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  • CASA fundraiser has record support

    Crowds trickled in and out during Saturday afternoon as country and bluegrass music boomed from the gym at West LaFollette. The annual Bluegrass Breakdown is CASA’s largest fundraiser of the year, and this year was no exception.

    The Court Appointed Special Advocates raised over $12,000 with the help of corporate donations.

    Local businesses gave about $8,000 to the organization. The event auction and sales brought in close to $4,500.

    “This is fantastic,” said CASA of Campbell County Executive Director Renee Tackett.

  • Public 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

    March 7 – March 12


    Janie Westbrook and Michael D. Westbrook to Freddie Heatherly, Dist. 1, $8,000.

    Mary Ellen Vinsant Allen to Peggy Lou Allen, Dist. 3, $4,000.

  • Former White Oak student shares story

    The excitement was palpable at White Oak Elementary as students and faculty listened to a visitor from NASA.

    Lisa Blue, electrical engineer, was once a student at White Oak. Blue made the decision to continue her education. Every person has the ability to do something great, said Blue to inspire the kindergarten through eighth grade classes.

    Blue is currently an upper stage avionics and software manager for the Ares Program- designing an essential component of the space shuttle.

  • Board reviews package store regulations

    In response to a lengthy document prepared by Fred Cole, the Caryville Board of Mayor and Aldermen discussed an amendment to the ordinance establishing liquor regulations. But in the end nothing was changed.

    Cole requested the board remove or lower the 100 feet distance requirements of package stores from residential areas. Alderman Michael Miller said the proposal made sense. A package store building couldn’t be built off exit 132 because residential areas encompass much of the industrial area, said Miller.

  • County powers act is hot topic for commission


    The county powers act raised questions and tempers at Monday's commission workshop.

    For a second month in a row Robert Henson addressed commissioners about the resolution passed by the group during its December meeting.

    When County Mayor William Baird asked Henson to hold his comments to the five minute time frame provided for citizens wishing to address the court Henson balked arguing that he needed time to interact with commissioners on the issue.

  • Fire under investigation

    An early morning house fire in Pioneer that left a woman dead is under investigation

    The Tuesday morning blaze has been deemed "very suspicious" by authorities.

    Just before 2 a.m. on Tuesday officials found the 501 Adam Hollow Lane home "fully engulfed," said Campbell County Chief Deputy Jonathan Finely. Joyce Powers, 45, was found dead inside the home.

    "There were other people in the home at the time of the fire who suffered minor injuries," Finely said. However, police aren't releasing their names.

  • Murder suspect found in Caryville

    A Florida fugitive is continuing his stay at the county jail.

    In the early morning hours of Saturday James T. Carlton was arrested in Campbell County on a Florida warrant charging him with first-degree murder and robbery with a firearm.

    The arrest was the culmination of a four month long investigation that began in Marion County, Fla.

  • Over 100 racers register for 5K

    It’s the Relay season. Teams around Campbell County are kicking off fundraisers to benefit the American Cancer Society.

    For the third year, First Volunteer Bank Relay for Life Team is hosting a race for the cure.

    The annual 5K run/walk will be held Saturday. About 110 racers have already pre-registered for the event, according to team captain Angie Wells.

    The turnout this year is larger than the past two years, said co-organizer of the event Melissa Smith.

  • Much needed police vehicles considered for CPD

    The Caryville Board of Mayor and Aldermen made several progressive decisions for the police department on Monday.

    Police Chief Johnny Jones pleaded with the board to purchase two vehicles for the department. A lengthy discussion took place about the pros and cons of purchasing new cruisers. Jones requested the purchase of an SUV for $23,921 and 2011 Crown Vic for $22,733. Both vehicles come with state contracts. Jones requested an additional $2,000 to outfit the vehicle with safety equipment for a total amount of $48,654.

  • Head Start announces enrollment

    Since 1965 Head Start has been preparing children for school. Four centers in Campbell County will be accepting applications for the upcoming school year.

    Children three-years-old by September can join the head start program. Additional criteria are reviewed said Faye Walden, family service worker for West LaFollette Head Start. The federally funded program provides free early childhood education to pre-school age students.

    Income and number of people in the household are among the criteria, said Walden.