Today's News

  • Cove Lake continues to have stream of visitors

    Despite an unsure economy and consumers tightening their financial belts, Cove Lake State Park reports that visitors continue to camp and take advantage of park facilities.

    When high gas prices had many vacationing close to home or not at all, East Tennessee’s State Parks continued to maintain a steady number of visitors, with numbers dropping only slightly, according to Murray Crow, Regional Manager for Tennessee State Parks.

  • Council has interviews with police chief applicants



    From over 25 applicants to six interviews, the LaFollette City Council is narrowing down the list of possible police chiefs.

    Each councilman and mayor drafted a list of seven names from the many applicants. From those names the most popular six were chosen for interviews.

    In an informal setting the mayor, four councilmen and city administrator conducted interviews with the selected applicants on Tuesday.

  • Lions Club essay contest yields winners



    After many months of writing and judging, the Lions Club of Campbell County has chosen winners from the Diabetes awareness essay contest.

  • Earth Day celebrations slated



    Multiple Earth Day celebrations are slated for this week and next.

    The nationally celebrated holiday was April 22, but schools and agencies have scheduled alternative dates to bring recognition to the day.

    This Saturday, the Clearfork Community Institute will hold its annual Earth Day celebration in Eagan. The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Participants can enjoy the day by the river with a picnic, kite flying and fishing.

  • Valley View Nature Center vandalized



    Public access to a fitness park, nature center, playground and trails could come to an end because of continued vandalism at the property.

    With construction taking place at the school, gates are left open in the evenings, according to Valley View Elementary School Principal Steve Rutherford.

    The most recent act of vandals was benches and a filing cabinet being destroyed at the nature center pavilion.

  • Mock traffic accident sends loud message to students



    Even with multiple emergency service personnel on scene, Campbell County High School student Olivia Hembree still “died” in the mock traffic accident held at the high school last week.

    The cooperative effort of CCHS and local rescue agencies was aimed at reaching juniors and seniors on a personal level before prom, warning them of the dangers associated with drinking and driving.

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  • Drug court saving lives and families

    For Wesley Willoughby the Eighth Judicial Drug court was more than a way to avoid prison.

    It was his last hope to get his life and son back.

    On Thursday night, Willoughby was among three graduates who had recently completed the program.

    Willoughby was also the one with the most seniority.

    “He’s an old timer,” Judge Shayne Sexton announced as he introduced the unassuming 32- year- old. For most participants the program requires 18 to 24 months to complete.

    Willoughby began in 2006, according to Sexton.

  • Opposition to new marina continues to grow

    The possibility of a marina being built in the Heatherly’s Point area continues to generate concern in the community.

    The property where the marina would be constructed currently belongs to the LaFollette United Methodist Church (LUMC) and lies directly across from Camp Galilee. Though the church owns the property, it is local businessman Mark Hoskins who has proposed the marina and would purchase the land, pending upon the approval of the marina by TVA and the Army Corps of Engineers.

  • County schools to receive stimulus money

    In an economic time when budgets are tighter than ever, Campbell County’s school system received some good news last week.

    The system will be getting an influx of nearly $1.7 million into its budget.

    The Title I funding is being made available through stimulus money provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).  

    The allocations are being made in an effort to help districts improve teaching and learning for students most at risk of failing to meet state and academic achievement standards.