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  • 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.

  • Haitian children will have home

     The decision of two Campbell County men to ride out a hurricane has brought hope to 35 Haitian orphans.

    When the New Life Ministries mission team left for Haiti, there were no reports of potentially hazardous weather. Instead the men were prepared to work in stifling 97-degree heat for a week.

  • Cash, drugs and guns seized during search

    A month long investigation led to the discovery of thousands in cash as well as drugs and weapons.

    According to Campbell County Sheriff’s Det. Lt. Brandon Elkins, a number of citizen complaints prompted a joint investigation by the CCSD and the Eighth Judicial Drug Task Force into a residence located at 426 Ivey Hollow Road.

    On Monday morning officers made forced entry into the home that was surrounded by an eight-foot hire chain link fence topped with barbed wire.

  • CASA requests support from commission

    When CASA representatives made an appeal for funds at the commission workshop their request was met with unexpected opposition.

    During her presentation Renee Tackett, CASA director, informed the group a pot of money known as the victim’s assistance assessment, which is made up of specific fines collected through the circuit court clerk’s office, is currently being divided between the Campbell County Children’s Center and CHET’s domestic violence shelter.

  • Free batteries available for home smoke detectors

      Free nine- volt batteries will be distributed by the Campbell County Rural Fire Service tomorrow evening.

     

     

     

    While the recent time change means less daylight hours, it also signifies something else. It is a reminder to change the batteries in home smoke detectors.

    The Campbell County Rural Fire Service is prepared to help homeowners with the task by providing free nine-volt batteries.