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  • Fowler going to next court level

     A man accused of causing an explosion that left others homeless is headed to the grand jury.

    On Friday, Russell Harry Fowler appeared in general sessions court.

    He was there answering to charges he was cooking meth in his Pinecrest apartment when the process went bad igniting a fire. The blaze eventually leveled half of the building leaving several people without a home.

  • CCSD busts three meth labs in four days

    The county’s meth epidemic shows no signs of slowing.

    Beginning last Thursday Campbell County Sheriff’s Detectives and deputies were successful in making arrests in three meth lab cases in four days.

    On Feb. 10 Detective Sgt. John Long received information from the Anderson County Sheriff’s Department Narcotics Unit about possible drug activity at the Motel 6 in Caryville.

  • Amendments and resolutions bring changes to Caryville

    The Caryville Board of Mayor and Aldermen considered amendments to the personnel policy Monday night. Some of the changes brought the town in alignment with state regulations and others were functional corrections.

    The Tennessee Municipal League (TML) suggested a change to article one of the policies. The change is a non-harassment policy, placing the town in line with other municipalities, according to Mayor Robert Stooksbury.

  • 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.