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  • Hate meth gains non-profit status

    Less than six months ago, two young men walked along Highway 63 because they wanted to spread the I Hate Meth message.

    Toby Young and Jonathan LuAllen haven’t waivered from creating a meth free community, rather they have grown in strength. Jellico town leaders attempted to get involved recently with a weeklong awareness effort. However, the initiative was postponed.  Young and LuAllen were prepared to involve themselves in the community effort, but their vision extends farther into the future.

  • McAfee chooses not to advise; Murray fired

    The court may have declined to offer an opinion on who the county’s environmental services director answers to during a hearing but that didn’t prevent the department’s now former director Dan Murray from being terminated on Tuesday morning.

  • Thirteen vying for director spot

    The applications are in.

    Now the Campbell County Board of Education is facing the daunting task of combing through resumes to determine the best candidate to lead local schools to continued success in the future.

    While chairman Mike Orick predicted there would be an estimated four or five applicants for the position at a recent director of schools search committee meeting, he said the slate of 13 contenders is impressive.

  • PCUD under judicial investigation

    A luxury trip may end costing a group of public employees more than they bargained for.

    In late 2010 the State of Tennessee Comptroller’s Office launched an investigation into allegations that employees from the Powell Clinch Utility District had taken a trip to Central America using PCUD funds. At the close of the comptroller’s audit a finding of improper management at the utility was issued.

  • Police investigating nursing home assault claim

    LaFollette Police are investigating allegations that an employee of Cumberland Village Nursing Home sexually assaulted a resident.

    In late February police were asked to come to the facility because staff believed that a female resident had been sexually assaulted, according to LPD records. The patient, a woman in her late 40s, is immobile and unable to speak, police said.

  • Four children removed when meth lab is discovered

    Last Wednesday morning the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department was asked to investigate a claim of child abuse. Within hours, officers also received information of a possible meth lab.

    Both callers asked the CCSD to go to the same address- 109 Beals Lane, LaFollette.

  • Massengill arrested for sex crimes

    A man wanted for aggravated sexual battery and sexual battery has turned himself into authorities.

    Last week, Jonathon A. Massengill, 29, 110 Pat Massengill Lane, Jacksboro, was arrested after he appeared at the county jail.

    The Campbell County Sheriff’s Department had been searching for Massengill since the warrant was filed on Feb. 14. Within that warrant, he is charged with sexually assaulting his stepdaughter on two occasions. He is also accused of providing the girl with alcohol, specifically tequila, according to the warrant.

  • Bullock sues over arrest

    A Campbell County man is claiming he was wrongly accused of a crime and falsely imprisoned in Feb. 2010.

    Now he wants to be compensated to the tune of at least $60,000 for those acts. The county, the sheriff and Deputy Jason Heatherly are named as defendants in the matter.

    Clifford Bullock has filed a circuit court lawsuit alleging that on Feb. 26 of last year, he was “wrongly and falsely accused” of assault by domestic violence. Bullock also says he was wrongfully detained in the case.

  • Livingston arrested on multiple charges

    An alleged sexual assault led to drug charges and seizure of property for William Penn Livingston.
     On Saturday LaFollette Police Officer Susan Sowder spoke with a victim in the lobby of the LaFollette Police Department who reported Livingston, 72, of 1226 Byrnes Avenue, Cookeville, had attempted to rape her. According to the victim, Livingston allegedly grabbed areas of her body inappropriately. And when she refused his advances he punched her in the side.

  • Old post office makes endangered list

    Campbell County is marked with a number of historical spots. And this week one of the locations was officially recognized.
    On Monday the East Tennessee Preservation Alliance announced its 2011 East Tennessee’s Endangered Heritage list of endangered historic buildings and places in the 16 county region.
    The old LaFollette Post Office building was among the 18 buildings located in Jefferson, Hamblen, Sevier, Union, Anderson, Blount, Claiborne, Cocke, Grainger, Loudon, Monroe and Morgan counties.