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  • Morning crash claims one life

      A LaFollette man lost his life in a single car accident Monday morning on Interstate 75.

    Daniel Podstawka, 28, was traveling north bound near mile marker 137 when his 1998 Ford Explorer was involved in the accident that killed him.

    According to Tennessee Highway Patrol Officer Aaron Evans, Podstawka hydroplaned on the water soaked roadway.

    The vehicle left the road and went into the median then struck the guardrail twice before overturning and coming to rest in the median.

  • Martin arrested on drug charges

     

    A disturbance at a LaFollette apartment complex led to the arrest of one man last Friday.

    LaFollette Police Officer Steve Wallen was called to Lindsay’s Apartments on East Central Avenue where Thomas B. Martin, 27, of 111 East Central Avenue, Apartment 209, was reported to be very irate and allegedly high on some type of narcotic.

    In his report, Wallen described Martin as “very hyper and unable to control his body movement.”

  • Nicely charged with selling drugs

     

    Buying or selling drugs should generally be done inside a pharmacy not in its parking lot. So the report of a possible drug deal in the parking lot of the downtown Rigg’s drug store did not bode well for a LaFollette woman.

    When LaFollette Police Officer Coty Frazier arrived at the business he was able to locate a vehicle matching the description of one that was reportedly used in the alleged exchange.

  • Wynn to host open house

     

    The countdown to the first day of school is on. While this may cause wailing and gnashing of teeth for some area school children, staff at Wynn Elementary School are hoping for a different reaction.

    In an effort to spark interest and showcase some improvements and additions to the facility, Principal Donna Singley and her staff are hosting an open house for students and families on Saturday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

  • Band tells story of addiction, salvation and recovery

    Addiction seems to have a hold on the country and Campbell County is no exception.

    The results of the ever increasing accessibility of drugs, both prescription and illegal, are brought to bear in the devastation of families, the destruction of individual lives and the skyrocketing crime rate.

    But there is hope. Doug Hallock and Broken are proof of it. And they are coming with a message for Campbell County in the form of a free concert tonight at First Baptist Jacksboro.

  • Board denies request to promote officer

    For the town of Caryville, the looming economic crisis is still a serious concern, which means promoting a part-time officer to full-time status is out of the question. But the discussion to promote a temporary employee led others to question how much longer the 32-hour workweek would continue.

  • Morning crash claims one life

    A LaFollette man lost his life in a single car accident Monday morning on Interstate 75.

    Daniel Podstawka, 28, was traveling north bound near mile marker 137 when his 1998 Ford Explorer was involved in the accident that killed him.

    According to Tennessee Highway Patrol Officer Aaron Evans, Podstawka hydroplaned on the water soaked roadway.

    The vehicle left the road and went into the median then struck the guardrail twice before overturning and coming to rest in the median.

  • Jellico deposits money, decides to bid for paving

    The Jellico Board of Mayor and Aldermen zipped through business last Thursday as they voted to transfer money into the general fund and bid for a new paving project.

    Under discussion of new business the board approved the allocation of Carwood funds to be placed in the general fund. Approximately $43,089 was the remainder of funds from a previous Jellico factory that the town helped finance.

  • Mayor’s forum sheds light on candidate’s views

    In hopes of deciding who to vote for Campbell County citizens turned out for a mayoral forum last Thursday.

  • Shots fired in Jellico resulted in attempted murder charges

    An alleged altercation at Joe’s Bar in Jellico landed Therman Gregory Baird, 28, of Jellico, in jail, charged with attempted murder.

    On July 9, at approximately 10:40 p.m., Jellico Police Officers responded to Joe’s Bar on 5th Street in response to an alleged altercation. Baird had allegedly broken two pool cues and damaged a telephone, said Jellico Patrolman David Douglas.