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  • Bridal and Prom show slated for March 7

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    At last, a bridal and prom show has arrived and all those ladies looking for the perfect dress or affordable vendors are in luck.

    The latest styles of dresses and tuxedos, a variety of vendors and prize drawing will be part of this year’s Prom and Bridal Fashion Show at Caryville Elementary School.

  • Desotell arrested for alleged possession of meth

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    Last week, Campbell County Sheriff’s Department officer Jeremy Myers was dispatched to a possible meth lab transaction.

    Myers arrived at the Daniels Trailer Park just as Jessica Desiree Desotell, 22, was pulling into the area in her gray 1992 Toyota Corolla, said Sheriff Gary Perkins.

  • Jellico Aldermen seek clarification at meeting

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    At the previous meeting of the Jellico Board of Mayor and Aldermen, Mayor Forster Baird moved Alderman Mike Johnson from the police department into the financial director position. Executing his new position over finances, Johnson addressed several purchases he deemed out of the ordinary at the meeting

    “I was going through some receipts, and East Douglas Lane in Crouches Creek, is that a private drive,” questioned Johnson about the street being owned by the town.

  • Blankenship arrested for fraud and possession

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    A stolen debit card led Campbell County Sheriff’s Department officers to investigate Shelly Brent Blankenship, 32, of Pioneer.

    Officer Jeff Ivey was dispatched to the Elk Fork Road residence in response to the stolen debit card, said Sheriff Gary Perkins.

  • LaFollette Council prepares for meeting

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    The Louie Bluie Festival Board approached the LaFollettte City Council for funding on Monday night. The council, preparing for the upcoming meeting, said it would try to find funding for the festival in the near future.

  • City of LaFollette placed under restraining order

    A court of law seems to be where LaFollette City Council members are heading to settle internal disputes.

    For the second time in less than two years, Councilman Bob Fannon has sought and received a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) against his fellow council members.

  • Inmate dies following incarceration

    A county inmate has died after being found unconscious in her cell.

    On Wednesday, the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department reported that on Tuesday morning Sheila Jean Riggs, 40, of LaFollette was found and appeared to be suffering from cardiac arrest. She had been incarcerated less than 24 hours

    In a press release Sheriff Gary Perkins said corrections officers found Riggs at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday and immediately began administering CPR.

  • Fire marshal visit leaves board of education with work to do

    A recent visit from the state fire marshal has proven to be quite costly for the Campbell County Board of Education.

    During Tuesday evening’s board meeting Dr. Michael Martin, director of schools, informed board members of the news the evaluation completed by the fire marshal didn’t bode well.

     Of the county’s school facilities, the fire marshal found a number of violations that will require attention- some immediately.

  • House of Hope among those asking for funds

    The commission’s budget and finance committee was able to pass February’s budget amendments with relative ease Monday night.

    Deciding which community groups are worthy of the county’s financial support will likely prove to be more of a challenge.

    During the hour long meeting representatives from two separate groups appeared before commissioners to appeal for funding for their causes.

  • Jennings sues LaFollette; wants $1.3 million

    Not being in an elected office isn’t keeping one time Mayor Cliff Jennings out of the spotlight.

    Last week he filed a $1.3 million lawsuit against his former employer, the city of LaFollette.

    In the complaint, Jennings alleged that in January his pension and health benefits were terminated by the city and those acting on its behalf. He was not given forewarning of this nor was he allowed to be heard on the matter, the lawsuit said.