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‘Board of Distinction’

Local schools receive recognition.

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RESOLUTIONS Clinton area fitness centers take on the new year

Lose weight. Exercise more. Get in shape. Sound familiar? Each January those are the resolutions that always seem to make it to the top of the “New Year, New You” resolution list. For the health and fitness industry, January revenues can be like December is to the retail industry. The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA), a not-for-profit trade association representing health and fitness facilities, gyms, spas, sports clubs and suppliers worldwide, calls it the “resolutions rush.” The rush? IHRSA reports that more than 12 percent of gym members join in January, compared with 8.3 percent per month for the year. Take Charge Fitness sees growth after the first of the year, too. “Over the last 15 years it’s been consistent -- we do get a rush but it’s not like immediately on Jan. 2,” said Anna Dark, fitness director. “It’s almost as if our folks wait a little bit or they take time to recover from he holidays and then in the middle of the month they decide to act.” That delay makes February the busier of the “resolution rush” months for Take Charge Fitness. “February tends to be our busiest month,” Dark said. “I’ve been in this business for a long time and it’s just a little bit different as compared to other fitness centers in Dallas, Memphis and even in

According to “Health & Fitness Club - Statistics and Facts” published by Christina Gough on statista.com, the global health club industry generates revenue in excess of 80 billion U.S. dollars annually, and the United States share of that was estimated to be around 30 billion U.S. dollars in 2017.

Knoxville.” The biggest goal seems to be weight loss, but fitness goals can vary with age. Dark said. “Anderson County’s senior population prefers to work toward staying mobile and strong to continue having an independent lifestyle.” Clinch Valley Cross Fit has a different take on resolutions, but there’s no doubt the crossfit industry also sees an impact.

“With the new year, people don’t necessarily bust down the doors of a crossfit gym, but with a new year, people do set new goals for themselves,” said Clay Rhea, general manager and head coach. “Do we see a bunch of new faces? Sure we see some. Especially with crossfit being new in Clinton.” According to Rhea crossfit gyms don’t tend to see membership RESOLUTION continued on page 4


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Rick Meredith Named to the TCCE Board of Director’s Nashville, Tenn. – The Tennessee Chamber of Commerce Executives (TCCE) announced its board officers for 2019-2020. The officers were elected by the membership at TCCE’s Annual Conference held in Union City, TN. Rick Meredith, President of Rick Meredith the Anderson County Chamber of Commerce was elected to the TCCE’s Board of Directors for the 2019-2020 year. Rick was named 2018 Chamber Executive of the Year and has

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been president of the Anderson County Chamber of Commerce since 2015. Rick brings many years of experience from the State of Tennessee to this position and looks forward to helping the TCCE in the coming year. The full roster of new officers is: President: Mark Field, VP Membership, Knoxville Chamber of Commerce; President-Elect: Stephanie Brackman, VP Operations, Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce; Vice-President: Vicki Bunch, Manager of Workforce Development, Jackson Chamber of Commerce

Secretary/Treasurer: Bradley Jackson, President/CEO, Tennessee Chamber of Commerce & Industry; Immediate Past President: Lindsay Frilling, CEO, Obion County Chamber of Commerce East Tennessee Directors: Vanessa Bennett, Executive Director of Operations & Leadership Program Rick Meredith, President, Anderson County Chamber of Commerce Middle Tennessee Directors: Bryan Doleshel, Chief Community Dev Officer, Williamson, Inc. Kara Huckaby, Director, Maury



County Chamber of Commerce West Tennessee Directors: Libby Wickersham, Executive Director, Greater Gibson County Chamber of Commerce Travis McCleese, Executive Director, Paris/Henry County Chamber At-Large Member: Tammi Ford, Vice President, Blount Partnership The Tennessee Chamber of Commerce Executives is a statewide chamber professional association organized to enhance the professional growth and development of Chamber executives, staff and volunteers in the State of Tennessee.

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spurts in January, mainly because people who join a crossfit gym are not just experimenting. “When someone signs up for a gym membership here, they’re not necessarily testing out the water,” Rhea stated. “To be a part of the crossfit gym is also to be a part of the community, opposed to just joining a gym.” Both Take Charge Fitness and Clinch Valley Cross Fit welcome the membership growth and have offerings to keep members engaged to achieve their fitness goals. “We’re an amalgamation of nutrition advice, sleep tips and protocols, and direct coaching in regards to physical fitness and training,” Rhea said. “We leave no guesswork up to the members, so that they have a really clear idea of what it is they need to do to achieve their health and wellness goals. Our approach is to keep an advisor to shepherd members through the thing. ‘It is never ‘Here’s the system and we hope you can be a part of it. If not you might fall out.’” Rhea believes that training philosophy helps keep members motivated. Reassessments at regular intervals also allow members to see the improvements and adjust training so that growth in gains can continue.

