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  • Questions are posed about Young’s voting rights

    In recent weeks County Commissioner David Young has been faced with questions about his right to hold an elected office.

    Last month he filed a petition in Campbell County Circuit Court to restore his voting rights because this issue is closely tied to the privilege of holding office.

    While his full citizenship rights were restored in 1997 by a federal court, the court of conviction, additional paperwork from a local court was needed.

  • Ronald McDonald wows youth at Library

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    The LaFollette Public Library kicked off the summer reading program with a little magic and fun as Ronald McDonald promoted the benefits of reading.

    About 50 children sat quietly on the floor as the colorful clown performed magic tricks and sparked their imaginations with the possibilities of reading.

    McDonald, along with the McDonald Program Manager for the region Kali Starr, were the first guests of the summer reading program at the LaFollette Library.

  • Pignapped in the Park raises over $4K

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    The Pignapped in the Park first time event, sponsored by Rickard Ridge, roasted up some fun on Saturday with entertainment, a motorcycle ride and plenty of food.

    “I felt like it was a big success,” said Rickard Ridge owner Mark Rickard. “Everybody loved it.”

    Benefiting the Wilderwood Service Dogs organization in Maryville, Rickard Ridge raised about $4,500 with donations from food and entertainment.

  • Family of LaFollette Animal Control officer bring complaints

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    Eager to be heard, LaFollette resident Sue Foust approached the LaFollette Council on Tuesday night about allegations made in a prior workshop.

    “The girl come in here and she just blatantly told a bunch of lies,” said Foust about the comments made by Christine Chase at last week’s council workshop. “She said that our dogs run amuck all over the neighborhood and they’ve never been picked up because of the relationship. They have not because nobody has ever complained about our dogs.”

  • Friday shooting investigated by Sheriff’s Department

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    After two men were hospitalized for gunshot wounds the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department started an investigation.

    Deputy Daniel Ward and Detective Jimmy Jeffries were dispatched to St. Mary’s Medical Center around 3 a.m. Friday, said Sheriff Gary Perkins. The injured males, in their mid 20’s, were later transported to UT Medical Center.

  • LaFollette Council approves library hours, work on railroad crossing

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    Long debated items came to a close on Tuesday night as the council approved extending library hours and doing work on the West LaFollette railroad crossing.

    During the discussion on library hours the council approved opening the library on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Though a brief debate about restroom availability arose among the council, they decided to open the city hall building for restroom access.

  • Suspect flees house after assaulting victim

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    A breaking and entering turned into an assault recently.

    Darrell J. Kidwell, 26, allegedly entered a LaFollette house refusing to leave the residence when asked, said Campbell County Sheriff Gary Perkins.

    Kidwell allegedly grabbed the victim and pushed her, according to Detective Jimmy Jeffries.

    After being asked to leave the residence again, Kidwell allegedly grabbed an Apple IPod lying on a table, said Jeffries. When the victim approached Kidwell he allegedly pushed her again, Jeffries stated.

  • Sheriff’s department uncovers meth lab, charges pending

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    A meth lab find off of Highway 25 W is still under investigation with arrests pending. A complaint call about a possible prowler behind a residence on South Highway 25 W prompted Deputy Mike Owens to investigate the area Monday morning, said Detective Josh Goins.

    “A female victim said she heard people’s voices behind her house in the woods,” said Goins.

  • Mayor proclaims Garden Week in LaFollette

    In an effort to recognize the “tireless” work of the Town and Country Garden Club, LaFollette Mayor Mike Stanfield signed a proclamation declaring June 7 through the 13 as National Garden Week in LaFollette. The written proclamation also thanked the club for its work in beautifying the city and giving back to the area.

    The Town and Country Garden Club belongs to the National Federation of Garden Clubs, where they encourage people to promote beautification of lawns and communities, according to co-chair Julia Sharp.

  • Jacksboro man arrested on theft charges

    A Jacksboro man is facing theft charges after he allegedly broke into a vehicle parked at the Jacksboro Middle School.

    Brandon Cook, 21, of 110 Steep Lane, Jacksboro, was arrested on May 27 after he allegedly stole $114 from a parked vehicle, according to a Jacksboro Police report. Cook, along with an unknown male, was witnessed breaking into the vehicle and Cook was later identified after the police were called.