September 2019 - BiZ

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Alzheimer’s Association Tennessee Chapter The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Their mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Here in East Tennessee, the Alzheimer’s Association serves 14 counties, including Anderson County. The local staff serves the community by offering face-toface support groups, educational programs and one on one care consultations with families, caregivers and those living with the disease. Manager of Development, Rebecca


Williams, has been a Chamber member since 2018. “Having the opportunity to network and meet local businesses has been extremely beneficial to the work we do,” said Rebecca. “Every Chamber event I attend, I have been able to share the resources we provide, and I know I have been able to help families in need, because of this.” Help support the work of the Alzheimer’s Association this month, by attending the Knoxville Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Saturday, September 21, 2019 at Chilhowee Park/Zoo Knoxville. Register today at To connect with the Knoxville area office, visit or call 865-2006668. For additional information or help, reach out to the Association’s 24/7 helpline at 800-272-3900.

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Fay ‘Humbled’ By Crawford DSA Honor ‘Service isn’t an elective – it’s a requirement’

By Bob Gary Jr.

TVPPA News magazine With his bigger-than-life personality and unfiltered opinions always at the ready, Greg Fay has been a force in TVPPA for the past two decades. Given that, those who know him might be surprised to know how he reacted to receiving the 2019 Richard C. Crawford Distinguished Service Award at TVPPA’s 73rd Annual Conference. “Very humbled,” Fay said, “which I don’t feel often. “Looking at that audience that night, you could have a line of more deserving people longer than you see at Apple stores when a new iPhone comes out. We have an abundance of dedicated men and women, and it’s a wonderful group to be a part of,” he said. A veteran of 42 years at Clinton, Tenn., UB, Fay is the 40th recipient of TVPPA’s highest individual honor. If he was truly stunned by his momentary spell of humility, he recovered well enough to regale the audience of more than 400 with sometimes rollicking remarks. But Fay also took time to speak from his heart. “I love public power,” he said. “I love what we do, I love the way we do it and I love the people we do it for.” Fay didn’t necessarily plan a career in public power, but he always knew he wanted to serve. The notion took root when he was serving in the U.S. Army as an acting chaplain. “In the military, service isn’t an elective – it’s a requirement,” he said. “It’s about serving your country and helping people.” After two years in the Army, he

came home and married Nancy, his high-school sweetheart. He then enrolled in what is now CarsonNewman University in Jefferson City, Tenn. He graduated with honors, earning an accounting degree, then spent a bit more than a year at nearby Appalachian EC, New Market, Tenn. The ‘Long Game’

Fay joined the staff at Clinton UB in 1977, but was upstaged three weeks later when Nancy gave birth to their first child, Ian. Greg Fay remains Clinton’s champion 42 years later, having turned down “many” offers to go elsewhere “for a lot more money.” “I can’t think of anywhere I’d rather live and die than in Clinton,

Tennessee,” he said. “If personal gain had been my only priority, then I wouldn’t be here. Being part of public power is much more than a career – it’s a calling. And, as in the military, service isn’t elective – it’s a requirement,” he said. Fay’s commitment to service helped him come out on the other side of the worst thing that can befall any parent – the death of a child. In 2006, just a month after successfully completing chemotherapy for his own lung cancer, the Fays’ younger son, Matthew, was diagnosed with Stage 4 sarcoma – a rare cancer that typically invades the body’s connective tissue. Matthew Fay died in June 2010. “Our family fought that battle, together, for a very long time,” Fay recalled. “Something like that certainly shapes who you are and how you look at life, but if you can look past yourself – if you can use your struggle to help others through their hardships – it reduces the dayto-day pain.” Given Fay’s length of service and the fact that his life has had more than its share of heartbreak, it’d be reasonable to wonder how much longer he might want to stay in the game. His answer is textbook Greg Fay: “Retirement is a state of mind, not an age,” he said. “Some people are depleted at 55, but those of us who have the passion, the energy and the fire – we need to keep going until the wind is completely out of our sails. “I don’t coast, nor will I. At CUB, my team and I play the long game. We understand that what we do today will serve as the foundation for the next generation,” Fay said.





