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All Star Team State Bound

The Campbell County 6 and Under All Stars picked up a big win to advance in All Star League play. The dozen young athletes picked up a 23-21 win tonight over Tri County to not only make it to the finals of this tournament but to also clinch a berth in the state level tournament.
Tomorrow night they face off against Kingston at 6 PM

Local Restaurant Burglarized Overnight.

Papa John’s in LaFollette was burglarized in the overnight hours of June 15th into June 16th 2019. Investigators with the LaFollette police department tell The Volunteer Times that they found no signs of forced entry upon the initial investigation. An unspecified amount of money was taken from inside the store during the burglary.

Other sources tell The Volunteer Times that the burglary and burglar were caught on store surveillance cameras and that the footage is in the hands of LPD investigators.

The LPD says more will be known about the crime in the coming days. Papa John’s manager declined comment about the incident citing the ongoing investigation.

Papa John’s was open for business as usual during the evening hours of June 16th, 2019 with regular business hours expected to continue.

Campbell Chamber of Commerce Holds Annual Dinner.

2019 Graduates of the Chamber of Commerce Leadership class where honored Thursday Night.

The 34th annual Campbell County Chamber of Commerce dinner was last night at Ball Farm Event Center.

Ayers Auction and Realty was named Business of the Year, with Tommie Sue Ayers accepting the award for the 61 year old Campbell County business. Nancy Green was named President of the Chamber for 2019-2020, taking the reigns from Melinda Wilson who’d served for the 2018-19 term.

A group of people took and completed the Chamber Leadership course and they were recognized. Chris Caldwell, CCHS alumni and Knox County Director of Finance gave the keynote speech and spoke on the massive impact of tourism on the economy in Tennessee and how communities in Campbell County can work together to pull in more dollars.

Initial Damage Assessments Arrive in Wake of Flood.

Scenes like this one at Cave Springs are common in the Long Hollow area. Cost estimates for repairs are beginning to arrive.

One week ago this evening, LaFollette and eastern Campbell County was experiencing the worst flash flooding in living memory. There were dramatic evacuations, water rescues, a local LUB worker Dayne Deavours would, emerge as a life-saving hero and damages were being incurred that would devastate many local families, businesses and churches.

A week and one massive community effort later – an effort featuring good-hearted citizens, dedicated Campbell County Road Dept workers, Campbell County Sanitation Dept workers, City of LaFollette workers, LUB workers, a group of college students, emergency relief workers from other counties, civic organizations, and teams from TEMA – a considerable amount of clean-up and some of the repair work has started in the hard hit areas.

The road is still long and very expensive for those effected. The cost estimates so far for the Campbell County Road Dept come in at 4.5 million dollars with that number likely to grow according to figures provided to County Mayor E.L. Morton from Road Superintendent Ron Dilbeck. Major problems are in the Long Hollow, Sugar Hollow and Demory areas but other areas saw problems as well. High Knob/Fox Den Lane saw damages as well as Pleasant Ridge. The Glade Springs area saw road and ditch damage. There was bridge and culvert damage as well as multiple mudslides on Ivydale Road. Road underpinning will be the major repair need, as underpinning was washed away in many of these locations, leaving the pavement very fragile. Also culvert repair and clean out will be a key need. The 4.5 million dollar figure is likely to climb.

The county also incurred damages at the recycling center. Water approximately 18 inches deep flooded the center. The plan is to remove sheet rock up to the water line, remove the floor tile, deep clean with mold preventative and repair those damages. The county also lost approximately 25 percent of the recyclable cardboard that was stored on-site. Mayor Morton estimated total damages to the center at $225,000 dollars.

LaFollette Middle School incurred damages to several classrooms and the cafeteria. Director of Schools Jennifer Fields told The Volunteer Times that the estimated cost of repairs there is $25,200 dollars. The hope is for these costs to be covered by insurance but how much of them that would be covered isn’t yet known.

Damages done to county citizens and City of LaFollette citizens as well as the City of LaFollette government have started to be calculated by TEMA Regional Supervisor Todd Jones. The initial assessment comes in at 6.4 million dollars in damages with that number likely to rise as assessments continue according to LaFollette City Administrator Jimmy Jeffries.

According to Mayor Morton, in order for FEMA aid to help the governmental agencies, the total loss to infrastructure must reach 9 million dollars. However, all private citizens who have submitted for FEMA aid will be decided on a case by case basis.

The Volunteer Times will release updated numbers as we receive them from the various agencies.

Domestic Disturbance Leads To Drug Bust

On Monday at approximately 1:36 PM deputies were called to a domestic disturbance in the Duff community.

Upon arriving the deputies noticed what appeared to be marijuana plants growing at the residence. The owner gave them permission to search the home. The search turned up a large quantity of methamphetamine,several baggies containing what is believed to be marijuana, and several baggies of pills.

They arrested Leslie Marie King, 52 of 173 Sled Creek Road of Duff. She is facing multiple drug related charges.