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Looking back at 2012- July through December

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 July

 

The city of LaFollette delayed its annual Fourth of July Fireworks show because of hot and dry conditions. Temperatures had exceeded 100 degrees. City officials were afraid fireworks could cause a fire in the dry weather.

A local teenager was airlifted to U.T. Medical Center for treatment to injuries he sustained after he jumped from a bridge onto a passing boat, according to a Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency press release. The 17 year old leapt from a bridge on Demory Road that crosses Norris Lake and landed on a bass boat that was passing underneath. The fall caused injuries to his foot and back and damaged the vessel.

Early voting for the state primary and county general elections were held July 13 to July 28 on Mondays through Saturdays at the election commission and the municipal building in Jellico. Every registered voter was eligible to participate in early voting, Campbell County Administrator of Elections Ann Ayers-Colvin said.

Police identified the woman left at the Big Orange Bar in Caryville on June 28 as Lynn Cameron. Lynn Cameron is a 19 year old from Algonquin, Ill.

Andrew Hamblin, pastor of Tabernacle Church of God, asked the Campbell County Commission for help in lifting a ban on snake handling. Hamblin approached the commission at its July 9 workshop and asked for a resolution to petition the state legislature to lift the ban. His church practices snake handling, and he felt the law limits its freedom to worship.

The heat and dryness in June and early July affected pastureland and hayfields, according to Steve Edwards, director at the U.T. Extension office. About 80 percent of the hayfield and pastures were in poor or very poor condition, and farmers had to begin dipping into their hay storage to feed.

On July 11, Michael Shane Baker, 39, a former LaFollette Police Officer, was indicted for 44 sex crimes. He was accused of 22 counts of especially aggravated exploitation of a minor and 21 counts of solicitation of sexual exploitation of a minor.

On July 13, following an eight-month investigation, 52 year old Lonnie Ellison was arrested for over 80 sex crimes on a sealed indictment. The investigation involved the Internet Crimes Against Children office in Knoxville and the LaFollette Police Department.

At it’s July 16 meeting, the county commission voted against a resolution to lift the ban on snake handling. However, Andrew Hamblin, Pastor of the Tabernacle Church of God, expressed intentions to continue handling serpents as part of his freedom to worship. He wasn’t surprised by the commission’s decision.

At the July 16 Campbell County Commission meeting, tempers flared as audience members called out to commissioners. Commissioner Bobby White told a member of the audience to “Stick it!” After White’s comment, County Mayor William Baird banged his gavel and told called for a five-minute recess.

At its July 24 meeting, the Campbell County Budget and Finance Committee approved a budget that didn’t include a property tax increase. At a meeting on July 19, a budget that included a 16 percent increase was rejected, so Campbell County Director of Finance Jeff Marlow brought a budget before the committee that included budget cuts that eliminated the increase. The committee approved it 11-4.

 

Campbell County veterans received word they would receive an outpatient clinic. The funding for the clinic came from Rural Health Dollars, which was allocated from the Veteran’s Affairs in Washington D.C., Campbell County Veterans Affairs Office Director Kevin Walden said.

Venita Johnson, vice mayor of Jellico, had her conduct questioned at a meeting. Johnson allegedly approached two of the town’s youth workers who were in a truck, according to street supervisor Jerome Smith. She didn’t give them a chance to explain why they were in the truck, but ordered them to work, Smith said. Johnson had heard youth workers weren’t doing their jobs, she said. She felt Mayor Les Stiers should have stopped the conversation at the meeting.

After Jellico’s July 19 meeting, Vice Mayor Venita Johnson’s mother was involved in an altercation with the mother of a youth worker. Nancy Rookard had addressed the council about the Vice Mayor’s conduct towards her daughter. After the meeting, Venita Johnson’s mother, Vivian Johnson, approached Rookard, according to witness Renee Voyles. Jellico Police Officer Joe Hopson found arrived to find them in a “very heated argument,” he said in an incident report. He stepped between them. Venita Johnson wasn’t at the municipal building when it occurred, according to statements taken by police.

At its July 19 meeting, Jellico increased security measures, searching bags and people for weapons. This was because there had been a tip that members of the audience may have been carrying weapons, Jellico Mayor Les Stiers said.

After an altercation on July 19, Coy Ward, 58, 2348 Long Hollow Road, allegedly shot Rob Brown in his right arm. Ward shot him twice with a .40 caliber pistol, according to Captain Brandon Elkins, with the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department. However, it wasn’t the gunshot that killed him. Brown went to U.T. Medical Center for Treatment, and was given a prescription for 30 oxycodone, the police report said. The day after the shooting, LaFollette Police Officers found Brown dead at a LaFollette apartment, and also found the prescription bottle with only 19 of the pills, reports said.

