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  • Pyro will light the sky

    Fall in East Tennessee is a busy time.

    But none of the activities can start until the bright lights of Boomsday have been lit.

    And without the vision of a local company the skies over Knoxville would remain dark during the Labor Day weekend.

    When the fireworks are ignited this year it will be the 24th time LaFollette based Pyro Shows has lit the fuse.

  • Mountain Heritage Community Club holds its 42nd Festival

    This coming weekend, the Stinking Creek community will welcome people to celebrate the 42nd Mountain Heritage Festival.

    The Mountain Heritage Community Club’s goal for the festival is to provide enough money to maintain its facilities at the field, but also to provide some other services to the community throughout the year.

    Throughout the year there are horse shows, trade days, reunions, church gatherings and sometimes rodeos at Mountain Heritage Field.

  • LaFollette High School alumni plan mini reunion in conjunction with the Louie Bluie Festival

     On Oct. 1, LaFollette High School alumni will gather at the Louie Bluie Festival for a mini-reunion.

    “We usually meet every five years,” LHS alumna Charlene Oliver Williams said.

    These reunions are called the “Best of Times” reunions. Last year, the LHS alumni hosted the “Best of Times III.”

  • August 2011 indictments

    The following cases had indictments returned when the grand jury convened last week:

    Diana L. Boston – forgery, theft under $500.

    Michael C. Pebley – two counts promotion of meth manufacture, initiation process to manufacture meth.

    Kristy S. Adkins – vandalism, theft over $500.

    Michael C. Pebley – 12 counts of theft $1000 -$10,000.

    Donald Vaughn Jr. – promotion meth manufacture.

    Charles A. Partin – initiation process of manufacture meth, simple possession schedule II.

  • LaFollette City Council considers purchases for Public Works at next meeting

     Next week the LaFollette City Council will decide what to purchase for the public works department. Public works department head Jim Mullens requested a new street sweeper and backhoe, but the decision was put off at the last regular meeting.

    These items were again discussed at Monday night’s workshop as Mullens presented figures for how much they would cost the city.

    “I feel like they’re needed,” interim city administrator Cade Sexton said. “But that’s not my decision.”

  • Public Records Sept. 1 2011

     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

    Aug 22 – Aug 26

    Frankie Hiatt and Von Sharp to Paul Wilson and Brenda Wilson, Dist. 3, $1500.

    Wesley Lee Asbury Jr, Elizabeth C. Asbury, Robert R. Asbury, and Joan B Asbury to Wanda Shirley Wier, Dist. 3, $159,000.

    George A. Smith and Ruth Smith to State of Tennessee, Dist. 1.

  • LUB pays $1.2 million in lieu of taxes

     LaFollette Utility Board serves LaFollette, Campbell County, and parts of Claiborne County and Union County. In lieu of taxes, LUB gives each local government a payment. The total amount LUB paid to LaFollette and the counties it serves this year was around $1,241,900.

  • Man arrested at Caryville restaurant

     Last Thursday night Officer Thomas Gentry of the Caryville Police Department was on the lookout for a vehicle that had allegedly been involved in a hit and run. When he found the vehicle, he pulled it over at the Shoney’s parking lot at around 7:20 p.m.

  • Jellico to host the Miner’s Mile this Monday

     Runners will gather at Indian Mountain State Park at 9 a.m. Monday for the fifth annual Miner’s Mile. 

    The Miner’s Mile consists of three separate races, a 10-kilometer run, a five-kilometer run and a two-mile walk. 

  • Health Management Associates buys Mercy Health Partners’ East Tennessee assets

     In a special called meeting last Thursday, the LaFollette City Council assigned St. Mary’s lease from Mercy Health Partners to Health Management Associates.

    Mercy Health Partners decided to liquidate its holdings in East Tennessee, city attorney Reid Troutman said. This included seven hospitals.