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  • Mother, boyfriend indicted for abuse

    A Campbell County Grand Jury has indicted a duo accused of inflicting severe harm on a 17-month-old child.

    Last week Michelle Ann Mae Douglas and her one time paramour, Joseph Michael Smith, were indicted on aggravated child abuse and aggravated child neglect or endangerment.

    The child at the center of the case is Douglas’ son Peyton.

  • Construction is in full swing on Habitat’s 26th house

    The holidays are in full swing. And while many are focused on the decorating, shopping and feasting associated with this time of year, Campbell County Habitat for Humanity volunteers are on a mission of a different kind.

    Despite celebrating the completion of construction on the organization’s 25 th house in August, the group took little time to rest before moving on to its next project.

  • Tackett indicted for battery

    A registered sex offender is facing additional charges of the same nature after being indicted by a grand jury.

    Jonathan R. “Johnny” Tackett was indicted on two counts of aggravated sexual battery last week.  He stands accused of having inappropriate sexual contact with a five-year-old girl, the court record said.

  • LaFollette Council sees third legal challenge

    After being fired a third time, David Young has amended a petition he previously filed in hopes getting his job back.

    Last week, the LaFollette City Council ratified its October decision to terminate Young. This came despite a court ruling to the contrary just the day before that restored Young to his job.

    Days after the council moved to terminate Young for the third time, he filed the amendment that again asks for its actions to be deemed null and void by the court.

  • Tiller sues LaFollette for discrimination

    A man who was refused employment with the city of LaFollette in August is now suing it.

    Last Thursday, Brian M. Tiller filed the $100,000 lawsuit claiming he was not hired as police officer because he is handicapped.

    The suit, filed in circuit court, says Tiller had previously worked for the city as a police officer. At the time he applied to rejoin the force, he was still qualified to work in that capacity. But city officials denied him employment because of his disability, he alleges.

  • Troxell indicted for assault

    Following last week’s convening of the grand jury a Jellico man has been indicted for three counts of rape of a child and one count of aggravated sexual battery

    James R. Troxell is accused of allegedly and repeatedly sexually assaulting a young girl. It is believed the child was living in the same home with him from 2000 until 2002, Det. Jami Hall of the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department said after his initial arrest.

    The child who was six to seven years old at the time the rapes are believed to have occurred was related to the duo by marriage, Hall said.

  • LaFollette history to 1900

    Driving past the many buildings in downtown LaFollette, it is hard to imagine the area the way it used to be; pristine and wild.  But long before the area was settled, Native Americans such as the Cherokee used the land for hunting grounds.

    It was the wild game and abundant waters which also attracted the first white settlers to the area as well, long before the Revolutionary War.

  • Jellico works on plans to fix roads at aldermen meeting; discusses sanitation issues

    After a month of no quorums, old business of paving projects and damaged roads topped the agenda at Jellico’s special called Mayor and Aldermen meeting on Dec. 2.

    “I would like for the council to give me the authority to enter into a contract with Dennis Potter to fix Hill Street,” Mayor Forrester Baird said as the meeting kicked off.

  • LaFollette to get new Food City

    LaFollette citizens will soon have a bigger and better Food City facility to shop at. Company officials announced plans to construct a much larger retail food outlet in the former Woodson’s Supermarket mall site, according to a press release. The new 46,000 square foot store will replace to current Food City store, with much more space and departments. The extra space will allow for a much larger variety of items for the customers, said store manager Tony Daugherty.

  • Valley View is hosting Visions of Christmas and community dinner

    The halls are decked at Valley View Elementary School as it gets into the holiday spirit by hosting Visions of Christmas on Dec. 17.

    The school is hosting the evening event in conjunction with the Boy and Girl Scouts.

    There will be a fantasy of trees silent auction, as well as a secret Santa gift shop where children can purchase gifts costing from 50 cents to $3. A sweet shop with homemade baked goods will also be there, according to Valley View Principal Steve Rutherford.