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  • Mother-daughter duo arrested after solicitating donations in school's name

    A Jacksboro mother and her adult daughter are behind bars after police say they went around Campbell County soliciting donations in the name of Jacksboro Middle School.

    Catherine Agee, 61, and Jennifer Overton, 34, allegedly went to local businesses and citizens to ask for money to help with a school fundraier. The two women reportedly asked that checks be written directly to them without the permission and knowledge of the school. 

  • Bardos buy Twin Cove Marina in $2.3M deal

     CARYVILLE—Norris Dam Marina owner Mark Bardo and son Brad Bardo have finalized a $2.3 million deal to acquire bankrupted Twin Cove Marina from its bank owner. The deal —reached on May 31—includes the marina’s 140 boat slips, a full-service restaurant and approximately five acres where the Bardos eventually hope to develop four eight-unit condos. The two-bedroom floor plans could tentatively list for $220-$280,000, son Brad told the LaFollette Press on Monday. 

  • Man jailed after firing shots at assumed child abductor

     PIONEER—A Pioneer man was arrested Tuesday after police say he misidentified an alleged abduction suspect and fired at an innocent man.

    On June 3, Campbell County Sheriff’s Deputy Marty Blackwell responded to a suspicious vehicle call on Melvin Hollow Road.

    A 6-year-old girl told officers a man in a dirty white van stopped and grabbed her hand. The child reportedly pulled away from the man and the van continued down Melvin Hollow Road toward Lowe Branch. 

  • What are the most dangerous roads in Campbell County?

     There’s a back up on the highway again, and it’s in the dead spot where the radio doesn’t come in quite right. The next exit is a mile away, and the shoulder of the road is clogged with drivers trying to get out of the jam.  Semi trucks’ air brakes sigh as the monstrous vehicles grind to a halt. Other drivers give up and place their vehicles in park – or just shut them completely off. 

    It’s going to be a while. 

    There’s been another accident. 

  • Duff arson likely retaliatory

     DUFF—An arson in the Duff community last Wednesday was likely retaliatory in nature, according to the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department. 

    Just before 9 p.m. June 5, Deputy Ty Daugherty was on patrol in the area when he realized the home at 412 Duff Road was on fire. The back of the home was already engulfed, according to the report.

    At the same time, a call came into the Campbell County E-911 center about an alleged drunk driver in LaFollette, who reportedly hit three vehicles, including a LaFollette Police Department cruiser. 

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  • Resident to commission: Fund school resource officers

    At Monday’s County Commission Workshop, county resident Jim Slusher expressed concern for the district’s school system.
    “There are wonderful people in this county, and their kids deserve a quality education,” he said.
    Later this month, the commission will begin work on the budget for the 2013-14 fiscal year. Slusher encouraged the commission to allow a generous amount of money for the school system.
    “I know money’s tight, but you do what you have to,” Slusher said.

  • Caryville to hire police officer

    CARYVILLE— There’s an empty spot on the police force in Caryville after the resignation of officer Gary Johnson.
    Johnson was hired last August at the same time as Mike Caudill, who was fired in December after giving his two-week’s notice. He now works with the Jacksboro Police Department.
    “We just need to discuss hiring a police officer. Putting an ad in the paper and so forth,” said Caryville Mayor Chris Stanley.
    Johnson moved on to another job, though Stanley did not give specifics on where he went.

  • Improvements could be made along parts of US 25W

    CARYVILLE— The Board of Mayor and Aldermen hope to make some improvements along US 25W in Caryville.
    The town plans to ask the Tennessee Department of Transportation about the feasibility of adding a right-turn lane from southbound 25W onto Elkins Road to assist with school traffic.
    The town also hopes to see a traffic light installed at the intersection with Queener Road.
    “We think traffic is gonna increase also with the new boat ramp,” said Mayor Chris Stanley.