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  • Forgotten Civil War marker finally unveiled

    The Civil War ended on April 9, 1865 and 147 years later, the Big Creek Gap Civil War marker was unveiled in LaFollette.

    Obtaining recognition for this rare site had been on the minds of many in the county. The process began over a year ago and thanks to the efforts on both a local and state level the site was finally commemorated last Thursday.

    Big Creek Gap is now part of the Civil War Trails Program, along with other sites in Tennessee. As such, it will be listed on the website, along with links to maps and driving directions to the area.

  • Bald Eagle death arouses suspicion; reward offered

    The death of a Bald Eagle has the Tennessee Wildlife Agency (TWRA) and the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service suspicious. They are offering a $2,500 reward for information.

    In late February, TWRA Officer Ken Cutsinger found a dead Bald Eagle on the shore of Norris Lake near point 16.

    “A fisherman reported it to me,” Cutsinger said. Upon initial inspection, Cutsinger said he could not determine the cause of death. The bird was missing several body parts, including its talons, which made the death suspicious.

  • Caryville has clean 2007-08 audit report

    In an economy where most financial news is bad, the Caryville Board of Mayor and Aldermen were relieved to receive a clean financial audit report at Monday night’s meeting.

    Terry Moats, representing the Brown, Jake and McDaniel auditing firm, reported the 2007-08 financial audit findings to the board.

    “The overall asset balance for the town is pretty strong,” Moats said. He explained the town had experienced some loss due to the economy, but overall the findings were good and he issued a clean audit report.

  • Delap Cemetery hit by vandals for second time

    Cemeteries are supposed to be peaceful resting places for the dead.

    However, there was nothing peaceful at Delap Cemetery when President of the Historical Society Gerald Myers discovered the cemetery had been vandalized once again.

    When Myers visited the cemetery in early April for a routine inspection, he discovered the same five tombstones, which had been vandalized in August of 2006, had been damaged once again.

    “They were broken at the earlier fractures and the bases were upturned this time,” said Myers.

  • Knoxville woman arrested for DUI and drugs

    A Knoxville woman found herself on the wrong side of the law after driving on the wrong side of the road in Jacksboro.

    Miranda Marie Brown, 18, of Knoxville, was arrested on April 6 after she was observed traveling east bound in the westbound lane on 25W in front of Cove Lake State Park, according to a Jacksboro Police report.

    Officer Zachary Graves witnessed the 1998 model Toyota Avalon allegedly driving on the wrong side of the road and initiated the lights and sirens near Eagle Mart. Brown pulled over at the Shell station located by County Lane, according to Graves.

  • Wallace held on drug and theft charges

    A LaFollette man led Jacksboro police on a foot chase after being caught shoplifting.

    Horace Wallace, 31, of 1464 Big Four Road LaFollette, was arrested on April 11 after he was allegedly caught shoplifting at Wal-Mart, according to a Jacksboro Police report.

    Jacksboro Officer Jeremy Goins was dispatched to Wal-Mart on the report that Wallace was fleeing from a Wal-Mart loss prevention agent due to an alleged theft. Goins reported witnessing Wallace fleeing across a field, which was fenced around the perimeter of the property.

  • BreadBox hosts Fill Up for Education program


    A busy day at the gas pumps meant money for LaFollette Middle School last Friday, during the BreadBox’s “Ten Off the Top” program.

    On April 9, all BreadBox locations participated to donate 10 cents for every gallon of gas purchased to area schools.