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  • From businessman to artist

    Nick Thompson is following his dreams.

    After 38 years in the furniture sales business, he is setting out to make custom furniture.

    At eight-years-old Thompson’s father got him excited about woodwork by buying him an electric jigsaw for his birthday.

  • Russell charged as habitual offender

    An alleged habitual offender wracked up more charges last week.

    When Campbell County Sheriff’s Deputy Freddie White saw Clayton Wendall Russell, 47, of Coolidge, stop in the middle of the road in front of 183 Lakeshore Lane, a check of the vehicle’s registration revealed that it was not valid.

    Records indicate Russell’s license had been revoked for driving while impaired and he was classified as a habitual motor vehicle offender.

  • Father and son duo charged with meth production

    An anonymous tip led to the discovery of a meth lab at a LaFollette residence last week.

    Based on information from a nameless source Campbell County Sheriff’s Deputy Josh Vann went to 216 Child Lane to investigate reports of a methamphetamine lab.

    At the residence Vann reported being met with the strong chemical odor typical of meth production.

  • Cougars fed before each game

    Joking and laughing as they exit their vehicles, members of the Campbell County High School football team make their way toward the family life center of Cedar Hill Baptist Church. There they are greeted at the door by a firm handshake and a friendly smile from pastor Ronnie Arnold.

  • Riders gather for good cause and to remember

    Under a bright blue October sky members of the Caryville Civil War Council gathered for a tradition and to remember one of their own.
    This year’s run was in memory of Steve Dossett, a founding member of the CCWC who died earlier this year.

  • Time to buy tickets for pig roast

    In less than a week, Campbell County will enjoy one of its newest traditions.
    The annual Campbell County Chamber of Commerce Pig Roast will be held.
    Scheduled for Oct. 26 the community event will be held at The Stables, its home for last few years.
    “We are very excited about this event,” said Cindi Reynolds, administrative assistant at the chamber.
    While good food and even better company are staples of the pig roast, so are the auctions.
    The live and silent auctions draw interest each year, said Reynolds.

  • Early voting is ‘steady’

    With early voting well underway, Administrator of Elections Dean Sexton is pleased with voter turn out.
    “There has been a steady stream of voters coming in and its growing everyday,” she said.
    As of Tuesday afternoon, 1,250 voters had casted their ballot, she said.
    “There seems to be a lot of interest in the city elections,” Sexton said. She
    said that while that local elections were being debated, many others are watching  the state races including the governor’s contest.

  • Trick or treating just got a whole lot easier

     

    Goblins, witches and ghosts…Oh my.

    These are some of the creatures to come out and ask for candy on Halloween. And many towns are changing trick or treat times to Saturday, Oct. 30, to make the evening more convenient.

    Halloween will be celebrated on the streets of Caryville and Jacksboro from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday. Campbell County and LaFollette neighborhoods will have trick or treating at the same time.

  • Federal authorities charge would be bomber

    Less than a week after his bombing plot went awry James Wesley Wells was arrested by federal authorities.
    On Monday, he appeared in U.S. District Court pleading not guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute oxycodone and two counts of robbery under the Hobbs Act, according to court records.
    Wells was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals and given a Dec. 21 court date.

  • Halloween horse show slated for Saturday

    The last horse show of the season will bring witches and ghosts to the Mountain Heritage Field in Stinking Creek.

    The event isn’t haunted. Rather these cowboys are dressing up for the costume contests in connection with the horse show. Mountain Heritage Saddle Club’s 80 plus members are planning the horse and fun show in connection with Halloween.

    There will be people dressed as strange characters gaiting their horses around the ring. Dolly Parton may even be participating in her own race.