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  • City council confirms business from workshop

    The main item of discussion at the LaFollette City Council meeting Monday night was a salary raise for animal control officer Stan Foust.

    Foust has undertaken the responsibilities as codes enforcement officer for the last two years and recently requested additional money for the added work. The council agreed that Foust should be paid an additional $5,000 for being the codes officer and made the request official at the council meeting.

  • Municipal elections just around the corner

    Just as one election is over, another is on the horizon.

    Towns and cities in Campbell County will be electing a variety of new leaders just as fall sets in.

  • I-75 crash causes fatality

    An accident involving a tractor-trailer resulted in the death of the driver, Gary D. Gabehart last Tuesday.

    At approximately 2:48 p.m. traffic was moving slowly due to an earlier accident on I 75 south bound. Gabehart’s cargo truck was unable to stop with traffic and swerved to the left, striking a Ford F250, according to Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Matthew Chitwood who investigated the accident.

  • Family trying to rebuild after crash

    They promised each other a lifetime.

    What they got was three years.

    But Melissa Podstawka wouldn’t trade those three years with her husband Daniel for 50 years with someone else.

    “I will never find anyone to replace him,” she said as tears threatened to spill down her face. Sitting in a room decorated with family photos, Podstawka is still reeling in the sudden death of her 28- year- old husband.

  • Sheriff’s office arrests burglary suspect

    An ongoing investigation came to a close last week when Campbell County Sheriff’s detectives arrested an alleged burglar.

    Thomas Justin Evans, 29, of Duff, was arrested after an ongoing investigation linked him to two alleged break-ins and burglaries.

    On July 8, an alleged burglary of a Jellico residence resulted in the theft of several guns and jewelry, said sheriff’s detective Mike Perkins.

  • Humane society receives grant

    For the last three years the Campbell County Humane Society has been the recipient of a $10,000 spay/ neuter grant. This year is no different.

    On Thursday, Darlene Boyd, vice president of the CCHS said the group had just been notified of another $10,000 award. The money will be spent to have dogs in the area fixed, she said.

  • Meth lab found in home, child abuse charges filed

    When a mother reported an alleged meth lab being moved into her home by a boyfriend, she also garnered charges of initiation to manufacture methamphetamine and child abuse.

    Last Thursday, the Jellico Police Department responded to a domestic dispute where Christine L. Oliver, 33, told police her boyfriend was allegedly making meth inside the home on 516 Poplar Street.

    Oliver reported the alleged illegal activity but was also charged because she allegedly allowed the process to continue, endangering her two young children, according to the arrest report.

  • 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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