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  • LaFollette Press brings home state journalism awards

      The staff at the LaFollette Press was honored by their peers across the state last week in Nashville.

    The Tennessee Press Association celebrated the occasion during a lunchtime ceremony.

    With nearly 1,500 entries from 76 newspapers in Tennessee the competition to walk away with honors was tight.

    In all the Press was honored four times for the work it produced in 2010.

  • National Night Out slated for Aug. 2

    For the second time in as many years Campbell County is celebrating crime prevention awareness. And organizers plan to have fun doing.

    Aug. 2 will mark the second annual National Night Out. On this night municipalities across the country will host events to promote safety, fun, and crime prevention in an effort to take neighborhoods back from criminal activity.

    According to Billie Russell, administrative assistant for the county mayor’s office, this year’s event is a function of the Anti-Drug Coalition.

  • Lyke racks up charges at cemetery

    Reports of a theft in the Roses Creek area had deputies on the move early Saturday.

    Campbell County Sheriff’s Deputy Adam Jarboe went to the Roses Creek Cemetery to check into reports of stolen phone lines just after 2 a.m. Saturday morning.

    As Jarboe pulled into the cemetery he reported seeing a male running into the woods. Amada King Lyke, 30, of 224 Yoakum Hollow Road, Jacksboro, was sitting inside a parked car with her five- month old son lying in the front seat.

  • The Landing offers struggling teens a place to go

     The Landing seeks to be a place of refuge and guidance for teens that are in trouble.

    The program, which is for 13 to 18 –year- olds, is modeled after the Celebrate Recovery program, which helps adults fight their addictions.

    First Baptist Church in Jacksboro has been involved in Celebrate Recovery for years and started the Landing in February.

  • Thirty year meth sentence upheld

    The state appeals court has upheld a 30-year sentence given to a Campbell County man convicted of cooking meth.

    Steven Q. Stanford was convicted of not only making meth but also possession of drug paraphernalia in January 2010. Following his jury trial and subsequent conviction Criminal Court Judge Shayne Sexton sentenced Stanford to 30 years in prison.

  • Commission still says no to audit committee

    Development of an audit committee dominated discussion among commissioners for a second week.

    At last week’s workshop meeting County Mayor William Baird presented the group with information about the necessary steps needed to assemble an audit committee for the county. While some commissioners were under the impression creating such a committee would more effectively help prevent fraudulent activity within county offices Jeff Marlow, finance director, pointed out this was not the case.

  • Caryville festival fails to launch

     This past weekend, instead of vendors, games, music and the roadblock for the Main Street Festival in Caryville, the street was empty and it was business as usual. After the American Tribal Council backed out as vendors, Alderman Michael Miller decided to cancel the event.

    The festival was supposed to run all day Saturday, and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Instead there was no festival.

    The American Tribal Council was to set up at the depot, which was to be the main hub for the festival.

  • New zoning laws in Jellico aimed to fight illegal pill distribution

     The Jellico Board of Mayor and Aldermen passed two ordinances designed to regulate pain clinics last Thursday night.

    “I’m just glad it was passed to keep pain clinics out,” vice mayor Cissco Johnson said. “We’ve got enough drugs in our city, especially with people coming off the interstate.”

    With pain clinics in LaFollette, the board wanted to have a way to deal with them. The only way to fight them is through zoning, mayor Les Stiers said as these ordinances were discussed at last month’s meeting.

  • Caryville property sold; board pleased with result

    The Campbell County Board of Education closed the books on a piece of school system history on Saturday.

    At 10:30 a.m. the old Caryville Elementary School property was sold in two parcels to the highest bidders. The larger tract sold to Steve Kirkham, president of Rocky Top Market, LLC for $475,000 and the smaller tract to local businessman John Davenport for $90,000 for a total of $565,000.

  • LPD gets two K-9s

    Criminals in LaFollette will soon have two more reasons to think twice before breaking the law. Their names are Dino and Blaz.

    The K-9s are the department’s most recent addition and Chief Jimmy Jeffries is excited about the prospect of a new dimension to LPD’s crime fighting repertoire.

    “They will do a great deal to help with officer safety as well as vehicle and building searches,” Jeffries said explaining during the K-9s initial implementation they will be used to ferret out narcotics.