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  • Hatmaker raises medical board discussion at workshop

    At Monday night’s LaFollette City Council workshop, Councilmember Hansford Hatmaker discussed forming a medical board.
    “What this is, we don’t have a board at this present time,” Hatmaker said. “If something was to happen, we’d end up having to appoint a board if we (wanted) to take the hospital back.”
    City attorney Reid Troutman didn’t have any problems with creating a medical board, Hatmaker said.

  • Roger’s Group hopes to pave Mullis Trail this week

    This week, Roger’s Group hopes to pave a final layer of Mullis Trail, finishing a project it began a month ago.
    “Our (plan) is to complete this job this week,” said Kelly McCartt, estimator with Roger’s Group. “It’s hard to pinpoint a day. If the weather works out, we should be paving Wednesday, no later than Thursday.”
    All the project lacks is the surface course, McCartt said. This is the last layer to go on the street.
    “It should be a lot better when it’s finished,” McCartt said.

  • Toys for Tots registration ends Friday

    Friday is the final day parents or legal guardians can register to receive toys for their children through the Toys for Tots program.
    “Basically, this will be the final call,” Campbell County Toys for Tots Coordinator Debi Mikesell said. “Friday is the final call; it’s the last day.”
    Today, registration will be held in Newcomb at the Crazy Quilt from 10 a.m. to noon. Friday, registration will be held at the Campbell County Courthouse.

  • Habitat for Humanity to hold interest meeting Tuesday

    The Campbell County Habitat for Humanity will hold an interest meeting in the fellowship hall of the LaFollette United Methodist Church Tuesday at 7 p.m. The purpose of the meeting is to recruit volunteers for CCHfH, and to provide information.
    The meeting is open to anybody interested in learning more about CCHfH, CCHfH President Marie Kile said.

  • CCHS recommended to maintain accreditation

    An early November site visit by a team of five educators resulted in Campbell County High School receiving a recommendation to maintain accreditation by AdvancEd.

    “Colleges look for high schools that are accredited. We have to go through accreditation every five years,” said Jamie Wheeler, CCHS principal.

  • Ridgewood school property fails to sell

    The Campbell County Board of Education still has the old Ridgewood Elementary School property on its books after the bid cap wasn’t met at the Nov. 17 auction.

    “Mr. [Thomas] Jobe was the highest bidder at $91,000, but since the board of education put a minimum bid of $100,000 on it, it has to go back to the board,” said school board member Mike Orick.

    At the October meeting, the board approved the sale of the land in a four-part motion.

  • Campbell County principals share improvement ideas after state report card results

    Almost a month after the state department of education released its 2012 education report card, several county principals presented the board of education with their plans to improve scores.

    Three factors affect standard growth of test scores, including socioeconomic conditions, students with disabilities and money spent per pupil.

    “The line is going to be parallel,” said Donnie Poston, director of schools.

  • Cases resolved with pleas

     The following cases were resolved in criminal court this week with plea agreements:

    •Elisha Wilson- promotion of methamphetamine manufacture, felony FTA; three years supervised probation, court costs, $350 fine.

    •Michelle Tickle- auto burglary, theft of property under $500, theft of property under $500; two years supervised probation, court costs, $150 to ECF.

  • public records for the week of Nov. 29, 2012

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as or similar to other members of the community.


    NOV. 19  – NOV. 21

    Campbell County Habitat for Humanity to Bunny Allen, Dist. 1, $86,000.

    Ralph Junior Swain to Scott Wayne Hughes and Warren E Terry, Dist. 5, $1600.

    Nealy M. Jenkins, Jr. and Sherry Jenkins to Walter Witt and Catherine Whitt, Dist. 3, $33,000.

  • About 180 local children to shop with a cop on Dec. 14

    On Dec. 14, local law enforcement will take about 180 local children Christmas shopping as part of the Shop with a Cop program.
    Jacksboro Police Chief Danny Chapman started the Shop with a Chop program with Wal-Mart about 15 years ago. Since then, about 1,700 children have been involved with the annual event. The Shop with a Cop program raises money to take children Christmas shopping at Wal-Mart.
    “The donations come from businesses, churches, individuals,” Jacksboro Police Chief Danny Chapman said.