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  • Tiller sues LaFollette for discrimination

    A man who was refused employment with the city of LaFollette in August is now suing it.

    Last Thursday, Brian M. Tiller filed the $100,000 lawsuit claiming he was not hired as police officer because he is handicapped.

    The suit, filed in circuit court, says Tiller had previously worked for the city as a police officer. At the time he applied to rejoin the force, he was still qualified to work in that capacity. But city officials denied him employment because of his disability, he alleges.

  • Troxell indicted for assault

    Following last week’s convening of the grand jury a Jellico man has been indicted for three counts of rape of a child and one count of aggravated sexual battery

    James R. Troxell is accused of allegedly and repeatedly sexually assaulting a young girl. It is believed the child was living in the same home with him from 2000 until 2002, Det. Jami Hall of the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department said after his initial arrest.

    The child who was six to seven years old at the time the rapes are believed to have occurred was related to the duo by marriage, Hall said.

  • LaFollette history to 1900

    Driving past the many buildings in downtown LaFollette, it is hard to imagine the area the way it used to be; pristine and wild.  But long before the area was settled, Native Americans such as the Cherokee used the land for hunting grounds.

    It was the wild game and abundant waters which also attracted the first white settlers to the area as well, long before the Revolutionary War.

  • Jellico works on plans to fix roads at aldermen meeting; discusses sanitation issues

    After a month of no quorums, old business of paving projects and damaged roads topped the agenda at Jellico’s special called Mayor and Aldermen meeting on Dec. 2.

    “I would like for the council to give me the authority to enter into a contract with Dennis Potter to fix Hill Street,” Mayor Forrester Baird said as the meeting kicked off.

  • LaFollette to get new Food City

    LaFollette citizens will soon have a bigger and better Food City facility to shop at. Company officials announced plans to construct a much larger retail food outlet in the former Woodson’s Supermarket mall site, according to a press release. The new 46,000 square foot store will replace to current Food City store, with much more space and departments. The extra space will allow for a much larger variety of items for the customers, said store manager Tony Daugherty.

  • 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.