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

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Anderson County Chamber of Commerce Business Luncheon There was a different feeling to the annual Anderson County Chamber of Commerce Business Luncheon Feb. 6. The keynote speaker might have had something to do with that. Interim University of Tennessee President Randy Boyd was the speaker, and while he outlined the various attributes of the system and highlighted some of its accomplishments with a passion befitting his position, he also made it seem personal to everyone listening. “I wish I could say this was my plan,” Boyd joked as he opened his remarks. “That I would run for governor of Tennessee — and fail — so that I could become the president of the University of Tennessee.” And while that was a joke, what Boyd has accomplished In his “interim” stint is impressive. “We are at the beginning of the greatest decade at the University of Tennessee,” he said. Boyd was appointed to the post and took office in November 2018. As a graduate of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, he said he was “familiar” with that campus. But what he learned during his first few months was amazing, he said. “We (the UT system) have so much,” he said. “I had no idea.” Boyd spoke of the history of the

William “Bear” Stephenson asks for bids while auctioning an autographed University of Tennessee Volunteers football signed by UT Athletic Director Phil Fulmer and Interim President Randy Boyd, during the annual Chamber of Commerce Business Luncheon Feb. 6.

institution; about it’s beginning as a land grant university designed to bring higher education to all. “At the time (after the Civil War) the only institutes of higher learning were in the East — Harvard, Yale, the Ivy league schools,” he said.

“We are building on the foundation we inherited.” Boyd said that means reaching out to all Tennesseans — to become not so much the University of Tennessee, but more of the University “for” Tennessee. Maybe because he is a runner

— a marathon and half-marathon competitor — it made sense that he would, literally, hit the ground running. Or maybe it was because of his successful business background or his stint as chairman of the state’s Higher Education Commission, or as commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development. Or maybe because he was the first in his family to graduate from college and he knows firsthand the how important of a role the university system can play in a person’s growth and future. Boyd has, in less than two years, overseen a sort of renaissance within the University of Tennessee system. In highlighting the UT system, Boyd noted the importance of the UT medical school in Memphis and the role UT needs it to play. “We need more doctors in rural communities,” he said. “And if we’re going to attack rural health in our state, it is going to have to come through the University of Tennessee.” He lauded UT-Martin for its expansion of satellite campuses that are reaching out to communities; the “top notch” engineering program at UTChattanooga, an urban renewal LUNCHEON continued on page 4

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university that has played a vital role in the rejuvenation of that historic city; and UT-Knoxville — the cornerstone of the UT system. “We have the highest enrollment … the highest research dollars received … and [agricultural] Extension offices in all 95 counties in the state,” he said. Boyd said that through the efforts of the UT Extension offices, Tennessee has the highest 4-H participation in the nation. “We also have a partnership with — now, what’s the name of that place? — Oh yeah, Oak Ridge National Laboratory,” he said, laughing. And as much as UT has accomplished, as high as the standards are that the system has set, Boyd said UT is reaching for more. And he pointed back to UT’s roots as a land grand university. “In 1862, Abraham Lincoln [signed] the Morrill Act,” Boyd said. “It was a revolutionary concept in 1862.” To hold true to that concept, Boyd said, Tennessee Promise was established allowing children in households with less than $50,000 annual income a university education free of tuition and fees. It also establishes a mentorship with those students to help guide them through their first


University of Tennessee Interim President Randy Boyd was the keynote speaker at the Anderson County Chamber of Commerce Business Luncheon Feb. 6.

two years of higher education, then match them with a businessperson during the student’s last two years. He pointed to the Oak Ridge Institute and UT’s relationship with ORNL. But more importantly, Boyd said, UT “has to serve our state. That is our obligation.” That is why, Boyd noted, the University of Tennessee is at the forefront of the state’s battle with the opioid crisis and research

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Anderson County Chamber of Commerce President Heather Emert addresses the crowd at the Anderson County Chamber of Commerce Business Luncheon Feb. 6.

into the problem. “It turns out we’re doing a lot,” he said. UT is where people go to search for and find answers, he said. Why? “We’re not biased.” Boyd said the UT system has the durability, access and resources. It is the latest way the University of Tennessee is serving the state of Tennessee, he said. “There is a lot happening in

the UT system,” he said. “A lot more will happen in the coming decade — the greatest decade in the history of the University of Tennessee. ... “But I still run in marathons and half-marathons.” In fact, he said, he will run a marathon above the Arctic Circle later this year. “So, I was asked, ‘What do you wear when you run above the Arctic Circle?’” he said. “Why, orange, of course.”

