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  • Wilson charged with domestic assault

     

  • Labs found in home and cave

    An anonymous tip led to six arrests and the discovery of a meth lab last week.

    Around 8 p.m. Campbell County Sheriff’s Deputies Mike Owens and Ken Daugherty conducted a knock and talk at 159 Robin Road.

    At the residence the deputies reported immediately smelling a “funny” odor.  After gaining consent to search the trailer, Owens and Daugherty located an active meth lab that had been tossed out a back window. The components were still separating, according to authorities.

  • LaFollette Utility accepts tree trimming bids, plans upcoming projects

    Several items received approval at the LaFollette Utility monthly meeting on Monday . General Manager Kenny Baird said action was taken on three different items during the meeting.

    The first item of discussion was tree-trimming bids for 17 miles of new line construction in Caryville. Three bids were received, the high bid was $250,000 and the low bid was $38,750. A very large difference between the two bids led Baird to believe the high bid was basically a no bid.

    The board approved the low bidder, Wolf Tree Company, for the project.

  • EMS committee hears from angry employees

    Disgruntled ambulance service employees flocked to the courthouse Tuesday night to learn what if anything would be done to resolve a number of issues they allege are occurring within the department.

    The six-member EMS committee assembled to pose questions regarding the operation of the county’s ambulance service and to hear from employees who allege they have been victims of unfair personnel policies and practices instituted by director Danny Sheckles.

  • Caryville learning liquor laws

    Large folders and packets stapled and labeled cluttered the boardroom table at Caryville Town Hall Monday night.

    These piles of information were intended to educate the Caryville Board of Mayor and Aldermen on the procedures for passing liquor by the drink and package store resolutions.

    Around the room, citizens were outspoken as they sought information on how to open a package store. The board members also asked questions concerning state regulations.

  • Landslide closes Davis Creek Road

    The harsh weather made its first mark this week as a rockslide closed a main county road for possibly several days.

    Five miles past Duff on Davis Creek Road in Campbell County, a severe rockslide blocked traffic. The road closed at 12 a.m. Wednesday and is not expected to reopen till after Thursday.

    Campbell County Road Superintendent Dennis Potter said the slide was bad on Davis Creek. Another mudslide partially closed Nicks Creek Road in Stoney Fork, said Potter. Both slides were caused by excessive rainfall in the past two days, said Potter.

  • Justice center continues to dominate commission agenda

    If the wheels of justice turn slowly, the ones responsible for propelling the justice center forward are all but stopped.

    After years of debate, funding challenges and design changes, it seemed the on again, off again project that would add jail space as well as courtrooms and offices was back on track when commissioners said yes to a supplemental $2.6 million bond issue at their Nov. 15 meeting. 

  • LaFollette elected officials take office

    The LaFollette City Council got a fresh face on Monday night as the newest elected officials take office.

    Councilman Joe Bolinger and newly elected councilwoman Stephanie Grimm were sworn in together during a special ceremony prior to the workshop meeting.

    Bolinger and Grimm repeated the oath of office as retired Circuit Court Judge Conrad Troutman led the ceremony. Joined by their family and friends the two elected officials were pleased to take their office seats.

  • Catch a glimpse of Santa this weekend

    Campbell Countians are pulling on their hats and mittens this weekend to kick start the holiday season with a variety of events.

    From nativity scenes to Christmas parades, people should be filled with the Christmas spirit from one side of the county to the other.

    On Friday and Saturday, Dec. 3, 4 the Jellico Church of God has invited the public to enjoy hot chocolate and view a live nativity scene. Located on Florence Avenue, the event will run from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

  • LaFollette Council to set times for Sunday beer sales

    With a mix of old and new members seated at the table, the LaFollette City Council began looking to the future on Monday evening.

    City attorney Reid Troutman told the council one item was looming that would require action. With the town of Caryville voting to allow liquor sales, beer sales on Sunday would now be open throughout the county. LaFollette’s only decision will be to establish a start time for the sales, Troutman said. He told the council that at next week’s meeting, more information would be available for discussion.