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  • Liquor is at the forefront of discussion following election

    Everybody is buzzing about liquor in Caryville.

    And for the first time in months the boardroom at town hall was bursting with a crowd. Overwhelmed by the community interest, Caryville Mayor Robert Stooksbury asked the citizens for patience while the board of aldermen figures out the details.

    “As you all know, last Tuesday, the city voted for liquor by the drink and retail package stores,” said Caryville attorney Reid Troutman Monday night.

  • SRO’s spark discussion at budget and finance meeting

     

     

    School resource officers were a source of discussion during Monday’s budget and finance committee meeting.

    When a budget amendment requiring the realignment of funds in the school department’s budget for the creation of a sixth SRO position was presented, commissioners had questions.

  • Children’s Center sees excavation as new beginning

    The hard work has paid off for staff at the Campbell County Children’s Center. Fundraising efforts and dedicated service to the county has led to this moment- the moment of building a new facility.

    The building site is located next to Roane State Community College in LaFollette. Large tractors smoothed the land moving dirt around during the ceremonial ground breaking on Tuesday.

  • BOE named in lawsuit involving bus crash

     

  • Children’s Center sees excavation as new beginning

    The hard work has paid off for staff at the Campbell County Children’s Center. Fundraising efforts and dedicated service to the county has led to this moment- the moment of building a new facility.

    The building site is located next to Roane State Community College in LaFollette. Large tractors smoothed the land moving dirt around during the ceremonial ground breaking on Tuesday.

  • Four nabbed in string of burglaries

    A string of burglaries in the Windsor Pointe area landed four people in jail last week.

    A traffic stop made by LaFollette Police Officer Bill Owens was the catalyst that led to more arrests by the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department.

    According to Owen’s report, he had prior knowledge that Jonathan Nipper, 19, of 169 Robin Road, had an outstanding arrest warrant and a suspended driver’s license when he conducted a traffic stop last Tuesday.

  • Council says yes to discounts; plans Christmas event

    The LaFollette City Council wrapped up its meeting in record time Monday evening plowing through agenda items in under 15 minutes.

    The group, minus an absent Councilman Hansford Hatmaker, voted unanimously to pass an action creating a discount for early payment of city taxes.  As a result of the vote city residents can receive a 2-percent discount if their taxes are paid by Nov. 25 or a 1-percent discount if they are paid by Dec. 25.

    Gail Herrin and Katie Goins approached the council requesting permission to organize a Christmas in the City event.

  • Election brings change in Jellico

     Venita “Cissco” Johnson was wrapped tightly in a gray sweater as she timidly waited for an interview on Tuesday morning.

    Her young face lit up with a smile when congratulated for being the first African American elected to the Jellico Board of Aldermen in the Nov. 2 election.

    Johnson was not boastful; rather she politely waited for questions and carefully thought about her answers.

    Her reason for running in the election was not to make history as the first black female on the board. She wants positive change in her hometown.

  • City council candidate arrested for driving under the influence

     

    A recent LaFollette City Council hopeful had a brush with authorities just days after his bid for a seat on the city’s governing body came to an end.

    LaFollette Police Officer Pam Jarrett was traveling on 7th Street in the early hours of Saturday morning when she observed Andrew J. Huddleston, 51, of 610 South 13th Street, traveling on Fir Street on the wrong side of the road with two flat tires.

    According to Jarrett’s report, Huddleston allegedly almost struck her patrol car when he attempted to make a turn onto South 7th Street.

  • City council candidate arrested for driving under the influence

     

    A recent LaFollette City Council hopeful had a brush with authorities just days after his bid for a seat on the city’s governing body came to an end.

    LaFollette Police Officer Pam Jarrett was traveling on 7th Street in the early hours of Saturday morning when she observed Andrew J. Huddleston, 51, of 610 South 13th Street, traveling on Fir Street on the wrong side of the road with two flat tires.

    According to Jarrett’s report, Huddleston allegedly almost struck her patrol car when he attempted to make a turn onto South 7th Street.