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Today's News

  • Minton hits lottery

    Billy Minton’s luck changed last Tuesday when a $1 investment in a lottery ticket turned into a $200,000 prize.

    Minton, 75, is a regular customer, Big Creek owner Chris Arnold said. Minton comes to the store multiple times a day, and often buys breakfast and lunch.

    Big Creek had stopped participating in the lottery, but restarted seven months ago. Minton plays the lottery frequently.

     “I’m not hooked on it or nothing, but I just play it,” Minton said.

  • Jury finds Ward guilty on 10 counts

     Last Thursday, former sheriff’s deputy Daniel Ward was convicted on 10 counts of aggravated sexual battery.

    Assistant District Attorney General Scarlet Ellis based the state’s case on the victim’s testimony and a confession Ward signed after an interview with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. The TBI interview became a point of contention for the defense, which wanted certain points removed from evidence. The TBI interview took two and a half hours. This was meant to confuse and scare Ward, according to defense attorney Wes Hatmaker.

  • Campbell County to welcome new type of tourist

    A bill signed by Gov. Bill Haslam this month could put Campbell County on a fast track to success in the outdoor adventure tourism industry.

     The “Adventure Tourism and Rural Development Act” was signed into law June 1, and directs the state Tourism Development, Environment and Conservation, and Economic and Community Development departments to devise a plan for the promotion and development of adventure tourism and recreational and economic development activities in rural areas of this state.

  • Fourth of July celebrations planned

    Independence Day is nearly here.

    This means area residents will have a number of festivities to choose from when celebrating.

    Sequoyah Marina will kick off the weekend events with its 13th annual Fire On the Water fireworks display slated for July 2. Last year's event drew more than 2,000 boats to the area to catch a view of the pyrotechnics choreographed to music.

    On July 3 Springs Dock will also have fireworks for lake goers to enjoy beginning at dark that evening.

  • Bass remain active on Norris Lake

     The following is a weekly summary of the fishing conditions on Norris Lake as reported by creel clerks from the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA).

    The lake level on Monday, June 27 was 1,021.46 feet, which is almost a foot higher than the previous week.

    The surface temperature of the main channel has cooled slightly to 81 degrees in the mornings, but rises to 85 degrees by the afternoon hours. Shallow creeks and protected areas will be several degrees warmer than the channels on sunny afternoons. 

  • Brown, St. John win bass tournament

    Tom Brown and Brian St. John took 1st place last weekend with 12.07 lbs. of fish during the Powder Mill Bass Tournament Series on Norris Lake. Runners-up were Chris Johnson and Tommy Smiddy with 12.06 lbs., while third place went to David Hatfield and Robbie Powell with 11.01 lbs. St. John took big fish honors with a 4.06 lb. bass. Karen Miller received a $50 gas gift certificate from Smokey’s Shell. Rick and Kathy Childs received a $100 gift certificate from Thunder Sam’s Fireworks.

  • Caryville hires new officer

     The Caryville Board of Mayor and Aldermen called a special meeting Tuesday to pass its budget for next year.

    After a second reading the budget was passed as well as an ordinance that added some amendments.

  • Caryville hires new officer

     The Caryville Board of Mayor and Aldermen called a special meeting Tuesday to pass its budget for next year.

    After a second reading the budget was passed as well as an ordinance that added some amendments.

  • Walgreen’s ‘bomber’ pleads guilty

      Less than a year after walking into Walgreen’s Pharmacy claiming to be armed with a bomb, James Wesley Wells has received the punishment for his crime.

  • Jenkins racks up charges

    A LaFollette woman was in the wrong place at the wrong time last week.

    On June 24 LaFollette Police Officer Justin Parrott was called to West Central Avenue to investigate reports of a male and female that were stumbling in and out of the roadway.

    When Parrott arrived at the scene Opal Viola Jenkins, 27, of 507 East Kentucky Avenue, was completely unconscious, records indicate.