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  • County officials to consider policy against hiring felons

    CAMPBELL COUNTY—The Campbell County Commission will consider a resolution that would prevent the hiring of convicted felons. Commissioner Tom Hatmaker wanted to discuss it last month, but commissioner Bobby White requested it first be considered by the insurance and personnel committee.
    Hatmaker requested the item be added to the county commission’s April 15 meeting.  
     

  • ANIMAL SHELTER INVESTIGATION: Bite worse than bark

    A former animal advisory board member, who previously championed shelter director Betty Crumley’s leadership, is voicing his concerns. 

    It follows a six-minute viral video in which Crumley is heard speaking to an employee with concerns about euthanasia practices. Crumley dismisses it as the work of a disgruntled, former employee – others contend there are major issues.

  • Prophetic Conference seeking ‘prayer warriors’

    Lisa Elliot, president of Center of Hope International, will host the Prophetic Prayer Conference at Calvary Worship Center April 12-14.
    “I feel like it’s a mandate to bring a prayer summit,” Elliot said.
    Elliot encourages pastors, business leaders and people committed to prayer to come.

  • Tannis elected South Campbell County Rotary president

    Larry Tanis was elected president for South Campbell County Rotary Club. On March 24 he attended a multi-district President Elect Training Seminar in Nashville, according to a press release. Tanis said he looks forward to serving his term, which will begin July 1. Rotary is an organization committed to providing humanitarian services in the community locally and globally, Tanis said.

  • Tannis elected South Campbell County Rotary president

    Larry Tanis was elected president for South Campbell County Rotary Club. On March 24 he attended a multi-district President Elect Training Seminar in Nashville, according to a press release. Tanis said he looks forward to serving his term, which will begin July 1. Rotary is an organization committed to providing humanitarian services in the community locally and globally, Tanis said.

  • Local author debuts novel
  • Gov. Haslam unrolls Tennessee Plan

    While many states either rejected or accepted federal funding for Medicaid expansion, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has a different plan—the Tennessee Plan. It involves purchasing private health insurance for Tennesseans who wouldn’t be able to otherwise afford it.

  • Local dentists react after HIV, hepatitis scare in Oklahoma

    Local dentists are reacting after thousands of patients could have possibly been exposed to HIV and hepatitis at a suburban Tulsa, Okla., dental practice. Free screenings for patients began there Saturday and testing will continue this week. Investigators are still alarmed about the sterilization process of the Oklahoma office that reportedly engaged in questionable hygiene practices. 

    “Whenever that happens dentists have to react,” said Eddie Towles, DDS, of Shel Dental Center on Jacksboro Pike in LaFollette. 

  • LaFollette City Council terminates public works employee

    LaFOLLETTE—At Tuesday’s meeting, the LaFollette City Council approved the termination of David Martin, a public works employee.
    Council member Hansford Hatmaker said he had a question.
    “I wouldn’t ask too much about this,” Mayor Mike Stanfield said.
    Hatmaker wanted to see if LaFollette Public Works Department Head Jim Mullins approved of the termination, he said.
    Mullins said he did.

  • Beer board approves permit for CVS; 3 fined for selling beer to minors

    LaFOLLETTE—At Monday night’s meeting, the LaFollette Beer Board approved granting a beer permit to CVS. The beer board approved fining three businesses, China Dragon, Las Cumbres and Ninja Hibachi, which were cited for selling alcohol to minors during a sting operation for the Alcoholic Beverage Commission. It was the first offense for Ninja Hibachi and Las Cumbres and the second offense for China Dragon. The beer board fined Ninja Hibachi and Las Cumbres $500 and China Dragon $1,000.