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  • Winter weather puts skids on learning

    It may be a new school year, but thanks to Old Man Winter it is shaping up to look very similar to the last.

    With only 13 snow days built into the 2010-11 school calendar Sharon Ridenour, interim director of schools, and her staff will likely be scrambling to devise a plan for making sure students receive the required number of instructional days.

    On Tuesday morning Ridenour reported county schools had already been forced to close nine days as a result of inclement weather.

  • Meth lab discovered among disposal

    A Caryville man was arrested for promotion of methamphetamine when street department workers discovered suspicious items in the trash.

    On Dec. 20, Caryville Lieutenant Stephanie Smith was contacted by the Caryville Street Department about several bottles containing a crystallized substance.

    The trash was outside a residence on East Maple Street.

  • City presses forward with plans for a new library

    Proposals for a new LaFollette Public Library have had its ups and downs. The council’s plans to construct a new library over the past few years have been recycled and reworked. Though USDA grant money was offered with steep stipulations, the council decided to press forward to renovate the recreation center with city employees executing the work.

  • Young and in love; couple to remarry after 30 years

    At 16 years old, Mitch Belew and Robin Wright were in love.

    They got married the same year as the high school prom by forging their birth certificates.

    It was a Saturday on May 27, 1978 when they changed the dates on their birth certificates. The clerk in Jellico noticed the modifications, prompting the young couple straight to Williamsburg, Ky., were they were married.

  • Public Records Jan. 6 , 2010

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

     

     

    Campbell County Property Transfers

    Dec. 27 – Dec. 31

     

    Innovative Reclamation Technologies to Timothy A. Stirling, Dist. 1, $65,000.

    LaFollette Enterprises LP to Ronald A. Williams and Connie S. Williams, Dist. 3, $25,000.

  • Trio allegedly planning break-ins

    Reports from concerned citizens likely prevented some criminal activity last Wednesday.

    According to Chief Deputy Jonathan Finley the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department received citizen reports of a suspicious person in the Carr Wynn Road area.  Deputies Pete Hatfield, Paul Harmon, Cody Chapman, John Wallen and Sgt. Jimmie Jeffries were dispatched to the area to investigate the claims.

  • Morgan arrested for burglary

     

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  • Alleged Shanghai thieves nabbed

     

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    A local marina celebrated the holidays with a Christmas break-in.

  • Four arrested on meth charges

     

  • Federal court says no to Jennings; suit back in circuit court

    After nearly two years of wading through legal channels former LaFollette mayor Cliff Jennings got an answer from federal court in his $1.3 million suit against the city.

    In February 2009 Jennings filed a complaint alleging his pension and health benefits were terminated by the city and those acting on its behalf.  He was not given forewarning of this nor was he allowed to be heard on the matter, the lawsuit said.