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  • Chamber of Commerce to host annual pig roast

     On Oct. 27, the Campbell County Chamber of Commerce will host its annual community pig roast.

    “Look forward to a great night to grow our chamber and strengthen our network,” Morton said.

    This is one of two fundraisers the chamber conducts throughout the year. Chamber director E. L. Morton described it as a chamber team effort, and said all the chamber members are invited.

    Morton said for people to “come hungry,” because  there will be barbecue sandwiches, chicken fingers, baked beans and potato salad.

  • Miracle brings churches together in prayer

     Sometimes it takes a Miracle to bring churches together for one purpose.

    Over 600 people from at least 17 churches gathered at Jacksboro Middle School last Wednesday night for Fields of Faith.

  • City Administrator receives reimbursement for expense paid

     Special requests for benefits are sometimes granted. But only for exempt employees such as LaFollette Interim City Administrator Cade Sexton.

    At the Oct. 4 meeting, on Sexton’s request, the LaFollette City Council approved reimbursing him $221 a month for an expense paid. This is the amount deducted from Sexton’s payroll for Medicare through Social Security.

    “Because I asked for it, they gave it to me,” Sexton said.

  • Thrills available in Campbell County

     Campbell County residents don’t have look for the excitement of a haunted house in other places such as Knoxville. Two local families have opened their homes to thrill seekers during this time of year.

    Dawn Mynatt hosts Haunting on the Ridge with her family and friends off Pleasant Ridge Road.

    “We want to do something that’s good, clean wholesome fun for the community,” Dawn Mynatt said.

  • Officer Stephanie Smith promoted to Assistant Chief

     Officer Stephanie Smith, the first woman hired by the Caryville Police Department, has now become the first female Assistant Chief of Police in Campbell County.

    Police Chief Johnny Jones promoted Smith to her new position on Oct. 7.

    On June 30, 2010, the former CPD police Chief Bill Widener retired. Jones was then assistant chief, and replaced Widener as chief. His position has been open until now.

  • Commissioner says yes to Ivydale Road

    Residents on Ivydale Road left Monday night’s commission meeting with the answer they wanted to hear – at least this week.

    After a lengthy debate regarding the merits of spending $205,000 to tar and chip the road that has arguably fallen into serious disrepair commissioners voted 10-3 in favor of funding the project.

    When Commissioner Melvin Boshears put the motion to tar and chip the road on the table Commissioner Bobby White wanted to know where the money would come from.

  • Caryville hires police officer

     The Caryville Board of Mayor and Aldermen hired a new police officer at the October meeting last Monday night.

  • The odor continues

    With the odor that permeated downtown LaFollette in recent weeks drifting into obscurity, one local attorney claims its effects are still here.

    “The longer I talk, the more lethargic I get,” said David Dunaway on Monday.

  • 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.