 

August

 

Pastor Andrew Hamblin, who asked the county commission to petition the state to lift a ban on snake handling, practiced serpent handling at Tabernacle Church of God. He became pastor at TCoG in Nov. 2011. Before then, TCoG, established in 1995, didn’t practice serpent handling. While Hamblin believes snake handling is one of the signs that accompany saving faith in the gospel, he expressed a desire to fellowship with churches that don’t handle snakes.

On Aug. 7, Campbell County participated in the national event National Night Out. In LaFollette, a celebration was held in Sergeant’s Park, and in Jellico one was held in Veterans’ Park.

The Tennessee Department of Transportation was ahead of schedule, spokesperson Mark Nagi said. The project to repair Interstate 75 after a landslide shut down southbound lanes in March was expected to be completed in September. However, TDOT expected it to be competed by the week of Aug. 13, Nagi said. The interstate would be open to normal levels, Nagi said.

On July 30, Lonnie Ellison, 52, plead not guilty to over 80 counts of rape of a child, aggravated sexual battery, and especially aggravated sexual exploitation of a minor.

On Aug. 7, Jacksboro Police arrested Charles Blankenship, 58, 243 Liberty Street, for allegedly streaking. The JPD had received complaints about an alleged streaker for a year.

Half of the votes in the state primary and county general election came during early voting, and there were a total of 6,680 votes in the unofficial count, according to Campbell County Administrator of Election Ann Ayers-Colvin. Brandon Partin won the race for property assessor, receiving 58.39 percent of the votes. Dennis Potter won the road superintendent race with 67.5 percent of the votes. Wendell Bailey won the race for a vacant third district county commission seat with 54.82 percent of the votes. Danny Wilson unseated first district school board member David Lynch with 58.37 percent of the votes while Homer Rutherford, from the second district, and J. L. Collins were able to hang on to their seats. Rutherford had 64.02 percent of the votes and Collins had 61.27 percent of the votes.

Chris Cannon joined the staff at the LaFollette Press as a sports writer.

LaFollette City Council member Wayne Kitts expressed intentions to run for mayor. During a meeting he asked city attorney Reid Troutman if he needed to resign his seat.

At the Aug. 13 county commission workshop, county resident Jim Slusher criticized the budget and finance committee’s decision to make cuts in order to avoid a tax increase. Commissioner Rusty Orick pointed out Slusher had been critical of the proposed tax increase. Slusher asked the commission to look at the budget again. Some commissioner considered this while others stood by the budget and finance committee’s decision.

Billie Russell, from the county mayor’s office, talked to the commission about the importance of a rail spur. The county applied for an Appalachian Regional Commission Grant to finance this spur. The budget and finance committee had eliminated the county’s portion of the 80-20 grant, $106,532 when it voted for a no tax increase budget.

As deadlines for November elections approached, the campaigns began to take shape. In LaFollette, Wayne Kitts was set to challenge incumbent Mike Stanfield for Mayor. Kitts vacated his council seat in order to run against Stanfield, and incumbent Hansford Hatmaker was up for reelection. This made two seats open. Bob Fannon and Hatmaker were set to run against each other. Perpetual candidate Virgil Kidwell had picked up a petition to run for mayor, but hadn’t turned it in. Kidwell had also picked up a petition to run for city council. Incumbent Caryville Mayor Robert Stooksbury was set to be challenged by alderman Chris Stanley and Jerry Chadwell. Caryville Aldermen Vicki Heatherly and Glen Smith were up for reelection, and filed petitions with elections commission to run. Allen Smith and Lloyd Lawson also filed petitions to run. Bradley Bostic and Robert Durkee picked up petitions but hadn’t filed them.

 

The Campbell County Property Assessor’s Office appealed decisions made by the Campbell County Board of Equalizations involving Emerson Properties. The Campbell County Board of Equalizations granted reassessments to Emerson Properties for 241 parcels of land. Some of these reassessments reduced the property value by as much as 90 percent, according to documents. Appeals were made to the BOE regarding 285 pieces of property in June. Of these, 261 pieces of property were reassessed. The majority of these belonged to Emerson Properties.

At it’s Aug. 20 meeting, the county commission approved the budget and finance committee’s no tax increase budget despite a motion to reopen the budget. Commissioner Tom Hatmaker made the motion and commissioner Scott Stanfield seconded it. Hatmaker said the commission needed to look at the budget.