Anderson County High School Sells Decals Campbell County High School and Anderson County High School would be considered rivals on the football field but off the field there is a special connection. Justin Price, former Anderson County High School teacher and coach, now is the head football coach at Campbell County High School. Price’s son was recently diagnosed with leukemia. The Anderson County High School Maverick’s recently heard about the diagnosis of Price’s son and decided to help out and support the Price family by selling special car decals with Price’s son’s name on them to help with the extensive costs that come with this diagnosis. Starting at the Anderson County High School and Clinton High School game and continuing at every game until they are sold out, the Mavericks will sell car decals to help raise money for the family. All of these proceeds from the sale of these decals go directly to the Price family. As of September 5th, just at $500 has been given to the family. If you would be interested in purchasing one or more of these decal please contact - The decals are available in 2 sizes large and small. ($5 and $10).

2019 Schools Win Coupon Book On Sale Now The 2019 Schools Win Coupon Book Campaign is underway in schools across Anderson County and in Clinton City Schools. This is the 3rd year of the annual fundraiser that provides significant funding for school needs within the two school districts. The 2019 edition of the Schools Win Coupon

Book features over 170 discounts from local businesses as well as shopping, dining and entertainment destinations in Knoxville and Sevier County. This represents an increase of 16 pages over last year. The coupon books sell for $10 with $7.50 going to the school that sells the book. Each school sets

their goal and determines where the funding can have the largest impact for their students. Coupon books are on sale now through Tuesday, September 17th. The goal between Anderson County Schools and Clinton City Schools is to sell 10,000 books, which will net $75,000 for classroom needs in our community.






The Clinton 12 Come Home By Eric Page, Rylee Gann, Hayden Scarbrough, Braden Hensley, and Rhett Seivers

Picture: Senior Lauren Burton celebrates her acceptance to TTU with Principal Caleb Tipton & Counselor Carrie Jenkins. The CHS Class of 2020 has begun celebrating 4 year college acceptance! GEAR UP kicked off the year with a college application party on August 1st and acceptance letters began rolling in within 15 days. “It is important for students to apply to 4 year colleges & universities early in order to compete for departmental & endowed scholarships” says GEAR UP coordinator Hoppy Merryman. All seniors who desire to attend 4 year colleges in fall 2020 are encouraged to apply now. Community College Day will be held Sept 16th at CHS for students to apply to community college & TCAT programs.

Last week, the Clinton Middle community came together to bring “The Clinton 12” back together April Meyers along with Sheila Montgomery were the of the heads of planning from CMCCA. It all started with an idea, which led to several meetings all throughout July. You can imagine how much work was out in this, from all of the meetings to deciding who all should come as a representative not only in Clinton but Tennessee as a whole. Some of the people who came to represent our city, county, and the State of Tennessee included U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander and U.S. Representative Chuck Fleischmann as well as Tennessee Lt. Gov. Randy McNally and State Representative John Ragan. “I was sad for what they had gone through,” said Clinton Middle 8th grader Zavie Ford, escorted the wife of Clinton 12

member Robert Thacker, “but it was great for them to finally be honored and it was an amazing experience and a great opportunity.” Clinton Middle would like to thank all involved in making this

special day a reality. We could not be more proud of the way our communities came together to celebrate the history of our town and its role in the American fight for equality.




