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  • Campbell Culture Coalition hopeful about youth arts program

     As school starts, many children will begin involvement in extra-curricular activities. 

    Students at LaFollette Middle School will have the opportunity to try their hand at art in the new youth arts program.

  • Pair arrested for theft

    With friends like Ernest Allen Uhlman and Rebecca June McNeely who needs enemies? That is what the man the pair gave a ride to work likely thought after they allegedly took off with his belongings while he was inside a store grabbing something to drink.

    According to LaFollette Police Officer Steve Wallen’s report, the victim had gotten a ride to work with his co-worker Uhlman, 47, of 510 North 19th Street, and McNeely also of 510 North 19thStreet, last Wednesday.

  • King charged with leaving the scene

    Leaving the scene of an accident did not bode well for a Clairfield woman.

    On Aug. 11 Campbell County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Darrell Mongar was dispatched to Duff Road to investigate a two-car accident.

    At the scene the victim of the crash said the driver of the other vehicle, identified as Amanda Lyke King, 30, of 330 Archer Center Lane, Clairfield, had left the scene in a burgundy truck carrying a baby in a car seat, records indicate.

  • Erratic driving leads to drug arrest

    A traffic stop for alleged erratic driving led the discovery of a number of pills on Saturday.

    Campbell County Sheriff’s Deputy John Wallen was on patrol just after 3 p.m. on Saturday at the traffic light at the intersection of North Cumberland Avenue and East Central Avenue when he observed Roger Lee Wilson, 21, of  801 South 8th Street, Apartment 4, cross the double yellow line. Due to this observation Wallen turned around and activated his emergency lights while following Wilson.

  • Audit committee squashed for second month

    Discussion about the creation of an audit committee made an appearance on the county commission’s agenda for a second month in a row.

    After failing to gain enough support for the action during the July meeting Commissioner Tom Hatmaker decided to try his luck again on Monday night.

    Following Hatmaker’s reintroduction of the motion Commission Steve Rutherford questioned the need for such a committee.

    “Don’t all departments get an audit every year?” Rutherford asked.

  • Local author completes first book

    Books have been a part of Kristi Elaine Ivey’s life for as long as she can remember. And the urge to write them has been there just as long.

    “There’s never been a time that I can remember not reading or wanting to write,” Ivey said.

    Laughing out loud the LaFollette native confessed she probably has the beginnings of more than 50 books on her computer from the ideas she has had warbling around in her head over the years.

  • Hit and run trial underway

    Facing four criminal charges Louis Bargy faced a jury of his peers yesterday.

    He is accused of striking a man with his vehicle, killing him and attempting to cover up the crime. Officially, Bargy is charged with vehicular homicide by reckless conduct, leaving the scene of an accident with death, filing a false report and tampering with evidence.

    A jury of four men and eight women will decide his fate.

    Prosecutors in the case are arguing that in July 2010 Bargy was traveling on old Highway 63 when he hit Michael Jones, knocking him into a ditch.

  • Chaniott gets diversion; must pay restitution

    What a difference a year makes.

    This time last year Sandra Chaniott was beginning another school year as principal of Jacksboro Elementary School. But on Monday she was learning her fate in criminal court.

  • New utility rate structure causes higher bills at peak times: What should customers expect and what can they do to lower their bills?

    Air conditioning makes 95-degree weather bearable. But with soaring utility bills, is it affordable?

    Electricity is a commodity, and like gasoline, it is paid for based on usage.

    Last August, the Tennessee Valley Authority’s board of directors adopted a renewed vision that relies more on nuclear power and energy efficiency and less on coal, TVA’s website said.

  • Concerns expressed over animal control

    Bobbi Miller woke up to the sound of her dogs barking around 2:30 a.m. Sunday. She found the source for their agitation on her front porch. A mangy, stray dog stood soaking wet before her. It was dragging its hind leg because its hip had been dislocated, Miller said. Miller guessed the dog had been beaten. The dog was amiable, and wanted to come inside Miller’s house, she said.