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  • Christmas tree sawed down in Caryville

     While most people have been decorating Christmas trees, Caryville has been cleaning up the remains of one.

    Before Thanksgiving, an unknown vandal, armed with a chainsaw, felled a beloved evergreen at the ballpark across Main Street from the BP station.

    “It’s just sad that someone would do that for (apparently) no reason,” Mayor Robert Stooksbury said. “That tree wasn’t hurting anyone.”

    This 30-foot spruce pine was planted a couple decades ago in honor of Arthur Yancey, a former Caryville mayor.

  • The year in review- Jan.- June

     January

    A dog accused of attacking an 8 year old girl was given a death sentence. Circuit Court Judge John McAffee ruled the female pit bull constituted a danger to the community. The dog bit the child in the face requiring 16 stitches.

    The Caryville Board of Mayor and Aldermen hammered out the details of a new liquor ordinance. Liquor by the drink and package stores passed in the November 2010 election.

  • State report card out; five county schools on target list

    After months of anticipation the numbers are in.

    The results recently released in the Tennessee Department of Education’s state report have some administrators with the Campbell County School System breathing a sigh of relief, while others are looking for a way to step up their game.

    “There are a lot of bright spots (in the report card) and there are other areas that give us cause for pause,” Donnie Poston, Campbell County director of schools, said of the data listed on the report card.

  • Bridge construction taking longer than originally planned

    Construction on the J. Will Taylor Bridge has overshot its completion date by three months, drawing fines from the Tennessee Department of Transportation.

    After over two years of construction, the project continues to plod along. Tuesday, traffic was reduced to one lane in both directions as it crossed the bridge.

    But the bridge has been completed for several weeks as far as opening it up to traffic, Potter South East, LLC owner Dwayne Potter said.

  • Battling addiction

    Neisha Romines speech is quick.

    As she recounts a six-month time span that temporarily ruined her life, Romines repeatedly runs her fingers through her short dark hair. It is obviously a nervous habit.

    Talking about the nightmare that meth turned her life into, it is hard to believe she was once an addict.

  • Board says yes to graduation venue change

    Oh, the times they are changing. At least when it comes to graduation at Campbell Campbell County High School they are.

    Student council representatives showed up in force at the Dec. 8 school board meeting to lobby the board to say yes to a change of venue for the event that has traditionally been held at the school’s football field.

  • Caryville issues holiday greetings

     Mayor Robert Stooksbury took a few minutes at the end of Caryville’s monthly meeting to encourage the board members.

    “We’ve had a pretty good year this year,” Stooksbury said. “I like to think things are looking up for the city.”

  • In-house complaints dominate Jellico Utilities agenda

     The agenda isn’t always the rudder that drives meetings. At Tuesday night’s meeting, Jellico’s utility board members spent quite a bit of time addressing complaints from employees.

  • Volunteer state taking steps to honor local volunteers

     Volunteers go unpaid, and often unnoticed, for the work they contribute to their communities.

    Tennessee hopes to encourage “volunteerism” at the local level by honoring those who participate in it, Volunteer Tennessee Executive Director Jim Snell said.

  • Historic Speedwell Academy to host Christmas event

     Christmas is coming to the Speedwell Academy this weekend.

    Hostesses decorated the academy last Saturday and Wednesday in preparation for the crowds that will visit.