Local News

  • Marina comment period comes to end

    Tennessee Valley Authority officials are hoping to make a decision on a proposed 500-slip marina at Heatherly’s Point on Norris Lake by fall.

    The agency has held two public hearings on the proposal, and the Corps of Engineers conducted a review earlier this year. The latest round of hearings were extended an extra few weeks for the TVA to receive additional comments.

    The latest comment period ended May 30.

  • Inmates helping county schools

    Twelve county inmates are headed back to school.

    But instead of carrying backpacks, the men will be toting cans of paint and brushes.

    “I had some teachers approach me and ask if there was a way we could help them get their classrooms painted,” said Campbell County Sheriff Robbie Goins. Plans were already underway to use inmate labor to help in the schools this summer, this idea was then incorporated into that proposal.

  • Campbell County Cancer Association fundraiser slated for Saturday

    Cancer is a dark and scary disease. But the Campbell County Cancer Association is doing all it can to make a difference in the lives of local people that are fighting for their lives. But this takes money.

    In an effort to continue providing area cancer patients with fuel vouchers to get to and from medical appointments, help with prescriptions and dietary supplements like Ensure and Boost the group is gearing up for one of it's major annual fundraisers.

  • School board discusses upcoming budget

    The Campbell County Board of Education met on Tuesday to discuss the upcoming school year's budget. With the close of the 2010-11 budget just days away, board members were forced to take a look at the bleak spending forecast for the upcoming budget year.

    Jeff Marlow, county finance director, was on hand to inform the group of the cards it has been dealt. According to Marlow, the system's Average Daily Membership has decreased by 68 a students causing BEP funding to go down by approximately $400,000.

  • City Council continues to wrestle with next year's budget

     Next year’s budget remained a high priority Tuesday night as the LaFollette City Council went into a workshop immediately after the meeting to try and “iron out the wrinkles.”

    The council has made it clear next year’s preliminary budget includes factors that are subject to change. The council, for example, has projected a five percent increase in the cost of health insurance for city employees, which has affected the balance.

  • County teens ban together to fight drug problems

    Campbell County students have gotten involved in the fight against drug addiction this summer.

    Two teams of students are preparing to head to the Tennessee Teen Institute’s Summer Camp at Austin Peay University from June 20 to June 24.

    “I’m excited to go on this trip and help,” rising Campbell County High School Senior Olivia Frederick said. “I know that the drug issue here is a really big deal. We could really make a big difference.”

  • Bartley gets plea set aside

    Kenneth S. Bartley will finally have his day in court.

    Today Judge Jon K. Blackwood set aside the plea he accepted from the teen in 2006. Greg Isaac, the third attorney to represent Bartley, questioned Mike Hatmaker, Bartley's first attorney, on Thursday,

    It was then it was learned that Bartley accepted the plea with little time to consider it.

    Blackwood said he was unaware of that and reversed himself in the matter. Bartley remains in jail and a new trial date hasn't been set.

  • Public Records

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as or similar to other members of the community.



    Campbell County Property Transfers

    May 23- May 27


    Judy F. Landes and Ray Landes to Fred M. Brewer, Dist. 5, $22,000.

  • Pleas

    The following criminal cases were resolved last week with the use of plea agreements:

    Mark A. Wilson- theft of property over $1,000; three years probation, court costs, $75 to ECF, $2,500 restitution to victim.

    Lauren Ashley Jones- promote methamphetamine manufacture; two years probation, court costs.

  • Funding cuts at federal hatcheries could devastate area trout fisheries

    Proposed budget cuts at two federal fish hatcheries have state fisheries managers scrambling to find ways to minimize the impact to Tennessee trout anglers. 

     Federal budget cuts proposed for fiscal year 2012 could have dismal consequences for the state’s 150,000 trout anglers, as the majority of funding for Dale Hollow and Erwin national hatcheries is targeted.