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  • Stolen vehicle report leads to discovery of meth lab


  • Children benefit from Toys from Heaven

    On Saturday, Faithway Assembly of God demonstrated that it is far better to give than to receive.

    Wearing smiles larger than the ones of the children who were getting the toys, church members shared the story of Christmas, handed out candy canes and celebrated the occasion.

    It was the seventh year the church had pulled together to distribute gifts to children who otherwise would have had a leaner Christmas.

    Pastor Bob Pierce, who oversaw the event and led a condensed worship service, said it was an event that was about children.

  • Commission learns of safety issues at CCHS

    For a second month school board issues topped the agenda for the county commission’s budget and finance committee.

    On Monday, some commissioners were prepared to put the skids on the school board’s decision to take more than $250,000 from its undesignated fund balance.

  • LaFollette Officers discover large meth operation

    Officers put the skids on what is being called the largest shake and bake meth operation ever discovered in LaFollette.

    On Monday the LaFollette Police Department received information regarding a possible meth lab in progress at 328 Camp Ridge Road.  According to Lt. Jeff Allen, the area has a history of drug activity.

    As the officers went to investigate the lab, Darryl Willard Riggs, Sr., who resides at the Camp Ridge Road address, was picked up during a traffic stop on an outstanding warrant.

  • Program to focus on faith

    Today’s children are tomorrow’s leaders.  

    It is with that reality in mind that Mayor William Baird and his staff are working to secure programming that will provide Campbell County’s youth with training to help them realize their leadership potential.

    Baird is currently working with the Emerald Youth Foundation in Knoxville to launch Just Lead, a program that will target area middle school students.

  • LaFollette facing lawsuit

    Last week, the city of LaFollette and one of its citizens were jointly sued by Tommye and Jess Ogg.

    The Ogges are alleging negligence on the part of the city and Amanda Lawson for a traffic accident Tommye Ogge was involved in earlier this year.

    They are asking for $100,000 in damages.

    Tommye Ogge and Lawson were both traveling on Hemlock Street in LaFollette when the two were involved in a traffic accident.

  • Meth lab found


  • Jellico parade held


  • Franklin arrested for cheating on drug test


    Tampering with a drug screen cost a Jamestown man his freedom last Thursday.

    Aric Whitney Franklin, 31, of 750 Bea Road, Jamestown, arrived at the courthouse to submit to drug testing prior to an appearance in drug court.

    LaFollette Police Officer Pam Jarrett reported that Franklin allegedly attempted to conceal a plastic device containing urine belonging to someone else. According to Jarrett’s report, the device was allegedly meant to falsify the results of a drug test.

  • Board discusses fire alarm repairs at CCHS


     Board members made quick work of their agenda during the last meeting of 2009. With only a few items to discuss the most lively debate surrounded funding for repairs to the fire alarm system at Campbell County High School.

    When Jeff Marlow, county finance director, presented a budget amendment that would reduce funding in a number of accounts to come up with the $284,000 needed to begin work on the project, Board member Mark A. Wells balked.