Dark agrees that a personal approach to training helps keep members motivated to continue the path to physical fitness. “We get new members with one of our trainers so that when they come in to work out, they are not wandering from this machine to that machine,” she said. “We feel is it really important to make that personal contact with them and set them up on a program that’s real easy to follow. “Then we follow up with them. Two weeks later, a month later, two months later. We keep in touch with them to try to continue fostering positive reinforcement. We want them to reach their goals and to keep coming back.” Take Charge Fitness offers a formal corporate wellness program that includes educational seminars and classes. According to the company’s website, the program’s benefits include increased productivity, reduced sick leave and absenteeism, and possible healthcare savings. “Studies show that individuals who get their exercise out of the way early, first thing, have a higher success rate of sticking with it, and their results show, too,” Dark said. “Area employees can come in and get their workouts taken care of. “There are studies that say individuals who have a regular

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fitness regimen are one, happier, and two, have more energy and can go in and be at their highest productivity.” Take Charge offers discounts to corporations and businesses in Anderson County that want to start wellness programs for their workers. Rhea agreed that there is a correlation between fitness and work productivity. “I’m going to say 100 percent that crossfit and business productivity go hand in hand, especially the movements we do here,” he said. “We do functional movements — pushing, pulling, lunging — things we do naturally as humans just like a dog wagging its tail or a bird flapping its wings. These are things we naturally do. “The movements elicit endocrine response, meaning that they adapt to the way your brain thinks. They also adapt your hormonal system so that your body is this ever-changing beautiful piece. And through the way that we

JANUARY 2020 train, your mind stays sharp.” Clinch Valley CrossFit does not currently have a corporate wellness program. The Clinton business opened its Market Street location March 2, 2019. As the company begins its second year of operation, Rhea said that corporate wellness is an area of possible expansion. Take Charge Fitness’ facility boasts a 10,000 square-foot exercise area, which includes resistive aerobic exercise equipment and a walking track. Additionally, the health club has designated exercise rooms for classes and two indoor pools. The club also has locker rooms available for members, complete with shower and changing areas. It is located at 1921 N. Charles Seivers Blvd., and can be found online at takechargefitnessprogram.com. Clinch Valley CrossFit is at 378 Market St. in downtown Clinton. Additional information can be found at clinchvalleycrossfit.com.

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School Board awarded ‘Board of Distinction’ by the Tennesee School Board Association

On December the 12th, the Anderson County School Board was awarded the Tennessee School Board Association ‘Board of Distinction Award’. The ACS School Board has been awarded this award for over 20 years straight. Candy Morgan (TSBA East District Director) and Dr. John Burrell (ACS School Board Chairman).

Cookies for the holidays ‘Hang Wih Me Be Drug Free’

Clinton Middle School Students Happily except hundred of cookies.

Dr. Tim Parrott, Jeremiah Owens, Joe Forgety, Wendy Garrison, and Kim Lay.

Tom and Jeannie Aldrich from the Greater United Methodist Church of Norris delivered cookies to every single student at Clinton Middle School before school ended as a treat before they went home for the holidays.

Congratulations to Jeremiah Owens for being the ‘Something Great’ at the December Anderson County School Board Meeting. Jeremiah won the L.E.A.D. (Law Enforcement Against Drugs) Poster Contest for the 2018-2019 school year.




ANDERSON COUNTY SCHOOLS Back row, left to right: Tyler Beard Gracie Brown Emsleigh Kennedy Malik Howard Delaney Long Kaitlyn Campbell Front row, left to right: Camryn McCaffrey Taylor Mitchell Brayden Gavin Tyler Powell Easton Gilliam Mason Kiely

Mr. Foust, Justin Shope, Seth Webber, Jayden Patterson, and Kendra McCoig

Toy boxes for tots

For the past month, Cinch River Community School students in Kendra McCoig’s Agricultural Mechanics class have been building outdoor toy boxes for Anderson County Schools’ Preschool’s House of Littles on the Anderson County High School campus. Dec. 16 was the day the smallest students in Anderson County took

a trip up the hill to help decorate the toy boxes they will use. All of the students contributed by painting their hands and pressing them against the boxes to leave their prints on them. The student builders and staff at CRCS placed their handprints on the boxes as well. A huge thank you goes to Mr. Foust for his help on this project.

Co-ed basketball champions Congratulations to Grand Oaks Elementary School’s co-ed basketball team for winning the Anderson County Co-ed Basketball Championship on Dec. 14. The first morning back at school

after the championship, the players were surprised as the other students at the school welcomed them by lining the hallways and congratulating them on their big win.

