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  • 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.

  • Free Red Cross classes slated for May and June

    Disaster is all around.

    With reports of calamity both natural and manmade invading the news daily learning how to prepare for what seems to be the inevitable seems to make good sense.

    Fortunately Campbell County has not been the recent victim of catastrophe, but in the wake of a winter filled with snow, treacherous driving conditions and power outages a group of area residents is working to make sure the county has resources in place should disaster strike here.

  • Board says yes to land swap

    In contrast to the commission’s lengthy debate over a real estate swap with the school system the evening before, the board of education made quick work of the same issue at Tuesday’s meeting.

  • Commission holds lengthy debate on land deal

    Commissioners breezed through their packet of regular budget amendments during Monday’s budget and finance committee meeting with virtually no debate.  But when it came time to discuss the possibility of a land swap with the board of education any hope for a quick resolution to the issue flew out the window.

  • Campbell County Chamber of Commerce to host business Expo

    If business is in your blood, then the Campbell County Chamber of Commerce’s Business Expo is the place to be on May 21.

    Beginning at 9 a.m. at Roane State Community College, the event, which is about displaying and promoting local businesses, will further provide an opportunity for growth as well, according to Campbell County Chamber of Commerce Administrative Assistant Cindi Reynolds.

  • Bill regarding water and sewer rates continues on legislative path

    The legislation that would grant the LaFollette Utility Board power to set its own rates has been moved from the house state and local government committee to the house calendar and rules committee, according to LaFollette Utilities General Manager Kenny Baird. Once it moves out of that committee, the bill will go to the House floor and if it passes in the House, it will then move on through to the senate, Baird said. After the bill leaves the senate, then it has to be signed by the governor before being sent back to the LaFollette City Council for ratification.

  • CCHS Greenhouse set to open

    It’s planting time in Campbell County.

    This year the Campbell County High School Greenhouse is more ready than ever to meet the local gardening demands.

    The greenhouse will officially open for business on April 19.

    “I’ve got a bunch of tomatoes that are ready to go out the door now, others that are smaller and others that will be ready around the first of May,” said CCHS agriculture teacher Eric Reynolds.

  • A dream come true

    A chauffeured limousine.

    A shopping trip without a budget.

    A night on the town.

    Sound like a dream come true?

    It was just that for Mariah Gagaris last week.

    The LaFollette Middle School student received rock star treatment last Thursday thanks to The Dream Connection.