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UT proposes fracking on its own land in Scott & Morgan Counties

Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The University of Tennessee wants to allow hydraulic fracturing to extract natural gas on a state-owned tract of rolling woodland, raising the hackles of environmentalists who question its stated goal of raising funds to research the environmental impact of such drilling.

"Fracking" is an increasingly popular and lucrative method for energy companies to remove gas or oil from underground rock using liquids introduced under pressure.

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Wartburg Central advances; Fulton and Gibbs fall

Wartburg Central boys basketball team punched it's ticket to the TSSAA State Semifinals with a win over Clarkrange, 72-52.

The Bulldogs were lead by Alex Fountain with 26 points and 8 rebounds. Austin Langley followed with 19 points, and Brandon Justes notched 11 points.

They move on to play Humbult in Friday's semifinals at 3:15 CT.

Later Thursday, Gibbs took on Livingston Academy.  They lost 76-50.

In Thursday's late game, Fulton fell to Jackson Southside, 53-39.



Scott Co. officials close to finalizing deal with Pioneer

On Thursday, Scott County is finishing up final paperwork details on a purchasing agreement that would let Pioneer Health Services buy the old st. Mary's hospital.

If the Mississippi-based health services organization approves the purchasing agreement, they will then ask the Attorney General's office to sign off on the contract.

Scott County Mayor, Jeff Tibbals, said the process is going according to plan and hopes to have the final purchasing agreement settled by next week.

2 Campbell Co. mothers face charges after using drugs while pregnant

Two Campbell County mothers are facing charges after deputies say the women admitted to using drugs while they were pregnant.

Johnna Ogg and Amanda Lyttle are charged with aggravated assault.

Authorities say both gave birth last year at UT Medical Center. Their babies had to be treated in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

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Trial will go forward for student accused of killing vice principal

A trial for the former student accused of killing a Campbell County assistant principal in 2005 will go forward after a judge denied an appeal by the state.

Kenneth Bartley pleaded guilty in 2007 to charges tied to the shooting that left Assistant Principal Ken Bruce dead, and two other administrators injured at Campbell County High School. But his attorney says the teen didn't have enough time to consider his options, and Judge Jon Kerry Blackwood agreed Bartley should get a new trial.

LaFollette man dies in single car wreck

A 56-year-old man from Campbell County was killed when the Volkswagen Beetle he was driving veered off the side of the road striking several trees and turning over before coming to a stop.

According to a Tennessee Highway Patrol report, Billy Ray Smallwood of LaFollette was killed in the single car accident around 10:45 p.m. Sunday.

Smallwood was the only person inside the Beetle when it wrecked on Flat Hollow Road near the intersection with Powell Valley Shores Circle.

Smallwood was traveling northbound on the road.

First liquor store in Scott County set to open in May

Scott County is getting its first liquor store.

Although the county is dry, in November, Winfield voters approved a referendum legalizing package and on-site consumption sales of liquor.

For the past five weeks, construction has been underway on Stone Cold Liquor in Winfield.

"It's going to be different. There's never been one here. It's going to be a lot for me to learn and a lot to understand about it. It's all new but I can handle it," said Brad Anderson, Stone Cold Liquor owner.