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  • Youth Art program builds up children’s self-esteem

     Finishing a work of art can instill a sense of pride in a child. This is the goal Youth Outreach Director Manuel Mesa has for the Campbell Culture Coalition’s Youth Art Program.

    “Art to me is a vehicle to accomplish that end goal,” Mesa said.

    When people “ooh” and “ah,” admiring a child’s artwork, it helps build a child’s self-esteem, Mesa said. This is the mission for the art program.

  • Greenhouse management offers different type of education to CCHS students

    Some students at Campbell County High School are exchanging pens and paper for seeds and dirt.

    The vocational courses at CCHS offer students opportunities to gain real world experience in the classroom. In John Rhea’s and Eric Reynolds’ greenhouse management classes, students have the opportunity to grow different plants in two greenhouses that sit beside the school.

    Students at CCHS have been learning to grow plants in the greenhouse for over 30 years, Rhea said.

  • Volunteering brings joy to Leach

    The time Judy Leach spends volunteering at LaFollette Medical Center brings as much joy to her as it does the patients.

    “I just think it’s such a blessing to me to (volunteer),” Leach said with a bright smile. “I’ve received more blessings than I’ll ever give those patients.”

    Leach also volunteers at her church, Cedar Hill Baptist Church.

    Leach volunteers with the nursing home patients on Wednesdays. She visits with them and helps with activities such as gospel singings and bingo.

  • w/ pic Ayers feels volunteering is its own reward

    After three years of volunteer service at LaFollette Medical Center, Margaret Ayers feels she is the one benefiting from her work.

    “I feel like I am the winner in the situation,” Ayers said with a smile. “It has helped me so much.

    “I feel like I have been very blessed,” Ayers said. “God has blessed me. I feel like by working here, I can give back. I want to give back because I have been blessed.”

  • Candidates for August election finalize petitions

    The line up for the August is nearly complete.

    Last Thursday was the deadline for candidates to file their petitions. They have until noon today to withdraw from the race.

    This year the county road superintendent, county property assessor, a third district county commission seat, five school board seats and the Tennessee House of Representative 36 th District seat are on the ballot.

    Incumbent road superintendent Dennis Potter will be challenged by James Scott Evans.

  • Chamber and Rotary to host golf tournament

       The Campbell County Chamber of Commerce and Rotary Club will host a golf tournament at “The Greens” at Deerfield on May 2.

    “Great opportunity to come out and network and enjoy a spring day on Norris Lake at Deerfield,” chamber director E.L. Morton said. “We got some good golfers playing.”

  • Ride raises money for Evans family

    On Saturday over 100 motorcycles roared to life in honor of Marine Lance Corporal Cody Evans.

    Evans lost his legs when he stepped on an IED in Afghanistan last December. The Southern Sons Motorcycle Club decided they wanted to help Evans and his family.

    “We can never give him back what he has lost. But we can do something,” said Steve Turner, club president. At the end of the day that “something” turned out to be a $2,100 donation to the Evans family.

  • Caryville passes ordinance to zone pain clinics

    Following in the footsteps of Jellico and LaFolllette, Caryville’s town leaders passed the final reading of an ordinance on Monday that will zone pain clinics.

    When Caryville’s Planning Commission fashioned this ordinance, it looked at the ordinance Jellico passed last year. Jellico’s pain clinic ordinance established a medical district. In Jellico, pain clinics are only allowed to operate within the medical district. But Jellico has a hospital, and Caryville doesn’t.

  • The new LaFollette Public Library has gone over budget

     As the new library nears completion, it appears it will cost more than the LaFollette City Council allocated for it. At Tuesday night’s meeting, the library’s budget became a talking point when the council was asked to pay more than originally planned for furniture and shelving.

  • Campbell County scheduled to host two races on April 21

     Campbell County will host two races on April 21.

    First Volunteer Bank’s annual five-kilometer race will be held in Jacksboro.