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  • Stagnolia arrested for drugs and weapons

    Drugs and weapons are rarely a good combination. But a LaFollette man was allegedly found with both.
    Last Friday LaFollette Police Officer Matthew Sandefur was dispatched to Wendy's restaurant to investigate reports of a possible drug transaction. Although the vehicle in which Dion Charles Stagnolia, 34, of 1211 West Ash Street, was a passenger had already left the scene when Sandefur arrived, the officer located the truck traveling west on Jacksboro Pike.  

  • Jellico proposing new ordinances and plans

     

    Jellico Mayor Les Stiers has big plans for Jellico.

    Last Thursday, Stiers suggested the purchase of a 16,000 square foot building and more ordinances to move the town forward.

    Stiers addressed the board about the need for a community center. A rural community development grant would be used to construct a facility or acquire a building, he said.

    “It’s sad when our kids have to go to Williamsburg to have their dances,” said Stiers. “We are trying to change that.”

  • State building permits create local confusion

    The subject of residential building permits has created quite a buzz in recent weeks.  
    Although Campbell County has issued building permits for $11.50 through the county court clerk’s office for years talk of the state’s relatively new building codes enforcement program had even the county’s legislative body stumped at last week’s workshop meeting.

  • FMS drops business license requirement for vendors

    After taking care of some run of the mill bid approvals members of the FMS committee took on a more complicated agenda item.
    When committee members were asked to consider approving the amended business license section of the county’s current purchasing policy Dennis Potter, road superintendent, was the first to speak up in opposition.

  • Jail project stays on track

    Plans for the proposed justice center and jail addition lived to see another day despite attempts by some commissioners to force the exploration of other options for the projects.

  • Perkins pleads guilty to vehicular homicide

    It was an emotional proceeding as Mark Perkins pled guilty on two counts of vehicular homicide in court Tuesday.

    Perkins was charged following a fatal accident with another vehicle in June 2010. Aaron Hardwick, 17, and Johnson Khoshaba, 18, were killed in the accident after their car swerved off the road and struck a concrete wall.

    Khoshaba was attempting to pass Perkins when both vehicles exceeded the posted speed limit, according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol report.

  • Smith enters plea in abuse case

       

    While the men in Joseph Smith’s troop have continued to fight in the War against Terror, he has continued his own battle.

    As they have worn fatigues each day, Smith has worn a jail jumpsuit.

    However, on Tuesday, Smith waved a white flag, choosing to end his court battle with a plea.

    Initially charged with aggravated child abuse and aggravated child neglect or endangerment, he pled guilty to the reduced charge of aggravated assault.

  • Public Records Feb. 24, 2011

     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. 14 – Feb. 18

     

    Willie J. Chadwell to Chris Cooper and Sarah Cooper, Dist. 3, $93,000.

    Francis Underwood to Todd Nance and Beverly Nance, Dist. 3, $62,253.37.

  • Jellico moves to abolish utility board

       The first reading of an ordinance to abolish the Jellico municipal board of utilities was approved last Thursday.

    The ordinance says the mayor and aldermen are abolishing the board of utilities in the best interest of the citizens of Jellico and customers of the Jellico electric and water system.

  • East LaFollette demolition begins; remaining building to be put to good use

       

     

    The walls of the building that was home to East LaFollette Elementary School are coming down - some of them anyway. But unlike its Caryville counterpart, some of the decades old building will remain.