Local News

  • Veteran’s Day event to be held throughout county

    Freedom isn’t free.

    And to honor the men and women that have sacrificed for this country’s freedom, many with their very lives, Campbell County will mark Veteran’s Day with a number of events across the area.

    Kevin Walden, veteran’s affairs administrator, said the local observance is important not only to recognize those who have served, but also to impact the ones that may serve in the future.

  • County dodges bullet with HUB Zone status

    Campbell County recently narrowly avoided losing a designation that could have meant the loss of a significant number of jobs.

    Just weeks before the Sept. 30 deadline the county mayor’s office became aware the county would be losing its HUB Zone status, according to Billie Russell, economic and community coordinator for Campbell County Mayor William Baird’s office.

    This standing allows qualifying local industry preferential access to federal contracts because they are located in a Historically Underutilized Business Zone.

  • Toys for Tots campaign underway

    Thanksgiving is still weeks away. But it is not too early to be making plans for Christmas.

    Deb Mikesell, administrative assistant to Campbell County Mayor William Baird, said the county’s third annual Toys for Tots toy drive is currently under way.

    According to Mikesell, collection boxes are available at all area banks, Food City, Edward Jones Investments, CVS, Walgreens and Wal-Mart.

  • Public Records for week of November 3, 2011

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


  • Plea Agreements for week of November 3, 2011

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

    Thomas Colin Reese – aggravated assault; five years probation, court costs.

    David Wayne Bennett, Jr. – possession of schedule II with intent to sell; three years probation, court costs, $2,000 fine.

  • Cieslak case to go to grand jury

    Wanda Kay Cieslak’s next stop is the Campbell County Grand Jury.

    After hearing nearly two hours of testimony Tuesday morning Campbell County General Sessions Judge Joe Ayers ruled the proof was sufficient for Cieslak to be bound over to the grand jury on first degree murder and aggravated child abuse charges in the death of her newborn son.

    Assistant District Attorney General Scarlett Ellis began the preliminary hearing by calling William Davis to the stand.

  • Bank robberies appear to have same thief

       A man believed to have robbed the LaFollette branch of Y-12 Federal Credit Union may have some crime experience under his belt.

    Federal and state authorities believe the thief could be responsible for a string of hold ups from LaFollette to Corbin, Ky.

    Late Tuesday, the FBI issued a statement referring to the man as the “Bad Hair Bandit.” In each of the six larcenies the man is believed to be linked to he has been seen wearing a variety of wigs, all in poor condition.

  • LUB releases report on odor; Dunaway takes exception

    While the odor that drifted through LaFollette in early October is gone, one man is still saying something stinks.

    “This was a Hazmat situation,” said Dave Dunaway, a LaFollette attorney. “The mayor (Mike Stanfield) should not have said it was harmless.”

    Dunaway’s comments came on the heels of a report released by the LaFollette Utilities Board earlier this week. It was compiled after a subcontractor on a sewer line project released a substance into the system. In the days that followed a heavy odor lingered over LaFollette.

  • Tennova makes local cuts

    Last week, Tennova shut down a cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation ward laying  off 16 employees at LaFollette Medical Center.

    “We’re sorry that it had to happen. I appreciate the spirit these people showed whenever we talked to them, which was very positive,” CEO of LaFollette Medical Center Mark Cain said.

  • Relay kicks off 2012 fundraising tonight

      It has been only six months since Campbell County’s Relay for Event. But organizers are already making plans for next year.

    Tonight the team captain kick-off meeting will take place at 5:30 p.m. at Miss Lassie’s Lodge.

    This event will mark the beginning of the fundraising season for 2012, Cyndi Russell, Relay for Life publicity chair, said.