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  • County mayor’s office shocked by factory closing

    The announcement that Jacksboro’s PACA operation would be closing effective immediately last Wednesday was a bombshell.

    While workers, some who had devoted decades of service to the factory, were still reeling from the news, County Mayor William Baird and his staff were completely in the dark.

  • PACA closes shop

    In an economy where jobs are hard to find, 90 more people will now be in the hunt after the body armor plant PACA closed.

    The company, which began in 1975, gathered its employees for a final time last Wednesday morning.

    “We didn’t think anything about it,” said Lena Testo of the meeting. Although the company had exchanged hands and employees knew changes could happen, Testo said the closure was “devastating.”

  • Vigilant residents aid in investigation

    An arrest was made in a burglary case thanks to residents who were diligent in keeping an eye out in their neighborhood.

    On Jan. 5, LaFollette Police Officer Robert Foxx was called to 407 Rose Hill Drive after receiving a complaint from a Rose Hill Drive resident that a man had walked from behind the home carrying what could possibly be stolen items.

    Officers, including Detective Lt. Monty Miller, received information that the man’s name was Mark and he was wearing a black hat, dark coat and was carrying a duffle bag.

  • Shelton arrested on drug charges

    Allegedly impaired people should not go to gas stations to play the quarters machine. That is the moral of the story for a Jacksboro man.

    LaFollette Police Officer James Farmer was called to the Shell station on Jacksboro Pike to investigate reports of an impaired person on the premises. At the station Farmer noted an unoccupied vehicle was running outside the store.

  • Search warrants net drugs and cash, investigation continues


    Local law enforcement agencies combined efforts led to a seizure of thousands in cash and prescription drugs last week.

    Agents with the Eighth Judicial Drug Task Force and detectives from the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department Criminal Investigation Division, along with the LaFollette Police Department, executed a search warrant on an apartment located at 131 Nevada Ave. on Jan. 6.

  • Scuffle leads to charges

    Reports of a fight involving a weapon summoned officers to a Linden Circle address last week.

    On Jan. 7, LaFollette Police Officer James Farmer went to 428 Linden Circle after receiving reports of a fight.

    At the scene a witness stated he had brought Dustin Hawkins to the residence to retrieve his car. The witness reported when Hawkins knocked on the door to get his keys from his girlfriend, Jeffery Lynn Bolton, 47, of 428 Linden Circle, came out of the residence and began cursing at Hawkins and allegedly pushed him down the steps, records indicate.

  • Criminal Investigation Division solves Whitman Hollow burglaries

    A case involving the burglaries of several storage units at Whitman Hollow Storage have been solved.

    As part of the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department Criminal Investigation Division Detective Freddie White was assigned to look into the rash of burglaries in the area.

  • Hall opposes Toy’s for Tots donation

    In a rare occurrence the commission’s budget and finance committee almost breezed through all 16 January budget amendments without debate Monday night.

    But the group hit a snag when Commissioner Beverly Hall took issue with an amendment allowing a $1,000 donation to Toys for Tots.

    In a previous meeting County Mayor William Baird proposed that the proceeds generated from the sale of scrap metal obtained during courthouse renovation go to Toys for Tots. 

  • Professional development program raises questions

    Opposing views emerged during a discussion of professional development at Tuesday’s board of education meeting.

    Board member Johnny Creekmore asked for details about a professional development program created by the Flippen Group and adopted by the Campbell County system since Director of Schools Donnie Poston’s tenure began.

    “I’ve been approached by some teachers and principals who have said the Flippen training is a waste of money,” Creekmore said.

  • Volunteer fire department owes county money

    A local volunteer fire department is facing financial penalties after failing to receive a grant.

    On Monday evening, members of the EMS committee met to discuss what course of action to take to retrieve $3,000 paid to the Pinecrest Volunteer Fire Department that was intended to be used as matching funds for a grant from the state’s forestry division.