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  • Physicians reccommended vaccinations to prevent flu

     With flu season under way, doctors are urging people to get vaccinations and wash their hands to avoid catching the virus.

    “Influenza is a very serious respiratory disease that is caused by a virus,” LaFollette physician Dr. Richard Burdeaux said. “It is much more serious than the common cold or an intestinal illness.”

  • Tip leads to arrest in Knox County theft

    Two Anderson County men were arrested with a truckload of stolen goods from a Knoxville construction site on Sunday.

    Campbell County Sheriff’s Department Detective Capt. Brandon Elkins was off duty on Oct. 16 when he received a tip that the occupants of a Jeep were offering construction equipment for sale at a red light.

    Elkins notified deputies the vehicle was traveling east on East Central Avenue when it was spotted leaving the city limits.

  • Property owner stops alleged burglary

    An alleged would-be thief was stopped in his tracks when the property owner caught him in the act.

    A Jacksboro resident showed up at his barn on Chambers Road to discover Dustin Henegar, 29, of 118 Park Place Road, Caryville, reportedly loading up his 2001 Ford Explorer with items taken from inside the structure.

    Campbell County Sheriff’s Department records indicate Henegar attempted to flee when he saw the property owner, but stopped when he realized the man was armed. Deputy Josh Vann arrived on the scene and placed Henegar under arrest.

  • Comer charged with forgery and theft

    Jessie Phillip Comer was the beneficiary on his ex-wife’s life insurance policy-only she didn’t know about it.

    Campbell CountySheriff’s Department Detective Capt. Brandon Elkins was investigating a series of automatic debits from a Comer’s ex-wife’s checking account when he allegedly discovered that Comer, 53, of 502 West Walden Street, Apt. 124, had been receiving mail at the woman’s Sugar Hollow community address during the month of January.

  • Chitwood’s alleged jailbreak stopped

    An attempted prisoner escape from the Campbell County Jail was foiled thanks to the efforts of observant corrections officers last week.

    In the early morning hours of Oct. 14 Patrick Lynn Chitwood, 31, of 6273 Stoney Fork Road, Caryville, allegedly broke a light fixture in the jail and took a piece of metal from it in an effort to make a file.

  • Collaboration saves a life

    Collaboration between the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department and the LaFollette Utilities Board saved the life of a woman last week.

    On Oct. 11 Campbell County E911 received a call from a woman in Florida stating her sister had called and said she had taken about 50 blood pressure pills.

    Detective Capt. Brandon Elkins said while central dispatch at E911 has the capability to track a driver’s license number, that wasn’t an option.

  • School board approves raise for classified employees

    Campbell County school cooks, janitors and teaching assistances will soon enjoy a little extra change in their pockets.

  • There is a time to pray

    In hopes of uniting a community, one man is coming forward with a plan.

    Rick McCreary, a Campbell County native and minister, wants the churches and people of the community to pray with him on Saturday morning.

    The idea of an area wide prayer service came to him after viewing the documentary “Appalachian Dawn.” The documentary traces the history of drug use and poverty in Clay County, Ky. as well as how the town turned itself around. The residents of Clay County’s first step were to pray together.

  • There is a time to pray i

    In hopes of uniting a community, one man is coming forward with a plan.

    Rick McCreary, a Campbell County native and minister, wants the churches and people of the community to pray with him on Saturday morning.

    The idea of an area wide prayer service came to him after viewing the documentary “Appalachian Dawn.” The documentary traces the history of drug use and poverty in Clay County, Ky. as well as how the town turned itself around. The residents of Clay County’s first step were to pray together.

  • Heitzenrater replaced

     

    By LAFOLLETTE PRESS STAFF

    Jim Heitzenrater has been replaced as CEO at LaFollette Medical Center. In a memorandum dated Oct. 18, Tennova Healthcare Market CEO Mike Garfield named Mark Cain as Heitzenrater’s replacement.

    Garfield has recently become Market CEO for Tennova, and sees this as a time of change.

    “As with any change, there will be some transition,” Garfield said. “Jim Heitzenrater, who has served this hospital for more than a year, will be leaving to pursue other interests.”