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  • Louie Bluie’s Economic Impact

    For the first time in the Louie Bluie Music and Art Festival’s five-year history, sales tax forms were distributed to vendors at the festival grounds.

    The Campbell Culture Coalition was contacted by the Knoxville office for the Tennessee Department of Revenue prior to the event, and asked to submit the names and addresses of arts and crafts as well as food vendors.

    Because the TDR has no employees available to work on the weekends, the CCC, who organized the festival, was asked to pass out the forms.

  • Louie Blue comes to town again

    Despite unseasonably cold weather, the Louie Bluie Music and Arts Festival drew a crowd to Cove Lake State Park this past Saturday.

    The festival was held in the fall this year as opposed to June, as in the past.

    Changing the month for the festival caused the event to take a hit because of the cold weather, festival organizer Jocelyn Griffo said.

    The date for the festival has to be selected a year in advance, Griffo said. This makes planning for weather hard.

  • Evans assumes new role

    Being selected as Sheriff Robbie Goins’ second in command wasn’t a complete a surprise for Aaron Evans. However, he wasn’t hanging his hat on it either.

    “I thought there might be a chance,” Evans said on his second day on the job. “But I was going to be fine with it if the sheriff chose someone else.”

    “It was an easy decision,” Goins said. “I know Aaron. I know his morals, his character, his work ethic. This was a simple decision.”

  • Pack denied new trial

    Criminal Court Judge Shayne Sexton ruled last week on convicted murderer Phillip Pack’s request for new trial.

    And the news wasn’t good for Pack.

    In his order, Sexton repeatedly said the evidence in the case along with the law that applied to it supported the guilty verdict handed down by a jury last year. He also noted the arguments presented by Greg Isaacs, Pack’s new attorney, were “non-persuasive.”

  • Vigil highlights domestic violence

    Gretchen Eldridge was abused by an uncle from kindergarten age to middle school. She kept her terrible secret locked inside for 30 years.

    Robin Baird met a boy who became her first boyfriend. Within weeks he started hitting her. She blamed herself, and later married him. She got free only after he beat her badly one cold night on a dark country road, putting her in the hospital.

  • Dance class provides a little 'sunshine' for participants

    Dancing is not just for the fleet of foot. In fact, for the group known as the Sunshine Ambassadors dancing is about much more than the dance itself.

    “Enriching the lives of individuals with disabilities through dance” is the vision Lurley Noe had when she started the program known as Sunshine Ambassadors, Inc. seven years ago.

    Noe said her drive to organize a program to meet some of the physical needs of individuals with disabilities was born out of necessity.

  • Violet arrested on theft charges

    Reports of a stolen trailer sent authorities to an East Elm Street address to investigate the possible crime.

    On Sept. 30 LaFollette Police Officer Stephen Wallen responded to reports of a male stealing a trailer from behind a residence at 203 East Elm St.

    Wallen reported that he spoke to two men at the scene who told him that Freddie D. Violet, 52, of 204 East Elm St., had offered to sell them the trailer for $200.

  • Bowman adds two more arrests to record

    Anthony Meade Bowman appears to be at it again.

    From Sept. 30 to Oct. 4 the one-man crime wave racked up two more arrests bringing his book-in total at the Campbell County jail to 22.

    Friday the Tennessee Highway Patrol was dispatched after a woman called to report Bowman,  24, of 523 Shoreline Circle, was driving recklessly.

    When Troopers Anthony Lay and Dennis Smith located Bowman and stopped him, a search revealed he allegedly had a Roxicodone pill inside a hypodermic needle cap.

  • Two arrested for forgery

    Allegedly altering a prescription earned two men a trip to jail last week.

    On Sept. 27 LaFollette Police Sgt. Jason Marlow and Officers Pam Jarrett and Charles Duff responded to a call from the Food City pharmacy reporting an alleged forged prescription.

  • On caught another on the run following pursuit

    One man was arrested and another remains on the lam following a police chase last Thursday.

    On Sept. 29 Campbell County Sheriff’s Deputy Joe Marlow attempted to stop a truck driven by Joshua D. Taylor, 20, of 6836 Highway 297, Pioneer, for speeding. Ignoring Marlow’s lights and sirens Taylor continue to flee turning onto Elk Fork Road and then onto Sand Gap Road.