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Off Road Ride To Benefit Cancer Association

Cougar Band To Host Fundraiser

Chili supper, live auction and vendor fair is this coming Saturday, March 3 at CCHS. Vendors will be set up at 2pm, chili starts at 4 and auction at 5:30. One of the CCHS bands will be playing during the chili supper and the winter guard will perform at 4 in the gym.

Special Online Foodie: Sweet Temptations

The Common Ground coffee shop on Central Avenue in downtown LaFollette already has excellent coffees and hot chocolate. Now they’ve stepped up their game by adding Sweet Temptations Bakery items to their menu. Cupcakes, cookies, chocolate covered strawberries, and even chocolate covered bacon are among the items you’ll find on the Sweet Temptations list of tasty treats.

The items are made fresh and stocked early in the morning for people who want something sweet with their morning coffee or with their lunch, later in the day. There is a large variety of cupcakes on the menu and they change daily. So you can stop in each day and get a look at what is being served that particular day. We stopped in recently and there were blackberry wine and strawberry wine cupcakes. Both were topped with fresh fruit and cream cheese icing. Fluffy and heavenly, these cupcakes were out of this world. A self-contained slice of cake for only $3.50. This item would be over 5 dollars in most restaurants and it serves as either a great standalone treat or to finish a meal with a proper dessert.

Being a lover of bacon, I had to try the chocolate covered bacon. It was what one would expect. A large piece of excellent bacon with a hint of smoky salty flavor and an overarching sweetness from the chocolate. It was as if I’d found the best of both worlds eating this item. I definitely recommend this to bacon or chocolate lovers.

Sweet Temptations is available for larger orders if you give advance notice. So don’t let a birthday, anniversary or any other kind of reception go by without checking them out. Your guests will certainly appreciate the sweet sensations that come from Sweet Temptations Bakery. The Common Ground keeps upping their game and is quickly becoming one of the best establishments in the area for either hanging out with coffee or grabbing a to go treat.

John nailed almost everything perfectly but because I need to earn my money as well I have to say a few things. I have actually been ordering from Sweet Temptations for years. If you have played fantasy football with me you might remember some amazing cupcakes from our drafts. Ok that applies to like ten people so let me break it down for the rest of you. I have always been a fan of the candy bar cupcakes that Sweet Temptations offered. The Twix bar is my favorite mass produced candy and it is followed closely by the Reese’ Peanut Butter Cup. Now imagine those as cupcakes, many other candy bars are also available. These delightful little desserts blow away the ones from the Knoxville cupcakeries. I would honestly order just the icing alone. Also at our recent stop at Common Ground I tried the blackberry wine style cupcake, it blew me away. I am anxiously awaiting the sample of the raspberry wine one as well.

I actually ordered half a dozen cupcakes for a special someone in my life for Valentine’s Day. The look on her face when I presented them to her was priceless. Folks you are doing yourself a disservice if you are not going to Common Ground for coffee and confections. Get out there and support these fine local businesses!

Letter To The Editor: Bullying

Dear Editor:
I believe that most of us Americans have been victims of bullying and/or some form of abuse at some time in our lives. As a former counselor and therapist, I worked with and tried to help many victims of everyday bullying, as well as various other forms of abuse.
I found that the biggest problem and challenge that they dealt with was that they did not stand up to their bullies and abusers. The best question that I have ever heard a counselor or therapist ask their clients and patients relative to this was the following:
“What parts of yourself don’t you love that allows you to let this bully or abuser to continue to mistreat you and abuse you?”
This question prompted many people to finally make some serious changes in their lives and to walk away from and leave their abusers.

Sincerely,
Stewart B. Epstein
2266 Westside Drive
Rochester, New York 14624
585-594-0610

Sheriff Robbie Goins Announces Re-Election Bid for 3rd Term

Touts Dedicated Staff, Law Enforcement Accomplishments and Community Involvement

Jacksboro, TN- Campbell County Sheriff Robbie K. Goins announced this morning his intentions to seek a 3rd term for the office of Campbell County Sheriff. Sheriff Robbie Goins was elected sheriff in 2010 with an overwhelming majority and was re-elected in 2014 with over 72% of the vote. Sheriff Goins said, I am seeking a 3rd term because we still have important work to do together. When I took office in 2010 methamphetamine labs were a demonstrable problem. We’ve whittled that down to nearly nothing today. Now, we are being overrun by the opioid crisis and I believe we have so much to do and my staff has, and is, working hard everyday to fight this problem in its many ugly forms. We need your prayers.”

