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  • Caryville citizens approve liquor referendums

    The mid-term elections marked a legendary change in one of Campbell County’s smallest towns.

    The town of Caryville passed both liquor by the drink and package store referendums.

    Approximately 356 citizens voted in favor of the legal sale of alcoholic beverages for consumption (liquor by the drink) on the premises. There were 269 citizens in opposition to the referendum.

  • Powers tops Clotfelter in rep race

    It was a long and tiring road to Nov. 2, but Dennis Powers has no regrets.

    Despite enduring an initially close race for the 36th District House of Representative seat and a barrage of personal attacks from his opponent, Powers said he is looking forward to doing business for the people of Tennessee.

    Although Powers is no stranger to politic, he said the country’s current political climate made for good timing for his most recent run.

  • Campbell County schools continue to see changes

    It has been just under a month since Dr. Michael Martin and Karen Bundren left the Campbell County school system under a cloud of suspicion that has resulted in the discovery of forged transcripts and a TBI investigation. 

    And in the wake of this bombshell Sharon Ridenour, former career and technical education supervisor, has been charged by the board with the daunting task of redirecting the focus of system employees and the community from the seemingly growing scandal to making a plan for continuing to improve education for the county’s students.

  • Veteran’s day events planned

    Next Thursday flags will fly and guns will salute those who have devoted their lives to this country’s service. 

    And while veterans will be honored nationwide on this day, Campbell County has its own plans for recognizing the defenders of freedom.

    On Nov. 7 the Church of God Mountain Assembly will host a military service complete with presentation of colors, recognition of veterans, MIA/POW presentation and 21- gun salute.  The service is set to begin at 10:45 a.m.

  • Officials said election went well

    With over 9,000 of the county’s registered voters casting ballots on Tuesday election officials are pleased with the turn out for the mid term election.

    “We had 3,879 voters cast early ballots,” said Dean Sexton, administrator of elections.

    That translated into around 43- percent of votes being registered early. “Typically early voting sees around 55-perecnt of the voters. But in the race, the majority of people went to the polls,” she said.

  • Powers defeats Clotfelter

    With all of Union County reporting and 20 of 21 precincts reporting Dennis Powers has defeated Keith Clotfelter in the 36th District Tennessee House of Representatives race. In Campbell County Powers claimed 4,505 with Clotfelter garnering 3,582. The Union County totals reflect Clotfelter getting 1,051 and Powers 2,309.

  • LaFollette City Council results

    With all of the LaFollette votes counted Joe Bolinger and Stephanie Grimm are the newly elected council members.

    Bolinger posted 591 votes while Grimm took 759 votes. Wayne Gregg came in third with 526. Jay Huddleston received 284 with Scott Kitts rounding out the pack with 261. Total votes cast in the race was 2,421.

  • Caryville vote is in

    The people of Caryville have spoken and the majority of voters voted in favor of liquor by the drink and package store options.

    With all precincts reporting, 356 voted in favor of liquor by the drink while 269 voted no.  Similarly package stores got the nod in a 336 to 292 vote.

    In the only contested alderman race Michael Miller bested Eric Smith 272 to 203.

  • Early voting results are in

    According to election commission totals 3,879 Campbell County voters turned out for early voting in this mid-term election.

    Based on early voting totals Dennis Powers is leading Keith Clotfelter in the 36th District House of Representatives race 2,059 to 1,551.

    Voters in Caryville are split their votes nearly down the middle on the liquor referendum.  Yes votes for liquor by the drink are 159 to 129 no votes after early voting.  On the issue of package stores those in favor hold a narrow lead over the opposition with 152 voting yes to 139 no votes.

  • Early results could be delayed

    Election officials are predicting a late afternoon power outage could delay the results for early voting. 

    Lines at the polls today have been light with the LaFollette Middle School seeing less than 500 voters.

    Follow www.lafollettepress.com through the night for results.