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  • Pack still in the race for sheriff

    Mark Pack may be down but he doesn’t want to be counted out.

     As word has swirled around town that he has withdrawn from the 2010 sheriff’s race, Pack says that is not the case.

    “I am still in the campaign,” he said.

    However, he has had to unexpectedly scale back his campaigning for the office.

    Three weeks ago, Pack’s mother, Wanda, suffered a series of heart attacks. The damage done to her cardiovascular system was so significant, the family was called in to say their goodbyes, Pack said.

  • Caryville's attempt to get liquor is meritless

    Two items approved at the last meeting of the Caryville Board of Mayor and Aldermen have very different destinations, according to Campbell County Administer of Elections Dean Sexton.

    The liquor by the drink and package store referendum, which was approved by the Caryville aldermen to be placed on the ballot, is now void.

    The referendum could be placed on the general election ballot for November but not through the actions of the town board. The citizens must submit a petition signed by 10-percent or more of the registered voters, said Sexton.

  • Marlow bound over to grand jury

    A Campbell County man has been bound over to the grand jury on charges he murdered his mother.

    Tuesday afternoon James Richard Marlow, Jr. appeared before General Sessions Judge Joe Ayers for his preliminary hearing.

    After being held in an area outside the courtroom Marlow was brought in, shackled at his waist, ankles and feet.

    Brandon Elkins, a detective for the sheriff’s department, was the only witness to take the stand during the one hour hearing.

  • Stanfield vetoes charter revision, issue to be revisited

    As promised, the LaFollette City Mayor Mike Stanfield vetoed the council’s charter revision to allow LaFollette Utility Board to change water and sewer rates.

    On June 1, at the regular meeting of the LaFollette Council, Councilmen Bob Fannon, Wayne Kitts and Joe Bolinger voted for and approved the charter amendment. Stanfield sent a notice of veto to the council on June 3, just two days later.

    “I hereby veto the passage of said charter ratification,” read the letter provided by Stanfield.

  • County tax rate could be lowered this year

    When reappraisal cards hit mailboxes earlier this year, many people hit the roof. On the heels of the reappraisal process is now the setting of a new certified tax rate.

    These processes go together, according to Campbell County Property Assessor Brandon Partin. State law mandates that every six years these procedures occur.

    Currently the county’s certified tax rate is $2 on every $100 of assessed value. However, with the recent reappraisal process completed, that is going to change, Partin said.

  • Kickin around in the summer time
  • Louie Bluie Festival draws crowd despite weather

    Scorching heat and monsoon type rains threatened to have organizers of the Louie Bluie Music and Arts Festival singing the blues-literally.  

    But despite the stifling humidity created as soaking downpours collided with high temperatures people from near and far converged on Cove Lake State Park to enjoy the sights and sounds of the fourth annual event.

    In a move to expand the festival into a two-day event worthy of drawing interest from all over the country the festival committee used this year’s event to pilot a Bluegrass and Barbeque pre-festival concert.

  • Siler sent to jail

    It was all over but the crying on Monday when Jenny Siler was sentenced to prison for eight years.

    After going before a jury earlier this year on narcotics charges, and found guilty, Siler and her co-defendant Jamie Jones appeared in court Monday for sentencing.

  • Thieves strip vacant school of copper

    The Campbell County Board of Education took a major hit last week.  Because the former East LaFollette Elementary School was deemed uninhabitable by the fire marshal it has sat virtually unused for more than a year.

    On June 9 LaFollette Police Det. Lt. Monty Miller was notified that the building had been burglarized, according to a report.

  • Fight over cabbage leads to arrest for assault

       

    The price of cabbage was the source of a showdown of sorts at the LaFollette flea market last week.

    On Thursday LaFollette Police Officer Joe Brown responded to a reported of a possible disturbance involving a weapon in the back parking lot of the police department.

    When he arrived on the scene, Brown was informed by the victim that Ben Ellison, 68 of 430 Loop Road had started an argument with him over the price he was charging for cabbage.