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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 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.

Lovin Guilty Of Child Rape

On April 17, 2019, after a two (2) day trial a Claiborne County jury found Bobby Lovin, of
Tazewell, Tennessee guilty of Two Counts of Rape of a Child. Claiborne County Criminal
Court Judge E. Shayne Sexton revoked Bobby Lovin’s bond and set a sentencing hearing
to be held on July 29, 2019. This case was investigated by Detective Gary Ruszkowski of
the New Tazewell Police Department. The Department of Children’s Services also
assisted in the investigation. Bobbie Womack of the Claiborne County Children’s Center
also assisted throughout the prosecution of this case. Sonni Reagan of the Children’s
Center of the Cumberlands, including their facility dog, Lucia, also assisted in the
prosecution of this case. At trial, the State was represented by Assistant District
Attorneys General Graham E. Wilson and Courtney Stanifer.

Local Trio Plus Paducah Doctor Indicted On Multiple Charges In Connection With LaFollette Wellness And The War On Opoids

From the office of U.S. Attorney General William Barr.

On April 16, 2019, a federal grand jury returned an indictment against Dr. Henry Babenco, 58, of Paducah, Kentucky; Sharon Naylor, 53, of Jacksboro, Tennessee; Alicia Taylor, 29, of Oneida, Tennessee; and Gregory Madron, 54, of Jacksboro, Tennessee, charging all of them with conspiracy to distribute Schedule II controlled drugs. Naylor and Babenco were also charged with money laundering. Babenco, Naylor, Taylor, and Madron were all associated with LaFollette Wellness Center.

This case was investigated by the DEA and IRS-Criminal Investigations. Assistant U.S. Attorney Anne-Marie Svolto, along with DOJ Trial Attorney Scott Armstrong, will represent the United States in court proceedings.

“Unfortunately, the Appalachian Region, which includes the Eastern District of Tennessee, is experiencing a surge in drug abuse and overdose related deaths,” said U.S. Attorney J. Douglas Overbey. “Today is an example of how our office is working with our law enforcement partners in the Appalachian Regional Prescription Opioid Strike Force to identify and prosecute dishonest medical professionals and others engaged in health care fraud schemes involving illegal prescription, distribution, possession, and use of opioids