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Betsy Crafts & Drafts set for this weekend

ELIZABETHTON STAR – A new festival is expected to see hundreds make their way to Joe O’Brien Field this weekend.

Organizers with Go BETSY! are putting the final touches on the inaugural Betsy Crafts & Drafts Festival, set to take place this weekend — Oct. 13-14 — from noon to 5 p.m. at the home of the Elizabethton Twins and Elizabethton High School Cyclones baseball team.

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Remains of Carter County sailor killed in WWII identified, to be returned home for burial

Navy Seaman 2nd Class William Campbell to be Laid to Rest in Tennessee After Nearly 80 Years

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Department of Veterans Services Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder recognize the service and sacrifice of U.S. Navy Seaman 2nd Class William Campbell of Elizabethton.  Campbell was serving on the USS Oklahoma at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 when it was attacked by multiple torpedoes which caused the battleship to sink and resulted in the deaths of 429 crewmen to include Campbell.  He was 20 years old.

The remains of the crewmembers were recovered from the wreckage, buried in multiple cemeteries after attempts to identify remains, but ultimately only 35 men from the USS Oklahoma were identified.  The unidentified remains were buried in 46 plots at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (NMCP), knows as the Punchbowl, in Honolulu, to include Campbell.

On June, 2015, Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) began exhuming remains from the Punchbowl for identification.  Campbell was identified on May 9, 2018, using DNA analysis and anthropological evidence.

“Although the attack on Pearl Harbor remains a painful wound for our country, William’s return to be laid to rest in the state he called home is a source of comfort,” Haslam said.  “We join the Campbell family in remembering this hero and we are grateful he will soon rest under a headstone that bears his name.”

“Welcome home, William,” Grinder said.  “It is bittersweet to think about the day our country, this state and the Campbell family lost so much, while also being grateful for the closure this identification and burial with honors will bring.”

Haslam has declared a day of mourning and ordered flags at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Friday, October 12 in honor of Campbell’s ultimate sacrifice.

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U.S. Rep. Phil Roe’s staff to hold office hours in Carter County on Oct. 17

ELIZABETHTON – Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-TN) announced he will send staff to hold office hours in Elizabethton on Wednesday, October 17, 2018 from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Carter County Courthouse in the 2nd Floor conference room in the mayor’s office.

Roe’s staff will be available to assist First District constituents.

Some of the ways that Roe’s district offices can be of assistance:

  • Senior Citizens: Social Security and disability
  • Students: financial aid, entrance to U.S. Service Academies
  • Veterans: VA claims and military service problems
  • Small Business: SBA loan applications, technical assistance and interpretation of federal regulations
  • Home Buyers: FMHA, FHA, and VA home loan application problems
  • Local Governments: disaster assistance, regulation compliance, and federal grant application problems
  • Taxpayers: IRS tax problems

 

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GROW Carter County provides water bottle station to Little Milligan

ELIZABETHTON STAR – Seeing a need, volunteers with GROW Carter County were able to spring into action.

In what will be a day to remember for the entire Little Milligan community, volunteers from GROW Carter County visited the area’s elementary school to recognize the installation of a water bottle refill station. The ability to install the station was made possible from grant money awarded to GROW Carter County, a recently designated Healthier Tennessee Community.

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INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT BOARD VACANCY

The Carter County Commission is seeking to fill a vacancy for the Carter County Industrial Development Board.

To be eligible to serve on Carter County’s Industrial Development Board, applicants must be qualified voters and taxpayers of Carter County who do not currently serve as an officer or employee of Carter County.
Individuals who would like to be considered for this position should submit a Boards and Committees Application and/or Resume to the Carter County Clerk’s Office at 801 E. Elk Avenue, Suite 102 Elizabethton, TN 37643.

All applicants will be given the opportunity to address the County Commission during its Oct. 15, 2018 meeting which will be held at 6 p.m. in the courtroom of the Carter County Courthouse located at 801 E. Elk Avenue, Elizabethton. The election to fill the vacancy will be held immediately thereafter.

For additional information contact the Carter County Clerk’s Office at 542-1814.

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XQ Institute awards Elizabethton High School $2.3 million

ELIZABETHTON STAR – Because of its success in its first year and growth this year, Bartleby at Elizabethton High School was awarded the largest grant in school history.

It is now on track to serve every student in the school. The XQ Institute awarded the school $2.3 million, putting EHS on par with the 17 other XQ Super Schools in the country, and enabling the program to serve all students with high quality resources, training, technology, and infrastructure.

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City, county hold high graduation rates

ELIZABETHTON STAR – The future leaders of Tennessee continue to make high marks according to the state’s Department of Education.

Education Commissioner Candice McQueen announced Monday morning that the 2017-18 high school graduation rate held steady at 89.1 percent, which continues to be the highest rate on record for the state. Across the board, more than 56 percent of districts with high schools saw their rates improve compared to last year.

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Board of Education Vacancy

PUBLIC NOTICE

Carter County
Board of Education
Vacancy

The Carter County Commission is seeking to fill a vacancy for the 1st District representative on the Carter County Board of Education. To be eligible, applicants must meet the following qualifications pursuant to T.C.A 49-2-202:

(1) Be a bona fide resident and qualified voter of the 1st District of Carter County;
(2) Be a citizen of recognized integrity, intelligence and ability to administer the duties of the office; and
(3) Must file proof of graduation from high school or receipt of a GED with the Carter County Election Commission.

Individuals who would like to be considered for this position should submit a Boards and Committees Application and/or Resume to the Carter County Clerk’s Office at 801 E. Elk Avenue, Suite 102 Elizabethton, TN 37643.

All applicants will be given the opportunity to address the County Commission during its October 15, 2018 meeting which will be held at 6 p.m. in the courtroom of the Carter County Courthouse located at 801 E. Elk Avenue, Elizabethton. The election to fill the vacancy will be held immediately thereafter.

For additional information contact the Carter County Clerk’s Office at 542-1814.

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Parrots & Tails IV hopes to raise $10,000 for animal shelter

ELIZABETHTON STAR – The fruit of multiple months worth of labor will take form this weekend across Elizabethton. And the area’s smallest — and furriest — residents will be able to reap the rewards.

With an all-day agenda on tap, Parrots & Tails IV gets underway on Saturday, Sept. 29, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Covered Bridge Park and will serve as a fundraiser to benefit the Elizabethton/Carter County Animal Shelter. Tickets are a $15 donation with kids under 12 getting in for free.

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