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  • Election commission to host town hall meeting

    Election commissions across the state are making a push to inform voters of a new law that will take effect next year. Campbell County’s election commission is one of them.

    On Nov. 1 at 6:30 p.m. Ann Ayers-Colvin, administrator of elections, and her staff will host a town hall meeting at the election commission office.

  • Police investigating death of infant

     At 2 a.m. this morning, the police were notified about a dead infant.

    The child appears to be a full-term baby, and appears to have been born in a quarantined meth house on South Indiana Ave., police reports say. However, the baby was moved to 126 Hatmaker Lane, LaFollette. Police are not releasing the details about the move at this time.

    Police are searching for Wanda Kay Cieslak, 39, 500 S. Indiana Ave., LaFollette. They believe she is connected to this case.

    Anyone with information about Cieslak should call 911.

  • Chamber of Commerce to host annual pig roast

     On Oct. 27, the Campbell County Chamber of Commerce will host its annual community pig roast.

    “Look forward to a great night to grow our chamber and strengthen our network,” Morton said.

    This is one of two fundraisers the chamber conducts throughout the year. Chamber director E. L. Morton described it as a chamber team effort, and said all the chamber members are invited.

    Morton said for people to “come hungry,” because  there will be barbecue sandwiches, chicken fingers, baked beans and potato salad.

  • Miracle brings churches together in prayer

     Sometimes it takes a Miracle to bring churches together for one purpose.

    Over 600 people from at least 17 churches gathered at Jacksboro Middle School last Wednesday night for Fields of Faith.

  • City Administrator receives reimbursement for expense paid

     Special requests for benefits are sometimes granted. But only for exempt employees such as LaFollette Interim City Administrator Cade Sexton.

    At the Oct. 4 meeting, on Sexton’s request, the LaFollette City Council approved reimbursing him $221 a month for an expense paid. This is the amount deducted from Sexton’s payroll for Medicare through Social Security.

    “Because I asked for it, they gave it to me,” Sexton said.

  • Thrills available in Campbell County

     Campbell County residents don’t have look for the excitement of a haunted house in other places such as Knoxville. Two local families have opened their homes to thrill seekers during this time of year.

    Dawn Mynatt hosts Haunting on the Ridge with her family and friends off Pleasant Ridge Road.

    “We want to do something that’s good, clean wholesome fun for the community,” Dawn Mynatt said.

  • Officer Stephanie Smith promoted to Assistant Chief

     Officer Stephanie Smith, the first woman hired by the Caryville Police Department, has now become the first female Assistant Chief of Police in Campbell County.

    Police Chief Johnny Jones promoted Smith to her new position on Oct. 7.

    On June 30, 2010, the former CPD police Chief Bill Widener retired. Jones was then assistant chief, and replaced Widener as chief. His position has been open until now.

  • Commissioner says yes to Ivydale Road

    Residents on Ivydale Road left Monday night’s commission meeting with the answer they wanted to hear – at least this week.

    After a lengthy debate regarding the merits of spending $205,000 to tar and chip the road that has arguably fallen into serious disrepair commissioners voted 10-3 in favor of funding the project.

    When Commissioner Melvin Boshears put the motion to tar and chip the road on the table Commissioner Bobby White wanted to know where the money would come from.

  • Caryville hires police officer

     The Caryville Board of Mayor and Aldermen hired a new police officer at the October meeting last Monday night.

  • The odor continues

    With the odor that permeated downtown LaFollette in recent weeks drifting into obscurity, one local attorney claims its effects are still here.

    “The longer I talk, the more lethargic I get,” said David Dunaway on Monday.