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  • Louie Bluie Music and Arts Festival to highlight a variety of musical performances

    A diverse group of musicians will take the stage at the sixth annual Louie Bluie Music and Arts Festival on Sept. 29.

    The Louie Bluie Music and Arts Festival honors the legacy of Howard “Louie Blue” Armstrong. Armstrong, who grew up in LaFollette, influenced many genres of music, mastering 22 instruments, festival spokesperson Lisa McCloud said.

    To honor Armstrong, the festival will feature musicians who represent various genres. There will be performances at three stages: the Louie Bluie Stage, the Armstrong Theatre and the Community Stage.

  • Hatmaker requests commissioner’s presence on committees

       Commissioner Tom Hatmaker called County Mayor William Baird’s leadership into question Monday night. As the commission discussed appointments to the industrial committee and planning commission, Hatmaker requested to be added to the emergency medical service committee and the environmental committee.

    “I participate in the meetings, I just don’t have a vote,” Hatmaker said. “This just gives me a vote.”

  • Police warn of dangers of meth house

    The unassuming brown house with a blue door sits under a hill in Jacksboro. It appears similar to the other homes on Cedar Circle.

    Except for the yellow crime scene tape that encircles the front porch and the quarantined signs that decorate the front of the home.

    The house at 353 Cedar Circle is just one of 194 homes quarantined in Campbell County because meth had been produced there, according to the Tennessee Meth Registry.

  • Fire at Springs Dock Marina burns 50 boats; CCSD investigations finds no foul play

    A fire burned two sets of slips and about 50 boats at Springs Dock Marina early Monday morning. Authorities don’t suspect foul play.

    Campbell County Sheriff’s Department Captain Brandon Elkins went to Spring’s Dock Marina Monday for an unofficial investigation. He found nothing, he said.

    “There was nothing to show anybody started that fire on purpose,” Elkins said. “Nobody was seen on camera.”

    The fire was a slow burning fire, Elkins said.

  • Jury returns verdict in Suttles case

    Pete Suttles got his day in court.

    He also got a verdict that partially exonerated him.

    In January, he was charged with aggravated arson and two counts of aggravated assault by domestic violence. On Tuesday a jury found him guilty of two counts of assault. A not guilty verdict was returned on the arson charge.

    It was alleged Suttles attacked his then girlfriend, Shelly Ann Keith and her grandmother, Rosa Lee Hicks, then burnt down the trailer they all been living in.

  • Phillips- Jones becomes DA

    Lori Phillips Jones’ enthusiasm is infectious.

    It is a trait that will serve her well now that she has taken the helm at the Eighth Judicial District Attorney’s Office.

    Last week marked the beginning of Jones’ new appointment.

    She became the district attorney general after Paul Phillips retired following 33 years in the position. With two years left in Phillips’ term, Jones was chosen by Gov. Bill Haslam to step into the role.

    In a sense it is the job Jones has been preparing for since high school.

  • Louie Bluie Festival to feature regional art on Sept. 29

    The Louie Bluie Music and Arts Festival will highlight the talents of regional artists on Sept. 29.

    The art displayed in the pavilion during the festival will be judged for an art contest the previous evening. For a $10 fee, each artist can submit as many pieces of art as he or she desires. Youth artists, who are 19 and under, only have to pay $5 to participate. Submissions will be taken from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 28.

    Artists can claim their work and score sheets at 5 p.m. on Sept. 29. Winners can claim their awards.

  • Budget and Finance Committee debates resolution

     Members of the Campbell County Budget and Finance Committee discussed a resolution to pay for a used garbage truck by adjusting the convenience center hours.

  • County Commission considers allowing departments go paperless

     At Monday’s workshop, County Commissioners considered allowing department heads to decide to convert to paperless records. Larry Sharp, a representative from ITC Imaging Technology Consulting, Inc. in Knoxville, addressed the commission about the benefits of paperless documents. 

  • LaFollette highway business district up for amendment

     The LaFollette City Council is in the process of passing an ordinance that will amend the highway business district. At the Sept. 4 meeting, the city council voted to pass the ordinance on a first reading.