Since Goins was elected in 2010 the sheriff’s office has grown in many areas and garnered many accomplishments, along with, many law enforcement actions. SInce 2010 the sheriff’s office has answered and initiated almost 110,000 calls for service. Sheriff Goins calls it, “Unprecedented. The amount of calls over these last several years is a prime example of the leadership and hardwork of this fine staff and they have my full confidence and support. I would put them up against anyone, anytime. It also proves the need for our office and the call for new and better resources.”

The fruits and labors of our sheriff’s office is laid out in the following accomplishments since 2010:

Drugs: Nearly $500,000 in illegal drug money profits have been seized from drug dealers and reused into new drug abuse investigations. Nearly 150 vehicles have been seized from drug related investigations that were proven to be connected to the sell of drugs and when awarded, sold at public auction. The office has generated nearly $165,000 in monies from the sale of property connected to drug offenses at public auctions. Nearly 200 people have been indicted by the grand jury through drug investigations and prosecuted in criminal court. Nearly 500 other drug offense related arrests have been made since 2010. The office has logged nearly 250 arrests for drunk or drugged driving since 2010. SInce 2010 the sheriff’s office has educated nearly 3,000 school children with D.A.R.E. and the newly created L.E.A.D. Program that educates school aged children in the dangers of drugs.

Community Involvement: The sheriff’s office has been ultimately dedicated to its community in many different ways including the presence at: Hosting the Sheriff’s Back to School Bash and serving thousands of Campbell County children, as well as, working with the school system and many other great organizations. Replacement blood drives for people in need, Church Safety and Security Seminars, National Night Out, Louie Bluie and many other community events. We participate and work with Habitat for Humanity, Tennessee Valley Coalition for the Homeless, Shepherds Home, TVA, Food Life Services, Open Arms Ministry, Senior Citizens Center, the Campbell County Historical Society, Community Health of East Tennessee and many other churches and non-profit organizations. We also provide the adoption and cleanup for 9 cemeteries in Campbell County. We paint schools, classrooms, sporting field houses, Campbell County Chamber of Commerce office and many others with inmate labor and no cost to taxpayers.

Awards, Certifications and Grants: The sheriff’s office has been recognized nearly every year by the Tennessee Highway Safety Office for its exemplary efforts of its officers in D.U.I. and drug enforcement, along with, its highway safety efforts. The newly expanded Campbell County Jail has been state certified for the first time in over a quarter century. Nearly $300,000 in grants have been awarded by the Tennessee Highway Safety Office and utilized by deputies. We have also partnered with Children’s Hospital of East Tennessee in grants giving children free bicycle helmets and child safety seats to parents totaling nearly $50,000.

Jail: Led by a dedicated jail staff, the newly needed jail expansion opened a few years ago creating over 300 inmate beds for housing. A yearly average of over 3,000 arrestees come through the booking office of the Campbell County Jail. The new jail also received, for the first time in over a quarter century, its prized state certification. Almost 300,000 meals are served from the jail kitchen every year.

School Resource Officers: The sheriff’s SRO program has placed a deputy in nearly every Campbell County School for law enforcement presence and safety. It’s a one of a kind division in our area. It’s 13 deputies are placed all across Campbell County Schools by working with the Campbell County School Board, Director of Schools, Campbell County Commission, along with cooperation from, school principals, teachers, students, parents and other staff. The SRO’s provide many services aside from direct law enforcement duties that include; teach the new anti-drug L.E.A.D. Program to school children. They are trained in child passenger safety seat installation, hosting 4 checkpoints in Campbell County, where 108 families were served. The SRO’s provide law enforcement and safety enforcement at every home game for football, basketball and soccer sports at our schools. The SRO’s have investigated and criminally charged individuals for several serious threats and actions against our schools and children.

Corporals: Just recently, by working with county officials, we were able to promote first time ever corporal positions into the chain of command, streamlining the structure of the office to be more effective and efficient for our citizens at no extra burden to taxpayers.

K-9 Program: Just this year the sheriff authorized the expansion of the office’s K-9 Unit bringing it to its largest and most fruitful to date for a total of 3 K9’s on duty full time, including the first ever K-9 assigned directly to Campbell County Schools.

“It is with the most humble of heart that I thank you and your family for allowing me to serve as your sheriff. It’s an honor and privilege. We’ve been through a lot together. We’ve seen suffering together and we’ve seen sacrifice together. We’ve also accomplished many successes together. We have so much more work to do together and I look forward to it. Our campaign together has never really stopped. We strive every day to provide you and your family with the best possible service we can give you. Perfect we’re not, but proud we remain. I am so proud of my hardworking and dedicated staff. I could not do it without them or your heartfelt support and prayers. I ask you and your family, again this year, to support my reelection, ours, so our services can continue together.” said Sheriff Robbie K. Goins