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  • Shelter could reopen soon after TBI probe

    Campbell County Mayor William Baird said on Monday the shuttered Adrion W. Baird Animal Center could reopen within the next few weeks.
    The shelter closed April 11 after a viral Internet video surfaced alleging several malpractices there.
    Baird is awaiting findings from a Tennessee Bureau of Investigation report before reopening the center. The county mayor’s office doesn’t know if criminal charges will filed, but administrative decisions about the center will only be made after the TBI report is finalized.

  • Proposal could limit future EMS providers

    Commissioners are considering a resolution that could designate Campbell County Emergency Medical Service the primary emergency services provider in the county. It could also limit competition from future for-profit emergency responders.
    “This officially puts on paper who is going to operate in our county,” Campbell County EMS Director Danny Sheckles said.
    But Sheckles said it wouldn’t change anything for the county’s existing three providers—Campbell County EMS, and the for-profit services of North Regional and Vital Care.

  • Libraries host Summer Reading programs

    Local libraries are hosting summer reading programs to encourage literacy among children. This year’s theme is “dig into reading.”
    “They’re reading books in conjunction with the weekly program,” LaFollette Public Library Director Nancy Green said.

    LaFollette Public Library
    LaFollette Public Library hosts its Summer Reading program Thursdays at 10 a.m. Lunch is provided at 11 a.m. by the Summer Feeding program at Splash Park in downtown LaFollette.

  • Multiple churches putting ‘Compassion in Action’

    Many Christian organizations plan to put “Compassion in Action” this weekend as they distribute food in Duff, Elk Valley and LaFollette beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday.
    The Stand, a local non-denominational ministry, will work with area churches to give away the food at Grace Age Fellowship Church in Duff, New Canaan Baptist Church in Elk Valley and the Dewey Hunter Center in LaFollette.
    Mission partners—who met The Stand  Pastor Joey St. John throughout his years of ministry— are paying for the food.

  • Campbell County Sheriff's Department investigating arson

    The Campbell County Sheriff's Department is investigating an arson last night in the Duff community.

    Two suspects are at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center after the incident.

    CCSD describes the investigation as "fluid and ongoing."

    Check back for more updates online and in next week's edition of the LaFollette Press.

  • READER CHALLENGE: Envision Campbell County

     Small business is the backbone of any small town in America — but big-box retailers and national chains can often act as anchor stores that attract additional development and lure in more dollars to the local economy. 

    Take a look at smaller, local retailers near Walmart and Lowe’s in Jacksboro. Many thrive on the traffic produced by those larger stores.

  • US 25 Yard Sale runs Thursday through Sunday

     Thousands of bargain seekers are expected to descend along parts of US 25 today through Sunday, as the historic highway plays host to a nearly 250-mile yard sale. The event spans from the Ohio/Kentucky border through East Tennessee and hits several local sites along the way.  

    It’s the second annual event, but the first time Campbell County has participated, said E.L. Morton, executive director for the Chamber of Commerce, who’s been coordinating with business leaders and other officials on the interstate commerce event. 

  • Sharp sentenced to 25 years for attempted sex with minor

     Michael Todd Sharp will spend the next 25 years behind bars after entering his guilty plea in Campbell County criminal court on Monday. 

    In March 2012, the LaFollette Police Department got a tip that Sharp, 35, was living at the Village Apartments. Police reportedly found him there with a minor and his then-girlfriend. The encounter was an automatic violation of the terms of the sexual offender registry because he was living at a home other than where he was registered.

  • NEXAFED could be remedy in fight against meth

     A new allergy drug might be the key to curbing meth abuse in Campbell County. 

    Monday night, District Attorney General Lori Phillips-Jones spoke to the Campbell County Anti-Drug Coalition about Nexafed—a decongestant that has been on the market since the end of last year. 

    Nexafed is an alternative to Sudafed, but is produced in a way that makes it harder to be used in the manufacture of methamphetamine. 

  • Hit-and-run leads to hour-long manhunt

     Four law enforcement agencies responded after a LaFollette man allegedly fled from a hit-and-run accident on Monday afternoon.

    David Norris, 41, 869 Glade Springs Rd., LaFollette, allegedly hit another vehicle in front of the Quik Stop BBQ Market & Deli in Caryville. He then fled the area on foot. 

    The Campbell County Sheriff’s Department, Jacksboro Police Department, Caryville Police Department and Tennessee Highway Patrol all responded to the area to begin the manhunt after a “be on the lookout” advisory was issued.