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  • Highway department works around the clock to clear roads

    As the snow fell all around them, highway department crews operated 12 trucks and two graders throughout the night on Sunday. Campbell County Road Superintendent Dennis Potter said many roads had to be re-plowed as the snow continued to pile up.

    School and business closures kept many people at home Monday, which was for the best, according to Potter. 

    “People should stay at home as much as possible,” said Potter about citizens avoiding dangerous road conditions.

  • Christmas comedy comes to Indiana Avenue

    Tickets have sold out for the only showing of “A Cricket County City Christmas.”

    The comedy dinner theater at Indiana Avenue Baptist Church this Friday will feature local actors, some deputing for the first time on stage.

    The script was taken from a playhouse company and features two related families coming together for the holidays with very different personalities.

  • Iconic building bites the dust

    While progress often indicates something new and improved, the “out with the old” mentality is often necessary to achieve it. And so it goes with the old Caryville Elementary School building.

    On Tuesday, area residents traveling to the interstate for their morning commute likely noticed some striking changes to the building that has been a local landmark for more than half a century.  For some like board of education chairman, Mike Orick, the start of demolition struck an emotional chord.

  • Board establishes search committee; discusses retiree insurance

     

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    The Campbell County Board of Education took steps to move the search for a new director of schools along on Tuesday evening. 

  • Sheckles answers questions at committee meeting

    Furor within the ambulance service over the policies implemented by its director continued to hold EMS committee members’ attention last Thursday evening.

    During a Nov. 30 meeting County Mayor William Baird found himself on the hot seat concerning Danny Sheckles’ management of the service and its employees.

    At that meeting Baird, who serves as Sheckles’ direct supervisor, admitted to having limited information regarding the daily operation of the ambulance service as he tried to field questions for an absent Sheckles.

  • Public Records Dec. 16

     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

    Dec. 6 – Dec. 10

     

     Gretchen O. Eldridge and Angela D. Adkins to Bettye E. Wilson, Dist. 1, $116,900.

    Cynthia J. Crawford, Cynthia Jeffrey and Loel H. Crawford to Rebecca Holmes Revocable Trust, Dist. 2, $480,000.

  • Suspect in child rape case caught

    After nearly five months of investigation local authorities were able to make an arrest in a child rape case.

    According to Campbell County Sheriff’s Department Detective Jason Henegar, he began building his case against Marco De La Cruz, 20, of 106 Magnolia Drive, in July when he was a detective with the LaFollette Police Department.

    Henegar said De La Cruz had allegedly developed a relationship with his 12-year-old victim through text messaging.

  • Recording lays out police hire

    The nephew of LaFollette City Councilman Joe Bolinger has joined the ranks of the city’s police force  following  a meeting in which city officials indicated a pending lawsuit would go away if a job was provided.

  • Police go undercover to investigate underage beer sales

    Three establishments received citations for selling alcohol to a minor following an undercover investigation by the Caryville Police Department.

    On Dec. 9, Caryville Police Chief Johnny Jones and Lt. Stephanie Smith accompanied a confidential informant to gas stations and businesses at exits 141 and 134. The purpose of the undercover operation was to ensure these establishments were not selling alcohol to underage people, said Smith.

  • New police department hire has lawsuit against city and former employer

    The newest part-time employee at the LaFollette Police Department has a lawsuit pending against the city as well as his previous employer.

    Brian Tiller was not hired last year when he applied for a patrol position in the police department; he claims the city’s refusal to hire him was based on his disabilities. Court records indicate Tiller suffers from health issues ranging from muscular weakness to skeletal problems.

    Tiller filed a lawsuit last December, claiming the city was discriminatory when it refused to hire him on Aug. 5, 2009.