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  • Bad weather sidesteps county; electrical problem closes schools

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  • LaFollette Council reappoints all department heads


    As a full council took its seats at the LaFollette meeting Tuesday night, Mayor Mike Stanfield had a request. He asked all department heads to come to the front of the room and introduce themselves.

    After the department heads had stated their names and departments, Stanfield said, “Ladies and gentlemen these are your department heads.” The announcement was met with a round of applause.

  • Campbell County Christmas Parade is this weekend

    This weekend the Campbell County Christmas Parade will march through town with decorative floats, smiling faces and horses. Leading the parade is Grand Marshal Jerry Sharp.

    Sharp expressed his satisfaction and surprise at being chosen to lead the parade this year. He explained Dec. 6, will also be his 51st wedding anniversary with his entire family in town to celebrate the occasion.

    Though he will be celebrating his anniversary with businesses, churches and popular citizens in tow Saturday night, a special reception will honor Sharp prior to the parade.

  • Council debates nepotism policy



    At the LaFollette workshop Tuesday night, Councilman Hansford Hatmaker began a discussion on the nepotism policy. Hansford said if the city was not going to abide by the statute then it should be abolished.

  • LaFollette fireman accused of arson fired terminated




    James Williford, a LaFollette firefighter currently accused of arson and official misconduct was terminated Tuesday night. He had been on unpaid leave since October.

    City Administrator David Young gave his recommendation for Williford’s termination with the council approving based on information from City Attorney Reid Troutman.

  • Two arrested for aggravated burglary



    When a Jacksboro resident received a knock on the door last Sunday, two men requested to use the telephone.

    However the person allowing the intrusion quickly became a victim when an item was observed missing from the residence after the two men left.

  • LaFollette elected officials take the oath of office



    Many people referred to the swearing in ceremony of LaFollette’s newly elected officials as a historic moment.

  • Confrontation led to charges



    A confrontation at a local apartment complex netted two charges of reckless endangerment for a Caryville woman.

  • Jacksboro board takes care of business

    By NATASHA LAFAYETTE natasha@lafollettepress.com  

    A discussion regarding Christmas bonuses for Jacksboro employees led to budget discussions at the board of mayor and alderman meeting.

    “We cut out the Christmas and longevities based on what kind of revenues we have,” said Mayor Jack Cannon about the budget prepared earlier in the year. “We can afford to give full time employees $100 bonus for Christmas and put the longevity pay back in like it was for this past year.”

  • Food pantry shelves full with a little help


    Thanks to the efforts of a group of co-workers, Food Life Services has a fuller pantry this holiday season.

    Employees at Terry’s Pharmacy have worked throughout the month requesting customers bring in canned food to be donated to Food Life Services.

    However, that was only one part of the charitable idea. Store Owner Rissa Tamer promised to match the cans brought in by customers.

    As of Tuesday morning, the end of the drive, 2021 cans and 73 hams had been donated.