Author Archives: Patrick Pebley

Faulkner And Smith Finish Season On Top

Riley Faulkner and Austin Smith have been the fishing equivalent of Batman and Robin this year. The Cougar Dynamic Due have owned the waters throughout East Tennessee as part of the Bass Pro Shop High School Tournament Series. Now with the school year and high school fishing season closing the pair have ended on top of the mountain.

Faulkner and Smith had a combined total from five events of 48.60 pounds. This included the weekend tournament on Douglas Lake where they caught 3 fish for a total of 4.60 pounds to take 18th place on the day. Their teammates Hunter Richardson and Zak Long actually finished a spot ahead of them with 4.79 pounds.

For the season Faulkner and Smith had their biggest finish on Cherokee Lake with 17.39 pounds.

This will be the last we see of the pair on the high school level. Faulkner will be seeking a new partner next year as Smith will be graduating. It will not be the end for Smith though as he has signed to fish on the next level for Carson Newman in Jefferson City.

Release Time Bible Study Bill Passes Unanimously


A great victory today for the Campbell County Christian Learning Center in the Tennessee House as 2 board members Terry Bray and Derrek Bowman along with educator Lynn Ray from the Christian Learning Center viewed the passing of House Bill #1373. The bill passed today with a vote of 97 to 0. State Representative, Dennis Powers commented “It is exceptionally rare for a bill to pass unanimously.” This bill allows, moving forward, the students of the 2019/20 school year to receive credit for taking the Release Time Bible Education class located off campus at Hillcrest Baptist Church. CCHS students will now receive a 1/2 credit per semester for a full credit if the students take the class both semesters.
Campbell County, Tennessee is the first county to offer Release Time Bible Education in our state. “This is something that makes us very proud.” states Lynn Ray. Terry Bray also commented “Dennis Powers worked very hard to push this bill through 2 house committees and on to the House floor very quickly. We also want to thank Senator Ken Yager for his help as well.” In closing Lynn Ray stated ” For far too long, the spiritual side of children has been isolated within our county and limited only to family members willing to invest in that child. Now, spiritual growth and the opportunity to know God can be offered to any student that wishes.”
This passing legislation will now open the door to more counties that are currently seeking to offer Release Time in their own schools. It can be the beginning of something much greater across our region.
In our comments thread below we will include video of the passing of the bill. You will also find an additional YouTube link that explains in detail what the specifics of Bible Released Time are and how you can support those efforts here locally, in Campbell County.

Campbell County United Soccer Defeats Cumberland Gap

Campbell County Middle School United boys soccer, traveled to up to Claiborne County on Tuesday to play the Panthers of Cumberland Gap. They returned home prowd owners of a shut out victory, with a score of 3-0.

Scoring was led by team captain, and 8th grade mid-fielder Eli Austin with 2 goals. Colton Robertson, 6th grade left wing, showed his older team mates his ability to contribute with the 3rd and final goal. Keepers Kaleb Lee, 6th grader and Tristan Ackerman, 8th grader combined for the shutout, with numerous saves in goal.

Campbell County Eligible For Federal Disaster Relief Money

A few short weeks ago steady, heavy rains and periods of torrential downpours devastated many areas of Tennessee. Campbell County suffered its share of damages from this deluge.

Now President Donald Trump has declared a major disaster in Tennessee. This declaration will bring federal disaster relief dollars to areas that suffered flooding, mud slides and other weather related damages. This federal funding will be made available to state and certain local governments for the repair and replacement of damaged areas. In addition some non profit organizations will also be eligible for this aid.

Campbell County, along with nearby Scott, Union, and Claiborne Counties are on the list of those eligible areas.

Details Emerge Of Eberharter Arrest

For well over a week police were searching for James Eberharter following a 911 call that alleged that he had kidnapped Shenna Riggs. He was finally taken into custody earlier this week.

Following a tip deputies arrived at 408 Short Street in LaFollette where the located Eberharter. When the deputies took Eberharter into custody they searched him and located a prescription bottle with 30 suboxone strips inside, the name on the bottle was not Eberharter but rather it was Mary Parrot. The bottle also contained a baggy with a substance believed to be meth. A pair of hypodermic needles were also found on his person.

Eberharter was transported to the Campbell County Jail for his 18th booking.

Eberharter, age 32 of 520 Coolidge Road, is charged with La Follette for 3rd offense probation violation (criminal court), aggravated domestic assault, criminal impersonation, possession of schedule III controlled substance, possession of a schedule II controlled substance meth) and possession of drug paraphernalia.