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  • Sports News 5-23-13

    Sports News:


    May 23

    Smith to compete in State Championship

    Michaela Smith took fourth place in the Sectional Tournament, qualifying her for a spot in the TSSAA State Championship. The sophomore will compete at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 23 on the campus of Middle Tennessee State University.


    Orange and Blue Game

  • Bartley trial set


    Accused school shooter Kenneth Bartley will be tried in Campbell County Criminal Court beginning on Nov. 18. In March, the court of criminal appeals ruled Barley's original guilty plea was an uninformed decision, meaning the plea was thrown out.


     Campbell County High's 2013 graduation ceremony was held Saturday morning at Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate. What advice would you give to our graduating seniors?

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  • Great TREEbulation: Iconic Thacker Christmas Inn sign scrapped

      A 38-year-old iconic landmark was “deforested” and scrapped last Thursday when crews removed and demolished the 30-foot tall, tree-shaped Thacker Christmas Inn and Restaurant sign near Interstate 75 exit 134 in Caryville. 

    The larger-than-life sign was cut at the tree’s base by a welding torch before a tall crane lowered it down to a flatbed truck. It was eventually hauled away to a Knoxville scrap yard, although a large chunk of it lingered late Monday afternoon in the parking lot of a shuttered gas station across the street. 

  • WLAF: 60 years of broadcasting

     LaFOLLETTE—Locally-owned and operated 1450 AM WLAF celebrates 60 years on Friday with tributes from past on-air personalities, local bands and more from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Old Regions Bank Building, downtown.

    In the early 1950s, a group of LaFollette businessmen decided the community needed a radio station. 

    The group — including Ed Balloff and Ed Wheeler — eventually signed Campbell County’s first radio station, 1450 WLAF, on the air May 17, 1953. 

  • Relay for Life set for Friday



    American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life will be at Jacksboro Middle School from 6 p.m. to midnight Friday. There will be much to see, hear and eat.

    “We do have food (and) entertainment,” said Cyndi Russell, Relay for Life committee co-chair.

  • Fincastle Church of God rising from ashes



    Five months after a fire destroyed its building to the ground, Fincastle Church of God continues to hold services in its fellowship hall and looks forward to completing the new facility.

    “We are still working up here,” pastor Mike Smith said. “And still striving to get souls saved, and that’s what it’s all about.”

    The fellowship hall was unharmed by the fire that consumed the church building in December. 

  • Fired town recorder seeks $1.5M in lawsuit

     A former Caryville Town Recorder is seeking compensation of up to $1.5 million after she was terminated from her position on April 22. 

    The suit, filed on May 6, alleges an illegal purchase  made by Mayor Chris Stanley, as well as an illegal payment of expired vacation hours, discrimination against the former police chief, and retaliation against the recorder for her warning about the discrimination. 

  • Lunar Lunacy: Does the full moon bring out the worst in people?

     Nobody can quite put a finger on it, but there’s just something different when the moon is brightest in the sky. 

    A full moon occurs roughly once a month when the earth is directly between the moon and sun. It has often been blamed for strange happenings. In fact, the word “lunacy” comes from the word “lunar.”
     While empirical evidence doesn’t support theories about full moon follies, the anecdotal evidence is compelling.

  • Liquor license renewed

    CARYVILLE—141 Wine and Spirits is certified to sell their wares for another year after a narrow vote by Caryville’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen.
    New Alderwoman Lisa Crawford and Mayor Chris Stanley abstained from voting. Alderman Mark Stanley passed on the vote. Alderpersons Allan Smith, Lloyd Lawson, Glenn Smith and Vickie Heatherly voted in favor of the measure.