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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency news

    Severe weather sinks boat on Douglas Lake

    High waves — caused by severe weather — recently swamped and sank a boat on Douglas Lake in Jefferson County, which left two occupants in the water swimming to the nearest shore for safety, according to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA).  

    On Saturday, June 18 at approximately 12:30 p.m., Jake Ankrom, 27, of Valley View Dr., Knoxville, was operating a 1992 Vision bass boat near the Point 2 marker.

  • Two arrested on burglary and assault charges

    Two men are facing burglary and assault charges after allegedly forcing their way into a LaFollette apartment on Monday.

    Brett Doney, 43, of 1512 Back Valley Road, and Jacob Franklin Wening, 53, of 101 Kyle Road, allegedly made a strong armed entry into a Tennessee Avenue apartment just as the victim’s girlfriend was trying to leave the residence.

  • LaFollette using fund balance to avoid fiscal shortfall

     After meeting in workshops to determine the budget, the LaFollette City Council has not been able to avoid a $186,936 deficit in the projected budget for the upcoming fiscal year. On Monday the council voted to adopt the budget for the 2011-12 fiscal year. It decided to use the fund balance to make up the deficit.