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Today's News

  • Scrap businesses discussed; Fannon issues apology

    On Monday night, LaFollette City Council members renewed their debate about the location of scrap businesses within the city limits.

    Historically the city has had little success in preventing the recycling businesses from operating in areas zoned as C2.

    During Monday’s workshop meeting Stan Foust, city codes enforcement officer, asked for direction on how to proceed with the case involving Scrappy’s, a scrap metal business located at the Marathon station along Central Avenue.

  • Mayor voices support for proposed lodge and convention center

    After spending some time in relative obscurity the debate over a proposed lodge and convention center in the Norris Dam State Park area is back on the radar.

    Representative Chad Faulkner recently introduced a bill requesting that TVA approve the Lighthouse Lodge and Convention Center at Norris Dam State Park.

    As with most projects of this nature there are groups with polarizing views on the matter.

  • Jury says 'guilty'

    After nearly two years of legal wrangling the first half of the duo charged in Jayne Love’s death faced a jury last week. It took less than two full days of court for a guilty verdict to be returned in the second-degree murder case.

    While prosecutors wrapped up witness testimony on Wednesday afternoon regarding Phillip Pack’s involvement in Love’s murder, jurors expected to hear from defense witnesses first thing Thursday morning.

  • Humane Society receives funds; designates April as pet adoption month

    Thanks to an anonymous donor, the Campbell County Humane Society has received enough funds to spay/neuter approximately 50 animals. This will make it easier and more affordable for those animals to be adopted out, according to Betty Crumley, director of the Campbell County Humane Society.

    With the economy the way it is, these funds are coming just in time, Crumley said.

    She said that as the economy decreased, the number of pets being left at the shelter increased. Many people just could not afford to keep pets any longer.

  • Mother facing attempted murder charge

    Last week, a Campbell County Grand Jury indicted yet another mother for intentionally placing her children at risk.

    This time an attempted second-degree murder charged was levied on Amanda C. Snell. She is also charged with attempted felony murder, attempted aggravated child abuse in a child under 8 years of age and attempted aggravated child abuse.

    Authorities believe that Snell purposely drove her 1996 Honda into the lake in October of last year. Her children, ages 4 and 9 with her at the time, according to police.

  • Upcoming co-ed softball tournament will be fundraiser for Little League

    There will be a co-ed softball tournament on Saturday, March 20 at Lake City Ballpark. This is a fundraiser for LaFollette Little League Softball/Baseball. The entry fee is $100. For more information, call Mike Riley at 423-562-2878.

  • Cougars show potential in 14-8 loss

    Campbell County High School’s varsity baseball opener Monday afternoon at Clinton looked more like two different games.

    With three errors against them and faced with the grim prospect of being run-ruled, the Cougars rallied from a 12-0 deficit by scoring half a dozen runs in the top of the fifth inning to stay alive.

    Clinton eventually won, 14-8, but Campbell County proved it can play with its District 3-AAA rival when push comes to shove. Ryan Hutson was tagged with loss for the Cougars.

  • Laverdiere was always ready to assist Scots

    Selflessness and sacrifice have always been trademarks of Jared Laverdiere’s game.

    From elementary school basketball to the college ranks, he has shown a willingness to share the ball with his teammates and his body with the floor.

    Laverdiere just wrapped up a stellar career at Maryville College, where he led the Scots to four conference championships, four 20-win seasons and four appearances in the NCAA Division III Men’s Basketball Tournament.

    “Jared won over 80 percent of his games while a Scot,” said his coach Randy Lambert.

  • Seiber makes all-region team

    Campbell County High School senior post player Candice Seiber was selected to the Girl’s All-Region 2-AAA Basketball Team following her 25-point performance against William Blount in the quarterfinals.

    Seiber led the Lady Cougars to a 19-12 record this year.

  • Caryville's Hampton Inn is among the nation's top performers

    Hard work, pride and a little Southern charm have earned Hampton Inn of Caryville the national honor of the Lighthouse Award.

    “It’s really an honor for us to get this award,” said Hampton Inn General Manager Sherry Muse.

    She explained that out of more than 1,600 Hampton Inns, Caryville’s was in the top 5-percent, making it number six in the nation.

    “For us being a little place in East Tennessee it’s an honor; we’re real tickled with the results,” Muse said.