Sat, Jun 19, 2021

Hello Readers,

*As you can see the paper printed a few days early because of the Fourth of July falling on my print day and it is in the “Vacation Mode (16-pages)” and probably will be for a couple more issues. With Danny and I taking vacations, fishing, camping, it’s hard to get much done…hmmm…as you might realize. Promise I’ll get back in full swing as soon as we get our trips out of the way. Keep sending me your stories, ads, events to keep me busy. **I hope everyone will have a great fourth of July and stay safe. Remember this is our Freedom Day and we need to thank of all our service men and women who keeps us free. Thank you to all who serves or has serve for our freedom. ***The heat has been unbearable and please keep check on your elderly neighbors. The heat is especially hard on them. Also remember your outside pets.

Keep plenty of water available for them and a shady cool place. A small child’s swimming pool filled and refreshed every other day is also great way to help them get cooled off. ****The Homecoming Weekend went well considering the “ucky” weather with rain and storms. Congratulations to Hollie Sue Schoolcraft and others for making it a success. Remember to sign up for tables for the Women’s Club event in September. Information is on page 5. *****We took our grandson and met our daughter and her husband in Pigeon Forge for a week and had a great time. Our grandson had a blast fishing and swimming, visiting the aquarium, watersplash park, watching fireworks, and more.

It was fun for us also doing all the activities and being with family. Being a grandparent rocks and wouldn’t trade it for the world! ****** While we were on vacation I received a text from a friend with a screenshot from Facebook of a nasty comment that “Councilman Toehead Knight” made about our parking lot at the auction. He made the comments that it was horrible that we roped off our parking lot for no one to park on it. WELL…first of all we only roped off the grassy area and kept the gravel part opened for people to park in. With all the rain and fresh grass been sewn we figured not only would it get torn up, but vehicles might get stuck in the soft ground. There were also metal copper pipes sticking up from where the old Rilmas Bakery had been torn down and we were afraid someone would get hurt or tear their vehicle up.

In my opinion instead of the “Councilman” running his mouth negatively and stirring up crap about us like he has been doing a lot lately, and we are a taxpaying business (X2) he should’ve contacted us and asked why it was roped off. We paid for the lot, pay taxes on it, pay to have it mowed, and he had no right dictating what we can do with it. The kicker of it all, he had all the property behind the “Welcome to Clendenin” sign cut off where vehicles couldn’t park with large rocks that he owns!!!???!! There has been talk that a lot of our older council and our ex-mayor will be running for reelection next year.

Thank Goodness! Many are banging their doors down asking them to please run to get the town back on its feet. All the big talk of making Clendenin great again has fizzled out with parties and beauty-pageants that has taken priority. I’m glad many has realized and seen through the smoke screen that the new administration (Minus a few) threw up during the campaign last year and agree sometimes the grass isn’t greener on the other side. Less than one year until the next election and the process can continued like it was before this new administration came in. I have a letter I’ll share in the next issue of one of the smoke screens that has been posted.


Until the next issue…Keep Smiling!
Sug Sams


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Due to the increasing cases of COVID-19 in the area, and surrounding areas, we have decided to prolong the Printing of The County Times until it is safer to distribute the papers in businesses. We were hoping to be back by now, but the risks are too high. Please stay safe and hopefully we will be back soon.
Thank you, Sug Sams

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