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  • Lincoln-Reagan Dinner makes lasting impression for voters

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    A lineup of Republicans and their 2010 candidates made a lasting impression at the Lincoln-Reagan dinner last week.

    The annual event, celebrating true American presidents had Campbell County Mayor and master of ceremonies William Baird proudly claiming his card carrying Republican status. Baird announced local candidates who were among the 225 people enjoying the evening’s festivities.

  • Trespassing incident leads to drug arrest

    A report of a trespasser led to a drug arrest for LaFollette Police.

    On Sunday morning Officer Pam Jarrett was called to a West Chestnut Street address where the victim stated that Jeffery Dewayne Marlow, 38, of 130 Johnny Baird Lane, Jacksboro, was underneath the residence.

    Jarrett reported when she located Marlow behind Eddie’s Body Shop he was disoriented and unsteady on his feet.  A search of Marlow revealed one purple capsule identified as morphine and one used syringe.

  • Jellico man arrested after being found in public bathroom

    Spending more than four hours in a public restroom raised suspicion and led to the arrest of a Jellico man last Monday.

    LaFollette Police Officer Tony Rucker responded to a call at the downtown Shell station where Jeffery M. Davis, 28, of 121 Falls Branch Road, Jellico, allegedly entered the bathroom at 4:30 a.m. and had yet to exit by 8:49 a.m.

    Rucker reported that when Davis was awakened he presented with slurred speech and blood shot eyes.  

  • 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.