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Ambassador of the Year – Alicia Kriebel

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CCS Teachers of the Year

Congratulations to the Clinton City Schools’ Teachers of the Year! This is a peer elected award that is given annually to a teacher in each school. These educators will be recognized at the annual Education Foundation’s Teacher of the Year Banquet on April 21 at First Baptist Church Family Life Center. If you would like to support this special night, please contact Kelly Johnson at 457-0225. She will be happy to get you the information to sponsor our community recognition of highly effective educators!

Clinton Elementary School – Sharon Payne, Special Education North Clinton Elementary – Shannon Cook, Special Education South Clinton Elementary – Whitney Hawkins, 6th grade Principal of the Year – Monica Rael, North Clinton Elementary Supervisor of the Year – Lori Collins, Supervisor of Federal Programs/Curriculum and Instruction

Clinton City Schools Family Fun Night

The future Dragons of Clinton City Schools bombarded the doors of Clinton High School Hollingsworth Sportsplex on Thursday, January 23. Over 550 parents and students attended the first annual Family Fun Night, a collaborative effort between Clinton City Schools and Clinton High School. A variety of physical activity stations were set up in the Complex including ninja courses, golf, basketball, football, yoga, cup stacking, frisbee throwing, and much more! Clinton High School students volunteered their time to help manage the stations and interact with students. Coaches from several high school sports took time out of their busy schedules to come interact with the elementary students and parents. Dr. Caleb Tipton, Principal at Clinton High School, welcomed the families to the campus. Director Kelly Johnson stated, “This was an extremely successful event. It gave our parents and students an opportunity to have some fun

while showcasing the wonderful facilities and programming of Clinton High School. Our elementary students enjoyed interacting with the high school students. The level of participation shows that it was a wonderful community evening. It is events like this that make Clinton such a wonderful city to raise a family. We appreciate CHS collaborating with us on this event. I would also like to thank Terri Kerley, Leslie Tumblin, Laura Roberts, and ET Stamey for planning and organizing on behalf of Clinton City Schools. Great night!”

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Building Bridges at SCES! South Clinton Elementary School started a new club this year for grades three through five entitled the SCES BRIDGE STEAM CLUB (springboarding off of a similar club created last year at North Clinton). STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics. We have used our town’s very own Lewallen Bridge (better known as the “Green Bridge”) as a launching pad to many types of activities which include: learning about five basic types of bridges, researching famous bridges of the world, completing two art projects (a silhouette of a famous bridge and a clay trivet of the Lewallen Bridge), as well as read many nonfiction and fiction books related to the topic. Jerry Shattuck and ET Stamey spoke to our club about the history of Clinton and our Green Bridge. At the heart of the club were the challenges students were asked to perform collaboratively as teams using creative thinking. Students started with simple items such as marshmallows and toothpicks, discovering what shapes were best used to build bridges. Next, they continued learning by building each type of bridge using a wide variety of materials. Students also tested their structures to see exactly what the point of failure might be. Then, students were able to build with K’Nex “Introduction to Structures: Bridges” kits Ms. Schlandt received through a grant with donorschoose.org (with the major contributor being 3M). Our final challenge this year will be at the end of

February in which students will use all knowledge acquired to build a bridge that will hold twenty-one elephants (using a literature tie in about the Brooklyn Bridge’s test of strength entitled Twenty-One Elephants). In the near future, Tammy Braden, will visit the club to discuss her experiences working with families who actually do live under bridges in Knoxville, Tennessee. Hopefully our club will work with Mrs. Braden to experience her work first hand. Staff members who are facilitators of this club are Mrs. Dungan, Mrs. Irwin, Ms. Schlandt, and Mrs. Webb. — Teresa Schlandt SCES Media Specialist

CES Artwork Goes International! Ninety-three 5th grade students at Clinton Elementary School are participating in an Artist Trading Card Swap (ATC). An artist trading card is a mini artwork created on 2.5”x3.5” thick paper. Our 5th grade focused on sharing something about our community which included mountains, trees, the green bridge and the water tower. Students created a layered landscape of Clinton, TN using watercolors, construction paper and aluminum foil. The ATCs will be sent to Minnesota and then dispersed all over the world. In March, we will receive 100 artist trading cards from other states or countries. We can’t wait to see what we get in return!





