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Today's News

  • Questions circle around nepotism policy at LaFollette

    The LaFollette City council revisited the city’s nepotism policy on Monday night.

    Councilman Hansford Hatmaker has continually fought for a change in the policy recently.  However, Hatmaker said he does not have a relative interested in a job with the city.

    “The purpose of that policy is to prevent us from hiring any of our relatives,” said Councilman Wayne Kitts to Hatmaker during the meeting.

    Hatmaker debated the issue of councilmen and supervisors having relatives on the payroll with City Attorney Reid Troutman.

  • Stanfield plans for unity in 2009

    In Mayor Mike Stanfield’s mind there are still about 700 people in LaFollette he still needs to win over. Stanfield he plans to do this by proving himself to them and showing he can do the job.

    That is his goal, he said.

    Though Stanfield is concerned with the number of citizens who opposed his being elected, he said his office has been busy with visitors.

    Stanfield’s office is outfitted with a coffee maker and a big box of candies. It is a welcoming place for anyone to come, sit and talk awhile.

  • Baird looks to growth in 2009

    While County Mayor William Baird spent only three months of 2008 in office, he is pleased with the progress he and his staff have made.

    From his office Monday Baird said he is confident the changes he has made in his brief tenure will lead to a brighter future for Campbell County.

    The county’s ambulance service and animal shelter are two problem areas Baird chose to address immediately upon taking office.

  • Year in review; July through December

    July

    Rock crawlers returned to Jellico to compete in the eastern division in the rock races at the White Oak course.

    Returning soldier Tom Richey had a roadside reunion with family and friends after returning from a tour in Iraq.

    Authorities recovered the body of Peter Grubber, an Ohio man who had been missing in Norris Lake since Labor Day weekend.

    Campbell County School officials were faced with tough budget choices. The BOE met to discuss budget shortfalls in excess of $400,000.

  • Two facing drug charges

    Two people are facing a multitude of narcotics charges following the execution of a search warrant.

    Lisa D. Simpson, 47, 1184 Davis Chapel Rd., and Robert J. O’Quinn, 49, of the same address were charged last week in the search.

    Both are facing possession of three types of narcotics for resale along with possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a legend drug, the arrest report said.

  • New laws regarding jury service go into effect

    Thanks to changes in state law, escaping jury duty just became more difficult.

    “Now you have to show you can’t serve,” said Eighth Judicial Criminal Court Judge Shayne Sexton.

    “No one is exempt unless they have a medical condition that prevents them from working,” said Clerk of the Courts Bobby Vann, who will also serve as the jury coordinator.

  • 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.

  • The true story of a mountain girl continues; installment 5
  • 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.