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  • Man claiming to be sober arrested for DUI

    A LaFollette man was arrested for driving under the influence on Aug. 7 despite claims he was sober.

    Cameron Lee Jones, 708 E. Beech Street, LaFollette, was allegedly spotted with a burned out left headlight. Campbell County Sherriff’s Office Deputy Josh Vann then reportedly watched Jones travel half in the turning lane and then swerve between the left and right lanes.

    Jones allegedly then turned on his right turn signal and directed his car to the side of the road and reportedly almost struck two vehicles.

  • Campbell County Commission discusses how to finance a rail spur in Jellico

    At Monday’s workshop, the county commission discussed the importance of a railroad spur in Jellico. The $106,532 to match the Appalachian Regional Commission grant that would fund this spur was cut from the proposed budget passed by the budget and finance committee on July 24. This was one of several cuts the budget and finance committee approved in order to produce a budget with a zero tax increase.

    Billie Russell, from the county mayor’s office, explained the importance of the spur.

  • LaFollette man arrested on meth charges

    Last week Campbell County Sherriff’s deputies followed the trail to an alleged meth lab at a LaFollette home.

    Deputy Ty Dougherty responded to a call on Aug. 8 about a possible meth lab at 401 N. Cumberland Ave. The owner of the residence reportedly gave Dougherty permission to search the resident, and a “worn down” trail was reportedly seen in the yard of the residence to the woods behind the home.

    Dougherty allegedly walked the trail where he reportedly found a basket containing several components to manufacture methamphetamine.

  • CHET celebrates 30th anniversary, grand opening of health clinic

    Community Health of East Tennessee (CHET) celebrated the new clinic and 30 years of service to Campbell County on Aug. 10.

    “It was a really good day,” said Teresa Dabney, CHET’s CEO.

    On hand for the celebration was Sen. Ken Yager, Rep. Dennis Powers, representatives from Sen. Lamar Alexander and Rep. Chuck Fleishmann’s offices.

    The master of ceremonies was Ret. Gen. Carl Stiner. A presentation was given on CHET’s work within the community.

  • November elections starting to take shape

    Today is the final day to qualify for the November municipal elections.

    On the ballot for the fall elections are seats in the LaFollette and Caryville governments.

    LaFollette citizens will elect a mayor when they go to the polls.

  • Delinquent motel taxes top discussion at Caryville meeting

    The Motel 8 in Caryville owes at least four months worth of taxes to the town, according to town recorder Cheryl Ivey and attorney Reid Troutman.

    “We have limited avenues in order to collect those, and I think the only thing we can do is issue a distress warrant,” Troutman said.

    A distress warrant could allow the town to execute seizures on assets of the motel.

    The dollar amount of taxes is difficult to pinpoint because the amount owed depends on the motel’s income per month. $2000 per month is a good estimate, Ivey said.

  • Board of Education discusses attendance, bullying

    After a 30-minute executive session delay, the board of education zipped through the remaining agenda items at Tuesday night’s meeting.


    The board voted unanimously to award the 2012-13 custodial supply contract to Ellison Supply after a bid of $21,768.85.

    “Recommendation for the award is Ellison Supply,” said Karen Henegar. Jeff Marlow was absent.

  • Grand jury returns indictments

     The Campbell County Grand Jury convened Aug. 10 and returned the following indictments:

    Glenn Howard- DUI over .20 BAC, DUI without BAC, violation HMVO, violation registration, and violation light law.

    Willis York- DUI, violation of financial responsibility.

    Linda Ward- possession of drug paraphernalia, violation of open container.

    Kevin Greene- felony possession of drug paraphernalia, initiation of the process to manufacture meth.

    Russell Stothers- DUI.

  • Public records Aug. 16, 2012

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



    AUG. 6  – AUG. 10

    James Anderson to Randal Butler, Dist. 1, $2,000.

    Bobby Wilson to Bobby Wilson and Amanda Lee Wilson, Dist. 3.

    Donald Ferguson and Kathy V. Ferguson to Angelika Lowery and Kenneth R. Lowery, Dist. 3, $6500.

    Morgan Smith to Regina Blankenship and David Blankenship, Dist. 4, $2,000.

  • Local girl’s family finds support from Oley Foundation

     At 8 years old, Ally Winter has overcome many obstacles.