Teachers on Collaborative Days Approximately one day a month, Clinton City Schools holds what is called a collaborative day. Some systems refer to these days as “inservice days.” While students enjoy a much-needed day off from school, it is certainly not a vacation day for teachers. These days are filled with a variety of activities that lead to improved instruction in the classroom. A typical collaborative day includes analyzing student data, planning in grade level teams, attending differentiated professional development sessions, instructional preparation, and much more. As you walk through the hallways of the schools, you don’t see teachers working in isolation. Staff members are learning from each other and sharing the workload to provide

quality instruction for students in the upcoming weeks. At the end of the day, teachers fill out a survey to administrators about the day. This data is used to determine the next collaborative day and what support/resources are needed to best support teachers and students. Collective efficacy is key in a successful school system! As a group of professionals, Clinton City Schools believes that our students can achieve high expectations and that the work that we do as a public school is the key to our students’ future success. Our monthly collaborative days help us put this belief into action and ensure that we are participating in timely professional learning and purposeful planning. As you can see in some of the pictures, we have a little fun as well!





TN Ready Success in Clinton City Schools Clinton City Schools is proud to announce the distinction of being named an overall Exemplary District by the Tennessee State Department of Education for a second consecutive year. This is a distinction that was obtained by 20 out of 147 districts across the state. Districts are rated in two areas, Achievement and Subgroup Growth, in order to arrive at the overall distinction. In Achievement, Clinton City received Exemplary status. In Subgroup Growth, Achieving status was awarded. When combined, an overall Exemplary status was given to CCS for the 2019 school year! In terms of student growth, districts receive a composite score between 1-5 to indicate the academic growth of students over the course of one academic year. For the 6th consecutive year, Clinton City achieved a level 5 composite score which indicates that there is statistically significant evidence that CCS students made more than a year’s growth academically. In addition, Clinton Elementary School received state recognition as a Reward School for the second year in a row! In the past three years, all Clinton City School have been recognized as a Reward School. Director Kelly Johnson stated, “I am thrilled with our results of TN Ready this year. Receiving Exemplary status and Reward School status edifies the hard work that is being done across the district by teachers, students, and parents. The support that we receive from the School Board, City Council, community members, and businesses provide a solid foundation for our school system. The success is attributed to our philosophy of ‘high expectations with an abundance of support.’ It is important that we focus on continuous improvement to build on current strengths and address areas to strengthen. We will continue to use data to drive our instruction and place a focus on providing resources and supports to our teachers and students.”

Clinton City Schools


Cookout s Hamburgers freshly grilled by Clinton Fire Department

NCES: Sepember 30 SCES: October 3 CES: November 1

Parents and Community members welcome! Adult lunches: $5.00 each




Blaze Well-Rounded Activities Blasting Off It is hard to believe that Clinton City Schools is quickly finishing up the first nine weeks of school! We have gotten off to a great start both in our academics and our well-rounded activities! During the school day, visitors will see students busy working in both large and small groups on grade level standards through differentiated, individualized instruction. After school, there are several opportunities for students to get involved in wellrounded activities. Blaze Cross Country is running full force! They have competed in two area cross country meets where our students have performed well! Basketball try-outs have occurred, and new teams have been formed. Students are busy practicing four days a week after school in

preparation for the upcoming season. Dance team try-outs will be held for 5th and 6th grade students on September 9 and 12th at South Clinton Elementary. Blaze dancers will perform at each home basketball game. Blaze Soccer with Coach Carroll takes place on the CHS football field after school every Wednesday. The Blaze Reading Society will kick of very soon at each school. Other school-based activities have begun such as Art Club, Orff Ensemble, Band, STEAM clubs, tutoring, etc. Students who get involved in extracurricular activities tend to be more engaged and interactive in the classroom. Clinton City Schools appreciates all the community support in making these activities a reality for our students!






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Specialty Retail Don Jones Knoxville, TN 865-851-6748

Legend Knoxville, TN

Andersonville Bus Lines Transportation Teresa Landreth P.O. Box 99 3822 Andersonville Hwy. Andersonville, TN 37705 865-494-5420

Charlie’s Towing Automotive - Towing Travis Elliott 3313 Clinton Hwy Powell, TN 37849 865-805-6929 Charliesuetowing/

Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge Non-Profit /Recreation Beth Shea 461 W. Outer Dr. Oak Ridge, TN 37830 865-482-1074 www.childrensmuseumofoakridge. org/

