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  • Students and teachers start back to school count down

    Area temperatures are still screaming summer but the activity at local school buildings indicates that fall is on its way.

    With the start of school just a week away Campbell County students will soon be trading their beach towels for backpacks as they prepare to hit the books.

    And while some may be groaning at the thought of getting back to the grind, Dr. Michael Martin, director of Campbell County schools, says he is looking forward to the challenges the new year brings.

  • Trio charged with theft appear in court

    Three women accused of taking large sums of money from an elderly man will now receive free legal assistance.

    Greta Cooper, Bonnie Cooper and Tamara Harness appeared in court last week to answer to an indictment charging them with multiple counts of theft and forgery.

    The trio had allegedly taken thousands of dollars from an elderly man in failing health, who they had befriended, said LPD Det. Jason Henegar just after the women were arrested.

  • Three of four plead in kidnapping case

    The third man charged with assaulting a man in his home and putting him in the closet while he and others stole from him opted for a plea to resolve his case.

    Last week, Daryl Frazier plead guilty to kidnapping, robbery and aggravated burglary.

    Although he entered a guilty plea in the case, his sentence for the crimes will be not given to him until Sept. 28, the plea form said.

    His cohorts Michael Goins and Roger Wilson had previously plead guilty to kidnapping, robbery and aggravated burglary as well.

  • State sales tax holiday set to begin August 7

    Parents will get a break and businesses will get a boost as a result of this weekend’s state sales tax holiday.

    The holiday is slated to begin on Friday Aug. 7 at 12:01 p.m., and continue through the weekend until 11:59 p.m., on Aug. 9, according to the Tennessee Department of Revenue (TDR).

  • St. Mary's Hospital says farewell to director on Friday

    After nearly four years as director of St. Mary’s Medical Center of LaFollette, Alan Watson is leaving.

    “It’s been a great three and a half years,” Watson said at his farewell party on Friday.

    Watson will be the new director at Baptist West at Turkey Creek in Knoxville.

    “We hate to see him go so bad,” said Emily Noss, Director of Public Relations and Marketing for St. Mary’s of LaFollette.

  • Breaking News

    It is the words every defendant longs to hear- not guilty. After two days of testimony, countless witnesses and a defendant who claimed from the start he was not even there when Johnathan Pierce was killed,, Sammy Miracle walked away a free man at 1:20 Friday afternoon.

  • O'dell captured after being placed on most wanted list

    David Wayne O’dell, 31, of 1342 Sharps Lane, Caryville wasn’t having sweet dreams when he made the Tennessee Bureau of Investigations Top Ten Most Wanted list around 11 am Monday morning.

    And he didn’t seem to disagree when police arrived approximately six hours later to place him under arrest.

    “The TBI was more than happy to put him on the list due to the charges we had against him,” according to LaFollette Police Lt. Jeff Allen.

  • Sales tax holiday to give relief

    Parents will get a break and businesses will get a boost as a result of next weekend’s state sales tax holiday.

    The holiday is slated to begin on Friday Aug. 7 at 12:01 p.m., and continue through the weekend until 11:59 p.m., on Aug. 9, according to the Tennessee Department of Revenue (TDR).

  • Final member of trio charged with murder sees trial start

    Taking less than two hours to seat a jury, the homicide trial of accused murderer Sammy Miracle got underway.

    Miracle is the last of three defendants to face the judicial system for his alleged part in the 2006 death of Jonathan Pierce.

    Miranda Kirby, who has been named as Miracle’s girlfriend at the time was found guilty last summer for her part in Pierce’s death. She was later sentenced to life behind bars. Travis Gaylor, her half brother, later pled guilty to his crimes and is awaiting sentencing.

  • Commission gets budget talks underway

    Having no new money to work with, commissioners breezed through its first night of budget talks last Thursday.

    After receiving a vote in the affirmative from school board members just two days earlier, Jeff Marlow, county finance director, presented the board of education for final commission approval.

    “This budget is compliant with the no growth budget of the commission. I give my strongest recommendation that you approve it,” Marlow told the group.