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  • Branam trial reset for November

    A one-time middle school teacher accused of having inappropriate contact with students will not stand trial this week.

    Harold Dean Branam was set for to face a jury on Wednesday.

    However, at the request of his attorney, Michael Hatmaker, that has been postponed. Branam’s new trial date is Nov. 18.

    In March, Branam was indicted 10 combined charges. He faces three counts of sexual battery and seven counts of assault, the court record said.

  • Drug court celebrates three years

    For those who battle substance abuse the Eight Judicial Drug Court provides them something they may not have otherwise- hope.

    For the last three years the court has extended a hand, sometimes a firm one, to those who say they want to kick the habit.

    But make no mistake, this program is not for the timid.

    “These people have seen things we have only read about,” said Criminal Court Judge Shayne Sexton. It was Sexton who brought drug court to the area and now presides over its weekly sessions.

  • Environmental committee discussed commercial garbage issue; no decisions made

    A possible garbage policy change is causing a stink with some commercial business owners.  The issue was discussed at Tuesday evening’s environmental committee meeting.

    The garbage proposal change would assess a $31 per ton charge to certain businesses including Flat Hollow Marina, Waste Connections, Fast Freddie’s, Whitman Hollow Boat Dock, Springs Dock and several others.

  • Antique Appraisal Fair to be held

     

  • Jacksboro board looking at resolutions

     

  • Young ousted from job

    After months of speculation and debate LaFollette City Council members determined the fate of City Administrator David G. Young in around five minutes time.

    The discussion about Young’s position was last item on the agenda of the meeting that concluded in under half an hour.

    Councilman Joe Bolinger wasted no time stating his intention for placing the item on the agenda when he called for Young’s termination.

    Attempting to gain some clarity on the motion Councilman Bob Fannon asked Bolinger to elaborate on his reason for the action.

  • Family Support Program affected by budget cuts

     

  • Schools closed on Tuesday

    Classes in Campbell County have been canceled for Tuesday.

    Dr. Micheal Martin, director of schools, said today that illness on behalf of teachers and students has prompted the closure.

    With a staff absence rate of 17- percent at Campbell County High School along with multiple teachers missing classes at the LaFollette Elementary School, the decision to close schools on Tuesday was made, Martin said. He hopes the extra day off from school will provide students and staff time to heal.

  • Pit bull attacks girl in Jellico

    An evening at Grandma’s house turned into tragedy for a young girl who was injured in a dog attack late Saturday evening.

    Cheyenne R. Baird, of Pioneer, was severely injured by a pit bull while visiting at her grandparent’s home on Douglas Lane, according to a Jellico Police Department Incident report.

    The girl’s grandmother, Wanda Bruce, went to take the dog some water when Baird began playing with the dog and it licked her in the face, the report said.

  • Schools make plans for swine flu

    Sunny days and warm temperatures makes flu season seem like a distant concern.  But with fears of a swine flu pandemic already swirling Campbell County schools are already on the offensive.

    While Dr. Karen Bundren, federal projects director, said she is not anticipating a problem with the virus the system is taking a “better safe than sorry” approach in planning for the worst.

    Although reports of the swine flu have surfaced in other counties, Bundren said she is unaware of any students in Campbell County that have been diagnosed with the illness.