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  • Supertwang hits a sour note

    Supertwang promised jobs and revenue for Campbell County.

    And while the jobs did materialize, the revenue is yet to be seen. The three day country music festival was scheduled to run from Wednesday through Sunday afternoon.

    However, around 2 p.m. on Saturday rumblings started that the event staff wasn’t being paid. By 4 p.m. a small group had assembled outside Hal Royce’s makeshift office on the property loudly voicing its concerns. Royce is the CEO of United Festival Promotions, the organization charged with producing Supertwang.

  • New meth laws set to being July 1

    Making meth in Tennessee is about to get a little harder.

    Last Thursday the I Hate Meth Act cleared its second hurdle when the Tennessee House of Representatives passed it with a 98-0 vote. The state senate had passed it on April 28 with a 31-0 margin.

  • TWRA facing financial turmoil

    Conflicts between some state lawmakers and members of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Commission has led to what could become the extermination of the latter next year.

    Recent conflicts include a clash over smallmouth bass fishing on Norris Lake, and legislation to make deer farming legal.

    While the issue has hunters, anglers and other wildlife enthusiasts up in arms, officials with the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency say the move will have no major impact on that agency for now.  

  • Community given more time to sound off

    Those with an interest in a proposed marina project on Norris Lake will have more than a month of additional time to comment on the plan.

     Local businessman Mark Hoskins applied for a permit to build a 500-slip marina at Heathery’s Point in 2009, and 62 written public comments were collected the same year.

     “The Tennessee Valley Authority wanted to give the public more time to comment,” said Travis Brickey, a spokesman for the agency. 

  • TWRA facing financial turmoil

       

    Conflicts between some state lawmakers and members of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Commission has led to what could become the extermination of the latter next year.

    Recent conflicts include a clash over smallmouth bass fishing on Norris Lake, and legislation to make deer farming legal.

  • Community given more time to sound off

    Those with an interest in a proposed marina project on Norris Lake will have more than a month of additional time to comment on the plan.

     Local businessman Mark Hoskins applied for a permit to build a 500-slip marina at Heathery’s Point in 2009, and 62 written public comments were collected the same year.

     “The Tennessee Valley Authority wanted to give the public more time to comment,” said Travis Brickey, a spokesman for the agency. 

  • New program helps students explore talents

    The theatre is coming to town. But it won’t be your average drama performance.

    This Friday night The Little Community Theatre will make its debut on the Dottie Rogers Stage at the old West LaFollette School building when it host audience participation night.

  • Officers arrest man on number of charges

    Officers arrived to find a gruesome scene when they responded to a call Saturday night.

    Upon entering the North 13th Street residence LaFollette Police Officer Robert Foxx along with Chief Jimmie Jeffries, Lt. Monty Miller, Sgt. William Owens and Officer James Farmer found blood all over the floor as well as on the walls. A television screen was smashed and James Rich, 37, of 411 North 14th Street, was sitting on the couch allegedly holding an empty vodka bottle and covered with blood. Records indicate Rich’s two young sons were also present in the home.

  • Drugs and gun found during search

    Handguns and felons don’t mix.

    This combination landed a South Carolina man in the county jail last Wednesday.

    LaFollette Police Officer Justin Parrott went to Walgreens on May 11 to look into reports of a dispute involving an off duty Jacksboro Police Officer and Jerry Christophe Davis, 44, of 220 Cedar Lane Circle, Central, S.C.

    A check of Davis’ license allegedly revealed he was wanted in Georgia and is also a convicted felon.

  • Child found wandering at festival; mother arrested

       Supertwang may have been a bust. But one festivalgoer had enough fun to allegedly forget about her child and get herself arrested.

    On Friday evening around 6 p.m. Campbell County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Freddie White along with Det. Lt. Brandon Elkins and Det. Sgt. John Long went to the festival grounds to investigate reports of a small child wandering around the festival unsupervised.