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Today's News

  • LaFollette Splash Park set to open on Monday

    LaFollette’s Splash Park will open Monday, with some new features.
    “It’s an annual thing,” LaFollette Recreation Department Head Johnny Byrge said of the opening. “We do it every year.”
    The recreation department will serve free hot dogs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday.

  • LaFollette City Council looking to shape budget

    Preparing the budget for 2012-13 will be a challenge for the LaFollette City Council. It is already over $500,000 out of balance.
    “It doesn’t look good at all,” interim city administrator Cade Sexton told the council as it began to look at the budget Tuesday night.
    The budget must be passed by June 30, and there will be workshops to prepare it.
    “This is just prelim, and we’re going to go through it with a fine toothed comb,” Sexton said.
    Sexton saw two primary reasons for the condition of the preliminary budget.

  • Lake patrols decrease as complaints rise

    Since the Tennessee Valley Authority stopped patrolling its waters, crime has increased on Norris Lake, and several islands have become a “no man’s land” inhabited by squatters.

    The issue of squatters was brought up at a meeting on April 19 at Norris Dam State Park, said Mike McDonough, president of the friends of Norris Lake. About six Union County residents reported several islands on the east end of Norris Lake had been taken over by a “drug element,” McDonough said. This had occurred since TVA stopped patrolling the lake, McDonough said.

  • Lincoln Reagan Day Dinner scheduled

    Tonight, Governor Bill Haslam will visit Campbell County to speak at the annual Lincoln Reagan Day dinner at The Stables.

    “We’re glad to have him up here,” said 36th District State Rep. Dennis Powers, who will be the master of ceremonies. “It’ll be the largest Lincoln Reagan Day (dinners) that we’ve ever had in Campbell County. According to the governor’s office, one of the largest he’s ever attended.”

  • Details over the new library divides LaFollette City Council at Workshop

    At Tuesday night’s workshop, disagreements over the new library facility divided the LaFollette City Council.

    Interim city administrator Cade Sexton presented a review before the council.

    The carpet was installed at the library three weeks ago, the shelving was installed two weeks ago, the furniture was installed last week, and the sign was put up Friday.

    Council member Wayne Kitts asked what remained to be finished.

    “I don’t think we lack anything but the flagpoles and the decorating,” Sexton said.

  • SPORTS CAMP AND EVENT SCHEDULE

    Relay for Life benefit basketball games will be held Friday, June 1 at the LaFollette Recreation Center. Games will be played at 5, 6 and 7 p.m. The 7 p.m. game will feature the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department vs the Rescue Squad. Admission is $5. Concessions will be sold. All proceeds go to the American Cancer Society.

  • Norris Coast Guard Auxiliary offering free safety checks

    Members of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Norris Lake Flotilla will be providing boat safety checks this summer at a number of marinas around the lake.

    “Boats passing this inspection will be awarded a vessel safety check decal for display,” said Public Information Officer Mike McDonough.

    “The decal attests to the fact that the boat is in compliance with all federal and state requirements. 

    “The inspection is also an opportunity for boat owners or operators to receive one-on-one guidance from a trained boating professional.

  • Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency news

    Deadline is tonight to apply for elk hunt 

    Sportsmen have until midnight (Central Time) on May 31 to submit their application for Tennessee’s annual elk hunt.

    The hunt will be held Oct. 15-19 at the North Cumberland Wildlife Management Area where there will be five elk hunting zones designated.

    Hunters may apply anywhere hunting licenses are sold or online at www.tnelkhunt.org.

  • Spiritually Speaking for week of May 31, 2012

    Spiritually Speaking
    Pearl Harper
    Remembering Graduation and Strawberries

    Many memories come to my mind this time of year about graduation and strawberries. To let you know what I am referring to we moved out in the country in April 1973. The next year May 1974 we had a wonderful crop of strawberries. Bob had planted them the previous year.

  • News Notes for week of May 31, 2012

    American Legion Post 280 is looking for all veterans that want to have a home post and are willing to help DAVs, veteran dependents, toy runs, special functions, and benefits. Contact the post commander or service officer at (865) 426-4700. All nominations for 2012 officers at Post 280 American Legion must be in no later than May. The election will be held in June.
    The Norris Lake Flotilla will be offering free vessel safety checks at Deerfield Marina on June 2, from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.