On Aug. 23, the Campbell County Board of Education evaluated Director of Schools Donnie Poston. Poston’s mean score, 2.609, was slightly lower than his mid-year evaluation of 2.683. However, there were some questions in the evaluation that weren’t in the mid-year evaluation, and it wasn’t the same exact evaluation, BOE chairman Mike Orick said. The evaluation is very close to the midyear evaluation, Orick said.

On Aug. 13, Trinity Henegar, 16, was airlifted to U.T. Medical Center after falling from the back of a utility vehicle. He was in the ICU while the community rallied behind him. Citizens in Campbell County urged one another to “Pray for Trinity.” Classmates and fellow JROTC cadets felt his absence at Campbell County High School. Henegar’s family was  grateful for the community’s support.

As work continued at the East LaFollette Sports complex, LaFollette Middle School agreed to let the Campbell County Youth Football Association play games on its field, CCYFA president Steve Phillips said. The LaFollette City Council approved spending $60,000 to build the sports complex in March. While the CCYFA held practices there, it wasn’t ready for games. LaFollette Recreation Department Head Johnny Byrge hoped to complete work at the sports complex in time for the CCYFA to play a couple games there.

 

September

MTAS required the LaFollette City Council to rebid three roofing projects.

CCHS student and JROTC cadet Trinity Henegar succumbed to injuries sustained in an Aug. 13 utility vehicle accident.

Jellico’s Board of Mayor and Alderman came into partial compliance with the state comptroller’s office by turning a line of credit into a capital outlay project.

Jacksboro resident Reba Wilson received a new home thanks to the Tennessee Housing Association and the Tennessee Manufactured Housing association.

LaFollette Police Officer Odell Bailey passed away due to natural causes.

A Labor Day weekend dispute resulted in an arrest after a man allegedly threw a loaf of bread and a two-liter bottle of soda at a female victim.

After a summer drought, rainfall was sufficient enough to allow most farmers to get a second cutting of hay.

LaFollette native Scott Miller was promoted to Major with the Kentucky State Police.

Pete Suttles, accused of allegedly assaulting his girlfriend and her grandmother and then burning down the trailer, was exonerated on arson charges.

Lori Phillips-Jones became the Eighth Judicial District Attorney after her uncle, Paul Phillips, retired.

A fire at Springs Dock Marina burned two sets of boat slips and 50 boats. The cause of the blaze was ruled an accident.

Caryville dealt with delinquent taxes from the Super 8 Motel.

Josh Parker was elected as chairman of the board of education for the next year.

The county commission considered allowing departments to go to paperless records.

County Commissioner Tom Hatmaker made a motion to add himself to the emergency medical service and environmental committees. The motions passed.

CCHS and JHS celebrated homecoming

Police outlined the dangers of returning into a home quarantined for methamphetamine.

Funds from the “Keep my Tennessee Home” program came available to assist residents in paying off their mortgages.

Seeds of Hope food bank opened in Jellico

Budget savings within the board of education allowed three teachers to be hired.

The Campbell County Sheriff’s Department arrested a man in a dress for public intoxication.

A Fed-Ex driver was arrested for allegedly selling drugs out of his delivery van.

A recent parolee was arrested for allegedly possessing an active meth lab. The home had to be quarantined.

Police performed a welfare check at a Jacksboro home, and arrested a man on drug charges. The man was found in the bathroom, fully clothed and on the toilet.

Animal advocates levied claims of abuse at the Campbell County Animal Shelter.

A resolution to increase the local option sales tax from 2.25 percent to 2.75 percent was officially added to the Nov. 6 ballot.

The Campbell Culture Coalition hosted the sixth annual Louie Bluie Festival.

An ouster suit was filed to remove Jellico mayor Les Stiers from office.

The Shepherd’s Home Thrift Store celebrated one year of business.

Jellico Mayor Les Stiers made an executive decision to sell 70 acres of land behind the Jellico hospital. The move later came before the board of mayor and aldermen.

Former Grainger County sheriff, William Penn Livingston, was arrested in LaFollette on drug charges.

Jellico named the town’s civic center the “Jellico Civic Center.”

Horseshoe Champion Alla Faye Monday was presented a plaque by the town of Jellico for her achievements.

Good Hope United Baptist Church in Jellico celebrated 168 years of worship.

Jacksboro Elementary kicked off a new reading program.

