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  • Officers round up pot plants

    Local marijuana growers have been getting some unwanted help with their harvest this week.

    In an effort to keep the homegrown drug from hitting the streets the Governor’s Marijuana Eradication Task Force along with members of the LaFollette Police Department and Campbell County Sheriff’s Department began seeking out the illegal crops on Monday. With help from the eyes in the skies CCSD Chief Deputy Jonathan Finley said the group cut down around 300 plants in the Jellico area on its first day out.

  • The Connection gives LaFollette children a place to go after school

     For the past seven years, several area churches have combined efforts to minister to kids and parents in LaFollette through an after school program called The Connection.

    “It’s really meant to be an outreach program for parents who struggle with child care,” Connection adult leader Tom Painter said.

    The Connection meets after every school day at Indiana Avenue Baptist Church as part of a ministry of Camp Galilee. The program is free for the parents it reaches out to, and is run off of donations, Fran Painter said.

  • Tip leads to large amount of pot and pills

    Reports of drug activity led authorities to a cache of marijuana, pills and cash last week.

    Around 10:45 a.m. last Friday detectives with the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department went to the home of J.C. Ward, 65, at 153 Ward Lane, to investigate reports of illegal activity.

    While at the residence Detectives John Long, Brandon Elkins, Freddie White, Jason Henegar and Chief Deputy Jonathan Finley located 62 marijuana plants growing out back by a shed on the property.

  • State Comptroller to make stop in Campbell County

    Next week county officials and citizens will get an inside look at what makes the state’s budget work. And more importantly how it impacts local spending.

    According to State Representative Dennis Powers, Comptroller Justin Wilson will be making several stops across the county beginning at 7:30 a.m. on Aug. 30.

  • Fontana arrested on drug charges

    After insisting she did not steal her mother’s medication a Jellico woman made more trouble for herself on Sunday.

    Campbell County Sheriff’s Deputy Joe Marlow was called to 103 Shady Cove Lane, Jellico, to investigate reports that Jamie Fontana, 40, of 1253 Caroll Street, Jellico, had stolen prescription drugs from her mother.

    While speaking with the officers Fontana allegedly took several pill bottles out of her purse as well as Suboxone patches.

  • Ayers arrested for child abuse

    What began as a welfare check on a you child ended with an arrest last Tuesday.

    Officers with the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department along with the Department of Children’s Services went to a residence on Adam Hollow Road in the Stinking Creek community after receiving reports regarding the well being of a child in the home.

    As the investigation continued authorities were led to Moonview Lane near Powell Valley resort. It was there Sgt. Jimmy Albertini and DCS officials found a small child with bruising over his body.

  • Motion to override veto on Jellico employee raises voted down 3-2

     Since Jellico’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen met on July 28, Mayor Les Stiers has exercised his power to veto and vote.

    A three percent raise for town employees was passed at July’s meeting in a last minute motion. 

  • Auction brings in cash for CCSD

    When it comes to funding the war on drugs the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department is taking matters into its own hands.

    Last Saturday Sheriff Robbie Goins and his department raised more than $20,000 to continue efforts to eradicate the county’s seemingly endless drug activity. The funds were generated by the auction of property seized during drug related arrests.

  • Mountain Heritage Festival to be held on Labor Day

     As Labor Day draws near Stinking Creek prepares to host its annual Mountain Heritage Festival.

    People will gather Saturday and Sunday at Mountain Heritage Field for food, fun, and to celebrate the “old ways” for the 42nd annual festival. 

  • Accident leads to drug arrest

    A minor accident turned into a not so minor incident last Wednesday.

    LaFollette Police Officer Michael Baker responded to an accident in the parking lot of Big Lots at around 8 p.m. Officer Odell Bailey met Baker at the scene. Records indicate Bailey was off duty when he observed Jesse Mark Pinkerton’s, 30, of 1603 Brashaw Garden Road, Knoxville, parked vehicle roll back and strike another parked car.