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  • Education officials mull budget

    CAMPBELL COUNTY—The Campbell County Board of Education mulled over 14 points in its most recent budget workshop on April 23. Among plans to save money for the 2013-14 school year are measures to consolidate bus routes, restructure staffing at the central office, implement online payments for student lunches and consider rejoining the Clinch-Powell Education Cooperative, a head-start program. The board will also deal with dwindling Race to the Top funds as the program comes to an end at the end of the 2013-14 year.

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  • Local youth groups to deliver food to hungry

    Saturday evening, teenagers from local youth groups will serve meals to people in the county. Local youth leaders hope this will meet needs of hungry people and keep local teens interested in serving the community.
    “Give the kids an opportunity to get back together,” said Shane Carney, youth pastor at Indiana Avenue Baptist Church. “Keep the fire burning since (Disciple Now).”
    Disciple Now is a county wide event for teens held March 23-24.

  • LUB purchases Loby Blox site

    LaFOLLETTE—The LaFollette Utilities Board approved the purchase of the Loby Blox property for $115,000.

  • City to rebid City Hall roof project

    The LaFollette City Council could vote to accept bids to repair the roof over city hall at Tuesday’s meeting.
    At the workshop, council member Hansford Hatmaker encouraged the other council members to handle the bidding process correctly.
    “Let’s try to do it right this time,” Hatmaker said. “It’s been nothing but a problem.”

  • Animal shelter inquiry continues

    An investigation into the Adrion W. Baird Animal Center continues.
    “Agents don’t work cases on a deadline so whenever all the facts are gathered the investigation will be considered complete,” Kristin Helm, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation public information officer, said in an e-mail.
    Last Tuesday, the county mayor’s office, along with the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department and the District Attorney’s office asked the TBI to look into allegations about shelter director Betty Crumley.

  • LPD: Man filled up Solo cups with marijuana

    A LaFollette man was arrested after police say he was growing marijuana plants in Solo cups.
    LPD officer Susan Sowder was dispatched to the LaFollette Housing Authority on April 19 to check an apartment for illegal substances. Sgt. Brian Tiller and Det. Monty Miller also responded.
    Justin James Marlowe, 19, 122 Circle Drive Apt. M-3, was read his rights and reportedly permitted the officers to search his apartment.

  • Judicial districts won’t see changes in coming election

    The state’s judicial districts will remain the same after the state house of representatives failed to pass a measure to change some of the boundaries.
    The news is welcome to state Rep. Dennis Powers and 8th Judicial District Attorney Lori Phillips-Jones. When the measure was first considered, Campbell County was on the list for potential changes – the first since 1984.

  • EXCLUSIVE: No home. No hope. Then they found here.

    Christopher Rodrigue was a professional in Marietta, Ga. He made $45,000 working in quality control for a food processing company. He had a home, professional friends, colleagues and business contacts. His wife, Jerrilynn, ran a professional cleaning business before she was diagnosed with neuropathy—which kept her from working. Christopher looked at homeless people with scorn—he thought they were lazy, dirty, alcoholics or even drug addicts. He didn’t know that he was about to become one of them.