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  • Five questions with LaFollette's mayor candidates

    The mayor shall be elected directly by the electorate for a term of four years, in accordance with the existing, established pattern. Candidates for the office of mayor shall qualify and run expressly for that position.

  • Public Records for the week of Oct. 25, 2012

     Records

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as or similar to other members of the community.

    CAMPBELL COUNTY PROPERTY TRANSFERS

    OCTOBER 15 – OCTOBER 19

    Frank P. Deramo and Christine W. Deramo to David N. Croop and Linda H. Croop, Dist. 2, $730,000.

    C. Ann Rutherford to Guillermo E. Paredes, Jr. and Ann Paredes, Dist. 3, $53,000.

    James Darrell Pate to Jessie H. Davis, Dist. 1, $14,000.

  • JMS to host fall festival

    Friday, Jacksboro Middle School will host a literacy-themed fall festival for the community.
    “We just really want to make it a community event where we can open our school to the community and have our kids involved in the community in a not-so-school setting,” JMS Assistant Principal Nikki Bumgardner said.
    The festival will begin at 6 p.m. The theme is “fall into reading,” and it will revolve around storytelling.

  • Interstate closures blamed for lower liquor revenue, business still good

    Caryville can thank the town’s two liquor stores for helping to line the coffers, but store owners say sales could have been even better had the interstate not been closed due to last spring’s landslide.

    “We didn’t experience the sale that we thought we would have just because the interstate was shut down for so long up on the mountain,” said John Davenport, owner of the Liquor Barn off exit 134.

    Between March and September, Caryville received $105,003 of tax money from the sale of liquor, an average of $15,000 per month.

  • FBCJ to host panel discussion for county youth

    Leaders at First Baptist Church of Jacksboro are inviting the county’s youth to sit in on a panel discussion about sin.
    “Anyone’s welcome to come, but it’s geared towards youth,” FBCJ youth leader Jeremy Adkins said.
    The Campbell County Youth Leaders Alliance has helped promote the event, and the Birdsong family will lead worship.
    “We’re inviting every church/youth group that wants to come,” FBCJ youth pastor Ben Spry said. “This is for middle school through high school. Not just high school.”

  • Board of education approves archery, sale of surplus land

    Campbell County students will soon have a new sport after an initiative by newest school board member Danny Wilson.

    “Archery is a good thing and it’s good for kids to learn and it’s a good sport,” he said.

    For $4,500, all schools will be able to have an archery program for male and female students. That money includes the costs of supplies as well.

    “They (the organizers) supply all the bows, all the arrows, and all the targets for that money,” Wilson said.

  • City of LaFollette and First Apostolic Church to host Trunk or Treat

    First Apostolic Church and the city of LaFollette will host the 11th Annual Trunk or Treat.
    Trunk or Treat will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Oct. 31 in the parking lot behind city hall.

  • Third annual Coats for the Cold accepting donations in Jellico

    Barrels around Jellico will soon be filled with coats, hats, scarves and gloves to make winter a little warmer for area residents.

    “No one should have to go cold in the winter time,” said Doris Stiers, one of the event organizers.

    Citizens are encouraged to donate their gently used coats and other winter gear at one of several locations in Jellico including Jellico City Hall, Union Bank, Jellico High School, and the Save A Lot grocery store.

  • Jellico fails to pay employees

    Twenty-one town employees found their bank balances a little thin after the town of Jellico came up $9,000 short of making payroll Monday morning.

    “I did not make payroll yesterday. It is the first time in 10 years,” said town recorder Linda Douglas on Monday.

  • CCHS sends care packages to European orphans

    Orphaned girls in Moldova received boxes of personal items, games and puzzles thanks to the work of the Campbell County High School Leo Club.

    The Leo Club, a branch of the local Lion’s Club, is a new organization at CCHS this year. The group’s faculty sponsor is Kyra Pierce. Student officers include president, Amber Morris; vice president, Kendall Irwin; secretary, Aubrey Rains; and treasurer Jordan Dowdy.