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  • Fire department gear

    LaFOLLETTE-Fire Chief Gary Byrd hopes to use $17,505 in the department’s budget to purchase about 12 sets of turnout gear. The council will meet Tuesday.
     

  • Grant money means boost to Battle of the Belts

    Campbell County High School was one of 26 schools in the country to receive a $2,000 grant from Project Ignition, a teen driver safety program.
    “The grant was specific to help with the Battle of the Belts program,” said Alexis Keiser, coordinated school health director.
    Battle of the Belts is a competition between other local high schools to increase seatbelt usage among students. In East Tennessee, CCHS, Oak Ridge High School, Pigeon Forge High School, Midway High School and Heritage High School are participating.

  • Smoke detectors available

    LaFOLLETTE-The state has given the LaFollette Fire Department about 90 smoke detectors with batteries that will last about 10 years. The LFD will install the smoke detectors in the homes of LaFollette residents free of charge. Those interested should call 562-3340.
     

  • Council discusses invoice for furniture at library

    LaFOLLETTE—Monday, the city council discussed a $1,470.78 invoice from Office Furniture Outfitters for chairs at the public library. LaFollette Library Director Nancy Green has the money in her budget, but needs the city council to approve paying the invoice, she said. The council will meet Tuesday.

     

  • LaFollette city council discusses firing a public works employee

    Monday, the LaFollette City Council addressed hiring a police officer, promoting a police officer and terminating a public works employee.
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    The council members discussed promoting LaFollette Police Officer Stephen Wallen to detective. If promoted, Wallen’s salary will increase by $1,500.
    “He’s been doing a good job,” LaFollette Police Chief Jimmy Jeffries said.

  • LaFollette City Council to interview candidates for city administrator

    The LaFollette City Council will soon interview applicants for city administrator.
    The position became available when Cade Sexton resigned in January. The city council budgeted $70,000 for hiring a full-time administrator. Twenty people submitted resumes before the March 8 deadline.
    Monday, the mayor and council members discussed interviewing candidates for the job.
    “I think we should look at our local people,” Mayor Mike Stanfield said. “There’s no sense calling people out of California.”

  • Campbell County observes Easter with services

    Families and churches in Campbell County are preparing to celebrate Easter with events and services from now until Sunday.
    “Easter is the (premier) event of the year,” said Father Joe Campbell, Priest at Our Lady of Perpetual Hope Catholic Church.
    During Easter, Christians celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
    “Without the resurrection, we would have no church,” Campbell said.
    Salvation is possible because of Jesus’ death and resurrection, he said.

  • Caryville police chief demoted

    Despite a spotless record, Johnny Jones no longer serves as chief of the Caryville Police Department. 

    On March 21, Mayor Chris Stanley and Vice Mayor Glenn Smith told Jones he was being demoted. The performance correction notice presented to Jones listed policy/procedure violation, performance and behavior/conduct infraction as the reason for the demotion.

    Stanley declined to elaborate during a phone interview on Monday. 

  • Commission seeks screen to 'Sunshine Law'

     Citing burdens and restrictions, county commissioners are advocating for an amendment to the state Sunshine Law, to allow greater private interaction between local policy makers.

    “I think the law is too burdensome,” Commissioner Bob Walden said Friday. “I think the law is too restrictive for two people to have a conversation.”

    The Sunshine Law—also known as the Open Meetings Act—was passed in 1976 to ensure public agencies operate in transparency and do not conduct business in private.  

  • Son, mother plead not guilty to rape of Indiana teenager

     A son and mother who allegedly took a teenager from her Indiana home earlier this month, pleaded not guilty Monday to aggravated statutory rape charges. 

    James Slagle was arrested March 6 at the South 17th Street home where he lived with his mother, Debra Saunders, after police learned a 17-year-old female from Indiana was at the residence, according to the police report.