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  • CCSD makes 10 drug arrests in three days

    Ten people were arrested on drug charges in a three-day period beginning on Oct. 21.

    During the Tennessee Governor’s Highway Safety and the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department’s sobriety check point on General Carl Stiner Highway Misty Dawn Anderson, 29, of 208 North 23rd Street, and her passenger, Christopher Brian Perkins, 30, also of 208 North 23rd Street, were stopped for a broken headlight. A search of the vehicle revealed a hypodermic needle and a spoon under the back seat. Both were charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • Boshears busted for burglaries

    A LaFollette man allegedly told a fish tale to unload some stolen property last month.

    Campbell County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Freddie White began investigating a case involving the apparent burglary of a boat storage unit located on Old Middlesboro Highway on two separate dates in September.

    During White’s inquiries the victim reported when he went to get his boat out of storage when he noticed he was missing eight rods and reels valued at approximately $1,831 as well as a tackle box filled with items totaling about $300.

  • CASA to host telethon on Saturday

    An organization made up almost entirely of volunteers that work to represent the best interest of children in abuse and neglect situations is looking for an advocate of its own.

    CASA of Campbell County depends largely on the support of the community and grant funding to keep its doors open. While annual events like the Bluegrass Breakdown and No Go Gala go a long way toward generating cash for the program David Ayers, CASA director, said they are always looking for new ways to bring in money needed to fund the $64,000 budget.

  • Election commission to host town hall meeting

    Election commissions across the state are making a push to inform voters of a new law that will take effect next year. Campbell County’s election commission is one of them.

    On Nov. 1 at 6:30 p.m. Ann Ayers-Colvin, administrator of elections, and her staff will host a town hall meeting at the election commission office.

  • Police investigating death of infant

     At 2 a.m. this morning, the police were notified about a dead infant.

    The child appears to be a full-term baby, and appears to have been born in a quarantined meth house on South Indiana Ave., police reports say. However, the baby was moved to 126 Hatmaker Lane, LaFollette. Police are not releasing the details about the move at this time.

    Police are searching for Wanda Kay Cieslak, 39, 500 S. Indiana Ave., LaFollette. They believe she is connected to this case.

    Anyone with information about Cieslak should call 911.

  • Chamber of Commerce to host annual pig roast

     On Oct. 27, the Campbell County Chamber of Commerce will host its annual community pig roast.

    “Look forward to a great night to grow our chamber and strengthen our network,” Morton said.

    This is one of two fundraisers the chamber conducts throughout the year. Chamber director E. L. Morton described it as a chamber team effort, and said all the chamber members are invited.

    Morton said for people to “come hungry,” because  there will be barbecue sandwiches, chicken fingers, baked beans and potato salad.

  • Miracle brings churches together in prayer

     Sometimes it takes a Miracle to bring churches together for one purpose.

    Over 600 people from at least 17 churches gathered at Jacksboro Middle School last Wednesday night for Fields of Faith.

  • City Administrator receives reimbursement for expense paid

     Special requests for benefits are sometimes granted. But only for exempt employees such as LaFollette Interim City Administrator Cade Sexton.

    At the Oct. 4 meeting, on Sexton’s request, the LaFollette City Council approved reimbursing him $221 a month for an expense paid. This is the amount deducted from Sexton’s payroll for Medicare through Social Security.

    “Because I asked for it, they gave it to me,” Sexton said.

  • Thrills available in Campbell County

     Campbell County residents don’t have look for the excitement of a haunted house in other places such as Knoxville. Two local families have opened their homes to thrill seekers during this time of year.

    Dawn Mynatt hosts Haunting on the Ridge with her family and friends off Pleasant Ridge Road.

    “We want to do something that’s good, clean wholesome fun for the community,” Dawn Mynatt said.

  • Officer Stephanie Smith promoted to Assistant Chief

     Officer Stephanie Smith, the first woman hired by the Caryville Police Department, has now become the first female Assistant Chief of Police in Campbell County.

    Police Chief Johnny Jones promoted Smith to her new position on Oct. 7.

    On June 30, 2010, the former CPD police Chief Bill Widener retired. Jones was then assistant chief, and replaced Widener as chief. His position has been open until now.