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  • Children’s Center child abuse luncheon raises funds for new building

    Being a kid shouldn’t hurt. That was the message at Friday’s child abuse luncheon. Instead, love, happiness and laughter should define a child’s life, but unfortunately, child abuse is an all too real factor, which is why the Campbell County Children’s Center is raising funds for a new building.

    With only $350,000 left to raise, the children’s center continues to gain momentum towards reaching its goal.

  • County appraisals bring concern, anger

    There are two sure things in life-death and taxes.  

    But despite this certainty even the hint that those taxes might increase has been enough to create a furor among Campbell County residents.

    When those little green reappraisal cards started showing up in mailboxes around the county the popularity of Brandon Partin, property assessor, increased exponentially, but not in a good way.

  • Commission says yes to land swap; want East LaFollette too

    After a nearly two hour discussion on the pros and cons of a property trade at last week’s budget and finance committee meeting it seemed that every angle of the deal had been explored.

    But another winding debate on the issue ensued prior to the county commission’s final approval on Monday.

  • Eyes on LaFollette returns

    Signs of spring are popping up everywhere including the return of the students from University of Tennessee School of Journalism and Electronic Media.

    The class will return this Friday with 19 students to create the 13th edition of Eyes on LaFollette. They will be looking to capture life in a small town with their cameras during their two day visit.

    Eyes on LaFollette began in 1993, created by Rob Heller, from the UT School of Journalism and Electronic Media.

  • Lincoln-Reagan dinner scheduled for this evening

    The annual Lincoln-Reagan dinner is here.  

    Tonight local Republican’s will gather to celebrate the event’s 25th year.

    While last year’s attendance topped more than 200, Ann Ayers, Campbell County Republican Women’s Club president, hopes this year’s crowd will be even bigger.

    “This is a great chance for us to celebrate the grassroots of the Republican Party,” Ayers said.

  • Relay for Life slated for May 1

    It’s relay time in Campbell County.

    After months of preparation, teams are gearing up for the finale on May 1. But things may be a little different this year, according to Relay for Life Committee Member Traci Dower. One of the changes organizers are implementing is an earlier start to the Relay itself.

    The event will start at noon this year and continue until 6 a.m. the following day.

    “We want to begin earlier during the day so there will be more fundraising opportunities, but we still plan on having it all night as well,” Dower said.

  • Candidates disclose amounts spent

    April 12 brought another deadline for candidates in the 2010 election.

    They were asked to file another round of financial disclosures.

    While this stack was heftier than the previous filing, the reports indicate many candidates are still spending below $1,000 per quarter.

    The forms asked candidates to disclose any expenditure of their campaigns that exceed $1,000. Along with this, candidates are required to reveal any financial obligations exceeding $1,000, according to state campaign law.

  • Bolton arrested for possession

    A Speedwell man got a police style wake-up call last week when he was found passed out in a basement.

    On April 13 LaFollette Police Officer Pamela Jarrett went to a Rose Hill Drive residence in search of a male with outstanding felony warrants.

    Upon her arrival, Jarrett discovered the door to the home’s walk-in basement was open allowing her to observe a male laying on a bed.

    The man, identified as Jeremy E. Bolton, 28, of 5857 Old Highway 63, allegedly appeared to be under the influence of a narcotic, according to Jarrett’s report.

  • Coker arrested on multiple charges

    A trip to a local convenience store turned into a trip to jail for Wayne Curtis Coker.  

    Last Wednesday off-duty LaFollette Police Officer Jason Marlow was inside the downtown Shell station when Coker, 24, of 1180 Whitman Hollow Road, entered the store and allegedly appeared to be unsteady on his feet.

    Marlow reported observing Coker taking an item from the store and placing it inside his shorts before attempting to exit the business.

  • Jellico discusses paving projects and skate park; waits on other business

    Paving projects topped the agenda at Thursday night’s mayor and aldermen meeting in Jellico.

    Though there were several other items on the agenda, most of the issues were placed on hold until other members of the board could be present, according to Jellico Mayor Forster Baird.

    “We’re going to hold off on these other items until Mike (Johnson) can be here,” Baird said.  After marking several items on hold, Baird launched into a brief discussion on upcoming paving projects.