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  • Chitwood’s alleged jailbreak stopped

    An attempted prisoner escape from the Campbell County Jail was foiled thanks to the efforts of observant corrections officers last week.

    In the early morning hours of Oct. 14 Patrick Lynn Chitwood, 31, of 6273 Stoney Fork Road, Caryville, allegedly broke a light fixture in the jail and took a piece of metal from it in an effort to make a file.

  • Collaboration saves a life

    Collaboration between the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department and the LaFollette Utilities Board saved the life of a woman last week.

    On Oct. 11 Campbell County E911 received a call from a woman in Florida stating her sister had called and said she had taken about 50 blood pressure pills.

    Detective Capt. Brandon Elkins said while central dispatch at E911 has the capability to track a driver’s license number, that wasn’t an option.

  • School board approves raise for classified employees

    Campbell County school cooks, janitors and teaching assistances will soon enjoy a little extra change in their pockets.

  • There is a time to pray

    In hopes of uniting a community, one man is coming forward with a plan.

    Rick McCreary, a Campbell County native and minister, wants the churches and people of the community to pray with him on Saturday morning.

    The idea of an area wide prayer service came to him after viewing the documentary “Appalachian Dawn.” The documentary traces the history of drug use and poverty in Clay County, Ky. as well as how the town turned itself around. The residents of Clay County’s first step were to pray together.

  • There is a time to pray i

    In hopes of uniting a community, one man is coming forward with a plan.

    Rick McCreary, a Campbell County native and minister, wants the churches and people of the community to pray with him on Saturday morning.

    The idea of an area wide prayer service came to him after viewing the documentary “Appalachian Dawn.” The documentary traces the history of drug use and poverty in Clay County, Ky. as well as how the town turned itself around. The residents of Clay County’s first step were to pray together.

  • Heitzenrater replaced

     

    By LAFOLLETTE PRESS STAFF

    Jim Heitzenrater has been replaced as CEO at LaFollette Medical Center. In a memorandum dated Oct. 18, Tennova Healthcare Market CEO Mike Garfield named Mark Cain as Heitzenrater’s replacement.

    Garfield has recently become Market CEO for Tennova, and sees this as a time of change.

    “As with any change, there will be some transition,” Garfield said. “Jim Heitzenrater, who has served this hospital for more than a year, will be leaving to pursue other interests.”

  • Holiday toy run set to roll

    With only days left until the Caryville Civil War Council (CCWC) annual toy run the group is busy preparing for the ride.

    The toy run is conducted by the all volunteer group and benefits needy families during the holiday season.

    This year marks the 10th run conducted by the CCWC in order to raise money families in need of assistance at the holidays.

    It is all about helping others, said Larry Collier a founding member of the CCWC.

  • Bethurem fired by power board

     Without discussion, and with a unanimous vote, the Jellico Electric and Water System Board fired General Manager Mike Bethurem at a special called meeting Monday afternoon.

    Bethurem’s contract had been on the agenda for discussion at two special called meetings in September.

  • Basista removed as power board attorney

    Terry Basista sat calmly before the Jellico power board last Wednesday as it voted unanimously to replace him as its attorney.

    Three members of the board, Darrell Byrge, Les Stiers and Charles Vermillion, called the special meeting for 3:30 p.m. The regular utility meetings are at 5 p.m. The single item on the agenda was to “replace board attorney.”

  • Two men arrested on Pine Mountain Road

     On Oct. 5, Officer Adam Jarboe logged two felony arrests.

    The suspects, Matthew Cobb, Jr. and passenger Robert D. Sweet, were in a black Chevrolet truck on Pine Mountain Road, Jarboe’s report said. Jarboe allegedly saw two syringes in the passenger floorboard. Jarboe got permission to search the vehicle, and officers allegedly found a white, powdery substance that resembled methamphetamine and a one-step methamphetamine lab in a tent bag in the truck’s bed.