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  • Pociask arrested for child abuse

    After allegedly abusing his step-son in April, Richard Pociask, was arrested for the crime.

    According to LaFollette Police Officer Steve Wallen’s April 2 report the victim and his mother stated that Pociask had picked the victim and his sister up from school.

    After arriving home the victim said Pociask found a cell phone in his backpack and drug him to his room by his hair and allegedly hit him approximately 40 times on the buttocks with his hand.

  • Students start back to school next week

    Staring down the last week of summer vacation isn’t likely to bring cheers from Campbell County students. But despite the probable lack of enthusiasm next Thursday will mark the first full day of the 2010-11 school year.

    Dr. Karen Bundren, federal programs director, said teachers are required to report for duty on Aug. 9 and Aug. 11 will serve as a registration day for students.

    “Busses will run and breakfast and lunch will be served,” Bundren said of the registration day scheduled to last from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

  • Employee retention fluctuates in county offices

    With five county office holders running for re-election in local campaigns, a review of employee retention records shows varying numbers in the offices of mayor, sheriff, county trustee, register of deeds and circuit court clerk.

    While some offices have had no employee turnover larger departments have exponential numbers of resignations and terminations. The information regarding employee retention rates was obtained from the Campbell County Department of Finance through a Freedom of Information request.

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  • CCHS earns recognition

    Once teetering on the brink of state take over Campbell County High School appears to be not only meeting expectations but exceeding them.

    At a recent meeting of the Southern Regional Education Board CCHS earned the title of High Schools That Work Pacesetter School.

    While the SREB represents 1,200 sites across 30 states, CCHS is one of only 30 schools awarded the honor being called a pacesetter school.

  • Marijuana cultivators see jail instead of harvest

    Two alleged marijuana cultivators have been arrested in the past two weeks from tips received from the drug hotline.

    On July 15, the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office received a call about someone possibly growing marijuana in a field near a Jacksboro residence.

  • LaFollette Utilities implement rate increase following charter change

    The widely debated change in the LaFollette City Charter, allowing LaFollette Utilities to set water and sewer rate increases, was approved at the end of June. The immediate result of the charter change was the implementation of a 10-percent rate increase for water and sewer.

    The rate increase was applied on July 1, but the small amount may go unnoticed by many utility customers, according to General Manager Kenny Baird.

  • New playground and gazebo adorn Sergeant Park

    Just in time for the Community Night Out, Dr. Lee Sergeant Park in LaFollette is getting a facelift.

    Recreation and street department employees for the city have been installing a gazebo and playground at the park for the last two weeks. Construction on the new features came to a close this week as workers applied the finishing touches.

  • Council discusses paving projects and codes officer

    Acting city administrator Cade Sexton addressed the LaFollette Council on major issues Monday night, saying certain projects need to be decided now if they are going to be resolved in the future.

    Among the issues facing the city is codes enforcement. Following the energy codes meeting held earlier this month, Sexton said the council has multiple options for inspecting fire, building and electrical codes.

  • Hit and run suspect arrested

    Following the hit and run accident on Old Middlesboro Road last Tuesday night, the Tennessee Highway Patrol has pieced together evidence arresting the driver that allegedly fled the scene.

    Louis Bargy, 29, of Jacksboro, was arrested on July 21, when evidence from the scene was matched to his vehicle, according to the report.

  • Jellico water system faces lost revenue

    A contract with the Whitley County Water System will not be renegotiated, and will result in over $100,000 revenue loss for Jellico Utilities.

    Jellico Utilities General Manager Mike Bethurem has been faced with the challenge of completing projects amidst a lowered revenue stream. In a June meeting of the Whitley County Water System, board members gave notice to stop using water from the Jellico Utilities, said Bethurem about the result of several months of negotiations.