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  • Bus driver suspended; parents to be reimbursed for milage

    When a bus driver was suspended last week some students in the Roses Creek community found themselves without transportation for the nearly 10 mile trek to school.

    While bus driver Mary Osborne claims she was slapped with a five day suspension for merely following “board policy and state law” Clayton Ray, transportation supervisor, said there was more to the story.

  • TVA gives glimpse into future of generating power

    For the first time in over 10 years Norris Dam opened its doors for a tour of the facility. Though the structure hasn’t changed since it was completed in 1936, the Tennessee Valley Authority has a different vision for the future.

    Senior Vice-President of River Operations John McCormick said by 2020 TVA plans on being one of the nation’s leading providers of low-cost energy.

  • Public Records

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as or similar to other members of the community.

     

     

    Campbell County Property Transfers

    Feb. 7 – Feb. 11

     

    Leon Smith to Leon Smith and Mary Alice Smith, Dist. 3, $0.

    Wanda H. Richart and Bertha M. Head Goad to Johnny Byrge, Dist. 1, $45,000.

    Roy L. Lemarr and Lois J. Lemarr to Lois Danielle Furgerson, Dist. 5, $5,000.

  • Jail addition meets resistance

    The issue of the proposed justice center continued to have a presence at Monday night’s commission workshop.

    Despite the fact the project is poised to start as early as next month with a pre-bid conference and bid solicitation some commissioners are still second guessing the decision to move forward with the $11 million facility.

  • Caryville ready to take apps for liquor stores

    Actions speak louder than words.

    Though several citizens made requests at the public hearing Monday night, the Caryville Board of Mayor and Aldermen stuck to the liquor ordinance and beer sale times previously established.

    The board unanimously approved the final reading for ordinance 2011-01, amending title eight of the municipal code by establishing liquor regulations and amending laws for Sunday beer sales.

  • Jacksboro falls off the Sunday wagon

     Last Thursday night the Jacksboro Board of Mayor and Aldermen joined the city of LaFollette by amending its beer ordinance to allow the sale of beer on Sunday.

    Mayor Jack Cannon opened the discussion concerning amending the ordinance, by saying the town was losing revenue by not allowing beer sales on Sunday.

    As the board attempted to set the hours for Sunday beer sales, the aldermen looked toward Cannon for guidance. After several minutes, Alderwoman June Forstner came forward with a suggestion.

  • Press now on-line subscription service

     The LaFollette Press’ website, www.lafollettepress.com, transitioned to a subscription-based news and information site effective Feb. 24.

    We’ll offer our valued newspaper subscribers complete access to all of the news and features currently in our print product, plus a number of online-only features such as videos, slideshows, reader interaction and more. A digital version of every issue of the newspaper will also be available to subscribers online.

  • Loved ones remembered at Red Dress event

     The Red Dress luncheon in Jellico had over 30 women in attendance – each with a story of how they lost a loved one to heart disease.

    Bright red balloons and tablecloths decorated the Jellico Library conference room Friday. It was an emotional gathering as the women talked about their husbands, brothers, mothers and sisters who died of a heart attack. Tears were shed around the room as the red clad women explained their personal experiences with heart disease.

  • Dangerous encounter ends with arrest

    When most parents punish their children they send them to time out. But Samuel Bolton’s father sent him to jail.

    Caryville police located Bolton in an upstairs room at his father’s house. Bolton allegedly had a large pocketknife in his hand- blade extended.

    Officer Ben Marlow and Sheriff’s Deputy Cody Chapman told Bolton to drop the knife. When Bolton complied he was arrest. Bolton told officers he ran because he knew he had warrants, said Marlow.

  • Caryville police discover remnants of meth labs

    Going down by the river has a whole new meaning for culprits cooking methamphetamine.

    Caryville Police responded to Yoakum Circle Friday when street department workers reported suspicious items near the water.

    Lt. Stephanie Smith arrived at 2 p.m. to find a bottle containing a crystallized substance and syringes on the ground behind a hollowed out log, she said. Smith walked to the Caryville dam finding more methamphetamine making components leading to the lake embankment.