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  • Campbell County feels ground shake

    Saturday, the ground shook in Campbell County, and people experienced effects of an earthquake.

    “It shook our living room mildly,” Lynda Miller said via the LaFollette Press Facebook page.

    “I was upstairs in my room (getting) ready,” Sherry Bingham said. “Next thing I know it sounded like someone was (stomping) up my stairs. Then it quit and the next thing I know everything on my dresser and desk (started) shaking. Talking about scaring someone, it did. Never (want) to experience that again. Never.”

  • Auto break ins prompt investigation

    A series of auto burglaries has promoted a dual jurisdictional investigation. Beginning Thursday night, the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department and the Jacksboro Police Department opened investigations into the crimes.

    Authorities estimate nearly 20 vehicles were burglarized from Thursday until Sunday.

    Residential areas including Perkins subdivision, Wheeler Landing, Queener Meadows and Chase Lane are among the neighborhoods where the thieves struck.

  • Caryville mayor sworn in, board approves spending freeze

    Newly elected Caryville Mayor Chris Stanley was sworn in as mayor on Monday night after defeating Jerry Chadwell and incumbent mayor Robert Stooksbury in last week’s mayoral election.

    Alderpersons Vickie Heatherly and Glenn Smith were sworn in for their next terms after being reelected.

    Lloyd Lawson took his oath of office after he won an unchallenged position left open by Wade Lawson’s decision not to run for reelection 

    Smith was unanimously appointed to serve as the town’s vice mayor.

  • Grant continuation means aid for domestic violence victims

    A Department of Justice grant means local domestic violence victims will still have access to legal assistance.

    The Family Services Center, a part of Community Health of East Tennessee, is the recipient of part of the $500,000. With its share of the money, office space will still be available for attorneys to consult with local victims.

    “We provide an office space for the representatives, the lawyers, from the Legal Aid Society to come up and meet with victims of domestic violence who are in need of legal services,” said Rebecca Brandenburg-Herrell.

  • CC recieves GEAR UP grant to encourage college attendance

    A new six-year program will begin working with Campbell County’s seventh graders and seniors to ensure they are ready and equipped to excel in college.

    GEAR UP, gaining early awareness and readiness for undergraduate programs, will work to shift the education culture in our area.

  • County mayor’s office spending kept to a minimum

    Editor’s Note: In the coming weeks the LaFollette Press will publish a series of stories focused on spending for travel my governmental entities. This is the first in the series.

    For the four employees at the Campbell County mayor’s office, trips and perks are kept to a bare minimum to save money in tough economic times.

    “We basically just don’t spend anything that we don’t have to spend,” said Deputy Mayor David Young.

    One of the ways the office works to save money is through consolidating trips.

  • Board of education changes AP biology grading scale

    High school students enrolled in advanced placement biology will now receive a weighted grade to compensate for the college-level work required by the class. “Currently we have students who have and are taking this class that are not receiving weighted credit that other schools in our area tend to get,” said Suzanne Crumley, a teacher at CCHS. AP classes are weighted in most school districts so that an A becomes worth 5.0, a B is worth 4.0 and so forth. There are four AP classes at Campbell County High School. All of them are weighted except AP Biology.

  • Jellico still searching for revenue answers

    Property tax payments have eased financial troubles in Jellico, but the board of mayor and aldermen must still find revenue sources to sustain the town’s operations.

    “We have been able to make payroll. The people have been coming in and paying the city property taxes,” said Mayor Les Stiers on Tuesday “We’re able to keep our head above water. We’re paying our bills.”

    The board had been set to hold a special call meeting on Nov. 8, but the death of alderwoman Pam Carbaugh’s husband cancelled the meeting.

  • Father-daughter duo arrested on drug charges

    Two Jellico residents are behind bars after the Campbell County Grand Jury issued indictments for drug related offenses.

    Jay Lay Jr., 54, 232 Wooldridge Lane, Jellico, was spotted by Jellico Police Chief Chris Anderson at a 5th street gas station on Halloween. He was reportedly arrested by Det. Sgt. Jeff Ivey.

    Lay was charged with three counts of sale of a schedule II drug and three counts of delivery of a schedule II drug. His bond was set at $100,000.

  • Jacksboro man jailed after auto accident

    A Jacksboro man was jailed for the seventh time following an early-morning car accident on Indian River Boat Dock Road on Nov. 12.

    Officers reportedly arrived on the scene and found a 2006 white Suzuki crashed into a tree with “moderate damage.”

    Sgt. Josh Carroll of the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department reportedly found the vehicle unoccupied, but the vehicle was allegedly registered to Gregory Wayne Bailey, 45, 121 Cherokee Trail, Jacksboro.