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  • Former volunteer fire chief arrested

     Acting on a warrant issued out of Bradley County, the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department arrested former Pinecrest Volunteer Fire Department Chief Jerry Moat at his home.

    The warrant charged Moat with theft over $1,000.

    When CCSD authorities, assisted by Jacksboro Police and the United States Marshal Service, arrested Moat he told them “He had been expecting this.”

  • TAX TIME: Don't get caught in the filing storm

     An estimated 605,000 Tennesseans will wait until April 15 — the deadline — to file their taxes, according to information from Internal Revenue Service auditors. 

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  • Thefts mean hi-tech security for Jellico Electric and Water

    A month ago, thieves stole $15,000 worth of copper and brass from the Jellico Electric and Water service.
    Before that, they cut grounding wires off some of the trucks.
    Last week, they stole a chainsaw.
    “If it’s not tied down, people are taking it,” said J.E.W.S. General Manager Billy Rowe.
    Jellico Police Chief Chris Anderson agrees security is needed at the various utility department properties and that’s why the agency seeks to install a high-tech monitoring system.

  • 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.
    Police Department
    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.