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Today's News

  • Comer siblings display athletic talents

  • Summer track and field program offers fun, fitness and finish lines

     The Knoxville Track Club (KTC) is hosting their annual summer track and field program for local East Tennessee youth.

    Running from May 31-June 25, the KTC Youth Athletics Program exposes kids to the fundamentals of track and field.  

    “Our goal for the program is to teach the basic skills most prevalent in the sport of track and field: running, jumping and throwing,” said Marty Sonnenfeldt, KTC youth athletics director.  

    “Our program is conducted with an emphasis on fun and fitness.”

  • Sports Notes — May 19

  • Powder Mill Bass Tournament Series May 14 winners

     Jason Dotson and Daniel Stanfill took 1st place Saturday with 13.07 lbs. during the 7th week of the Powder Mill Bass Tournament Series on Norris Lake. Runners-up were George Asbury and Shawn Collins with 11.09 lbs. Third place went to Teddy and Tyler Lawson with 11.01 lbs. Jason Dotson was big fish winner with a 5.06 lb. largemouth. 

  • TWRA facing financial turmoil

       

    Conflicts between some state lawmakers and members of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Commission has led to what could become the extermination of the latter next year.

    Recent conflicts include a clash over smallmouth bass fishing on Norris Lake, and legislation to make deer farming legal.

  • Community given more time to sound off

    Those with an interest in a proposed marina project on Norris Lake will have more than a month of additional time to comment on the plan.

     Local businessman Mark Hoskins applied for a permit to build a 500-slip marina at Heathery’s Point in 2009, and 62 written public comments were collected the same year.

     “The Tennessee Valley Authority wanted to give the public more time to comment,” said Travis Brickey, a spokesman for the agency. 

  • New program helps students explore talents

    The theatre is coming to town. But it won’t be your average drama performance.

    This Friday night The Little Community Theatre will make its debut on the Dottie Rogers Stage at the old West LaFollette School building when it host audience participation night.

  • Fishing begins to heat up as the lake level stabilizes

        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, May 16 was 1,021.71 feet, which is nearly a foot lower than it was the previous week. Surface temperatures range from 64 to 70 degrees depending on time of day and location.

    Crappie fishing is best in the headwaters of creek embayments and near large rocks, brush piles and wood structure. Crappies are hitting small doll flies, tube jigs and minnows.

  • Officers arrest man on number of charges

    Officers arrived to find a gruesome scene when they responded to a call Saturday night.

    Upon entering the North 13th Street residence LaFollette Police Officer Robert Foxx along with Chief Jimmie Jeffries, Lt. Monty Miller, Sgt. William Owens and Officer James Farmer found blood all over the floor as well as on the walls. A television screen was smashed and James Rich, 37, of 411 North 14th Street, was sitting on the couch allegedly holding an empty vodka bottle and covered with blood. Records indicate Rich’s two young sons were also present in the home.

  • Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency news

     Approval of hunting seasons among items on May agenda

    The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Commission (TWRC) will set the state’s 2011-12 hunting seasons at its meeting this week, May 19-20, at the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) Ray Bell Region II Building.

    Officials from TWRA previewed their recommendations for the 2011-12 hunting and trapping seasons at the commission’s April meeting. The recommendations feature several significant changes.