Nick Shetterly, Greg McBroom, Santa Claus, Kim Lay, and Wendy Garrison

Allen Russell, Ben Downs, Keely Strickland, Sydney Rutherford, Jada Mcghee, Jackson Utley, Nico Amato, Trevor Blackburn, Cole Fritts, Andrea Russell, Connor Heatherly, Jeni Irwin, Travis Freeman

Before the holiday season, Anderson County High School administrators and ACHS Leo Club members delivered large food baskets to residents in need. The baskets were prepared by the Norris Area Good Neighbors Organization.

Gifts for Anderson County kids, Santa accompanied by the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office for protection of course, delivered hundreds of presents to kids in the Anderson County School District this holiday

season. Special thanks to the ACSO for its work on this community project. We are so lucky to have such an amazing partner in our county. You truly embody Every Student, Every Day.

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Clinton City School Board Receives ‘Board of Distinction’ On Jan. 9, the Clinton City School Board was given the Tennessee School Board Association’s Board of Distinction award. Jo Williams, East Tennessee TSBA representative and Anderson County school board member, presented the award to the board. This award is given to school boards across Tennessee that meet certain criteria, including experience of board members, professional development, and strategic planning. This recognition comes at an appropriate time as School Board Appreciation Week is Jan. 27-31. Public school boards work to create effective

policies to govern schools. In Clinton City, this is a nonpaid position that requires commitment and training. Director Kelly Johnson said, “We are blessed in Clinton City to have such a strong, dedicated school board. Each member contributes different strengths to the overall effectiveness of the group. All decisions are made in the best interest of children and teachers. CCS School Board works diligently to keep the system moving in a positive direction that focuses on our tradition of excellence. Receiving the Board of Distinction is an honor in which our city should be proud.”

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North Clinton Elementary is a very busy place. Mornings look a bit differently now as technology has taken over the ritual of morning announcements. NCES is now live-streaming the morning announcements and Pledge of Allegiance to all classrooms in the building. Sixth-grade leadership students are tasked with creating and producing the content displayed to all classrooms in the building. This has been a great way to involve student leadership and technology in starting the day off in a positive, productive way. Pictured are Leah Hernandez and Janelle Casado reporting daily announcements, birthdays, student and staff recognitions, and lunch menu items. Students at North Clinton Elementary are also participating in a STREAM after-school club. Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Art, and Math are

the curriculum areas used to bring students’ problem solving and design solutions to life. Students currently are reading “Beauty and the Beak” to learn how different birds and their individual beak types help them survive in their environments. Students then use different utensils to simulate the act of picking up items with a beak. They then use a variety of materials to design their own bird beaks. We welcome you to come take a look at the quality programming and learning taking place at NCES.





Wanna dance or play tag? Feb. 8 will be a busy night in the town of Clinton. The annual Clinton Rotary Daddy-Daughter Dance will be held at Clinton Middle School from 6:30-8 p,m. Mothers and sons can be found at Clinton High School playing a round of laser tag in the gym from 6-8 p.m. Tickets for both events can be purchased at the three elementary schools in Clinton. Daddy-Daughter Dance tickets can also be purchased online at Eventbrite.com. Given space and time limitations, the Mother Son Laser Tag event is


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Principal Jenna Sharp Chosen as 40 Under 40 recipient Jenna Sharp is well into her fifth year as principal of Clinton Elementary School. She recently was chosen as one of Knoxville’s 40 Under 40. This distinction is given to individuals under age 40 who have accomplished amazing things for their community. Sharp also was recently chosen as East Tennessee Principal of the Year, and became one of nine finalists for Tennessee Principal of the Year. Under her leadership, Clinton Elementary has earned Reward School status on several occasions and has received regional recognition for both high student growth and achievement. She is a strong advocate for her students and develops a personal relationship with staff, students, and parents. Her expectations are high, but she couples it with a supportive environment that fosters growth. She has served in other leadership roles, including the Tennessee Rural

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Principals Network through The University of Tennessee, as well as the Tennessee Principals Council Steering Committee. Congratulations to Sharp for being named to Knoxville’s 40 Under 40.

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BUSINESS NETWORKING Tuesday, January 28, 8:30 – 10:30 a.m.


Hosted by Y-12 Federal Credit Union Presenter: Betsy Cunningham Chamber Office 245 N. Main St., Suite 200, Clinton 865-457-2559


SAVE THE DATE Thursday, February 6, 2019

Annual Business Luncheon & Awards Keynote speaker: Randy Boyd Call 457-2559 for sponsorship opportunities



DISASTER RESILIANCY PLAN Wednesday, February 12, 11:30 – 1:00 p.m.

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NETWORKING COFFEE Thursday, February 27, 8 – 9:30 a.m.

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