Caryville began proceedings to issue a distress warrant for Super 8 Motel’s unpaid taxes.

CCSD and LPD received a grant to increase patrols and provide for a DUI prosecutor.

LaFollette began accepting bids on three roofing projects.

 

October

LaFollette traffic judge and local attorney Wes Hatmaker was arrested for driving on a license suspended since 1998.

Gov. Bill Haslam traveled to Campbell County to swear in Lori Phillip-Jones, the new Eighth Judicial District Attorney.

Former LaFollette police officer Michael Shane Baker turned himself in after a two-month manhunt and appearance on the TBI 10 most wanted list. He was charged with 22 counts of especially aggravated exploitation of a minor and 21 counts of solicitation of a minor.

Campbell County emergency responders held a disaster drill at Elk Valley Elementary School.

John Lowe was sentenced to 15 years in the starvation death of his uncle, Paul Cox.

A mine rescue competition was held at Cove Lake State Park with participants from Alabama, Tennessee and West Virginia.

First Baptist Church of LaFollette celebrated 131 years of worship.

The LaFollette City Council voted to add a water feature to Freeman Park.

David Adkins was elected to serve another term as chairman of the county’s financial management system committee.

Animal advocates approached the Campbell County Commission with plans to increase volunteers at the shelter and reduce the euthanasia rate.

Students gathered for Fields of Faith at L. Hope Dossett Field. More than 1,500 attended the rally with testimonies, worship and a message.

Maria Partin sued Campbell County Clerk Debbie Wilson for wrongful termination after she was fired in January. Partin seeks $400,000 in damages.

Nearly 100 jobs were created in Caryville.

The Campbell County Veterans Affairs office was able to increase benefits to veterans for the sixth year in a row.

A woman was arrested for prostitution in downtown LaFollette. Several other prostitutes were also arrested in October and November.

A house fire in Elk Valley was initially reported as a plane crash or an explosion. The explosion several residents reported hearing was actually a car accident during the same time.

Jellico found itself so short on cash that employees couldn’t be paid. Money was eventually disbursed, although payments came four days late.

A pedestrian was struck and killed on Highway 25W in Jacksboro.

A new fee structure caused uproar among marina owners after TVA implemented a land-use fee of up to 7.25 percent of fair market value.

The mountains exploded with brilliant fall colors, one of the best seasons in recent years.

A motel room at the Super 8 Motel in Caryville was quarantined after officers found an active meth lab and a woman hiding under a bed in the room.

The board of education approved archery in all Campbell County Schools, as well as the sale of the old Ridgewood Elementary School property off Highway 116.

Revenues from Caryville’s liquor stores were down somewhat due to the landslide on I-75 in the spring. Owners still reported sales as good.

The animal advisory board heard from animal advocates about implementing an adoption program.

Jellico raised fees for outside fire protection and trash pick up.

A ghost walk through downtown LaFollette highlighted legends still circulating through local lore.

A Tennessee Housing Development Agency grant provided renovated homes for two families in Jellico.

The county commission granted Trail Manor another six months of free rent. The unpaid rent amounts to $4,500.

Johnny Bruce was elected to chair the county’s recreation committee.

Slow curb work on Mullis Trail meant residents had to park on the street for several days. The high curb made it impossible for residents to access their driveways. They were later backfilled.

Campbell County refunded $26,000 in delinquent tax revenue after miscommunication over bankruptcy filings.

A man was struck and killed by a train at Brantley Lane.

Phillip Young, brother of deputy county mayor David Young, turned himself in after an undercover drug sting.

Campbell Countians participated in a third annual Stand in the Gap.

Jellico’s board of mayor and alderman discussed revenue solutions including drilling wells, businesses licenses for vendors making deliveries in Jellico

November

The county saw record voting turnout with 12,447 people voting.

The state educational report card highlighted areas of improvement needed in all schools. While most schools made small gains, many of the areas elementary schools still received Fs.

Voters did not approve an increase in local sales tax from 2.25 percent to 2.75 percent.

The Pioneer Post Office changed its hours of service in order to run more efficiently.

Chris Stanley was elected to be the mayor of Caryville.

Mike Stanfield was reelected to be the mayor of LaFollette by nearly a 2-1 margin.

Hansford Hatmaker and Bob Fannon were elected to serve as LaFollette councilmen.

State Representative Dennis Powers was reelected to serve a second term in the 36th district.

Senator Ken Yager was reelected to serve a second term for the 12th senatorial district.

A 4.3 magnitude earthquake rattled windows and shook houses. No damage was reported.

