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  • Caryville sets the rules for liquor sales

    A lengthy workshop gave way to progress Monday night as 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. After the vote town leaders estimated liquor ordinances would go into effect after January. Items agreed on at the workshop included the number of liquor stores that would be permitted, residency requirements for applicants and an inspection fee percentage.

  • Baird brothers to be honored with Good Scout award

    Outstanding citizens abound in Campbell County.  And while the good deeds of these often unsung heroes are sometimes overshadowed by reports of high crime and other unsettling news the local Boy Scouts organization is doing its part to bring their accomplishments to the forefront.

    On Feb. 1 the Boy Scouts will host the fourth annual Campbell County Good Scout award dinner.

    Following in the footsteps of previous recipients Ed Balloff, Juanita Baird and Col. Tom Stiner the 20011 honorees are six brothers who served their country in times of war.

  • McAffee sets trial date for county’s suit

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    A case with two sets of issues in play has been set for trial.

  • Court orders dog be euthanized

    A dog accused of attacking an 8-year-old girl has been given a death sentence.

    On Monday Circuit Court Judge John McAffee ruled the female pit bull constituted a danger to the community. He then issued an order to have the dog euthanized.

  • Utility companies approve wholesale rate change

    LaFollette Utilities has little control over the TVA rate change effective April 1. The nearly flat time-of-use wholesale rate change will replace the end use rate structure used since 1992.

    “This is not a local decision,” said LaFollette Utilities General Manager Kenny Baird. “This is TVA generated.”

  • Country music festival headed this way

    A festival drawing a possible crowd of over 10,000 people is coming to the shores of Norris Lake this May.

    SuperTwang is a festival with southern personality, according to its producers.

    Festival Producer of United Festival Company Hal Royce has been searching for a venue in Tennessee to plan a large rustic style country music festival for over 20 years.

    His search finally ended in Claiborne County.

  • Advertising starts for police chief; city makes plans to demolish houses

    At the end of the LaFollette Council meeting Tuesday night, interim city administrator Cade Sexton said advertising for a new police chief begins this week.

    The city will accept applications for the position for two weeks, starting immediately and continuing through Jan. 21.

    Also in the police department the council approved to increase interim Police Chief Jack Widener’s salary by $500 per month for two months.

    The council also addressed plans to demolish dilapidated houses.

  • City presses forward with plans for a new library, other projects

    Proposals for a new LaFollette Public Library have had their ups and downs. The council’s plans to construct a new library over the past few years have been recycled and reworked. Though USDA grant money was offered with steep stipulations, the council presses forward to renovate the recreation center with city employees doing the work.

  • Jellico plans Rockin' New Year's Eve Party

    The town of Jellico is celebrating the New Year in style with the first ever Jellico New Year’s Rockin’ Eve Party.

    On Friday, the town of Jellico will be open late as they gather in front of the stage at Veterans Memorial Park. From 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., a DJ will be playing music for partygoers to listen, visit or dance to, said Jellico Tourism Director Jake Bennett

    Hats and noisemakers will be abundant while a balloon slowly drops on the midnight hour.

  • City of LaFollette plans to demolish 20 houses

    During discussion on projects for the city, Mullens announced the street departments plans to demolish almost 20 dilapidated houses.

    In order to demolish the burned and severely damaged houses, the street department has to rent a track hoe. Mullens said approximately $15,000 is in the budget for city sidewalks. The money can’t all be used for sidewalk concrete during the budget cycle and could be re-budgeted toward renting equipment for demolition.