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  • Campbell County to welcome new type of tourist

    A bill signed by Gov. Bill Haslam this month could put Campbell County on a fast track to success in the outdoor adventure tourism industry.

     The “Adventure Tourism and Rural Development Act” was signed into law June 1, and directs the state Tourism Development, Environment and Conservation, and Economic and Community Development departments to devise a plan for the promotion and development of adventure tourism and recreational and economic development activities in rural areas of this state.

  • Fourth of July celebrations planned

    Independence Day is nearly here.

    This means area residents will have a number of festivities to choose from when celebrating.

    Sequoyah Marina will kick off the weekend events with its 13th annual Fire On the Water fireworks display slated for July 2. Last year's event drew more than 2,000 boats to the area to catch a view of the pyrotechnics choreographed to music.

    On July 3 Springs Dock will also have fireworks for lake goers to enjoy beginning at dark that evening.

  • Caryville hires new officer

     The Caryville Board of Mayor and Aldermen called a special meeting Tuesday to pass its budget for next year.

    After a second reading the budget was passed as well as an ordinance that added some amendments.

  • Caryville hires new officer

     The Caryville Board of Mayor and Aldermen called a special meeting Tuesday to pass its budget for next year.

    After a second reading the budget was passed as well as an ordinance that added some amendments.

  • Walgreen’s ‘bomber’ pleads guilty

      Less than a year after walking into Walgreen’s Pharmacy claiming to be armed with a bomb, James Wesley Wells has received the punishment for his crime.

  • Jenkins racks up charges

    A LaFollette woman was in the wrong place at the wrong time last week.

    On June 24 LaFollette Police Officer Justin Parrott was called to West Central Avenue to investigate reports of a male and female that were stumbling in and out of the roadway.

    When Parrott arrived at the scene Opal Viola Jenkins, 27, of 507 East Kentucky Avenue, was completely unconscious, records indicate.

  • Two arrested on burglary and assault charges

    Two men are facing burglary and assault charges after allegedly forcing their way into a LaFollette apartment on Monday.

    Brett Doney, 43, of 1512 Back Valley Road, and Jacob Franklin Wening, 53, of 101 Kyle Road, allegedly made a strong armed entry into a Tennessee Avenue apartment just as the victim’s girlfriend was trying to leave the residence.

  • LaFollette using fund balance to avoid fiscal shortfall

     After meeting in workshops to determine the budget, the LaFollette City Council has not been able to avoid a $186,936 deficit in the projected budget for the upcoming fiscal year. On Monday the council voted to adopt the budget for the 2011-12 fiscal year. It decided to use the fund balance to make up the deficit.

  • Hopson training to be a K-9 handler for Jellico PD

     The Jellico Police Department plans to combat the drug problem by training a K-9 officer.

    One in five cars on Interstate 75 is involved in some kind of illegal drug activity, said Jellico Mayor Les Stiers. Jellico plans to combat this problem with a new K-9 unit.

  • Animal shelter case goes to court today

    The Campbell County Animal Shelter is going to the dogs in its decision making department. Or at least that is the claim of a Jacksboro man. And today a jury will decide if he is right.

    On June 28, 2007 J. Timothy Bobo and Curtis W. Isabell filed a complaint in circuit court on behalf of their client Anthony Roberts.

    According to the filing, in October 2006 employees of the animal shelter confiscated an Olde English Bulldog owned by Roberts from the home of Jerome Love.

    The attorneys maintain Roberts had leased the dog to Love for stud services.