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  • Jail gets green light; lodge does not

    With nods from the full commission as well as the FMS committee it looks as if construction of the long debated justice center will soon be underway.

    After voting yes on the project that will add approximately 250 more beds of prisoner space to the current jail facility in last week’s budget and finance committee meeting, commissioners remained consistent when they gave the project the final vote needed to make the years of talk a reality.

  • Supertwang hits a sour note

    Supertwang promised jobs and revenue for Campbell County.

    And while the jobs did materialize, the revenue is yet to be seen. The three day country music festival was scheduled to run from Wednesday through Sunday afternoon.

    However, around 2 p.m. on Saturday rumblings started that the event staff wasn’t being paid. By 4 p.m. a small group had assembled outside Hal Royce’s makeshift office on the property loudly voicing its concerns. Royce is the CEO of United Festival Promotions, the organization charged with producing Supertwang.

  • New meth laws set to being July 1

    Making meth in Tennessee is about to get a little harder.

    Last Thursday the I Hate Meth Act cleared its second hurdle when the Tennessee House of Representatives passed it with a 98-0 vote. The state senate had passed it on April 28 with a 31-0 margin.

  • TWRA facing financial turmoil

    Conflicts between some state lawmakers and members of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Commission has led to what could become the extermination of the latter next year.

    Recent conflicts include a clash over smallmouth bass fishing on Norris Lake, and legislation to make deer farming legal.

    While the issue has hunters, anglers and other wildlife enthusiasts up in arms, officials with the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency say the move will have no major impact on that agency for now.  

  • Community given more time to sound off

    Those with an interest in a proposed marina project on Norris Lake will have more than a month of additional time to comment on the plan.

     Local businessman Mark Hoskins applied for a permit to build a 500-slip marina at Heathery’s Point in 2009, and 62 written public comments were collected the same year.

     “The Tennessee Valley Authority wanted to give the public more time to comment,” said Travis Brickey, a spokesman for the agency. 

  • Marching to Murfreesboro

    Adding a few more skills to her resume has made Kristin Chapman a hot commodity in the world of track and field.

    Not only will the Campbell County High School standout return to Murfreesboro next week to defend her Class AAA girls’ high jump title, she also qualified to compete for state championships in pentathlon and the 300-meter hurdles.

    Track and field coaches from several NCAA Division I universities — including Stanford, Duke, Florida and LSU — have already inquired about Chapman as she prepares to wrap up a stellar junior season.

  • Lady Cougars finish up tough season with doubleheader sweep of Jellico

    Wins have been few and far between this season for the Campbell County High School softball team.

    So, when the Lady Cougars swept county rival Jellico a couple of weeks ago, there was cause for an extended celebration.

    Campbell County won the first game 8-4 in five innings. The Lady Cougars pounded out 13 hits to back up pitcher Alex Hempsall.

    Meghan Byrge went 3-for-3 at the plate and drove in three runs. She went 6-for-6 during the series with a 2-run triple and 5 RBI.

  • Comer siblings display athletic talents

  • Summer track and field program offers fun, fitness and finish lines

     The Knoxville Track Club (KTC) is hosting their annual summer track and field program for local East Tennessee youth.

    Running from May 31-June 25, the KTC Youth Athletics Program exposes kids to the fundamentals of track and field.  

    “Our goal for the program is to teach the basic skills most prevalent in the sport of track and field: running, jumping and throwing,” said Marty Sonnenfeldt, KTC youth athletics director.  

    “Our program is conducted with an emphasis on fun and fitness.”