Edward Jones – Justin Willis, Financial Advisor Financial Services 708 S. Illinois Ave Suite E101 Oak Ridge, TN 37830 865-272-3829

Gary’s Body Shop Automotive- Repair/Service Kasey Hamilton-Graham 225 JD Yarnell Industrial Pkwy Clinton, TN 37716 865-457-7809

MAW’s Cause Non-Profit Organization Brittanie Weaver Rocky Top, TN 37769 502-777-3194

Movement Mortgage Mortgage/ Financial Institutions Adrian Hall 114 Lovell Rd, Suite 102 Knoxville, TN 37934 865-356-2869

Niner Sealcoating Paving Contractors/Construction Chad Niner 258 Bull Run Rd. Powell, TN 37849 865-963-5798

Norris Paddling/ Adventure

Outdoors, LLC Recreation / Tourism Attraction John Marquis P.O.Box 1527 Norris, TN 37828 865-498-9951

Rob’s Appliance Repair

Appliance – Sales/Repair Clinton, TN 7716 865-809-0499 appliancerepair/

Sellers Realty – K.K. Webster Real Estate – Associate Member 119 S. Charles Seivers Blvd. Clinton, TN 37716 865-805-1753

Sellers Realty – Tiffany Hawn Real Estate – Associate Member 119 S. Charles Seivers Blvd. Clinton, TN 37716 865-320-3052

Shabby Remakes Boutique/Specialty Retail 338 Market St. Clinton, TN 37716 423-319-9170 shabbyremakes/

John Stair Individual Member Clinton, TN 37716

TLD Logistics Transportation Duwayne Powers 1300 Everett Rd Knoxville, TN 37932 865-202-066

Webb Lawncare Services Landscaping Jeremy Webb 865-216-5165 Clinton, TN 37716

THANK YOU FOR YOUR RENEWAL! Aid to Distressed Families of Appalachian Counties AirMedCare Network Anderson County Clerk – Jeff Cole Cadence Antique Emporium Carla F. Herren, CPA Claxton Bus Lines Claxton Supply, Inc Clinch River Mercantile Dale C. Isabell, CPA Eye Center of Oak Ridge P.C., The Genesis Real Estate Title JD’s Auction’s Keep Anderson County Beautiful Knights Flowers Lloyd’s Electric Service Loy Johnson Real Estate Mary Kay- Debbie Sellers MyStash Storage Oak Ridge, City of Pugh CPAs Ritz Theater, The Roane Newspapers Salsarita’s Fresh Mexican Grill System One Tennova Wound Healing Center Timely Topics Club

Individual Membership Lt. Governor Randy McNally

Legends (Retirees) Byron Hale Jennings Meredith





Community Partners Titanium

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


Friday, September 13, 8:00 a.m. & 1:00 p.m.



TN Centennial Golf Course


Monday, September 16, 3 – 4:30 p.m.

Tennessee Valley Coalition to End Homelessness, Inc. 130 Main St., Suite 1, Clinton, TN 37716


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


Tuesday, September 24, 8 – 9:00 a.m.

Young Professionals of Anderson County Clinch Valley Cross Fit 378 Market St., Clinton

RIBBON CUTTING- NEW LOCATION Friday, September 20, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Faith Promise – Anderson Campus

Bronze Lt. Governor Randy McNally

1115 N. Charles Seivers Blvd., Ste:4




Eagle Bend Manufacturing – Titanium

Regions Bank – Silver

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North Knoxville Medical Center – Silver


NOW ENROLLING! The Emory Valley Early Learning Center is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and currently enrolling children in their year-round program. As the only nationally accredited program in Anderson County, children participate daily in interactive learning activities in the following areas of development:

Community Trust Bank – Bronze


Drug Stores

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Fine and Gross Motor Skills

Cognitive Skills

Adaptive/Self Help

Language Skills

Children of all abilities, learning together in a creative and inclusive environment. For more information or to enroll your child TODAY please contact: Early Learning Center

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