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Today's News

  • Baird honored as ‘Good Scout’

    Juanita Baird was never a boy scout. But because her life exemplified the ideals of the scouts, she was posthumously honored Monday night.

    At the annual Good Scout award dinner, Baird was recognized for her devotion to the community, her family and her many other contributions.

    Baird was widely known for loyalty to the Republican party.

  • LaFollette Workshop gets heated

    During the Monday night workshop, The Lafollette Council and mayor debated several topics, resulting in a heated conversation about administrative situations.

    Sparking the debate was the potential transfer of Rick Collinsworth from the recreation to the sanitation department.

    According to City Adminstrator David Young, both department heads have agreed to the transfer.

  • Mayor defends practices

    At the end of the LaFollette City Council’s Monday night workshop, in which tension was high, Councilman Bob Fannon addressed some issues with Mayor Mike Stanfield.

    Fannon outlined the duties of city administrator, council and mayor. He claimed the mayor’s position is to conduct meetings and break ties. The city administrator is to handle all the daily operations of the city, according to the city charter, Fannon said.

  • Justices say no court for Jellico

    After an appeals court ruling issued Monday, Jellico citizens will still have drive across the mountain for their day in court.

    The Tennessee Appeals Court sided with Circuit Court Judge John McAfee’s 2007 ruling that said the town’s court had not been properly established.

  • Homeless to be counted tonight

    The next few hours will be critical for the homeless in Campbell County as the Tennessee Valley Coalition to End Homelessness will conduct the 2009 Point in Time (PIT) Count. Last year the annual (PIT) Count estimated approximately 76 people were homeless in Campbell County.

    This year the homeless will be counted again, as agencies attempt to gather data to try to discover why these people are displaced.

    However, agencies located in counties throughout the United States will conduct the counts for their communities with the help of key individuals.

  • County sued by terminated employee

    A recently terminated county employee has filed suit against her former employer.

    Keysa L. Wihoit is asking to either be reinstated at the finance department or be awarded $75,000.

    The suit was filed last week in circuit court and names Campbell County and its department of finance as defendants.

    In it Wilhoit claims she was victim of sex discrimination in her one year course of employment with the county.

    Her job consisted of preparing reports, requesting checks for insurance benefits along with other bookkeeping duties.

  • LaFollette Police Chief says farewell

    natasha@lafollettepress.com

     

    On Monday night, LaFollette Police Chief Ben Baird announced his retirement at a council workshop.

    While Baird has spent 36 years of his life in law enforcement, this is not his first time retiring from a job. He also spent many years as a special education teacher.

  • Cub Scout Banquet slated for February

    natasha@lafollettepress.com  

    With a new year comes many changes, but one change in particular will stand out in the memories of young boys in Campbell County- their Cub Scout graduation.

    On Friday, Feb. 6 at Jacksboro Methodist Church, the Cub Scouts Blue and Gold Banquet will recognize about 50 boys graduating to new levels of scouting.

    The guest speaker for the ceremony will be retired General Carl Stiner.

  • Two home burglaries led to a double arrest

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    Two Jacksboro residences were allegedly burglarized earlier this month leading to the arrest of two people on Jan. 22.

    Mallory S. Roberson, 20, LaFollette and Brain Thomas Dykes, 20, Jacksboro were arrested and charged with multiple counts of aggravated burglary and theft last week.

  • Nepotism policy still in question

    natasha@lafollettepress.com  

    City Administrator David Young revisited the city’s nepotism policy at the Monday night meeting, saying City Attorney Reid Troutman drafted a nepotism ordinance for the council’s approval.

    “The nepotism policy was enacted with an ordinance, so it has to be altered with an ordinance,” said Young. “This is an ordinance that will do what you requested to be done.”