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  • Jones sues the county

    On the heels of being denied a raise, Environmental Services Director Clifton “Tip” Jones has sued Campbell County.

    Last week, Jones filed a complaint in Campbell County Circuit Court claiming he has been exposed to substances during his employment that have made him sick.

    According to the filing, Jones has been exposed to rock dust from a neighboring quarry and the nearby refuse center for the last 13 years.

  • Meth lab found in Iveydell

    The LaFollette Police Department (LPD) located a meth lab in the Iveydell area on Monday with the help of an informant, according to LPD Sgt. Jason Henegar.

    The medium sized lab was found around 4 p.m., 40 yards from Water Plant Lane, according to police.

    It took Lt. Monty Miller, Henegar, Meth Tech Pam Jarrett and Officer Daniel Terry around six hours to contain and inventory the medium-sized lab.

    According to Henegar, generators, tubing, and various other paraphernalia were found at the scene.

  • LaFollette Council tries to fill codes officer position

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    With the temporary leave of Codes Officer Wayne Gregg, the LaFollette council discussed the structure of the codes department and the amount of work stacking up in Gregg’s absence.

    Gregg has been out sick, receiving worker’s compensation, according to City Administrator David Young.

  • Blood drive for Jacksboro man

    The Herman Bailey family has requested a blood drive on his behalf and they have appealing to the community for help.

    According to Bailey’s daughter, Christy, he started hemorrhaging severely last Saturday.

    “He’s having a lower GI bleed, but the doctor’s are not sure if it’s from a tear in his colon or his intestine,” said his daughter.

    According to the Bailey family, Herman Bailey is receiving massive blood transfusions at St. Mary’s North, but is continuing bleeding it out.

  • Installment 5 of the true story of a mountain girl

    This is the continued story of a mountain girl named Nancy Smith. Recorded by Mary Ina Carr many years ago, the story recounts the real-life adventures, trials and successes experienced by Nancy. Lost in the woods as a little girl and adopted by a mountain family, Nancy then finds happiness in marriage only to have that snatched away as well, yet she continues on. It is a story of mountain strength and perseverance. The story recorded by Mary Ina Carr, is a piece of history experienced in the late 1800,s yet recounted and brought to life as if it were only yesterday.

  • Installment 5 of the true story of a mountain girl
  • McCoys move into new home in nick of time

    If tears were money, local Habitat for Humanity volunteers would have overflowing pockets.

    Just minutes into the dedication of the twenty fourth house built by the group in Campbell County tears of joy began.

    Rev. Kenny Bean, the grandfather of the new homeowner Alishia McCoy, choked back tears. For a moment, he appeared too moved to speak.

  • The year in review- Looking back at 2008

    January

    Campbell County ushered in 2008 with treacherous roads and freezing temperatures. The combination of snow and 18 degree temperatures kept a crew of more than 20 highway department employees busy through the night on Jan. 1.

    A footlocker purchased at a Union County auction was discovered to have a history tied to LaFollette. The locker, which contained the address of Private Earl Roach, Rt. 2 LaFollette, also contained an American flag, a Purple Heart in its original case and a bronze star among other Army possessions.

  • Shop with a Cop turns 10; has largest year yet

    Christmas came a few days early for a group of Campbell County children.

    This past weekend over 180 children were treated to a shopping trip courtesy of the Jacksboro Police Department. It was also the tenth year of the department’s Shop with a Cop program.

    “This never gets old. I enjoy every minute of it,” said JPD Chief Danny Chapman.

    As the line to check out wound through the store, Chapman wore a smile. “This is our biggest year yet,” he said.

  • Plans to build new library in progress

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    Library Director Nancy Green is excited at the possibility of having a new library in as soon as two years.