Television studio sets up in shop in Jellico

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By Beth Braden

The basement of the Jellico Civic Center will be the site of the new Channel 2 studios.

“We’ve been pursuing this since April of 2011, and they moved in, starting setting up Friday, which would have been Dec. 7,” said Jellico Mayor Les Stiers.

The channel is owned and operated by brothers Doc Hall and Steve Hall. They’ve been in business in Scott County for 20 years. They also have a channel in Whitley County, Ky.

“We do everything local, we’ll be doing local gospel programming, and yes we could have a cooking show. We do sports, local city council meetings, tourism, any city meetings we cover,” said Steve Hall.

The channel will pay $300 per month to rent the civic center’s basement, earning the town $3,600 in revenue per year.

Hall hopes the studio will be fully operational within a couple weeks, and 10 to 12 employees will be needed within the next year to operate cameras.

“We have really been received well in Jellico,” Hall said.

Hall looks forward to serving the community with local television programming.

“We do it for the community, that’s why we do it. We do it because we like people,”  he said.