Caryville mayor Chris Stanley froze spending in the town on the day he was sworn into office.

Police investigated after nearly 20 cars were burglarized in Jacksboro.

A father-daughter duo in Jellico was arrested on drug charges.

A Veterans’ Day Parade with the Campbell County Honor Guard, American Legion Post 154 Honor Guard and Disabled American Veterans Appalachian Chapter 105 took place in downtown LaFollette.

The board of education retroactively weighted scores for AP Biology to bring the class in line with other AP classes. Ret. Gen. Carl Stiner encouraged the board to approve the change in order to make students more competitive when vying for a chance at admission into a service academy.

A memo from Jellico town recorder Linda Douglas to the mayor caused a stir when it was alleged that board members had made comments about the weight of police officers.

The Campbell County Sheriff’s Department solved an auto burglary case in which nearly two dozen cars in Jacksboro were broken into.

The Tennessee Department of Safety acknowledged plans to merge the LaFollette driver’s station with the Clinton driver’s station.

County commissioners appointed Jacksboro Police Chief Danny Chapman to the 911 Board.

The county commission passed a resolution to refund $21,000 in delinquent tax refunds after a property was wrongly sold in May 2011.

A review of travel expenditures in the town of Caryville revealed $4,207.11 was spent in 15 months among six employees.

The East LaFollette Learning Academy, the county’s alternative school, opened in its new building.

Caryville Elementary Schools received a letter from the Tennessee Department of Education praising them for their work to close achievement gaps.

A dispute at Jellico Elementary School led to an administrative shake up in which Bob Walden was moved to the East LaFollette Learning Academy, Robert Angel became the principal at Jellico Elementary and Ronnie Lasley moved to Jellico High School to serve as vice principal.

A forest fire claimed 2,000 acres of Campbell County. Authorities believe the fire was intentionally set.

A Campbell County High School running back was injured in a four-wheeler accident with back injuries and lost feeling in his legs.

The Campbell County Courthouse was closed for several hours after a bomb threat. The local courthouse was one of several in East Tennessee that received bomb threats on Nov. 27. No explosives were found.

Eighth judicial district chancellor Billie Joe White died at 76.

LaFollette Middle School hosted an academic night with science experiments, archery, history and a demonstration from CCSD K-9 officer Darrell Mongar.

Campbell County principals met in a workshop with school board members to details their achievement plans in time for the next state report card.

Paving work on Mullis Trail in LaFollette neared completion. Once the project was finished, residents again had access to their driveways.

The LaFollette City Council discussed appointing a medical board to oversee a $10 million investment should Tennova ever go out of business. Tennova has no plans to leave.

Campbell County High School was recommended to maintain its accreditation after a site visit by AdvancEd. Schools go through the accreditation process every five years.

The board of education held an auction in order to sell the old Ridgewood School property on Highway 116.  The board placed a $100,000 cap on the sale, and the highest bidder at the auction only offered $91,000. The sale was postponed until it could be discussed further.

The LaFollette Utility Board accepted three bids for tree trimming contracts in the area.

December

With help from the Tennessee State Comptroller, Jellico found ways to generate some revenue and bring the town back from the edge of bankruptcy. They were able to account for the 22 percent worth of cuts the comptroller suggested.

Jellico’s town recorder Linda Douglas turned in her resignation just before a special called meeting on Dec. 4. 

A night of drinking turned deadly when a man stabbed his friend to death at their Highway 25W home.

Jellico approved the sale of the Taylor Machine Shop building to Montclair industries to be paid over three years.

Caryville’s newest officers were not given their raises at the end of their probationary period after Caryville Mayor Chris Stanley vetoed the measure. One of the officers left the department.

The Tennessee Department of Safety set the closing of the driver’s station to be Dec. 28.

Mike Ross, Rarity Mountain Developer, was indicted on 28 federal fraud charges.

The LaFollette City Council discussed adjusted insurance changes for the employees.

Curb work on Mullis trail was finally completed.

Jacksboro Middle School hired a temporary school counselor more than six months after the other counselor went out on workman’s comp.

Burger King opened a new location in LaFollette.

Work on the new Family Dollar Store building was completed.

Fincastle Church of God was completely destroyed by fire on Dec. 9. The fire was discovered by officers on patrol overnight.

Former Jellico town recorder Linda Douglas filed a worker’s compensation claim against the town of Jellico one week after her resignation. According to the claim, work obligations kept her from recuperating after sustaining a back injury on the job.

