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  • School goes into lock down

    Campbell County school officials proved that advanced planning can ease potentially dangerous situations.

    On Wednesday morning Dr. Michael Martin  implemented the system’s emergency plan at Campbell County High School.

    According to Martin, a female student had allegedly made threats to fellow students via text messaging the night before. She texted  that she planned to bring a gun to school, he said.

    Based on this information Martin started the ball rolling by placing the school in lock down mode.

  • Parking problems lead to assault charges in Jacksboro

    What began as a parking issue at a Jacksboro apartment complex ended with an arrest on Sept. 2. Calvin Jimmy Geddings, Jr., 41, of Eagle Bluff Rd, Jacksboro, was charged with aggravated assault.

    On that night, Jacksboro Police Officer Josh Carroll was dispatched to Eagle Bluff Road on the report of two males fighting, according to a Jacksboro Police report.

    Upon arriving, Carroll found one man lying in the grass outside the apartment complex and Geddings was standing in front of his own apartment, the report said.

  • Christian Academy goes green with recycling program

    Green is the way to be these days.

    In that spirit the Christian Academy of Campbell County is starting its students off right by teaching them about the importance of recycling and conservation.

    “The way we’re doing it is so it’s not so much a project, but a lifestyle,” said Christian Academy Headmaster Donny Poston.

  • Mayor stands behind decision to dismiss city administrator; Young contemplating further legal action

    Though David Young is no longer an employee of the city of LaFollette, the mayor and council haven’t heard the last of him.

    The legal repercussions of the council’s decision may have resounding affects with Young already has two lawsuits against the city, and promising more to come.

    In a Tuesday morning interview, Mayor Mike Stanfield said he stands behind his tie breaking decision, which dismissed Young at the last city council meeting.

  • 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.