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  • Stanfield vetoes charter revision, issue to be revisited

    As promised, the LaFollette City Mayor Mike Stanfield vetoed the council’s charter revision to allow LaFollette Utility Board to change water and sewer rates.

    On June 1, at the regular meeting of the LaFollette Council, Councilmen Bob Fannon, Wayne Kitts and Joe Bolinger voted for and approved the charter amendment. Stanfield sent a notice of veto to the council on June 3, just two days later.

    “I hereby veto the passage of said charter ratification,” read the letter provided by Stanfield.

  • County tax rate could be lowered this year

    When reappraisal cards hit mailboxes earlier this year, many people hit the roof. On the heels of the reappraisal process is now the setting of a new certified tax rate.

    These processes go together, according to Campbell County Property Assessor Brandon Partin. State law mandates that every six years these procedures occur.

    Currently the county’s certified tax rate is $2 on every $100 of assessed value. However, with the recent reappraisal process completed, that is going to change, Partin said.

  • Kickin around in the summer time
  • Louie Bluie Festival draws crowd despite weather

    Scorching heat and monsoon type rains threatened to have organizers of the Louie Bluie Music and Arts Festival singing the blues-literally.  

    But despite the stifling humidity created as soaking downpours collided with high temperatures people from near and far converged on Cove Lake State Park to enjoy the sights and sounds of the fourth annual event.

    In a move to expand the festival into a two-day event worthy of drawing interest from all over the country the festival committee used this year’s event to pilot a Bluegrass and Barbeque pre-festival concert.

  • Siler sent to jail

    It was all over but the crying on Monday when Jenny Siler was sentenced to prison for eight years.

    After going before a jury earlier this year on narcotics charges, and found guilty, Siler and her co-defendant Jamie Jones appeared in court Monday for sentencing.

  • Thieves strip vacant school of copper

    The Campbell County Board of Education took a major hit last week.  Because the former East LaFollette Elementary School was deemed uninhabitable by the fire marshal it has sat virtually unused for more than a year.

    On June 9 LaFollette Police Det. Lt. Monty Miller was notified that the building had been burglarized, according to a report.

  • Fight over cabbage leads to arrest for assault


    The price of cabbage was the source of a showdown of sorts at the LaFollette flea market last week.

    On Thursday LaFollette Police Officer Joe Brown responded to a reported of a possible disturbance involving a weapon in the back parking lot of the police department.

    When he arrived on the scene, Brown was informed by the victim that Ben Ellison, 68 of 430 Loop Road had started an argument with him over the price he was charging for cabbage.

  • Leadership program puts students to work

        School is out.

    And for some students that means trading in their desks for a lounge chair by the pool, but for others the break from the books will mark their first foray into the real world.

    Thanks to the Campbell County Government Student Leadership Program, area high school students have the opportunity to learn the ropes in a number of the offices that make up county and city government.

  • School is out.Diploma project raises the bar for high school students



    The way that schools in Tennessee do business is changing. For the class of 2013 and the classes after that means a tougher road to graduation.

    Although these changes are not likely to have students jumping for joy, Clayton Ray, secondary education supervisor, believes the increased standards will net positive results, especially for those planning to pursue a post-secondary education.

  • Jacksboro meeting is full of bull talk