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  • CCHS football coach resigns- again

    For the second time in the last six months, Campbell County High School football players are left without a head coach to lead the program.

    Jerry Mynatt abruptly resigned Tuesday after only three months on the job. Mynatt, who coached previously at East Tennessee State, Pikeville (Ky.) College and Brevard (N.C.) College before coming to CCHS to replace longtime coach Dewayne Wells, who was forced out last December.

  • Jail gets green light; lodge does not

    With nods from the full commission as well as the FMS committee it looks as if construction of the long debated justice center will soon be underway.

    After voting yes on the project that will add approximately 250 more beds of prisoner space to the current jail facility in last week’s budget and finance committee meeting, commissioners remained consistent when they gave the project the final vote needed to make the years of talk a reality.

  • Supertwang hits a sour note

    Supertwang promised jobs and revenue for Campbell County.

    And while the jobs did materialize, the revenue is yet to be seen. The three day country music festival was scheduled to run from Wednesday through Sunday afternoon.

    However, around 2 p.m. on Saturday rumblings started that the event staff wasn’t being paid. By 4 p.m. a small group had assembled outside Hal Royce’s makeshift office on the property loudly voicing its concerns. Royce is the CEO of United Festival Promotions, the organization charged with producing Supertwang.

  • New meth laws set to being July 1

    Making meth in Tennessee is about to get a little harder.

    Last Thursday the I Hate Meth Act cleared its second hurdle when the Tennessee House of Representatives passed it with a 98-0 vote. The state senate had passed it on April 28 with a 31-0 margin.

  • TWRA facing financial turmoil

    Conflicts between some state lawmakers and members of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Commission has led to what could become the extermination of the latter next year.

    Recent conflicts include a clash over smallmouth bass fishing on Norris Lake, and legislation to make deer farming legal.

    While the issue has hunters, anglers and other wildlife enthusiasts up in arms, officials with the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency say the move will have no major impact on that agency for now.  

  • Community given more time to sound off

    Those with an interest in a proposed marina project on Norris Lake will have more than a month of additional time to comment on the plan.

     Local businessman Mark Hoskins applied for a permit to build a 500-slip marina at Heathery’s Point in 2009, and 62 written public comments were collected the same year.

     “The Tennessee Valley Authority wanted to give the public more time to comment,” said Travis Brickey, a spokesman for the agency. 

  • TWRA facing financial turmoil

       

    Conflicts between some state lawmakers and members of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Commission has led to what could become the extermination of the latter next year.

    Recent conflicts include a clash over smallmouth bass fishing on Norris Lake, and legislation to make deer farming legal.

  • Community given more time to sound off

    Those with an interest in a proposed marina project on Norris Lake will have more than a month of additional time to comment on the plan.

     Local businessman Mark Hoskins applied for a permit to build a 500-slip marina at Heathery’s Point in 2009, and 62 written public comments were collected the same year.

     “The Tennessee Valley Authority wanted to give the public more time to comment,” said Travis Brickey, a spokesman for the agency. 

  • New program helps students explore talents

    The theatre is coming to town. But it won’t be your average drama performance.

    This Friday night The Little Community Theatre will make its debut on the Dottie Rogers Stage at the old West LaFollette School building when it host audience participation night.

  • Officers arrest man on number of charges

    Officers arrived to find a gruesome scene when they responded to a call Saturday night.

    Upon entering the North 13th Street residence LaFollette Police Officer Robert Foxx along with Chief Jimmie Jeffries, Lt. Monty Miller, Sgt. William Owens and Officer James Farmer found blood all over the floor as well as on the walls. A television screen was smashed and James Rich, 37, of 411 North 14th Street, was sitting on the couch allegedly holding an empty vodka bottle and covered with blood. Records indicate Rich’s two young sons were also present in the home.