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Caryville Library To Host Book Signing

Branam To Host Book Signing At LaFollette Public Library

Lucy Branam recently published her first book, “Roof Octopus”. The juvenile fiction book is a fun tail of a girl and the friendly octopus that lives on her roof.

Lucy will be coming to LaFollette Public Library to sign her book on Tuesday April 3rd at 2 PM to sign her book.

Lucy is not the only family member with a recently published work. Her father Tony Branam wrote the play, “Where
I belong,” now being performed at Postmark LaFollette.

LaFollette Public Library Director Nancy Green encourages everyone to Please come and support this local author!

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!