is for STNL Clinton, which plans to place a Tractor Supply Company next to Fox Toyota. Forget all the social media buzz to the contrary: There will be no beer or any other alcoholic beverages

served at the new Taco Bell now under construction just off Interstate 75 at Exit 122 in Clinton, it was announced in October. “It will be a regular Taco Bell,” said Michael Border, chief development officer of the Birmingham-based Tacala Companies LLC, which owns the new store, as well as the existing Clinton Taco Bell at 1114 Charles G. Seviers Blvd. Think Buddy’s Bar-B-Q. That’s what’s coming to Clinton next summer as the Knoxvillebased fast-casual barbecue chain opens its first location north of Powell on a site between the two Shell stations on Charles G. Seivers Boulevard, less than a half-mile west of Interstate 75’s Exit 122. The Brentwood, Tennesseebased “rural lifestyle” retail chain Tractor Supply Co. plans to begin construction of a Clinton store by the end of 2019 on a parcel next to Fox Toyota. The new store should open by early summer, the company has confirmed.

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Anderson County Community Games

Cybersecurity Competition Anderson County Career & Technical Center and Clinton High School Compete Students from Anderson County Career & Technical Center & Clinton High School traveled to Roane State Community College Oak Ridge Campus to compete in a Cybersecurity Competition. Students visited 6 different stations with problems they had to solve. A few of the station’s topics were cryptography, encryption, network security and website hacking. This is a huge focus for our career and technical students due to the need for professionals in this industry. Right now there are over 3,000 job openings in the state of Tennessee and 500 of those

November 14th at Clinton High School, the Anderson County Community Games took place in the gymnasium in front of a large crowd of students cheering on their peers from both Anderson County High School and Clinton High School. Students from both high schools battled it out in multiple games of basketball to determine a champion. This event couldn›t have taken place without the generous help from the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office, Clayton Homes,

Hwy 61 Motors, and the Holley Gamble Funeral Home. In addition to these donations, Clinton High School Cheerleaders and the Anderson County Chamber of Commerce Youth Leadership Class took part in cheering on the students and selling concessions of which the proceeds go towards future events for the students. In the spring, the tradition of the Clinton Community Games will continue with track and field events.

are in the Knoxville area. It is speculated that there will be a shortfall of 1 million jobs in this field worldwide in 5 years.

Miss Business Conference 19 girls from ACHS and CHS attended the Junior Achievement Miss Business Conference on Nov. 22 at UTK Student Center. The event is designed to introduce high school female leaders to opportunities in business related fields. Sessions

included dining etiquette tips from the Five O’clock Cotillion, color profile exploration, “A day in the life” of a Haslam College of Business student, and encouragement from Knoxville’s top female business leaders.





Anderson County Awarded “Best” by Utrust Dr. Tim Parrott awards Austin Davis

Tommy Lively

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Champions of Hope

On the morning of November 19th, The Education Foundation had their annual Gail Martin Champions of Hope Breakfast where local business owners and individuals are honored for their work in our schools. This year, Anderson County Schools honored Main Street Baptist Church, Second Baptist Church, and Tommy Lively. All three of our recipients show an extraordinary commitment to the success of every student, every day. Along with those honored, each school invited businesses and/or individuals

that contribute to their school in special ways. In addition to the individuals and business honored, Darren Leach, principal at CRCS, honored the Anderson County High School football players that participate in the “Read Option” program every week. The players tutor elementary students every Friday of the year even on game days. These students truly exemplify what the Champions of Hope is truly about. Thanks to all of our education partners for everything you do for our students each day.

Anderson County Schools received an Award on Friday, November 15 for having the Best School Appreciation Program in East Tennessee! Anderson County Superintendent Dr. Tim Parrott and Pam Crawford accepted the award presented by Utrust at a dinner at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville. All schools in Anderson County participate in the program that encourages students to recognize and express appreciation to school employees who do things to make students’ lives better every day. The award included $1,800 or $100 for each of the eighteen participating schools in Anderson County. Pam Crawford is the System Coordinator for the appreciation program in Anderson County.

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CCS Industry Tours: Dream It Do It

In November, all CCS sixth grade students toured local industries to learn more about the possibilities in manufacturing. Clinton Elementary School toured SL, and Clayton Homes hosted North and South Clinton Elementary. During the visit, students participated in a large group discussion learning more about the work completed in the plant, as well as employment opportunities. Students were heard asking questions regarding job qualifications, n nize benefits, upward mobility, sick who leave, quotas, and much more. ay. All students also participated e unty. e

in a tour of the facility as they observed products being made and safety features being implemented. Across the district, there are four Dream It Do It Teams that were given the additional task of taking pictures and capturing data. They will use the information learned on this tour to create an interactive website of their industry. The Dream It Do It Teams will then compete with local 6th grade teams across the county in a AC Chamber of Commerce sponsored competition. The local industries are great partners to our schools!

