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  • LaFollette City Council looking to shape budget

    Preparing the budget for 2012-13 will be a challenge for the LaFollette City Council. It is already over $500,000 out of balance.
    “It doesn’t look good at all,” interim city administrator Cade Sexton told the council as it began to look at the budget Tuesday night.
    The budget must be passed by June 30, and there will be workshops to prepare it.
    “This is just prelim, and we’re going to go through it with a fine toothed comb,” Sexton said.
    Sexton saw two primary reasons for the condition of the preliminary budget.

  • Lake patrols decrease as complaints rise

    Since the Tennessee Valley Authority stopped patrolling its waters, crime has increased on Norris Lake, and several islands have become a “no man’s land” inhabited by squatters.

    The issue of squatters was brought up at a meeting on April 19 at Norris Dam State Park, said Mike McDonough, president of the friends of Norris Lake. About six Union County residents reported several islands on the east end of Norris Lake had been taken over by a “drug element,” McDonough said. This had occurred since TVA stopped patrolling the lake, McDonough said.

  • Lincoln Reagan Day Dinner scheduled

    Tonight, Governor Bill Haslam will visit Campbell County to speak at the annual Lincoln Reagan Day dinner at The Stables.

    “We’re glad to have him up here,” said 36th District State Rep. Dennis Powers, who will be the master of ceremonies. “It’ll be the largest Lincoln Reagan Day (dinners) that we’ve ever had in Campbell County. According to the governor’s office, one of the largest he’s ever attended.”

  • Details over the new library divides LaFollette City Council at Workshop

    At Tuesday night’s workshop, disagreements over the new library facility divided the LaFollette City Council.

    Interim city administrator Cade Sexton presented a review before the council.

    The carpet was installed at the library three weeks ago, the shelving was installed two weeks ago, the furniture was installed last week, and the sign was put up Friday.

    Council member Wayne Kitts asked what remained to be finished.

    “I don’t think we lack anything but the flagpoles and the decorating,” Sexton said.

  • Weight loss competition encourages accountability and support

    A local weight loss competition is providing support and accountability for people trying to get in shape.

    The Lose it 4 U weight loss competition began about two months ago. With four months to go, contestants are already getting excited about improvements to their health.

  • Public Records May 31, 2012

     Records

     

    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

    MAY 21 – MAY 25

    Lillie May Smith and Lillie Mae Smith to Bill R. Burress, Dist 1, $5,000.

    Ray Wilham to Rose Mary Stacy, Dist. 1, $18,000.

    Peery V. Shaffer and Gwendolin Shaffer to Peery V. Shaffer and Gwendolin Shaffer, Dist. 2, $1.

  • Interstate 75 Opens one lane to southbound traffic; project will last till September

       After two weeks of bumper-to-bumper traffic, Campbell County’s state routes are getting some relief. On Monday afternoon, the Tennessee Department of Transportation reopened one crossover lane to southbound traffic on Interstate 75.

    From mile marker 141 to 144, I-75 north and south is reduced to one lane as work continues on the landslide at mile marker 143, TDOT Community Relations Officer Mark Nagi said.

  • Ellison reflects on his service

    A small percentage of men and women volunteer to protect the nation in the United States Armed Forces. And Americans enjoy freedoms because of their sacrifices.

    Lieutenant Shayne Ellison, who grew up in Campbell County, spent seven months in Iraq last year.

    “As a veteran, I’ve not seen (it) as bad as others,” Ellison said. “I had God’s blessing that I could come back to my family unharmed.”

    Ellison has a wife, Jennifer, a daughter, Brighton and a son, Eli.

  • Memorial Day events planned

    This weekend marks the beginning of summer. But it is also a time to remember those who have served and given their lives for the United States of America.

    In keeping with that sentiment several area events have been planned.

    On Saturday at 10 a.m. a service will be held in Veteran’s Park in Jellico. Navy Chaplain Joel Crawford will be the guest speaker. Kim Walden, Larry Boles and the Adam Hunley family will provide the music for the event that will also have a presentation of colors and a 21 gun salute.

  • Jellico citizens raise concerns

     Jellico’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen addressed concerns from the citizens at it’s meeting on May 17.

    Jean Moses asked the board to install a water fountain at the skate park.