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  • Potter indicted for meth narcotics crimes

    Kevin Kurtis Potter may have been able to hide from police for a month after they raided a home where a meth lab was found, but he couldn’t escape the grand jury.

    After it met on Monday, he was indicted on eight counts in two separate indictments.

    One was in relation to an investigation conducted by LaFollette Police when suspicious activity at a River Drive home was reported, the complaint filed at that time said.

  • Jellico mayor has high hopes for 2009

    Building revenue and repairing infrastructure is on Jellico’s agenda for 2009. Though economically times are hard, Jellico Mayor Forster Baird says he is still planning for the future.

    According to Baird, there are five main issues that he hopes to work on in the upcoming year.

    He said the revitalization of certain areas within the town would likely be on upcoming agendas in the future.

    Baird also said he plans to continue the Rarity Mountain annexation project study in the hopes of bringing in extra revenue through Rarity Mountain.

  • Jacksboro Mayor plans for 2009

    Recreation and paving projects top the list for 2009 improvements in Jacksboro, according to Mayor Jack Cannon.

    “The main thing we want to work on this year is our park properties,” said Cannon, speaking of two recreation projects that Jacksboro received grant money for last year.

    “We have two years to use the money, so it’s something we want to work on this year,” said Cannon.

    He also hopes to get some sidewalk and paving projects accomplished as well.

  • Four indicted for kidnapping

    Four men accused of going into a man’s home, forcing him into a closet and robbing him have been indicted by the Campbell County Grand Jury.

    Daryl Frazier, Mitchell Swygert, Roger Wilson and Michael Goins were indicted Monday on aggravated kidnapping, aggravated robbery, aggravated assault, aggravated burglary and theft over $1,000.

    They are scheduled to be arraigned Monday.

    In December 2008, the men allegedly entered a Glades Springs residence tying up one man. They then forced him into a closet locking the door, the arrest warrants said.

  • Retirement reception planned for Betty Snodderly

    After more than 20-years of service, as Campbell County’s Chamber of Commerce Administrator, Betty Snodderly has retired.

    The community is invited to a retirement reception being held in Snodderly’s honor on Jan. 13 from 5p.m., to 7 p.m., in the career center at the chamber of commerce.

    “I’ve worked with Betty for a little over a year and it’s been wonderful; Betty is almost irreplaceable,” said Chamber of Commerce Administrative Assistant Lindy Watson.

  • Sears of LaFollette under new ownership

    After spending five years managing it, Linda Morris is the new owner of Sears of LaFollette.

    In 1997, she began working at Sears in LaFollette and eventually worked her way up to manager. After managing the store for five years, Morris decided to buy the business after the former owners sold it back to Sears.

    “Sears contacted me and asked if I wanted to buy it, and I thought, I’ve made all this money for all of those people for all of those years, and that’s what brought it all about,” said Morris.

  • Jellico still waiting on ruling from appeals court

    After more than a year, the town of Jellico continues to wait on establishing a town court system.

    The town court system has been out of commission due to a legal issue between former Jellico Judge Don Moses and the town of Jellico in regards to Moses’ contract.

    In January of last year, Moses filed an appeal in the Tennessee Court of Appeals in response to the abolishment of the town court. This left Jellico to play a waiting game.

  • Children’s Center has new program, employees

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    The Children’s Center of Campbell County welcomed a new program for child abuse prevention and three new employees in December.

    The prevention program is designated for elementary schools throughout the county, including private schools.

  • LaFollette welcomes new women’s service

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    Program Manager with Catholic Charities Sandy Davis addressed the LaFollette City Council last week about a program new to LaFollette.

    Davis said the charity provides pregnancy services to women including a helpline, pregnancy center, adoption services, male mentoring and post abortion healing and recovery.

  • Council meeting has debate over engineer, Jennings’ insurance

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    Discussion of the proposed Greenway Trail took precedent at the LaFollette City Council meeting Tuesday night.

    According to City Administrator David Young the engineers were ready to begin work immediately after the contract for services was approved at the meeting.