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  • Bomb threat closes courthouse

    Just before 11 a.m. on Tuesday, a bomb threat was called into the Campbell County Court Clerk’s office.

    “They (the office staff) was told there was an explosive device in the courthouse,” said Campbell County Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy Aaron Evans.

    “At that time we made the decision to begin the evacuation process,” said Sheriff Robbie Goins.

  • Shubert pleads guilty

    Mary K. Shubert has plead guilty to attempted voluntary manslaughter. She was originally charged with attempted first-degree murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

    Following her plea in criminal court Monday, Shubert was placed on two years supervised probation. She was also court ordered to complete a mental health evaluation, following any recommendations made. Shubert also had to forfeit the weapon police seized from her.

  • LUB accepts three bids for tree trimming contracts

    Monday night, the LaFollette Utilities Board approved awarding three contracts for trimming trees.
    The first contract was for tree trimming on Doakes Creek Circuit. The contract was awarded to Seelbach who had the low bid of $86,000.
    The second contract involved only the three phase lines on the LaFollette Primary Circuit, and included trees in LaFollette and Long Hollow Road. The board approved awarding the bid to Baird Tree Company. Baird Tree Company had the low bid of $47,970.

  • Hatmaker raises medical board discussion at workshop

    At Monday night’s LaFollette City Council workshop, Councilmember Hansford Hatmaker discussed forming a medical board.
    “What this is, we don’t have a board at this present time,” Hatmaker said. “If something was to happen, we’d end up having to appoint a board if we (wanted) to take the hospital back.”
    City attorney Reid Troutman didn’t have any problems with creating a medical board, Hatmaker said.

  • Roger’s Group hopes to pave Mullis Trail this week

    This week, Roger’s Group hopes to pave a final layer of Mullis Trail, finishing a project it began a month ago.
    “Our (plan) is to complete this job this week,” said Kelly McCartt, estimator with Roger’s Group. “It’s hard to pinpoint a day. If the weather works out, we should be paving Wednesday, no later than Thursday.”
    All the project lacks is the surface course, McCartt said. This is the last layer to go on the street.
    “It should be a lot better when it’s finished,” McCartt said.

  • Toys for Tots registration ends Friday

    Friday is the final day parents or legal guardians can register to receive toys for their children through the Toys for Tots program.
    “Basically, this will be the final call,” Campbell County Toys for Tots Coordinator Debi Mikesell said. “Friday is the final call; it’s the last day.”
    Today, registration will be held in Newcomb at the Crazy Quilt from 10 a.m. to noon. Friday, registration will be held at the Campbell County Courthouse.

  • Habitat for Humanity to hold interest meeting Tuesday

    The Campbell County Habitat for Humanity will hold an interest meeting in the fellowship hall of the LaFollette United Methodist Church Tuesday at 7 p.m. The purpose of the meeting is to recruit volunteers for CCHfH, and to provide information.
    The meeting is open to anybody interested in learning more about CCHfH, CCHfH President Marie Kile said.

  • CCHS recommended to maintain accreditation

    An early November site visit by a team of five educators resulted in Campbell County High School receiving a recommendation to maintain accreditation by AdvancEd.

    “Colleges look for high schools that are accredited. We have to go through accreditation every five years,” said Jamie Wheeler, CCHS principal.

  • Ridgewood school property fails to sell

    The Campbell County Board of Education still has the old Ridgewood Elementary School property on its books after the bid cap wasn’t met at the Nov. 17 auction.

    “Mr. [Thomas] Jobe was the highest bidder at $91,000, but since the board of education put a minimum bid of $100,000 on it, it has to go back to the board,” said school board member Mike Orick.

    At the October meeting, the board approved the sale of the land in a four-part motion.

  • Campbell County principals share improvement ideas after state report card results

    Almost a month after the state department of education released its 2012 education report card, several county principals presented the board of education with their plans to improve scores.

    Three factors affect standard growth of test scores, including socioeconomic conditions, students with disabilities and money spent per pupil.

    “The line is going to be parallel,” said Donnie Poston, director of schools.