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  • LaFollette Council approves $1,000 donation to festival


    A swift council meeting held few items for discussion on Tuesday night.

    In response to the request of Louie Bluie Board members for donations, the LaFollette City Council approved a $1,000 donation to the festival. The festival will be held at the Cove Lake State Park on June 13.

  • Counseling services available for homeowners in danger of foreclosure


    Many families are projected to fall behind on their mortgages over the next two years or undergo costly interest rate increases, according to Housing Counselor with Clinch-Powell Resource Conservation and Development Home Team Susan Eribarne.

  • Newcomb woman is victimized early Monday morning


    A call to 911 may have saved the life of a Newcomb woman when two men forced their way into her home and assaulted her.

    Around 4 a.m. on Monday, sheriff’s deputy Jeff Ivey was dispatched to a Newcomb residence in response to an aggravated burglary and assault, according to Campbell County Sheriff Gary Perkins.

    Two men pounded on the windows and doors of the victim’s residence and looked in windows, according to the victim’s statement. The victim was alarmed and contacted 911 for help, said Ivey.

  • Relay events are on the horizon



    Starting this weekend and continuing until the Relay for Life event on May 1, Relay teams are hosting fundraisers to benefit the American Cancer Society.

    On March 7, First Volunteer Bank and the Gilded Gown will host a Prom and Bridal Fashion Show and Expo at Caryville Elementary School starting at 1 p.m.

  • Bridal and Prom Fashion Show is this Saturday


  • Sheriff’s deputies negotiate man to surrender gun



    A standoff between sheriff’s deputies and an armed man led to an arrest recently.

    Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to 2155 Pinecrest Road in Jacksboro in late February, where Donald Bradley Shown was threatening suicide, said Campbell County Sheriff Gary Perkins.

  • Franklin back home; looking to the future

    It has been a long three and half years for former detective Sammy Franklin.

    After serving that time in two federal prisons, a halfway house and on home confinement, Franklin is now a free man.

    On Jan. 23, he was officially released from the federal bureau of prisons roster, leaving him to serve two years probation.

    Now back home with his family, seated at his kitchen table, Franklin is a different man.

  • Villages purchased in bankruptcy court

    The demise of The Villages Resort on Norris Lake seemed inevitable, yet the most recent purchase of the property by Emerson Properties LLC may give a small amount of hope to what some imagined was a lost cause.

    On Feb. 11, Emerson Properties largest shareholder MIROBO LLC joined countless others in Orlando to place bids at the auction of Land Resources developments. Land Resources, developer of The Villages, has been in the process of filing for bankruptcy for several months.

  • Commission doles out donations

    The purse strings were loose on Tuesday night as commissioners voted to dole out money for a number of causes.

    During last week’s workshop Dennis Potter, road superintendent, made the group aware of the certain doom facing the county quarry’s aged crusher.

    Parts for the antiquated equipment are virtually impossible to find, Potter said.

    The county is able to produce its own crushed stone at a cost of $2 per ton. However the cost if purchased from another supplier would jump to $10 per ton.

  • Gaylor trial slated for next week

    Travis Gaylor may soon see what his future holds.

    His trial in Jonathan Pierce’s homicide case is slated to begin next week. Gaylor is the second of three defendants to answer for his alleged part in Pierce’s 2006 death.

    His half-sister and co- defendant, Miranda Kirby, was convicted last year for her involvement in the crime. She was sentenced to life behind bars but has appealed her conviction.