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  • Cemetery tour, ghost walk, to entertain history buff

    Addison Bowman Cemetery will come to life on Oct. 20 when re-enactors portray the lives of the cemetery’s residents.

    Joe Stephens of the Campbell County Historic Society has led a cemetery tour for the society each fall for several years. This year’s tour will be a little different from years past in how visitors experience the reenactments. Instead of the entire tour moving together from grave to grave, attendees will be free to move around among the actors.

  • Animal advocates outline shelter requests, plans for volunteer program

    Local animal advocates came to Monday’s county commission meeting with nine ideas about how to work with the staff at the Adrion Baird animal shelter.  Additionally, they outlined eight ways in which volunteers could assist the shelter.

    “Our organization would like to work with commissioners and shelter staff,” said Michelle Davis, local animal rescuer and transporter.

  • Caryville plans could put 100 to work

    One hundred people will be put to work as part of two projects in Caryville.

    The board of mayor and aldermen unanimously approved two motions to ask Caryville-Jacksboro Utilities to relocate water, sewer and fire lines with the developer for the projects paying all costs.

    Caryville Mayor Robert Stooksbury was unable to reveal the name of the developer.

    The first project will move lines at a project site off of Exit 141. Up to 75 people could be employed there.

  • Monetary benefits to Campbell County veterans continues to increase

      For the sixth year in a row, the Veteran’s Affairs Office increased the amount of money it has given to area veterans.

    “We break a record every year,” said Kevin Walden, director of the Campbell County Veterans Affairs Office. “It’s exciting to be on top as usual, and we give God the glory for it. It’s not us, it’s Him in us.”

    Since 2005, the amount of money the VA has given to veterans in Campbell County has increased.

  • Fields of Faith prompts students to arise

    “What if we are the generation that we are waiting for, and what if the time is now?”

    As the sun sank behind the mountains, the sky turned a beautiful orange and gold as around 1,500 people took those words to heart in L. Hope Dossett Stadium during Fields of Faith last Wednesday night.

    Emotions ran high as the Spirit flowed from person to person as Roger Woods, chaplin for the University of Tennessee, brought his message to the group. His message was simple, saying “Arise,” and as Madea would say, “Don’t be scerred.”

  • Public Records Oct. 11, 2012

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as or similar to other members of the community.



    Jamie Dugger to David D. Terry and Sandra Terry, Dist. 5, $10,000.

    Rogers Group, Inc. to North American Minerals, LLC, Dist. 3, $1,794,000.00

    James Raymond Meredith to James Raymond Meredith and Lula Bell Meredith, Dist. 1.

    Thomas Christian to Charles E. Bills, Dist. 5, $6000.

  • FMS Committee elects Adkins as chair, Singley as vice chair

    Monday night, the Financial Management System Committee unanimously voted for David Adkins to serve as chair again.
    Terry Singley was elected vice chair.
    Emergency purchase
    The FMS committee approved an emergency purchase of a roof top unit for Jellico High School’s band room from Trane Commercial Systems for $12,600.
    “We were needing some heat and air in there now,” FMS committee member and director of schools Donnie Poston said.
    Animal Control

  • New water feature to adorn Freeman Park

    At Tuesday night’s meeting, the LaFollette City Council approved installing a concrete water feature at Freeman Park.
    “I think it would make it a show place,” interim city administrator Cade Sexton said. “I think it would be something that would give downtown (an amicable) appearance.”
    In September, the city removed a fountain. At the workshop on Sept. 24, Bill Bibler from Paradigm Concrete Artisans presented the council with the idea of installing a concrete water feature.

  • First Baptist Church LaFollette to celebrate 131 years

    This weekend, First Baptist Church of LaFollette will celebrate 131 years as a church.
    “The church was organized under the name of Big Creek Gap Church, December 1881, with 27 members,” Alfred Saulsberry said in History of First Baptist Church. “During the 1890s, they worshipped at Douglas Chapel (located in the area of West Beech Street now) dividing the time of worship with the Methodists. The Baptists had preaching service once a month on the third Sunday.”

  • Mine rescue contest hosted at Cove Lake State Park

    Last week, 19 teams from across the nation gathered at Cove Lake State Park to compete in the local Mine Rescue Contest.
    The Tennessee State Mine Inspectors hosted the contest.
    From Tuesday to Thursday, teams from West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee and Alabama competed in a variety of competitions. These contests included the bench, pre-shift and first aid competitions, which were held on Tuesday.