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  • Dance class awaits participants


    An organization devoted to improving the lives of people with intellectual disabilities is preparing to offer services in Campbell County.

    The Sunshine Ambassadors are shaking and grooving their way to LaFollette, with plans to offer weekly dance classes for the disabled.

    Classes are currently offered in six locations across four counties. But the program is reaching out to allow more people to take part in the classes.

  • Plea agreements filed in criminal court

    The following criminal cases were resolved last week with the use of plea agreements:

    •Tiffany Rose LeMarr- six counts forgery, six counts theft under $500; six years probation, court costs, $450 to ECF, $747.42 restitution to victims.

    •Joshua C. Leffel- theft over $1,000; split confinement of 32 days with a jail credit since Aug. 5, four years probation, court costs, $75 to ECF, $936 restitution to victims.

  • Public Records for Sept. 16

     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

    Sept. 6 – Sept. 10


    N Marie Ayers to Deborah R. Newcomb, $38,000.

    Charles Junior Blankenship to Billy Ray Blankenship, Dist. 5, $8,600.

    Edward L. Woolum and Mary R. Woolum to Ray Commodora Burress and Sheldia Lee Burress, Dist. 1, $165,000.

  • Caryville handed two resignations at Monday meeting

    The resignation of Caryville Street Department Director David Muse caught the board of mayor and aldermen by surprise Monday night.

    A discussion between the board and Muse about replacing two positions in the department led to the impromptu delivery of Muse’s own resignation.

    The evening’s agenda listed the need for a street department employee because Freddy Stagnolia has given a two-week notice.

  • Cordova mixes humor with message

    Gene Cordova, of Cordova Creative, is a ventriloquist by trade and an evangelist by calling.

    In its 25th year of operation, Cordova Creative appeals to any kind of audience. Gene Cordova and his wife Fawn relocated to LaFollette six years ago from Seattle, Wash. They wanted to be more centrally located. They have since made the area a restful place to stay in between traveling the United States.

    “I was never called to pastor a church,” said Cordova about his ministry. “We are all made for different things.”

  • Commission narrowly passes highway department budget

    In a budget cycle when Jeff Marlow, county finance director, is recommending a 13 cent tax increase just to maintain last year’s level of operation county commissioners were asked to consider increasing one department’s budget on Monday night.

    Now knee deep in the budget development process, the group met in a budget and finance session early this week to discuss and vote on the 2010-11 budget for the county’s highway department.

  • Tire shop owner treated and released after alleged stabbing

    An alleged attempt to collect a debt led to attempted second-degree murder charges.

    On Tuesday afternoon Bobby Carl Hamblin, 53, of 214 Sawmill Circle, allegedly went to Tracy’s Tires on Old Jackboro Highway in an attempt to collect money from the business’ owner Tracy Hill.

    According to LaFollette Police Det. Lt. Jeff Allen, when Hamblin was unsuccessful at getting the money he allegedly pulled a knife stabbing Hill twice in the left side of his chest and once in the right side of his chest. Hamblin also allegedly cut Hill on the left arm.

  • Mine rescue event coming to Cove Lake

    Next week, 22 teams from coal mining states across America will converge on Cove Lake State Park.

    The Tennessee Department of Mines will be hosting the groups as they compete in a mine rescue competition.

    It is the first time since 1997 that Campbell County, more specifically Caryville, has hosted the two-day event scheduled for Sept. 22 and 23.

    “This has always been a favorite spot for the competition,” said Oscar Fredricks of the TDOM. “The excitement for this is really building.”

  • Challenges faced and overcome by Goins

    Sheriff Robbie Goins has actively faced the challenges in his administration.

    “We have got to get officers in cars and get them in neighborhoods,”
     Goins said during a morning briefing with his Chief Deputy Jonathan Finley and Lynn Goins, the department’s fleet supervisor, last Thursday.

    The briefing was just one of many meetings he held throughout the long day.

    At the root of one of the particular issues he faced on this morning was ensuring each of his officers had a fully equipped patrol unit.

  • Combat is over but the mission is not

    Weighing in politics and global activity is a hobby that many people dabble in.

    But with a resume that includes leading a multitude of troops into various battles, earning the rank of four-star general along the way that qualifies one as an expert.

    So when retired four star General Carl Stiner says that American troops were successful on the Iraq battlefield, he knows what he is talking about.