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  • CFD to provide fire protection near industrial park

    CARYVILLE — Caryville’s fire department will cover an area left unprotected after the Pinecrest Volunteer Fire Department dissolved last fall.
    The Campbell County Rural Fire Service took some of the uncovered area, but asked the CFD to cover some of the homes on McGhee Lane near the industrial park. Having fire protection will lower homeowner’s insurance for the residents.
    Mayor Chris Stanley said he and fire chief Eddie Hatmaker had met about the initiative, and all firemen were on-board with the decision.

  • SOME STILL UPSET ABOUT LOCAL ANIMAL SHELTER’S CLOSURE

    At Monday’s workshop, county resident Jim Slusher said the closure of the Adrion W. Baird Animal Shelter April 11 has left stray animals without help.
    “There’s no one to call,” Slusher said. “In my neighborhood alone, I’ve counted three dead cats, and three stray dogs have been dropped on us.”
    Two of the dogs starved to death, but one was taken in by Slusher’s neighbor, he said.
    Slusher referenced Noah’s ark, and said people are responsible to take care of animals.

  • Russell to begin as administrator for LaFollette June 3

    Billie Russell will begin work as LaFollette City Administrator June 3 after being chosen for the position at last week’s city council meeting.
    But starting one job means leaving another. Russell has worked as industrial, economic and community development officer in the Campbell County Mayor’s Office since 2009.

  • Relay for Life kicks off tomorrow

    American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life will be at Jacksboro Middle School from 6 p.m. to midnight Friday. There will be much to see, hear and eat.
    “We do have food (and) entertainment,” said Cyndi Russell, Relay for Life committee co-chair.

  • Teen clipped by car

     CARYVILLE—A 16-year-old driver was taken to Tennova Medical Center in LaFollette after a train clipped his car.

    On April 29, the teen was pulling into the driveway at 1471 Highway 16 in Caryville. The driveway crosses the Norfolk Southern railroad and is marked with stop signs.

    According to the report, the teen ran the stop sign and his back bumper was clipped by an oncoming train. The impact caused the teen’s vehicle to spin around and come to rest on the east side of the tracks. 

  • Burglary call ends in vandalism, drug charge for LaFollette woman

    A LaFollette woman was jailed after she reportedly destroyed the front door of a home at 200 Smith Oak Lane.
    The victim told police that Kimberly Nicole Walden, 702 S. 21st Street, LaFollette, came to her home and began kicking the door and swearing at the victim, telling her to come outside, according to the report.
    Walden then allegedly began striking the front door of the home with an ax.
    Walden was found on Ridenour Lane where she reportedly admitted to causing the damage. She was arrested and taken to the Campbell County Jail.

  • Embattled former high school teacher arrested for DUI

    A former Campbell County High School educator who resigned Jan. 28 after allegations of inappropriate conduct was jailed early Sunday morning after police say he was found driving under the influence.
    Jason Scott Ivey, 34, 282 Meadowwood Circle, LaFollette, was seen driving on Central Avenue in the dark without his headlights. The officer, Campbell County Sheriff’s Deputy James McCall,  allegedly witnessed Ivey attempt a lane change and nearly strike another vehicle.

  • LaFollette man’s computer seized; arrested on child porn charges

    A LaFollette man was arrested on child pornography charges following an investigation by Det. Dan Schneider of the Internet Crimes Against Children taskforce.

  • Woman arrested for allegedly pulling gun on Jellico utility worker

    An earlier incident at the Jellico Electric and Water System led to a warrant for an arrest last week.
    On April 25, Billy Rowe, the utility’s general manager, and Woody Swafford, the water department supervisor, advised Jellico Police Chief Chris Anderson about an incident in which an employee’s wife reportedly came to the building and threatened another employee.

  • Statements reveal bank blunders for Jellico

     The town of Jellico spent nearly two weeks in the red last summer as finance problems slowly came to a head.

    It was May when the town first became overdrawn, according to bank statements obtained by the LaFollette Press. 

    The statements are records of only some of the town’s accounts according to Mayor Les Stiers.

    “That’s for most of the accounts, not all of them,” he said.