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  • Customers, businesses prep for Black Friday

    As Thanksgiving leftovers begin to cool in the refrigerator, many will set out to take advantage of Black Friday sales.
    “I will be shopping. It has been a tradition of mine since I was younger,” Amanda Partin said via Facebook. “I’m hoping to score some video games for my kids and anything super hero related for my son who lives [loves] all things super hero.”
    While many will flock to shopping centers in Knoxville, local stores, such as Radio Shack, Gifts from Above and Smith’s Ace Hardware will offer special sales.

  • Jellico memo stirs questions


    An inter-office memo from Jellico town recorder Linda Douglas to Mayor Les Stiers and the board members discussing lay-offs and “weight issues” within the police department was the main topic of discussion at last Thursday’s meeting.

    Laying off four police officers, one street department employee and one sanitation worker were ideas suggested by Johnson, Bowlin and Evans, according to the note.

    The memo also mentions “weight issues” within the Jellico Police Department.

  • Little travel expenses incurred in Caryville

    Editor’s Note: In the coming weeks the LaFollette Press will publish a series of stories focused on spending for travel my governmental entities. This is the second in the series.

    In 15 months, six people incurred only $4207.11 in travel related expenses in the town of Caryville.

    “Our jobs pretty much hold us here,” said town recorder Cheryl Ivey.

    Pat Donahue

  • Jellico man rearrested on drug charges

    A man already behind bars was served with two new warrants for drug charges.

    Jack Trammell, 53, of South Main Street, Jellico, was being detained at the Campbell County Jail for violating his probation in early October. Last Thursday morning, Trammell received notice of new charges stemming from a three-month investigation by the Jellico Police Department.

  • Campbell County set celebrate Christmas

    As Thanksgiving gives way to the Christmas season, Campbell County will celebrate with several events.

    Campbell County Christmas Parade

    LaFollette will host the Campbell County Christmas Parade on Dec. 1 at 6:30 p.m.

    “I know a lot of people like night parades,” LaFollette Mayor Mike Stanfield said.

    The parade will be staged at LaFollette Elementary School, and the parade route will be down Central Avenue. Josh Etter will serve as grand marshal.

  • No date set for driver station closure

    Two weeks after initially saying that the LaFollette Driver’s Station was not on the list to be closed, the Tennessee Department of Safety revealed that a merger of the Campbell County office is on the table.

    “As part of our Customer Focused Government plan, we are considering merging various driver service centers across the state. The LaFollette Driver Service Center will merge with the facility at 704 North Charles G. Seivers Blvd. in Clinton,” said an email from department of safety public information officer, Dalya Qualls, on Tuesday.

  • Caryville Elementary praised by state

    Caryville Elementary was just shy of being considered a rewards school, but their efforts to close the achievement gap didn’t go unnoticed by the Tennessee Department of Education.

    A rewards school is a school that falls in the top five percent in performance and in the top five percent in progress.

    CES principal Lori Adkins received a letter from the state education commissioner, Kevin Huffman, informing her of the school’s progress.

    “We weren’t a rewards school, but we were very, very close,” Adkins said.

  • CCSD nabs car burglars

    The latest criminal episode in the lives of Anthony Craig Winnie and Phillip McGhee appear to have been short lived.

    On Thursday morning the pair was arrested in connection with a string of car burglaries that police believe started Nov. 8. Authorities believe the two men may have broken into as many as 24 cars in the Jacksboro area.

  • Public records for the week of Nov. 22, 2012

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


    NOV. 12  – NOV. 16

    Michael W. Leach to Terry Saunders and Janice Saunders, Dist. 3, $39,000.

    Donald Theobald and Rachel Trandicosta, Dist. 3, $149,400.

    Ayers LP to Michael W. Hembree and Barbara Hembree, Dist. 1, $74,900.

    Gary W. Hatmaker and Penny B. Hatmaker to Tabitha Burrell and Eric Burrell, Dist. 3, $180,000.

  • Commission discusses 911 board

    At Monday’s meeting, the county commission will appoint three members to the Campbell County E911 board. At Tuesday’s workshop, a portion of the evening was spent discussing the E911 board.
    The nine members of the E911 board are on staggered terms. The board can’t have more than nine members, and three members’ terms have expired. E911 board chair Bill Widener requested the commission reappoint LaFollette Medical Center COO Sara Lloyd, Campbell County EMS Director Danny Sheckles and James Hatmaker.