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  • CCSD inmate escapes into ceiling duct at hospital

    A Campbell County Sheriff’s Department inmate enjoyed some freedom last week, albeit short lived.

    Inmate Christopher Wilhoit was taken to St. Mary’s of Campbell County for treatment on Feb. 7, when he allegedly used a trip to the bathroom as means to orchestrate an escape from custody.

    According to LaFollette Police spokesperson Det. Lt. Jeff Allen, Officer William Owens was called to the hospital on a report of the inmate attempting to leave the scene.

  • Teacher suspended for alleged misconduct

    A Jellico High School teacher has been placed on leave pending an inquiry into his alleged misconduct with a student.

    Allegations of the male teacher’s improper relations with a 17- year- old female student surfaced when the girl’s mother met with Clayton Ray, secondary supervisor, on Monday, according to Dr. Michael Martin, director of schools.

    During the meeting the concerned parent produced phone records, which allegedly included text messages of an inappropriate nature between the two, Martin said.

  • Commissioners plan final attempt at reducing commission seats

    With the county election just months away a debate that has waged on in commission meetings for nearly two years will likely be put to rest- at least for another term.

  • Martin reports snow day shortage; board discusses calendar

    Campbell County students have enjoyed several unscheduled days off recently thanks to Mother Nature. But the cheers will likely be replaced with sighs as the students face the almost certain possibility of still being in school in June.

  • For 50 years the McCullochs have been valentines

    Fifty years ago, a young couple in love walked arm in arm across the bridge at Cove Lake. The young man turned to the girl and said “I wish we could just keep on going.”

    That young couple has done exactly that. Fifty years later, Bob and Delores McCulloch are still walking side by side through life.

    “Side by Side was our favorite song while we were dating,” Delores said. But it was Stand by Your Man that she pantomimed to Bob on Feb. 6, when they renewed their wedding vows.

  • Suit filed claiming malicious prosecution, unfair practices

    A long-standing community bank, local auto dealership and employees of the two entities have been served with a $13 million lawsuit that alleges unfair banking practices, negligence and malicious prosecution.

    Within the circuit court filing Fred Birdsall claims that when he purchased a truck from Rainbow Chevrolet and financed it through People’s Bank of the South in Oct. 2008, the bank didn’t include itself in the necessary paperwork in order to obtain the title.

  • City administrator position draws nationwide resumes

    With just under a month left to apply for the LaFollette City Administrator position, eight individuals have already expressed an interest in the job.

    “I would like to see someone who is business orientated,” said Mayor Mike Stanfield of the person who will fill David Young’s shoes.

    Stanfield said the ideal candidate would also have experience writing grants and working with the public.

    “There are plenty of local people who would be qualified,” Stanfield said. “I would like to see someone who is familiar with LaFollette.”

  • Office seekers continue to file petitions

    With the August election drawing closer, those hoping to garner an elected office are continuing to file their petitions.

    The race for sheriff is now up to a field of five candidates. The incumbent sheriff, Gary Perkins, Robbie Goins, a one-time sheriff’s deputy, and Robert Higginbotham, a LaFollette city police officer, have submitted petitions as have two other local police officers, election commission records said.

    Jacksboro Detective Mike Starrett and former Caryville Police Officer Freddie Stagnolia have officially joined the race.

  • LaFollette City Council and BOE hold joint workshop

    The LaFollette City Council and the Campbell County Board of Education (BOE) are looking to swap land again.

    In a joint workshop on Monday night the two bodies met to explore if another property trade would be beneficial.

    Board of education member Eugene Lawson began the discussion regarding the BOE’s proposal of exchanging the former East LaFollette School for the ball field adjacent to the school. This land was previously traded to the city in a land swap, along with the former West LaFollette School.

  • I-75 car crash claims two lives

    A two vehicle crash on Interstate-75 left two dead on Saturday.

    Around 6:52 p.m., Earl B. Laymance, 80, of Jellico, was traveling north on I-75, near mile marker 156, when he allegedly crossed the median, hitting the left driver side of Mark Donald Gibson, 46, of Greenville, S.C., according to Tennessee Highway Patrol Director of Public Affairs Mike Browning.

    Laymance was driving a 2003 Mitsubishi Montero, while Gibson was driving a GMC Denali. Despite the fact that both men were wearing seatbelts, Laymance and Gibson were killed in the accident.