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  • Children’s Center to host abuse awareness luncheon

     Friday at the LaFollette Church of God, the Campbell County Children’c Center will host a child abuse awareness luncheon.

  • Lawson reflects on her battle with cancer

    Ovarian cancer has no symptoms.

    “It’s called the silent killer,” Debbie Ayers Lawson said.

    Lawson was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in the fall of 2010. She has been in remission for a year. Now that she looks back on it, she says she is grateful she had cancer, and thanks God for it.

  • Missing cabinets returned

    Forty-year-old cabinets have been a point of contention for the LaFollette City Council this month.

    As the new library building was being renovated, former project manager Paul Begley tore the cabinets out. They had been part of the building since it was built in the 1970s, and weren’t in good shape, Begley said.

    Council member Hansford Hatmaker also felt the cabinets were in poor condition, and told Begley to dispose of them.

    “If somebody loaded them up, I wouldn’t take them,” Hatmaker said.

  • TBI releases annual crime report

       As law enforcement departments across the state work to combat crime, they are being watched.

    The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation watches local law enforcement, tracking their progress on investigations through the Tennessee Incident Based Reporting System known as TIBRS.

    Each year the data supplied to the TBI by law enforcement is compiled into an annual report that reveals what type of crime is on the rise and the decline across Tennessee.

  • Paul Begley quits as project manager at new library

    Delays. Incompetence. Micromanagement. Contractors not receiving pay for services rendered. These are a few of the reasons Paul Begley gave for quitting as project manager at the new LaFollette library building.

    As project manager, Begley has overseen the renovation of the new library.

    “We would not be where we are at that library if it were not for Paul,” librarian Nancy Green said. “He has been fabulous.”

  • Children’s center to host child abuse awareness luncheon

    On April 27, the Campbell County Children’s Center will host a child abuse awareness luncheon at the LaFollette Church of God.
    Bob Kesling will be the keynote speaker at the luncheon.
    The purpose of the luncheon is to raise money for the children’s center, which helps abused children in Campbell County, Claiborne County and Union County, children’s center CEO Tracie Davis said.

  • Children’s advocacy center offered training on talking to children

    Local child protection workers gathered at Cedar Hill Baptist Church Monday and Tuesday to learn how to talk to children.
    Tennessee Children’s Advocacy Centers Training Coordinator Emily Cecil taught child protection workers from the department of children’s services, local law enforcement, child and health specialists, child mental health specialists, CASA workers and staff from the Campbell County Children’s Center about communicating with children. The training covered such topics as child development and interviewing skills.

  • Southern Sons host benefit for local teenager

    Local motorcyclists will rally together to help raise money for a teenager’s medical expenses.
    Like many 15 year olds, Bradley Turner enjoys playing guitar, listening to music and going to church. But lately, he has been in and out of the intensive care unit at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, where doctors are attempting to increase his body weight so that he can go to a hospital in St. Louis for a lung transplant.

  • Races slated for April

    Campbell County will host three races this month.
    On Saturday, First Volunteer Bank will host a five-kilometer race in Jacksboro, and TELCO Coal Corp. will host a five-kilometer race at Indian Mountain State Park in Jellico.
    First Volunteer will begin registration at 7:30 a.m., and the race begins at 8 a.m. Participants must pay $20, and they will receive a T-shirt.
    The money FVB raises will benefit Relay for Life.

  • Chamber and Rotary to host golf tournament

    On May 2, the Campbell County Chamber of Commerce and Rotary Club will be teeing off at the Greens at Deerfield.
    This is one of the Chamber’s major fundraisers. The tournament presents the chamber with an opportunity to develop (local business) and for Rotary to have a global impact, chamber director E. L. Morton said. The chamber will direct the funds raised to business development and Rotary will use them to help provide clean water and eradicate polio around the world.