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  • Fields of Faith prompts students to arise

    “What if we are the generation that we are waiting for, and what if the time is now?”

    As the sun sank behind the mountains, the sky turned a beautiful orange and gold as around 1,500 people took those words to heart in L. Hope Dossett Stadium during Fields of Faith last Wednesday night.

    Emotions ran high as the Spirit flowed from person to person as Roger Woods, chaplin for the University of Tennessee, brought his message to the group. His message was simple, saying “Arise,” and as Madea would say, “Don’t be scerred.”

  • Public Records Oct. 11, 2012

    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

    OCTOBER 1 – OCTOBER 5

    Jamie Dugger to David D. Terry and Sandra Terry, Dist. 5, $10,000.

    Rogers Group, Inc. to North American Minerals, LLC, Dist. 3, $1,794,000.00

    James Raymond Meredith to James Raymond Meredith and Lula Bell Meredith, Dist. 1.

    Thomas Christian to Charles E. Bills, Dist. 5, $6000.

  • FMS Committee elects Adkins as chair, Singley as vice chair

    Monday night, the Financial Management System Committee unanimously voted for David Adkins to serve as chair again.
    Terry Singley was elected vice chair.
    Emergency purchase
    The FMS committee approved an emergency purchase of a roof top unit for Jellico High School’s band room from Trane Commercial Systems for $12,600.
    “We were needing some heat and air in there now,” FMS committee member and director of schools Donnie Poston said.
    Animal Control

  • New water feature to adorn Freeman Park

    At Tuesday night’s meeting, the LaFollette City Council approved installing a concrete water feature at Freeman Park.
    “I think it would make it a show place,” interim city administrator Cade Sexton said. “I think it would be something that would give downtown (an amicable) appearance.”
    In September, the city removed a fountain. At the workshop on Sept. 24, Bill Bibler from Paradigm Concrete Artisans presented the council with the idea of installing a concrete water feature.

  • First Baptist Church LaFollette to celebrate 131 years

    This weekend, First Baptist Church of LaFollette will celebrate 131 years as a church.
    “The church was organized under the name of Big Creek Gap Church, December 1881, with 27 members,” Alfred Saulsberry said in History of First Baptist Church. “During the 1890s, they worshipped at Douglas Chapel (located in the area of West Beech Street now) dividing the time of worship with the Methodists. The Baptists had preaching service once a month on the third Sunday.”

  • Mine rescue contest hosted at Cove Lake State Park

    Last week, 19 teams from across the nation gathered at Cove Lake State Park to compete in the local Mine Rescue Contest.
    The Tennessee State Mine Inspectors hosted the contest.
    From Tuesday to Thursday, teams from West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee and Alabama competed in a variety of competitions. These contests included the bench, pre-shift and first aid competitions, which were held on Tuesday.

  • Jacksboro Middle to host fall festival

    On Oct. 19, Jacksboro Middle School will host a fall festival at 6 p.m. The fall festival will revolve around storytelling, with the literacy-based theme “Fall into Reading.”
    “What we’re hoping to do, we’re going to have a little story telling festival that’s open to the public,” Assistant Principal Nikki Bumgardner said. “We’re going to try to keep it outside as much as possible.”

  • LaFollette city judge arrested

    An attorney who also serves as a traffic court judge has been arrested for driving offenses.

    Wes Hatmaker, a long time Jacksboro attorney, was arrested last Wednesday by Jacksboro Police Officer Keith Ducharme.

    Ducharme stopped Hatmaker on Main Street in Jacksboro just after 8 p.m.

    “He crossed the double yellow line twice,” Ducharme said of his reason for stopping Hatmaker. When asked about this Hatmaker allegedly said “he was reaching for his phone,” the officer said.

  • Former officer charged with sex crimes turns self in

    Former LaFollette Police Department officer Michael Shane Baker is behind bars. He turned himself into Claiborne County Deputies early Monday morning. He was the target of a multi-agency, two-month manhunt that landed him on the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation 10 most-wanted list.

    Baker,39, of 802 W. Jacksboro Road in New Tazewell, contacted a captain at the Claiborne County Sheriff’s Department to say he was tired of running, according to Claiborne County Sheriff David Ray.

  • Haslam in town

    This afternoon Gov. Bill Haslam will be in town.

    Haslam will swear in new District Attorney General Lori Phillips- Jones at 2:45 p.m. on the courthouse lawn.

    Phillips- Jones’ staff will also be sworn in during the ceremony. And while her staff will be taking an oath of office, two of them will play a part in the program itself.

    Investigator Johnny Vanover will say the opening prayer while child support attorney Todd Longmire will offer the closing prayer.