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  • Chief selection process get put on backburner

    Six sealed white envelopes sat on a table at the start of the LaFollette City Council workshop Monday. These envelopes contained the top three choices of the mayor, city administrator and the four councilmen for the open police chief position.

    When the council reached discussion on the applicants, little was said except to determine a way to read the mysterious contents of each envelope.

  • Appeals court hears Kirby case

    For Robert Scott it appears honesty is the best policy when facing the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals.

    On Tuesday afternoon, Scott told the three justice panel he might bear some of the responsibility for his client’s conviction and subsequent sentencing.

    Last summer Miranda Kirby was found guilty of first-degree murder and second-degree murder in the death of Jonathan Pierce. The jury also deemed her guilty of aggravated robbery in the same case.

  • Relay for Life kicks off this weekend

    At last the Relay for Life event has arrived and teams are gearing up for the finale on  Friday and Saturday. The event will start at 6 p.m. on Friday, and continue until 6 a.m. the following day.

    For an evening of fun and to support a good cause, the community is encouraged to attend the event held at the Campbell County High School football field.

    With the planning and preparation phase concluded the event promises several musical and drama performances. Food will also be abundance along with a variety of games and activities.

  • Appeals court hears Siler’s case

    The wheels of justice continue to turn, albeit slowly, in a case involving Jenny Siler.

    It has been nearly five year since Siler was charged with narcotics violations.

    Over the course of those years she plead guilty and saw a series of delays in the sentencing process.

    And while the goal of sentencing was to bring closure to the case, the battle waged on when Siler’s attorneys entered into the appellate process.

  • Siler case loses defendants

    Two men who once held county positions and were named as defendants in a federal lawsuit have been dismissed from those proceedings.

    Last Thursday, U.S. District Judge R. Allan Edgar released former Sheriff Ron McClellan and former Chief Deputy Charlie Scott from the multi million-dollar lawsuit filed by Lester and Jenny Siler.

  • Expectations are high for this year's Louie Bluie Festival

    Though only in its third year, the Louie Bluie Festival continues to grow. Organizers project a large turnout of locals and visitors alike as the festival celebrates its third year and commemorates Howard “Louie Bluie” Armstrong’s 100th birthday on June 13.

    A native of LaFollette, Armstrong grew up during the coal boom days, learning the musical traditions of the many ethnicities striving to carve out an existence in the east Tennessee hills.

  • Candle shop now open

    Junior Wilson and girlfriend Debbie Nelson have opened a candle shop in LaFollette.

    Butterfly Scents carries a full stock of homemade candles and lotions. Always a big lover of art, Nelson said she felt candle making was a special kind of art and had always fascinated her.

  • Jellico courts remain in limbo

    Jellico is drawing ever closer to finally establishing a municipal court system after going for nearly two years without one.

    A recent decision made by the state court of appeals has cleared the way for the town to reestablish its court system. The Jellico Mayor and Aldermen met Monday night to set a judge’s salary and continue the process towards establishing the court.

    “We can’t hire anyone until we set a salary,” said Mayor Forster Baird.

  • Two women net drug charges

    Two women arrested at the House of Hope last week, now have no hope of evading drug charges.

    Connie Ann Carroll, 43, of 523 North 9th Street, LaFollete, and Ashley Nicole Marlow, 23, of 226 5th Street, Jellico, were both arrested on drug charges on April 27, according to Jacksboro Police Department records.

    Detective Mike Starrett was dispatched to the House of Hope on a report someone smelled marijuana.

  • Coal truck trailer overturns

    An over turned coal trailer slowed traffic on Highway 297 on Friday morning.

    A Hinch Trucking driver was negotiating a curve, traveling west on Highway 297, when another vehicle crowded him in his lane, according to Tennessee Highway Patrol Officer Mike Wilson.

    The driver came to a stop in order to avoid an accident and let other vehicles continue on around him, according to Wilson.