A look at the Campbell County Court Clerk travel records detailed more than 200 trips between Jellico and Jacksboro, with employees being paid $28.20 in mileage each time. Court Clerk Debbie Wilson said a personnel shortage made those trips necessary.

The Campbell County Commission reviewed Montclair Technologies’ letter of intent regarding a rail spur and other property in Jellico. Montclair wanted exclusive rights to a proposed rail spur, as well as an agreement from the county that it would buy back the land if Montclair didn’t use it.

A house fire in Newcomb took the lives of two people. Investigators do not believe the house fire is related to the Fincastle Church of God fire.

Local utility workers braced for storms on Dec. 9, but encountered few outages and downed trees.

Workers dug a large hole adjacent to the sheriff’s department and courthouse as part of an expansion project. When complete, the new jail will house almost triple the amount of inmates. Construction should be complete by the spring of 2014.

Steve Zecchini was indicted on attempted second-degree murder, two counts of aggravated assault, tampering with evidence, and employing a firearm in the commission of a dangerous felony. Zecchini allegedly shot his brother during an argument in October.

James Rich was extradited from Ohio after the LaFollette Police Department levied child rape charges against him.

A Campbell County Grand Jury did not indict Eva Cameron, the Illinois mother who abandoned her disabled daughter at a Caryville bar. State Representative Dennis Powers will present Lynn’s Law to state lawmakers later this month in order to make it illegal to abandon impaired adults in Tennessee.

The LaFollette Police Department began investigating the theft of a recreational vehicle from L.S. Custom.

A woman was killed in an accident on highway 25W near White Oak.

The historic Speedwell Academy hosted an old fashioned Christmas. The academy was originally built in 1827 as a school for boys.

The town of Jellico held a Christmas parade.

The town of Caryville approved the international building code and agreed to take bids on changing the locks on all the doors.

The board of education found themselves in need of a new bread supplier for the schools after Hostess went bankrupt. The board also approved solar panels at 9 of the schools and agreed to donate $2,500 to the Campbell County High School fishing club.

Jellico rented the basement of its civic center to Doc and Steve Hall, owner/operators of the new Channel 2 for broadcasting local sports, government meetings and church services.

School officials began revisiting school safety after a Dec. 14 shooting at a Connecticut elementary school. Director of Schools Donnie Poston said he wanted to provide school resource officers for all of the Campbell County schools without an assigned officer.

The fire at Fincastle Church of God was deemed arson. A $2,000 reward has been offered for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect. Pastor Mike Smith said the news of the intentionally set blaze made him sick.

The county commission decided to counter Montclair’s letter of intent to make the terms of the agreement fairer for the county.

A part-time certified municipal finance officer began spending time in Jellico to sort through the books. Jellico Mayor Les Stiers also reported finding discrepancies with the town’s Fuelman cards.

The Campbell County Highway Department recorded very little travel. It was also revealed that road superintended Dennis Potter does not allow the county to reimburse him for meals while he’s on the road.

County commissioner Tom Hatmaker questioned Baird’s decision to allow an out of town tree company to use the convenience center. The tree company was given permission because of their contract with the LaFollette Utilities Board.

 The Stony Fork Convenience Center was closed due to a lack of volume and a lack of money to operate it.

The LaFollette Church of God held a drive-through demonstration depicting the life of Jesus.

The LaFollette city council approved a new plan with Blue Cross Blue Shield for health insurance in 2013.

An armed robbery was reported at Rigg’s Pharmacy near the LaFollette Medical Center.

Caryville police officer Albert Kidwell and Campbell County Sheriff’s Department officers Darrell Mongar and Josh Humphry received awards for officer of the year.

Public Defender Charles Herman made plans to retire at the end of 2012. He served as a public defender for 22 years.

A letter from Blue Cross Blue Shield caused confusion among the county’s employees. The letter, which was erroneously sent, said that Terry’s Pharmacy and Riggs Drug Store would not participate in a 90-day prescription plan. The pharmacies actually do participate in the plan.

Jellico’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen accepted the resignation of former town recorder, Linda Douglas, at their regular December meeting. Vice-Mayor Venita “Cissco” Johnson cast the only dissenting vote.

The LaFollette driver’s center closed. While renewals can still be done in the county, tests must be taken at another location. The next closest office is in Clinton.

A Christmas Eve accident claimed the lives of three people. A 19 year old, and a couple in their sixties died.

LUB explained intricacies of Operation Roundup and Caring Neighbors, two programs that help low-income residents with their utility bills.