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  • Henegar succumbs to injuries

    The halls of Campbell County High School were full as students returned from a long weekend. Despite the crowds there was still a hole among the student body.

    One of their own died Sunday evening.

    Three weeks after falling from a utility vehicle, Trinity Henegar died. On Aug. 13 the teen fell striking his head on the pavement. He never regained consciousness.

    Weeks of prayer have now given way to mourning.

    “There is a huge gap that nobody can ever fill,” said Chris Bolton, JROTC cadet and Henegar’s friend.

  • Foundation helps replace local woman’s home

    Friday morning, Jacksboro resident Reba Wilson opened the door to her new home.

    Wilson’s former residence had fallen into disrepair. There was exposed electrical wiring, the roof leaked and mold was growing in the bedroom. Wilson’s son-in-law, Doug Kibbler, had attempted to maintain the home. When he brought some members from his church, First Baptist Church of LaFollette, to evaluate the situation, they told him there was nothing he could do.

    That’s when Kibbler went to his pastor, Dr. Duane Mills.

  • Local church to erect flag in honor of veterans

    Veterans and their families are invited to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints on Sept. 7 to a ceremony to dedicate a new flagpole.

    “It’s a 35-foot flagpole, and it’s going to be dedicated in honor of the veterans of this area,” said Gerri Hinton, one of the event’s organizers.

  • LaFollette officer dies at home

     LaFollette Patrol Officer Odell Bailey died early Tuesday morning at his Claiborne County home.

    “He was a good officer and an asset to the LaFollette Police Department,” Police Chief Jimmie Jeffries said. “He will be missed by everyone here in LaFollette.”

  • LaFollette City Council rebids roofing projects

    At Tuesday’s meeting, the LaFollette City Council voted to rebid three roofing projects.

    The bids for these projects, fire hall three, West LaFollette Community Center and East LaFollette Community Center, didn’t conform to the minutes of August’s meeting. The Municipal Technical Advisory Service and LaFollette City Attorney Reid Troutman advised the city council to rebid the projects.

    Sealed bids were opened Aug. 23, after the bids had been advertised as a package.

  • Couponing: Finding the little slips that lead to big savings

    Editor’s Note: September is National Couponing Month. To highlight the ways coupons can save you at the check out reporter Beth Braden will present a three part series on couponing.

    My cart is practically overflowing when I finally head for the front of the store. It’s heavy too.

    I’ve amassed enough items to keep me from going to the store again for at least another three weeks. We’ll have to drop in for milk and maybe fresh meat, but other than that, we’re set.

  • CASA provides aid to abused, neglected children

    Executive Director David Ayers describes CASA as a “charitable extension of the court.”

    In Campbell County, Court Appointed Special Advocates have worked with children since 2006.

    “We provide volunteers to as many kids as we can and what they do, they advocate for these children and they try to get them the services they need,” Ayers said.

  • Jellico still facing audit issues

    Alderman Alvin Evans called on the Lord when he realized a resolution to bring the city into compliance with the state comptroller would pass.

    “God Almighty!” he said after Alderman Charles Vermillion voted yes.

    The move comes after the state comptroller’s office notified the town in June a line of credit from First Volunteer Bank had not been obtained correctly.  Instead of a line of credit, the town needed to have made the amount capital outlay.

  • July and August rains refresh pastures; October rain needed

     July and August have brought much needed rain. This allowed farmers to have a final cutting of hay.

    Two months ago, drought had Tennessee farmers on the ropes. The United States Department of Agriculture had listed East Tennessee as being in a moderately severe drought.

  • Three arrested for assault

     On Aug. 29, events following a car accident on Pleasant Ridge Road led to assault charges for three LaFollette residents.

    The driver of a white Chrysler van was backing out of her driveway onto Pleasant Ridge Road when it was struck by a brown Chevrolet van, LaFollette Police Officer Robert Foxx said in a report.