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  • Valley View is hosting Visions of Christmas and community dinner

    The halls are decked at Valley View Elementary School as it gets into the holiday spirit by hosting Visions of Christmas on Dec. 17.

    The school is hosting the evening event in conjunction with the Boy and Girl Scouts.

    There will be a fantasy of trees silent auction, as well as a secret Santa gift shop where children can purchase gifts costing from 50 cents to $3. A sweet shop with homemade baked goods will also be there, according to Valley View Principal Steve Rutherford.

  • Council upholds termination of Young

    For the third time in three months, the LaFollette City Council has terminated city administrator David Young.  This time it came in the form of ratifying, or finalizing, the council’s prior October decision to fire Young.

    Despite the fact that the decision has been made two times before, there was once again much discussion on the contentious issue.

    Councilman Bob Fannon made a motion to wait on making the decision until after Dec. 14 when the validity of Young’s contract will be weighed in a court.

  • Courtroom dedicated to Asbury

    Lee Asbury was many things to the people in his life.

    He was a well-respected judge, an avid outdoorsman, a farmer and devoted family man.

    Last Wednesday, people from each aspect of his life gathered as the upstairs courtroom of the Campbell County Courthouse was dedicated to him. The Campbell County Bar Association had not only planned the ceremony, it had the plaque dedicating the room in Asbury’s memory prepared.

  • Health Department has flu shots

    As reports of the H1N1 virus continue, additional vaccines have become available.

    In Campbell County, a clinic on Tuesday evening at the health department saw 272 citizens line up for a shot. Charles Turner, county director for the health department, said the response was so great, the clinic was extended until 8 p.m.

    This was an hour and half longer than originally scheduled.

    For Raymond Oakes getting his shot on Tuesday was “the right thing to do.”

  • Holiday events taking place around the county

    It’s Christmas time in Campbell County.

    And there is no better way to get in the spirit than to attend one of the multiple holiday events taking place around the area.

  • Library, David Young and water/sewer rate increase top workshop agenda

    The problem of choosing a library site, the continuing issue with David Young and a third proposal of a water and sewer rate increase topped the agenda at Monday night’s LaFollette City Council workshop.

  • Drinking beer without paying ends with arrest

    A LaFollette woman is facing theft of property under $500, filing a false police report, driving on a revoked license and using false identification charges after drinking beer in gas station restroom and then lying to police.

  • Courthouse works on tree tradition

    It is beginning to look a lot like Christmas.

    Or at least it will next week at the county courthouse after a group of Jacksboro Elementary second graders are done.

    Next Friday, the second county Christmas tree will be placed and decorated, according to Campbell County Mayor William Baird.

  • Wilson facing indecent exposure charge

    When temperatures drop, people typically begin to layer their clothes.

    But not Wayne J. Wilson.

    As the area saw a dip in temperatures on Nov. 29, Wilson was found half-naked on North First Street in LaFollette, according to his arrest report.

  • Jacksboro drug arrest nets large amount of confiscated money

    Stopping to buy a pack of cigarettes ended up costing a Jellico man nearly $14,000 plus a trip to jail last week.

    On Nov. 19, Eddie Joe Whitaker, 41, of 2215 Highway 297, Jellico, stopped in Jacksboro at a local tobacco outlet’s drive through to purchase a pack of cigarettes, the arrest report said.

    When the sales attendant turned back around, Whitaker was allegedly passed out at the wheel of his car, the Jacksboro Police report said.

    Jacksboro Police Officers Josh Carroll and James Skeans arrived on the scene after being called by the sales attendant.