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  • Preparing the fields

    Preparing the field

    ccannon@lafollettepress.comJACKSBORO—“Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.” — John 4:35.

    The fields are ready, and the leaders of Fellowship of Christian Athletes are preparing for the 2013 edition of Fields of Faith.

    This year’s event will take place inside L. Hope Dossett Stadium on Oct. 9. The service will begin at 6:30 p.m.


    JACKSBORO—A new director will be at the helm of operations at the county’s Adrion W. Baird Animal Center.  
    The shelter has been closed since April 11 when County Mayor William Baird asked the TBI to investigate alleged misdeeds by former director Betty Crumley.
    Michael Aiken will oversee the shelter’s direction.


    JELLICO—A former cop claims he was fired for refusing to comply with a mayoral directed “ticket quota” plan.
    Officer H. Wayne Conrad had worked with the town of Jellico for 18 years when he and Officer David Douglas were dismissed on July 3.
    Mayor Les Stiers says the dismissals are temporary “furloughs,” and he hopes to reinstate the officers when finances permit.
    On Aug. 1, Conrad filed a suit in Circuit Court asking to be reinstated to his post or for $1.5 million in compensation.

  • It's a Miracle!: 'Brick by Brick'

    If you are a Vol fan, you know by now that Butch Jones and his popular hashtag/slogan for rebuilding the Tennessee Football program is ”Brick by Brick.”

    Each brick makes the others stronger; we know he is talking about individuals with talents that will benefit the team to make it a better unit all together. 

    Now, it’s just me, but that kind of sounds like a motto for Christians working together.

  • High schoolers looking at brains over braun



    That’s the new name many people have given to Alex Rodriguez following his recent scandal with steroids in the MLB.

    Rodriguez was suspended for 211 games, the most in more than 100 years.

    He would also have to forfeit any play in the post season the Yankees may have to play. Rodriguez would not be allowed in those games.

    As year pass, more and more athletes are being caught using performance-enhancing drugs, but just how do the numbers stack up on a more local level?

  • Dixie Roofing wins $269k LaFollette City Hall bid

    LaFOLLETTE—City officials approved a $269,900 contract with Dixie Roofing, Inc. to repair a section of city hall’s roof.
    Council Member Hansford Hatmaker stood against the rest of the council because Dixie Roofing didn’t have the low bid.
    “We took the highest bid,” he said. “We didn’t follow bid procedures. You just voted to increase tax dollars $150,000 by not taking the lowest bid.”

  • City purchases $29K Ford Explorer for city admin

    LaFOLLETTE—City leaders approved purchasing a 2014 Ford Explorer from Rainbow Ford for City Administrator Billie Russell.
    The Explorer costs $29,636—$2,364 less than the $32,000 that was budgeted for it.
    Council member Bob Fannon asked council member Stephanie Grimm—who made a motion to purchase the vehicle—to specify who could use the Explorer.
    Grimm amended her motion to only allow city employees and those appointed by Russell to drive it. Grimm’s motion passed with only council member Hansford Hatmaker voting against it.

  • Cougars hyped, not focused on high prediction


    JACKSBORO—The Campbell County football team received one of its top predictions this past week, as examiner.com slated the Cougars to finish third in District 3-AAA.
    While the prediction brings some hype and excitement to the program, the players say it’s not something they’re focusing on.

  • LaFollette police dog dies

    LaFOLLETTE—K-9 Officer Diesel died unexpectedly Sunday.
    “He will be sadly missed,” said Sgt. Brian Tiller, Diesel’s handler said.
    Diesel was a Malinois. The LaFollette Police Department got him from Dale Wright.
    “The two and a half years he was here, he did several vehicle seizures and numerous drug arrests,” Tiller said.
    LaFollette Police Chief Jimmy Jeffries said the LPD will search for another dog.

  • Animal shelter could reopen

     LaFOLLETTE—Radio station 1450 AM WLAF is reporting that the Adrion W. Baird Animal Center is expected to reopen on Monday. The news agency reports the operation will only take phone calls for its first few days of operations. The shelter number is 423-566-1892.

    WLAF also reports that shelter supervisor Betty Crumley has resigned her post in the wake of a Tennessee Bureau of Investigation probe into alleged wrongdoing at the shelter. The shelter closed April 11 after a viral Internet video surfaced alleging inhumane treatment to animals at the center.