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  • Local woodworker builds 24-unit purple martin house

    Local woodworker Lee “Doc” Friemoth has fashioned a home for 24 purple martins.
    Friemoth, 83, is originally from Wisconsin, but moved to LaFollette about 13 years ago.
    He spends much of his free time cabinet making and fashioning various things out of wood.
    “It’s my hobby,” Friemoth said. “I do it to enjoy myself. I do it to make a little money, but not a lot. As long as I get my expenses back (that’s enough).”
    One of his most recent projects was the purple martin house.

  • Man arrested for possession of drugs

    A Pioneer man was arrested in the wildlife management area for possession of drugs.
    Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency Officer Justin Jacks was patrolling the Lee Asbury Trail at McNew Gap in the Wildlife Management area when he came across James Howard Powers, 46, 206 Adam Hollow Lane , Pioneer. Jacks had been checking a church group that was riding ATVs through that area about 20 minutes before he came across Powers, who was a passenger in a Blue Silverado driven by Marson Milton.
    Powers was allegedly passing out.

  • LaFollette Splash Park set to open on Monday

    LaFollette’s Splash Park will open Monday, with some new features.
    “It’s an annual thing,” LaFollette Recreation Department Head Johnny Byrge said of the opening. “We do it every year.”
    The recreation department will serve free hot dogs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday.

  • LaFollette City Council looking to shape budget

    Preparing the budget for 2012-13 will be a challenge for the LaFollette City Council. It is already over $500,000 out of balance.
    “It doesn’t look good at all,” interim city administrator Cade Sexton told the council as it began to look at the budget Tuesday night.
    The budget must be passed by June 30, and there will be workshops to prepare it.
    “This is just prelim, and we’re going to go through it with a fine toothed comb,” Sexton said.
    Sexton saw two primary reasons for the condition of the preliminary budget.

  • Lake patrols decrease as complaints rise

    Since the Tennessee Valley Authority stopped patrolling its waters, crime has increased on Norris Lake, and several islands have become a “no man’s land” inhabited by squatters.

    The issue of squatters was brought up at a meeting on April 19 at Norris Dam State Park, said Mike McDonough, president of the friends of Norris Lake. About six Union County residents reported several islands on the east end of Norris Lake had been taken over by a “drug element,” McDonough said. This had occurred since TVA stopped patrolling the lake, McDonough said.

  • Lincoln Reagan Day Dinner scheduled

    Tonight, Governor Bill Haslam will visit Campbell County to speak at the annual Lincoln Reagan Day dinner at The Stables.

    “We’re glad to have him up here,” said 36th District State Rep. Dennis Powers, who will be the master of ceremonies. “It’ll be the largest Lincoln Reagan Day (dinners) that we’ve ever had in Campbell County. According to the governor’s office, one of the largest he’s ever attended.”

  • Details over the new library divides LaFollette City Council at Workshop

    At Tuesday night’s workshop, disagreements over the new library facility divided the LaFollette City Council.

    Interim city administrator Cade Sexton presented a review before the council.

    The carpet was installed at the library three weeks ago, the shelving was installed two weeks ago, the furniture was installed last week, and the sign was put up Friday.

    Council member Wayne Kitts asked what remained to be finished.

    “I don’t think we lack anything but the flagpoles and the decorating,” Sexton said.

  • Weight loss competition encourages accountability and support

    A local weight loss competition is providing support and accountability for people trying to get in shape.

    The Lose it 4 U weight loss competition began about two months ago. With four months to go, contestants are already getting excited about improvements to their health.

  • Public Records May 31, 2012

     Records

     

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

     

    CAMPBELL COUNTY PROPERTY TRANSFERS

    MAY 21 – MAY 25

    Lillie May Smith and Lillie Mae Smith to Bill R. Burress, Dist 1, $5,000.

    Ray Wilham to Rose Mary Stacy, Dist. 1, $18,000.

    Peery V. Shaffer and Gwendolin Shaffer to Peery V. Shaffer and Gwendolin Shaffer, Dist. 2, $1.

  • Interstate 75 Opens one lane to southbound traffic; project will last till September

       After two weeks of bumper-to-bumper traffic, Campbell County’s state routes are getting some relief. On Monday afternoon, the Tennessee Department of Transportation reopened one crossover lane to southbound traffic on Interstate 75.

    From mile marker 141 to 144, I-75 north and south is reduced to one lane as work continues on the landslide at mile marker 143, TDOT Community Relations Officer Mark Nagi said.