Letters to Editor April 28, 2011

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LaFollette Press:

The Friends of Norris Dam State Park want to publicly recognize and thank the Campbell County Commissioners who voted on April 18 to not support the proposed Lighthouse Lodge and Convention Center.

It is very reassuring to know we still have elected officials who will listen to the will of the people and act accordingly.

The taxpayers of Tennessee have been held responsible far too many times for the losses generated by the dreams of developers who see our state and federally owned land as their private investment property.

We have not inherited our parks from our grandparents; we have merely borrowed them from our grandchildren.

We owe a great debt to the commissioners who voted 12 to two in favor of protecting our state park for the benefit of all the people, not just the select few.

Russell Chambers




LaFollette Press:

The splendor of spring is all around. Take a minute to smell the freshly bloomed wildflowers, hear the birds chirping and see how well the tulips accentuate Tennessee’s natural beauty. Spring is the most colorful season. Moreover, most people are in a more positive mood.

In the rush of 2011, we are busy with work, school and problems that seem to be too big for us to bear. Step away from your Iphone or laptop. Have a family day or day just to yourself. Campbell County has many activities to do and remarkable places to see.

Take a family drive up to Caryville Mountain or pack a picnic and take it to Cove Lake State Park. Norris Lake can also provide bonding time for fathers and sons. Mothers, spend some time doing a do-it-yourself craft with your daughter.

Being a student at Tennessee Tech, I do not get home to LaFollette as much as I would like. However, when I do come home, I make the most of my time while I am there. My upbringing has taught me that family is always going to be there, no matter how busy life gets. Life gets hectic, but at the end of the day family is what matters.

Karla Hammac




LaFollette Press:

The winners of the first 5K Run for the Music held by the Campbell County High School Band are first place winner, Doug Foster, LaFollette with the runtime of 19 minutes and eight seconds, second place winner Katie Flaute, Knoxville with the runtime of 21 minutes 28 seconds. Also we would like to congratulate youngest athlete, Rose Winchester, with the runtime of 26 minutes 58 seconds. Last our oldest athlete, Jerry McCreary, with the runtime of 30 minutes and 12 seconds. We look forward to seeing you at our next 5K event in the fall. Thank you to all who participated to support your Campbell County High School Band.

Donald Hendricks




LaFollette Press:

The members of the Friends of Norris Lake are still opposed to the proposed marina at Heatherly’s Point. This project will add 500 boat slips and will result in many more boats being able to operate on Norris Lake.

The number of boats presently operating on the lake on weekends and holidays during the summer months is above the capacity level of the lake established by the U.S. Forest Service.

Additional boats will add to the shoreline erosion now taking place every year. Lakefront property owners are already recording four to six inches of loss each year.

Additional boats will cause boat operators to have less pleasurable experiences on the lake. Many small boat fishermen and people who enjoy a peaceful family cruise on the lake are already avoiding the lake during the summer.

Also, the proposed marina will be located next to Camp Galilee, a small church camp that has been in operation for over fifty years. The camp has been providing campers a safe place to swim in the lake and a quiet place for meditation in the woods. A large commercial marina operation will harm the camp’s safe and peaceful environment.

Finally, this property was purchased from private owners many years ago for public good by TVA. Ownership was later transferred to a church for religious, educational and recreational purposes. To now transfer this property to private ownership for a commercial marina operation is just wrong and the relatives of the original owners are not pleased.

This property would be better utilized as a county park, which could provide needed lake access and camping opportunities for the general public.

Mike McDonough, president

Friends of Norris Lake




LaFollette Press:

We have seen many changes take place in politics and our economy. However one constant is that many people are battling cancer and many others are supporting their loved ones each and every day. These realities make dollars donated and hours volunteered to the American Cancer Society in Campbell County so important.

Local volunteers are a huge part of the nationwide effort to save lives and create a world with less cancer and more birthdays. But additional volunteers are needed to help in this effort. Plans are underway for the American Cancer Society's Relay For Life of Campbell County, set for May 6 at Jacksboro Middle School.  

Money raised at Relay For Life helps the American Cancer Society's mission of helping people stay well and get well, finding cures and fighting back against cancer. Relay For Life supports the Society's vital research efforts, as well as programs for patients including transportation assistance and free lodging at Hope Lodge facilities.

Relay For Life also makes it possible for the American Cancer Society to provide helpful information on cancer, treatments, support services and more 24 hours a day, 365 days a year at 1-800-227-2345 and cancer.org.

Now is the time for Campbell County individuals, families, groups, churches and businesses to join in the fight against cancer through Relay For Life.

Celebrate those survivors.

Remember those loved ones no longer here.

Pledge to fight back against this disease. Form a team and volunteer for the American Cancer Society and Relay For Life today.

Call 1-800-227-2345 or visit RelayForLife.org for more information on local opportunities. 

Maria Hooks/Robin Proffitt


Campbell County

American Cancer Society