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Today's News

  • Jellico High School makes the grade in grant evaluation

    Although implementation of the program just began in late October, the Jellico High School Redesign project has already gotten some feedback.

    As a result of receiving the grant that infused $500,000 into the school for improvements needed to ensure it makes the required Adequate Yearly Progress, the redesign program is subject to evaluations from the state department of education as well as external evaluators.

  • Relay for Life Kickoff scheduled tonight at Roane State

    January is a time for new beginnings. And now that it’s time to begin preparing for the annual Relay for Life event, the battle against Cancer has been renewed.

    The event kicks off tonight at Roane State Community College at 5 p.m.

    “We just hope this year is the most successful yet of the Relays,” said Co-chair Maria Hooks. Hooks, along with Robin Proffitt are chairing the event this year.

  • Stiner slated to be honored by Boy Scouts

    Campbell County is home to many extraordinary people. And in what has become an annual event area Boy Scouts are preparing to honor one of them.

    On Feb. 4 the Boy Scouts will host the third annual Campbell County Good Scout award dinner.

    Following in the footsteps of previous honorees Ed Balloff and Juanita Baird, retired Col. Tom Stiner is the recipient of this year’s Good Scout Award.

  • LaFollette Utilities speaks to innuendo about the water/sewer department

    After the LaFollette City Council moved to grant LaFollette Utilities Board the authority to set its own water/sewer rates, speculation has been flying as to what this means for customers. LUB General Manager Kenny Baird said customers should have no concerns.

    “The first misconception I want to address is the rumor that the water/sewer department has had several rate increases in the past recent years; that is incorrect,” Baird said. The last water/sewer rate increase was passed in July 2006, with no recent increases since then, according to Baird.

  • Four net meth charges

    On Jan. 23 around 2 p.m. Detective Josh Goins of the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department was traveling on Jacksboro Pike when he noticed a vehicle cross over the line in the left hand lane. Goins continued to follow the vehicle onto Towe String Road where he stopped the vehicle. The driver of the vehicle Donald Bradley Shown, 30, 2155 Pinecrest Road, Jacksboro gave consent for the car to be searched, according to Goins.

  • Council debates charter changes; Sweat states intentions

    Members of the LaFollette City Council are seldom at a loss for words.

    But when Terry Sweat, interim city administrator, stated his intention to step down from the post at the end of next week the group fell silent.

  • Colwell arrested for alleged fraud

    Tammy Renee Colwell is not a nurse. She doesn’t even play one on T.V. So when she phoned prescriptions into a local pharmacy for a number of medications while posing as someone authorized to do so she found herself with an emergency of her own.

    LaFollette Police Det. Sgt. Jason Henegar conducted an investigation into offenses allegedly committed by Colwell, 37, of 216 Sunrise Lane, during the month of December 2009.

  • LUB discusses county water line extension project

    A county water line extension project was the main and lengthy topic of discussion at Monday night’s LaFollette Utility Board (LUB) workshop and meeting. County Mayor William Baird, First District Commissioner David Goins and Civil/Environmental Engineer Bob Colvin were present at the meeting to discuss the need for the line extension with the LUB.

  • Office seekers continue to file petitions to run for office

    As the weeks to the August election tick by the number of politicos eager to nab an office continue to increase.

    Joining incumbent county mayor William Baird and current county commissioner Scott Kitts in hopes of garnering the county’s highest elected position is Ronnie Murray.

  • One weekend wreck claims life; another injures juvenile

    A two-vehicle crash, which occurred near the Campbell/Claiborne County line last Saturday, claimed the life of a LaFollette man.

    Around 2:48 p.m., Fayetta Hopper, 42, of Speedwell, was traveling eastbound on state Highway 63 in her 1999 Chevrolet Blazer, when Herman Branson, 69, of LaFollette, crossed the center divider line, striking Hopper’s vehicle, the Tennessee Highway Patrol report said. Branson was driving a 1999 Mercury Sable.

    Branson was killed, while Hopper was injured in the accident.