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  • A dream come true

    A chauffeured limousine.

    A shopping trip without a budget.

    A night on the town.

    Sound like a dream come true?

    It was just that for Mariah Gagaris last week.

    The LaFollette Middle School student received rock star treatment last Thursday thanks to The Dream Connection.

  • Motorcyle event deemed a success; CASA gets needed funds

    Thunder rumbled and chrome shone when over 100 motorcycles turned out for CASA’s benefit ride on Saturday, raising awareness and money for a good cause.

    With a line of motorcycles that stretched over a mile, the dedication to this cause was evident. Over $1,100 was raised with funds going directly back into the county, according to CASA Director Renee Tackett.

    “It was wonderful; I think we made a big splash and really raised a lot of awareness for CASA since we were right there on the main highway,” Tackett said.

  • Caryville facing severe revenue losses; decreases employee’s hours to compensate

    A lackluster economy and no source of reliable revenue has landed the town of Caryville in a financial crisis, according to Mayor Bobby Stooksbury.

    With little recourse available, the mayor and aldermen met for approximately half an hour in executive session on Monday night to discuss possible solutions to the financial straits the town is in.

    When the doors reopened, the mood was a somber one in the Caryville Town Hall.

    It didn’t improve when the mayor announced the course of action that had been discussed.

  • Buckert to spend a year behind bars

    After pleading guilty to harming her child, Erica Buckert will spend a year in jail.

    On Monday, the young woman stood before Criminal Court Judge Shayne Sexton both confessing her guilt and learning her fate in the case.

    After agreeing she was guilty of child neglect/endangerment and aggravated assault, Buckert was sentenced to the jail term. She will be given credit for the 30 days she spent in jail following her arrest.

    Once the year’s sentence is finished, Buckert will be on probation for nine years, according to court documents.

  • Lost child found safe

    It wasn’t trained professionals or search dogs that found a missing 6- year-old boy on Tuesday. Instead, it was the voice of his 5-year-old friend that brought Terry Shears out of his hiding spot.

    The drama took around two hours to unfold.

    Brenda Shears said she was preparing to take her son Terry to the doctor when she sent him out to the car.

  • Final list of candidates in the 2010 election
  • White Bridge Park hits obstacles

    After years of planning, lining up funds and wading through what seemed to be miles of red tape, tangible work on the White Bridge Park project kicked off last November with a ground breaking ceremony.

    But it appears that progress was in jeopardy as of Monday.

  • Spring brings increase in wildfires

    Spring has sprung.  

    Seemingly overnight trees have become full of white and pink blossoms and budding leaves.  Unfortunately, accompanying the blooming foliage that signals the end of one of the dreariest winters in years are fires that threaten the beauty that just arrived.

    The drier weather and increased winds across the East Tennessee region made conditions right for wildfires, according to a statement issued by the Tennessee Department of Agriculture, Forestry Division.

  • Officials working to end abuse

    With the onset of April come blue skies accompanied by bright blooming flowers. Everything seems to be refreshed and ready for a new season.

    However, April also marks a time where a very dark problem is put in the spotlight. It is Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness month.

    For those working in the field it is a chance to share with the public the grave dangers that many children are living in.

  • Water and sewer debate is settled

    A resolution allowing LaFollette Utilities control to set its water and sewer rates has returned from the state legislature.

    This meant the LaFollette City Council could vote on Tuesday night. And despite the fact that it once raised much contention, the resolution finally passed with a three to one vote. Councilman Hansford Hatmaker was the only dissenter on the issue.