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  • Marina man's mayhem fueled by moonshine

     JACKSBORO—A 45-year-old LaFollette man was arrested Saturday after sheriff’s deputies reportedly discovered him drinking illegal moonshine from a quart jar and acting belligerently at Indian River Marina. 

    According to reports from the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department, Earl Jeffrey Jones, 45, 10321 Jacksboro Pike, LaFollette, was advised by a dockhand to stop being disruptive, before two officers arrived on the scene. 

  • Naturally endowed: Adventure tourists flocking here for hills, thrils

     CAMPBELL COUNTY—Hike it. Camp it. Fish it. Zip it. Adventure tourism is attracting millions here each year as officials work to rebrand the county as a destination for outdoor enthusiasts. Members of a strategic planning committee are soon expected to unveil a logo they believe will better market the area to outsiders. 

    The circular emblem is emblazoned with the phrase: “WHERE THE MOUNTAINS MEET MEET NORRIS LAKE.”

  • Wild Thyme Players hosts acting classes
  • Heidi adaptation puts orphan in Appalachia

    KNOXVILLE—Knoxville Children’s Theatre presents a live stage version of the inspirational classic book, Heidi, through Saturday. KCT’s new adaptation contains all of the comic antics and dramatic episodes of the novel, but all of the action has been transplanted to Tennessee, with the Great Smoky Mountains substituting for the Alps.

  • Tea light workshop set

    NORRIS—Light up your home with personal expression by creating a tea light holder in this introductory one-day pottery workshop from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.  Aug.6.
    Students will learn hand-building techniques, use surface designs and textures then finish with colorful under glazes or stains. Bring an item to impress into the clay for added personal meaning, such as a family key, stamp or pendant.

  • Appalachian Arts Craft Center scouting members

    NORRIS—The Appalachian Arts Craft Center in Norris is looking for new members to sell their handmade crafts in the craft center shop. Anyone interested in going through the jurying process may pick up a jurying packet at the center and bring three samples of their work to the center between  now and  Aug. 2. Jurying will take place Aug. 5. Items must be picked up by Aug. 22.

  • State park getting $1.4M in upgrades

    NORRIS DAM—A capital project through the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation will allow for $1.4 million of renovations at Norris Dam State Park.
    The project involves restoring the Tea House, Linen House and 19 cabins that were built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s. The project also involves the Tennessee Historical Commission to ensure structures will be restored to their historical forms, said Rep. Dennis Powers, R- Jacksboro, who is part of the state Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee that approved the project.

  • McDonough to serve as Lions’ District Governor

    CAMPBELL COUNTY—Campbell County residents Mike McDonough and Jayne Raparellli are back after spending the first two weeks of July in Hamburg, Germany attending the Lions clubs International Convention.
    At the start of the convention, McDonough was sworn in as the East Tennessee Lions District Governor for a one-year term of office. In this position, he will oversee the operation of 42 clubs and will host the District Convention in Morristown in February.

  • Jobless benefits expanded
  • AUCTIONEERS ATTEND INTERNATIONAL SHOW

    INDIANAPOLIS—Campbell County auctioneers, Haskel Ayers, Tomi Ayers, JJ Dower and Traci Dower, joined auctioneers from across the world July 16-20, at the National Auctioneers Association’s (NAA) 64th International Auctioneer’s conference and show at the J. W. Marriott in downtown Indianapolis, Ind.
    The conference ended JJ Dower’s reign as president of the National Auctioneers.  JJ and his father in law, Hack Ayers, were the first father-and-son-in-law duo to hold the office.
    Ayers was president 25 years ago.