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  • LaFollette Church of God to celebrate 95 year this Sunday

     Sunday, LaFollette Church of God will celebrate its 95th anniversary.

    “It will be a homecoming,” LaFollette Church of God member Hack Ayers said.

  • Council steps back from plan to appoint liaisons to departments

     Monday night, the LaFollette City Council took a step back from a proposed plan to appoint council members as liaisons to departments.

  • Arrest made for streaking

    Oh yes, they call him the streak.

    That was what the Jacksboro Police Department may have been thinking when they arrested Charles Blankenship, 58, of 243 Liberty Street after a year of telephone calls about an allegedly nude man.

    “The first report that we got, that I actually received, it’s been well over a year ago,” said Jacksboro detective Mike Starrett. The first call came in from a clerk in the circuit court clerk’s office.

  • Kitts to run for mayor of LaFollette

     LaFollette City Council member Wayne Kitts has higher political aspirations. On Monday night he expressed his intentions of running for mayor this fall.

    “My council term’s up,” Kitts said after the meeting Monday night. “I was going to have to run for council, I just decided to run for mayor.”

  • Partin scores second term

    When Thursday was over and the votes were counted, Brandon Partin was elected to another term as county property assessor.

    He won the race with 58 percent of the vote.

    After the celebration ended, it was time for Partin to resume his duties.

    Among those duties is the installation of a new computer system. In October the property assessor’s office will convert its appraisal system. “The values of people’s properties will not change,” Partin said. “But it will give more flexibility to the appraisal process.”

  • Newly elected officials comment on next terms

     Wendell Bailey

    Could not be reached for comment


    Danny Wilson

    Danny Wilson ousted David Lynch for the first district school board seat with 568 votes. Lynch received 397 votes. Wilson is the only new school board member from this election. He will be sworn in at the September school board meeting.

  • Stinking Creek community to host Mountain Heritage festival Labor Day Weekend

     The Mountain Heritage Community Club will host the annual Mountain Heritage Festival in Stinking Creek Sept. 1-2.

  • Dennis Potter wins reelection campaign for roads superintendent; looks to upcoming term

    Thursday night, Campbell County voters chose Dennis Potter to remain road superintendent by a margin of nearly two to one.

    “I expected to win,” Potter said election night after the results were in. “I thought the race might be a little closer. My opponents worked really hard; we did too. We worked like we (were) behind. Didn’t take nothing for granted.”

    Potter felt the election went well, and running a positive campaign helped him.

  • Results in; high number of county early votes

    Almost half of the Campbell County residents who cast votes in the state primary and county general election did so during early voting.

    “People took advantage of early voting,” Administrator of Elections Ann Ayers-Colvin said.

    Not counting provisional ballots, the unofficial count for votes in the election is 6,680, Ayer-Colvins said. About 3,000 of these votes were cast during early voting.

    But voting during Election Day went smoothly, Ayers-Colvin said.

  • Sinkhole reduces traffic volume on Interstate 75

     Tuesday, a sinkhole caused the right lane of southbound traffic on Interstate 75 to be shut down at mile marker 126.

    The hole was four feet wide, and workers had to dig to the bedrock, 22 feet down to assess how deep the hole was.