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Clinton lawyer seeks settlement with county or lawsuit threatened

 An outspoken Clinton lawyer handcuffed during a dust-up with a school resource officer is seeking a settlement over the incident from the county — or a lawsuit may be filed.

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State orders road closed after bridge inspection

A popular shortcut between the rural Dutch Valley community and Clinton has been closed indefinitely after a state bridge inspection, Anderson County Road Superintendent Gary Long said.

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After 5 years, VA benefits finally granted to Anderson veterans

Two Anderson County veterans — one from World War II and the other from the Desert Storm era — have finally had their claims for service-connected disability benefits granted nearly five years after filing them.

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Clinton police tout ongoing ‘war on meth’

A nearly two-year “war on meth” in Clinton is paying off with hundreds of charges against many defendants and the confiscation of numerous vehicles, according to police.

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Pushed from barn loft, injured man spends night in the rain

A man seriously injured after burglars pushed him from a barn loft onto concrete spent a night outside in the rain, unable to move, according to an Anderson County Sheriff’s Department report.

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Anderson mayor declining to sign sheriff’s department salary agreement

Anderson County Mayor Terry Frank is declining to sign a salary agreement with the Sheriff’s Department, saying to do so would commit the County Commission to the equivalent of an 8-cent property tax hike next fiscal year.

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Clinton firm buys Pennsylvania company

Techmer PM of Clinton has acquired a small, privately held company in Aston, Pa., officials said.

The purchase of TP Composites should create “more opportunities for people to move into different positions and more opportunities for growth,” said company executive Tom Drye.

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Red Cross offers July 4th safety tips

Whatever you have planned for the upcoming Fourth of July holiday, the American Red Cross wants to help you make it a safe one.

“We want everyone to have a great holiday, and a safe one,” said Mary Beth Birge, Director of Emergency Services for the East Tennessee Region.

“Whether the weekend will involve fireworks, grilling or going to the seashore, we have safety tips everyone can follow.”

Fireworks Safety

The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a public fireworks show put on by professionals. Stay at least 500 feet away from the show. Many states outlaw most fireworks. If you’re setting fireworks off at home, follow these safety steps:

• Never give fireworks to small children, and always follow the instructions on the packaging.

• Keep a supply of water close by as a precaution.

• Make sure the person lighting fireworks always wears eye protection.

• Light only one firework at a time and never attempt to relight “a dud.”

• Store fireworks in a cool, dry place away from children and pets.

• Never throw or point a firework toward people, animals, vehicles, structures or flammable materials.

• Leave any area immediately where untrained amateurs are using fireworks.

Grilling Safety

Every year people are injured while using charcoal or gas grills. Follow these steps to safely cook up treats for the backyard barbecue:

• Always supervise a barbecue grill when in use.

• Never grill indoors – not in your house, camper, tent, or any enclosed area.

• Make sure everyone, including the pets, stays away from the grill.

• Keep the grill out in the open, away from the house, the deck, tree branches, or anything that could catch fire.

• Use the long-handled tools especially made for cooking on the grill.

• Never add charcoal starter fluid when coals have already been ignited.

• Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions when using grills.

Sun Protection

Limit exposure to direct sunlight between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., and wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a protection factor of at least 15. Reapply sunscreen often. Remember to drink plenty of water regularly, even if not thirsty. Avoid drinks with alcohol or caffeine in them. Protect the eyes by wearing sunglasses that will absorb 100 percent of UV sunlight. Protect the feet – the sand can burn them and glass and other sharp objects can cut them.
During hot weather, watch for signs of heat stroke – hot, red skin; changes in consciousness; rapid, weak pulse; rapid, shallow breathing. If it’s suspected someone is suffering from heat stroke:

• Call 9-1-1 and move the person to a cooler place.

• Quickly cool the body by applying cool, wet cloth’s or towels to the skin (or misting it with water) and fanning the person.

• Watch for signs of breathing problems and make sure the airway is clear. Keep the person lying down.

Another thing you can do is download the free Red Cross first aid app which puts expert advice for everyday emergencies at someone’s fingertips. The app is available for from the Apple or Google Play for Android app stores.

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Clinton keeps same tax rate

For the third year in a row, Clinton is keeping its property tax rate at 76 cents per $100 of assessed value.

City Manager Roger Houck said for cities in Tennessee with comparable populations, Clinton’s tax rate is about the 14th lowest.

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Education Foundation announces ACES students

The Education Foundation For Clinton City and Anderson County Schools is pleased to announce that 146 students from Anderson County High School and Clinton High school have met the standards of the ACES program upon completion of their 2012-2013 school year.

This includes 94 students from Anderson County High School and 52 students from Clinton High School.The “Anderson County Exemplary Student” program was initiated with the class of 2007 at Anderson County High School and Clinton High School.

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