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  • Two arrested on theft charges

     

  • Community appears divided on light issues

    At the end of an emotionally charged meeting, Campbell County citizens were still in the dark regarding a traffic light on Highway 63.

  • Personnel dispute spills over at commission meeting

    A budget amendment involving legal fees was fodder for a lively discussion at Monday’s budget and finance committee meeting.

    When Richard Terry, deputy finance director, introduced the amendment that would provide $2,500 to secure representation for Jeff Marlow, finance director, in what has turned into a legal battle with Sheriff Gary Perkins a number of commissioners were left asking why.

    Perkins and Marlow went toe to toe in August 2009 over the issue of employee classification.

  • LPD sees more personnel issues

    It’s been a tough couple of weeks for the LaFollette Police Department.  

    With the arrest of one officer for falsifying time sheets with the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department and another officer charged with statutory rape, personnel problems continue to abound for the LPD.

    On Tuesday, LPD Officer Justin Lowe was arrested by Clinton City Police on charges of aggravated assault.

  • CASA hosting benefit ride

    On April 10, CASA will take to the open road in hopes of generating funds for its program that serves children in the court system. No, they are not holding a roadblock.

    Instead, CASA will be joined by the Southern Cruisers, the Southern Sons, the Widow’s Sons and the Christian Motorcycle Club for a benefit ride. All money raised that day will go directly into CASA to assist its volunteers in advocating for abused children.

    “We are so grateful for the clubs stepping up and helping us this way,” said Maggie Inscho, county coordinator for CASA.

  • Office seekers continue to file petitions

    With the weeks until the election slipping away, the number of people seeking office continues to multiply.

    Incumbent county mayor William Baird now has plenty of competition for his seat. Along with county commissioner Scotty Kitts, Ronnie Murray and former sheriff Ron McClellan, another candidate has joined the race, election commission records said. Chair of the county commission and defunct LaFollette City Administrator David Young has filed his petition to run for the county’s top spot.

  • CASA Bluegrass Breakdown scheduled for this month

    Live bluegrass music, refreshments and the opportunity to participate in a silent auction, while helping area children can only be found in one place-the 9th annual CASA Bluegrass Breakdown.

    On March 20, at 6 p.m. in the Campbell County High School auditorium, four groups will be performing bluegrass favorites at CASA’s biggest fundraising event.

    Those performing include Larry Gillis and the Hard Driving Bluegrass Band, Shadow Ridge, Eddie Sweat and Thunder Creek, as well as Carl and Mason Capps.

  • First Baptist of Jacksboro returns from Guyana mission trip

    No electricity, no running water, outhouse facilities and alligators and anacondas in a rustic South American village may not sound like a good time to most people. But for seven missionaries from First Baptist of Jacksboro, it was a piece of heaven just to be able to help others.

  • Kentucky man facing charges in Jellico after drug arrest

    A routine traffic stop for speeding led to a slew of drug and traffic charges for a Kentucky man last week.

    On March 3, Jellico Police Officer Jeff Ivey clocked Jason Harold Ritchie, 31, of Winchester Road, Lexington, Ky., traveling 83 miles per hour on I-75 in a 70 mile per hour posted zone, according to a Jellico arrest report.

    Ritchie allegedly traveled for a mile and a half before exiting the interstate, swerving several times before coming to a stop, according to Ivey’s report.

  • Zoning issue has scrap yard business owner down in the dumps

    A zoning conflict in LaFollette has Scrappy’s owner Arnold Jones searching for a new location for his business in a competitive scrap or bust industry.