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  • Tale of school drop out has happy ending

    Dropping out of high school often means the end of the educational road.  But for Stephen Houston it proved to be just the beginning.

    Born in LaFollette in 1956, Houston started his school career at the LaFollette Colored High School in a time when segregation was still around.  

    Although LaFollette schools became integrated during his early elementary school years, Houston said he never could find his niche.

  • Auto theft leads to drug arrest

    A report of a stolen car led to drug arrest last week.

    On April 27 LaFollette Police Officer Bill Owens received instruction to be on the look out for a stolen vehicle.  

    Owens reported that during a traffic stop related to the stolen vehicle he asked Cliff Justin Ayers, 26, of 2149 Pine Mountain Road for his identification, but Ayers allegedly claimed that he had none.

  • Wells file answer in harassment suit

    Months after being named as a defendant in a sexual harassment suit, school board member Mark A. Wells fired back with an answer and counter-complaint of his own.

    In March school system employee Alexis Keiser filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court alleging that she was the victim of sexual harassment perpetrated by Wells.

    According to the March filing, the suit is being brought as a result of Wells’ attempt to date Keiser and his subsequent retaliation once he learned she was in a relationship with someone else.

  • Mining project in county affects streams; reclaims mined lands

    A section of Campbell County near Smokey Junction is slated to be remined by Davis Creek Energy, LLC, according to an April 29 Army Corps of Engineers (ACE) press release. As a result of this mining activity, a federally threatened species of minnow may suffer as a result of the mining. Because the species has a short life span, any habitat disturbance significantly impacts this fish.

  • McKinney and Patterson arrested on theft charges

    Leaving evidence lying about after a robbery landed two men in jail on Sunday.

    On May 2, Campbell County Sheriff’s Officer Matt Wasson was dispatched to Chadwell’s Market and Deli on Long Hollow Road to find the front glass door completely busted out, according to the arrest warrant. The only item missing from the store was the cash register with approximately $12 in change, the police report said.

  • Pair arrested on drug, prostitution charges

    The watchful eye of a citizen led to an arrest for prostitution last week.

    On April 26, LaFollette Police Officer James Farmer was dispatched to Byrge Screen Printing on the report of possible prostitution, the arrest report said. After arriving, Farmer spoke with an eyewitness who told him he had seen a man and woman who appeared to be engaging in sexual behaviors in exchange for drugs, according to the report.

  • Council discusses department vacancies; LPD comes under fire

    What started out as a discussion about the need for a workshop to discuss the upcoming budget led to a heated discussion about staffing and personnel issues at Monday’s LaFollette City Council workshop.

    When Cade Sexton, interim city administrator, suggested the council meet soon to start work on the 2010-11 budget he also pointed out several of the city’s departments were operating with a number of vacancies.

  • First Lady makes stop in Campbell

    With her days in office ticking down, Tennessee’s First Lady Andre Conte took time to visit Campbell County last week. However, Conte’s visit was more than a social call. It was her final visit to the Campbell County Children’s Center in her official capacity.

    “It was definitely an honor to have her here,” said Tracie Davis, director of the CCCC.

  • School presents a classic education with the classics

    Christian Academy of Campbell County was abuzz with activity Tuesday evening when the school opened its doors to show the community what it has to offer.

    Parents and children jammed the hallways to catch a glimpse of classrooms, meet staff and find out just exactly what the school is all about.

  • Inmate flees jail

    On Friday, a Campbell County inmate who had been given trustee status absconded.

    Fredrick Carl Pierce, who listed a West Chestnut Street address on his intake sheet, now has a status of escaped on that same sheet.

    Pierce had been serving time in the county jail since his arrest in September 2009, jail records said. When he was arrested Pierce had pending charges of evading arrest, auto burglary, vandalism, violation of parole and four counts of theft of property up to $9,999, according to CCSD records.