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  • Toys for Tots registers hundreds

    After taking applications for two days last week Campbell County’s third annual Toys for Tots toy drive is ready to undertake the massive effort of making Christmas a little bit brighter for hundreds of local families this year.

    More than 500 children were registered to receive gifts during the Nov. 18 and 19 sign-up days held at the Campbell County Courthouse and Jellico Public Library, according to Deb Mikesell, administrative assistant for County Mayor William Baird.

  • Boshears resignation is official

    It’s official.

    While news of his impending resignation has been on the lips of commissioners and the public alike Monday night third district Commissioner Melvin Boshears made his intentions official.

    After dedicating 17 years of service to the commission during two stints with the group Boshears said a hearing loss has forced him to call it quits in his official capacity.

  • Montclair now working with group from Louisiana

     Montclair Technologies is working with another company in its efforts to put an oil refinery in the Taylor Machine Shop building. 

    Representatives from Montclair and the Louisiana-based Triad Corp. visited community leaders in Campbell County last Tuesday.

  • Jellico Electric and Water System looks at some policy changes

     The Jellico Utility board met in a workshop last Wednesday to discuss possible policy changes in order to save costs.

    At the regular utility meeting on Nov. 8, consultant Chris Mitchell presented the board with some ideas for improvement to the system. The board decided to discuss his recommendations and how to implement some new policies in a workshop. There will be some changes, if the board approves them at its next meeting.

  • Public Records for week of November 17, 2011

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

     

  • Bargy to spend six months in jail

    In a hearing packed with tears and apologies, Louis Bargy was sentenced to jail on Monday in the death of Michael Jones.

    He will serve six months in jail and five years on probation.

    Bargy was convicted in August of criminally negligent homicide, initiating a false report and tampering with evidence. It took the jury eight hours to come back with the verdict.

    As the hearing began, Teresa Jones, the victim’s mother, took the stand.

    Reading from a prepared that shook as she held it her trembling hands, Jones didn’t mince words.

  • Steve Collette encourages Christians to share the Gospel

    A parking spot was hard to find Friday night at Stanfield Church of God.

    Members of the church directed parking, which overflowed into the lawn of the parsonage next door. Inside the sanctuary, around 300 people filled the pews.

    People from six churches of different denominations were present for the same reason. They came to hear Steve Collett share his testimony of how God delivered him from drug addiction. Stanfield Church of God invited Collett, a former drug dealer featured in Appalachian Dawn, to speak Friday to close out a youth revival.

  • Local attorney files lawsuit, claiming damages resulting from stink

    David Dunaway has filed a $150,000 lawsuit as a result of last month’s odor.

    He named Maryland Casualty Company and Daniels-Head Insurance Agency, Inc. as defendants. Dunaway claims the insurers failed to compensate him for damages caused by pollutants resulting from the recent stink that lingered over LaFollette in October.

  • Ivydale Road project on hold

    Ivydale Road residents’ hopes of a smoother drive hit the skids Monday night.

    After a lengthy debate during the October meeting commissioners said yes to a measure that would have required the county to borrow $205,000 to tar and chip the road.

    Despite the fact Commissioners Rusty Orick, Marie Ayers and David Adkins were the only three to vote against the road work, when it came time for the amendment to be approved by the budget and finance committee at Monday’s meeting the action stalled.

  • Meth lab discovered on Cherry Street

    An investigation into a possible meth lab led to three arrests.

    LaFollette Police Officer Brian Tiller responded to reports of a possible meth lab at 608 Cherry Street on Nov. 13.

    Betty Ayers, 50, and Carla Siler, 26, both of 608 Cherry Street, were at the residence when Tiller arrived. Records indicate Tiller informed the women he had been to the home two nights earlier and they refused to answer the door. The officer said he noted the smell of meth coming from an outbuilding during that visit.