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  • LaFollette Utilities speaks to innuendo about the water/sewer department

    After the LaFollette City Council moved to grant LaFollette Utilities Board the authority to set its own water/sewer rates, speculation has been flying as to what this means for customers. LUB General Manager Kenny Baird said customers should have no concerns.

    “The first misconception I want to address is the rumor that the water/sewer department has had several rate increases in the past recent years; that is incorrect,” Baird said. The last water/sewer rate increase was passed in July 2006, with no recent increases since then, according to Baird.

  • Four net meth charges

    On Jan. 23 around 2 p.m. Detective Josh Goins of the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department was traveling on Jacksboro Pike when he noticed a vehicle cross over the line in the left hand lane. Goins continued to follow the vehicle onto Towe String Road where he stopped the vehicle. The driver of the vehicle Donald Bradley Shown, 30, 2155 Pinecrest Road, Jacksboro gave consent for the car to be searched, according to Goins.

  • Council debates charter changes; Sweat states intentions

    Members of the LaFollette City Council are seldom at a loss for words.

    But when Terry Sweat, interim city administrator, stated his intention to step down from the post at the end of next week the group fell silent.

  • Colwell arrested for alleged fraud

    Tammy Renee Colwell is not a nurse. She doesn’t even play one on T.V. So when she phoned prescriptions into a local pharmacy for a number of medications while posing as someone authorized to do so she found herself with an emergency of her own.

    LaFollette Police Det. Sgt. Jason Henegar conducted an investigation into offenses allegedly committed by Colwell, 37, of 216 Sunrise Lane, during the month of December 2009.

  • LUB discusses county water line extension project

    A county water line extension project was the main and lengthy topic of discussion at Monday night’s LaFollette Utility Board (LUB) workshop and meeting. County Mayor William Baird, First District Commissioner David Goins and Civil/Environmental Engineer Bob Colvin were present at the meeting to discuss the need for the line extension with the LUB.

  • Office seekers continue to file petitions to run for office

    As the weeks to the August election tick by the number of politicos eager to nab an office continue to increase.

    Joining incumbent county mayor William Baird and current county commissioner Scott Kitts in hopes of garnering the county’s highest elected position is Ronnie Murray.

  • One weekend wreck claims life; another injures juvenile

    A two-vehicle crash, which occurred near the Campbell/Claiborne County line last Saturday, claimed the life of a LaFollette man.

    Around 2:48 p.m., Fayetta Hopper, 42, of Speedwell, was traveling eastbound on state Highway 63 in her 1999 Chevrolet Blazer, when Herman Branson, 69, of LaFollette, crossed the center divider line, striking Hopper’s vehicle, the Tennessee Highway Patrol report said. Branson was driving a 1999 Mercury Sable.

    Branson was killed, while Hopper was injured in the accident.

  • Adult World heads back to court

    Less than 10 days after his free speech complaint was dismissed, Adult World owner Steve Hale filed another chancery court claim.

    On Jan. 11, Chancellor Billy Joe White shelved Hale’s assertion that his business was being infringed on by the town of Caryville ordinance that governed adult orientated establishments within the town. In the first filing, Hale claimed that nude dancing was protected speech and should be allowed at the exit 141 business.

    However, days later, Michael Hatmaker was back filing another lawsuit for Hale.

  • One car accident leads to drug charges

    A single vehicle accident led to drug charges for a Caryville man on Saturday.

    When LaFollette Police Officer Josh Vann arrived at 400 North Indiana Avenue to investigate a report of a single vehicle accident he allegedly found Joseph Ray Jones, 51, of 130 Hickory Lane, Caryville, passed out behind the wheel of his 1999 Nissan Altima.

    As Vann approached the vehicle he observed Jones to have slurred speech and poor motor skills. Records indicate that Jones was allegedly unable to follow simple instruction.

  • Jellico municipal court system up and running

    Jellico’s town court system now has nearly eight months under its judicial belt.

    The town court system had previously been out of commission because a legal issue between former Jellico Judge Don Moses and the town of Jellico. The two were squared off over Moses’ contract.

    In January 2008, Moses filed an appeal in the Tennessee Court of Appeals after the abolishment of the town court. This left Jellico to play a waiting game until the issue could be settled by the appeals court.