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  • Commission debates ambulance service management

    Issues regarding the county’s ambulance service continued to be a source of debate during Monday’s commission meeting.

    Commissioner Alvin Evans kicked off the discussion asking for his colleagues to choose from one of four options presented establishing who would be responsible for supervising the ambulance service director.

  • Campbell County Veterans Affairs Office No. 2 in state for getting money to veterans

    For each of the past five years, the Veterans Affairs Office in Campbell County has topped the previous year’s incoming monetary benefits.

    In 2010 the office received $14.69 million for veterans and their families this year.

    In 2006, Campbell County veterans received $4.2 million dollars. Over the past five years, this has increased by around 250-percent, director of the Campbell County Veterans Affairs Office Kevin Walden said.

  • Traffic stop nets two active meth labs

    Out of date tags and an inoperable brake light led to more serious charges for a Jacksboro pair last week.

    Campbell County Sheriff’s Deputy Thomas Richey was patrolling when spotted a vehicle on traveling west on Highway 116 in Caryville with a couple of infractions.

    While conducting a traffic stop Richey allegedly learned the driver, Daryl R. Overbay, 41, of 353 Cedar Circle, Jacksboro, had a revoked license.

  • Silcox and Miller arrested

    Sue Ellen Silcox was driving on South Avenue when she allegedly crossed the centerline last Thursday morning. When LaFollette Police Officer Matthew Sandefur initiated a traffic stop Silcox, 29, of 386 McGhee Lane, Jacksboro, allegedly could not produce a driver’s license or proof of insurance and the tags on the 2001 Lincoln Town Car belonged to another vehicle.

  • 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.