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  • Kelley uses skills to help in the flooding aftermath

    As Paul Kelley passed through Nashville on his way home from Clarksville the day flood waters invaded the state’s capital and surrounding areas he was completely unaware of the devastation brewing just a few miles behind him.

    “It all came up so fast that by the time I got to Mount Juliet cars were already floating on the area of the interstate I had just come from,” Kelley said recalling May 1.

    Just a week later Kelley found himself retracing his steps back to the flood zone, this time on a mission to lend a hand.

  • Evans evades arrest

    Raven Lavon Evans, Jr. took authorities on a ride before deciding to throw in the towel.

    Last Monday LaFollette Police Officer Coty Frazier observed Evans, 24, of 410 East Kentucky Avenue, Apartment 3, allegedly traveling at an extremely high rate of speed.  When the officer attempted to stop Evans he began to try to evade reaching speeds of 80 miles per hour on South Cumberland Avenue, records indicate.

  • West arrested on multiple narcotics charges

    A traffic stop involving a suspicious vehicle led to narcotics charges for a Pioneer man on Monday.

    When LaFollette Police Officer William Owens attempted to pull Samuel K. West, Jr., 38, of 276 Adam Hollow Lane, Pioneer, over for alleged suspicious activity West did not immediately stop.  Instead, he allegedly accelerated when Owens activated his emergency lights and siren.  

  • Graduates say farewell

      To some, high school is finally over and to others it went by so quickly.

    The class of 2010 said goodbye to the structured classroom and welcomed a future full of possibilities on Saturday.

    Approximately 240 graduates at Campbell County High received their diplomas under morning skies. A massive crowd of friends and family filled the stadium at the high school football field to watch as these young adults rejoiced in the first of many accomplishments.

  • The Best of Times is now

    While it has been a year of intense planning, The Best of Times III reunion has been in the works for five years.

    Scheduled to unofficially start today with an alumni golf tournament, the official start to the festivities is tomorrow when the alumni sign in at the LaFollette Recreation Center.

    “The alumni association has spent the last year making plans for this weekend. We are so excited it is finally here,” said Gail Herrin, alumni president.

  • LaFollette City Charter revision faces opposition

    Business concerning LaFollette Utilities was overcome with controversy at the LaFollette City Council meeting Tuesday night.

    At first the council seemed at odds over an appointment to the utility board. Mayor Mike Stanfield broke the tie of two against two as he approved the motion to appoint Frank Shaw to the board.

  • Martin called to task in evaluation

    Board of Education members met with a single item on their agenda Tuesday night - the evaluation of Dr. Michael Martin, director of schools, performance.

    And board member Mike Orick wasted no time getting down to business as the meeting was called to order.

    “Before I waste my time with this meeting, would you (Martin) like to resign as director of schools,” Orick pointedly asked Martin who immediately responded no.

  • LaFollette Utility Board anticipates changes

    Prior to the monthly meeting of the LaFollette Utility Board, General Manager Kenny Baird discussed upcoming changes for the electric system and water and wastewater system.

    The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) is slowly changing the billing policy to charge customers based on the time of day usage. This policy is aimed at having customers use power at off-peak times.

  • Flat Hollow sees holiday excitement

    Employees at Flat Hollow Marina knew they had a problem when a Mastercraft boat entered the no wake zone at near top speed Saturday.

    “We didn’t know what was going on at first,” said dockhand Elton Hood. “We thought maybe the boat was sinking,”

    As Hood and others attempted to comprehend the scene, the driver of the boat began yelling for help, according to Gary Farwick, owner of Flat Hollow Marina.

  • Crime in the county: How the numbers look

    Sometimes it is all about the numbers.

    A Tennessee Bureau of Investigation report released earlier this month had Campbell County with the fourth highest crime rate in the state.

    However, within the county are five separate law enforcement entities with each one submitting its own report to the TBI.