Education Foundation Health and Wellness Grant receipients Winners of The Education Foundation Health and Wellness Grants: Anderson County Schools received more than $8,100. Andersonville Elementary School, Beth Roeder, $1,000 for Walking Track Resurfacing; Dutch Valley Elementary School, Matt Neal, $650 for Slack Line Course; Briceville Elementary School, Matt Neal, $1,000 for Disc Golf Course; Grand Oaks Elementary, Christy Hicks, $973 for We Need to Monkey Around; Norris Elementary School, Marcia Wade, $939 for Let’s Get Moving; Clinton High School, Tim Kunes/Timothy Vowell, $799 for Get Fit Stay Fit; Clinton High School, Lori Mitchell/ Anita Hill, $649 for Health & Wellness From the Inside Out; Clinton High School, Amanda Powers, $1,000 for Water Bottle Refill Station; Clinton Middle School, Carah Beals, $292, Restorative Yoga; Norris Middle School, Sarah Cummings, $800, Gymnastics, Adaptive PE and Martial Arts.

Air Force ROTC cadets flying high with drill meet wins No Congratulations to these Clinton High School AFJROTC Cadets! The CHS AFJROTC won the Esprit de Corp Award & two 3rd place awards at the Daniel Boone Invitational Drill meet.

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District Teachers of the Year

Hannah Collins, GOES

Rachel Madron, NMS

High School Bass Master Open

Donovan Harrington, ACHS

Ensembles perform for Governor Anderson County High School “Home of the Mavs” fishermen Storm Cline and Tanner Scruggs were 14th out of 174 in the High School Bass Master Open on Toledo Bend Lake in Louisiana. This is their third consecutive year qualifying for nationals.

On Jan. 30, members of the Anderson County High School Select Ensemble along with members of the Oak Ridge High School Ensemble performed for the General Assembly, the Senate, and for the governor on the steps inside the Tennessee Capitol.

CRCS Student Autumn reading with preschool students Spelling Bee winners: second place, Caden Bonham (second from left); first place, KennyTrace Humphrey (middle); and third place, Marley Sims

Norwood Elementary Spelling Bee Champs

Congratulations to Norwood Elementary School’s 2020 Spelling Bee Top Three! First place, Kenny-Trace Humphrey; second, Caden Bonham;

and third, Marley Sims. They will represent the school in the District Spelling Bee on May 13. It will be live streamed on the Anderson County Schools Facebook page.

Clinch River Community School volunteer Students from Clinch River Community School are now volunteering once a week to visit the “House of Littles” (Anderson County Schools’ Preschool) to read to the littlest students in Anderson County. Every week a student makes

the trip down the hill to read and interact with the kids. Seeing it in person just warms the heart. The sound of little laughs and the sight of smiles let you know these students are truly making a difference. #EveryStudentEveryDay





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Enterprise Rent-a-Car First Volunteer Bank G.T. Discount Tire Harrison ConstructionConcrete Division Harrison’s Grill & Bar Hoskins in the Flat INVO PEO Law Office of Lauren Biloski and Channing Miller Loudon County Fence Company Medicare Insurance Advisor Mortgage Investors Group Noble Metals, Inc. ORNL Federal Credit Union Philip R. Crye, Jr. Attorney at Law Powell-Clinch Utility District R & S Logistics Remotec, Inc. Sexton Automobile of Oak Ridge Simmons Bank Stardust Marina & Properties

Subway-Clinton Tennessee Tool & Engineering, Inc. The Cantrell Law Firm The Carlstar Group The Kincaid House The Lantern at Morning Pointe-Alzheimer’s Center of Excellence, Clinton The McKameys, Inc. Thrivent Financial Town of Oliver Springs UT Extension-Anderson County Wells Fargo Advisors Wimberly Lawson Wright Daves & Jones, PLLC Sendout Cards-Nichelle Evans Waterside Marina Antique Merchants Guild of Clinton

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UT Arboretum

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NETWORKING COFFEE Thursday, March 5, 8 – 9:30 a.m.


UT Institute of Agriculture Extension

Anderson County 100 N. Main St., Room 213

OPEN HOUSE/RIBBON CUTTING Tuesday, March 10, 9 – 10:00 a.m.

State Farm – Josh Hemphill


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YPAC NETORKING COFFEE Wednesday, March 11, 8 – 9:00 a.m.

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