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  • Public Records June 7, 2012

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as or similar to other members of the community.

    CAMPBELL COUNTY PROPERTY TRANSFERS

    MAY 28 – JUNE 4

    Darren Rutherford, Christal Rutherford, Crystal to Joseph H. Rhoden and Vernie Diane Rhoden, District 5, $15,000.

    Daniel Hopkins to Roger W. Ruehl and Susan D. Ruehl, District 2, $450,000.

    Anthony Neal Sharp and Melissa Sharp to James L. Savage and Melissa A. Savage, District 3, $190,000.

  • New scholarship opportunity available to Campbell Co. students

    Over 100 students have taken advantage of a new scholarship program in Campbell County.
    Tennessee Achieves is active in 126 schools across Tennessee.
    “Our target student is the first generation, lower income student,” Tennessee Achieves Executive Director Krissy DeAlejandro said.
    But the program is available to all Tennessee public high school graduates, DeAlejandro said.
    “We launched in Knox County in 2008,” DeAlejandro said. “Our main focus is at the community college level.”

  • State champ reaches new heights

    Kristin Chapman now stands head and shoulders above Campbell County High School’s most decorated track and field athletes.

    The senior high jumper hit 5-9 Thursday during the Class AAA Girls’ State Championships at Murfreesboro to break her school record and become the only CCHS athlete to win three state titles.

    She posted the winning high jump at state the past three years after finishing 3rd during her freshman season.

    “She reached a goal she had been working a long time for,” said her coach, Billie Ann Evans.

  • Local woodworker builds 24-unit purple martin house

    Local woodworker Lee “Doc” Friemoth has fashioned a home for 24 purple martins.
    Friemoth, 83, is originally from Wisconsin, but moved to LaFollette about 13 years ago.
    He spends much of his free time cabinet making and fashioning various things out of wood.
    “It’s my hobby,” Friemoth said. “I do it to enjoy myself. I do it to make a little money, but not a lot. As long as I get my expenses back (that’s enough).”
    One of his most recent projects was the purple martin house.

  • Intrasquad scrimmage wraps up spring drills for energized Cougars

    Campbell County High School’s football team wrapped up spring practice last week with a wealth of confidence heading into summer break.

    With the season opener less than three months away, the Cougars are well ahead of where they were this time last year, when the team was transitioning between three different head coaches in a span of six months.

    “As a staff, we entered spring with certain goals and expectations,” said Justin Price, who will be going into his second season as head coach at Campbell County. 

  • Man arrested for possession of drugs

    A Pioneer man was arrested in the wildlife management area for possession of drugs.
    Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency Officer Justin Jacks was patrolling the Lee Asbury Trail at McNew Gap in the Wildlife Management area when he came across James Howard Powers, 46, 206 Adam Hollow Lane , Pioneer. Jacks had been checking a church group that was riding ATVs through that area about 20 minutes before he came across Powers, who was a passenger in a Blue Silverado driven by Marson Milton.
    Powers was allegedly passing out.

  • 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.”