CES Students Receive Knoxville Museum of Art Recognition

Clinton Elementary to Expand Clinton Elementary School will be expanding the facility beginning in late Spring, 2020. This expansion will include four additional classrooms and intervention rooms at the end of the West Wing (5th and 6th grade hallway). The expansion will help support our current Kindergarten through sixth grades. With the amount of small group instruction occurring as part of the Response

to Intervention program, additional space is needed to provide this individualized instruction for students. The additional four classrooms will be used to provide whole group programming. The goal is for the addition to be complete at the start of the 2020-21 school year. Additional parking will be made available directly behind the addition on the opposite side of Marshall Street.

Two Clinton Elementary School 6th grade students had their art chosen in a juried exhibition at the Knoxville Museum of Art. Sylvie Temple and Lily McMahan will have their art on display at the KMA as part of the 14th Annual East

Tennessee Regional Student Art Exhibition. Lily McMahan received 3rd place out of all 6th grade art, and will be recognized during an awards ceremony on December 12th. The exhibition is open through Sunday, January 12, 2020.





Chamber Supports Empty Bowls

Pat Patterson: The Man Behind the Float Chamber members gathered in the Clinton Elementary Art Room on a cold, November morning to contribute back to the community! Twelve area businesses and organizations came to make their first pottery bowl as part of CCS’s annual Empty Bowl Night. Chamber members created a bowl that represented their organization. Additional items will be placed in the bowls that will be a part of the silent auction at Clinton Elementary’s Empty Bowl Night on February


13, 2020. All proceeds from this event go to Second Harvest Food Bank. Second Harvest is the sponsor of our backpack program that provides additional food to students on weekends and holidays. All Clinton City students and teachers make a bowl to contribute to this special night. Last year, CCS raised approximately $6,000 for Second Harvest at this event. Adding the Chamber bowls to this night will only add to the fun!! Thank you, Chamber members!

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In previous years, the trailer has Meet Pat Patterson – one of been tuned into a military home Clinton City’s most beloved employees. Not only does he work and Santa’s sleigh. This year, as head maintenance parade spectators will see the CCS train! When at Clinton Elementary School, he is also the walking through the halls brain behind the CCS of Clinton Elementary, Pat annual Christmas always has a smile on his Parade Float. Make face, displays a love for the no mistake, there is students, and takes pride a great amount of in keeping the school a time and preparation positive place for students that goes into to learn. Director Kelly transforming a work Johnson stated, “Pat is trailer into an artistic one of a kind. He is always Pat Patterson masterpiece. Each willing to go above and year, the idea starts in beyond to see our students his head. After noodling on it for smile. His heart is pure gold, and several days, a sketch is drawn. we are blessed to have him in Finally, the handiwork begins. Clinton City.”

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“A Small Town Christmas” a great success

Clinton’s traditional Christmas Parade of bands, floats, and processional entries was held on December 7. This year’s theme was “A Small Town Christmas,” with nearly 100 entries. Thousands of spectators lined Market and Main Streets. The Grand Marshall of this year’s parade was Dr. Joseph Rainey accompanied by his wife Pam. Dr. Rainey is a veteran of the United States Air Force serving from 1959 until 1961. In 1961 Dr. Rainey opened a dental practice in Downtown Clinton where he remained until 2002. He was named the Clinton Jaycees Young Man of the Year in 1965. has Dr. Rainey is still teaching at the me University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine and he and his wife Pam are proud to call Clinton en home. alls This year’s first prize goes to , Pat the front porch sittin’ Sleepyhis Eyed John’s Music and Clogging. r the Second Place rolled into town on ide the CCS Express – Clinton City a Schools and third prize brought ents the Water Tower and Green Bridge y to Market Street while showing us s another small town… Bethlehem ways d ents and

– Truth Way Baptist Church. We also had several honorable mentions: Drop n Go Dumpsters, Clinton Lions Club and South Clinton Baptist Church. The Anderson County Chamber of Commerce would like to thank all the entries for participating in the parade and we look forward to continuing this long held tradition in 2020. Next years parade date has been set for December 5, 2020, so mark your calendar. For more information about the Clinton Christmas Parade, please contact the Chamber at 865-457-2559. Sleepy Eyed John’s won First Prize for their float.


Lindsay Wilson L to R: Rick Meredith, Anderson County Chamber of Commerce; Dr. Jerry Wood, Cindy Whaley, Thomas Hoebeke, Lindsay Wilson College.

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