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  • Vanderbilt nurses host Zumba and storytime at Jellico

     For the third year, nurses from Vanderbilt University Hospital will host a story time at Jellico’s Public Library while they visit the town.

    “We’re just so lucky to have them,” library director Mark Tidwell said.

  • McCollum gets probation

     Gregory Jason McCollum will serve six years of supervised probation and pay $60,000 restitution after pleading guilty to arson in Campbell County Criminal Court on Feb. 7.

    Around May 2006, McCollum set fire to the clothing section in Wal-Mart, Jacksboro Police Chief Danny Chapman said.

  • Jellico utilities gives Rowe $70,000 annual salary

     General Manager Billy Rowe’s salary will cost Jellico Electric and Water System $30,000 less than the previous manager’s.

    Rowe was hired as general manager at a special called meeting on Feb.1. On Tuesday night, the utility board approved his new annual salary of $70,000.

  • CHET operations now serving public under one roof

     Community Health of East Tennessee’s new facility offers more space for its medical clinic.

    “We are proud of this building,” CHET CEO Teresa Dabney said. “We’re just very honored to have it available to serve our patients in a more effective manner.”

  • Jacksboro couple celebrates 74 years of marriage

     I do.

    Aretha and Luther Cox have come a long way since their wedding vows. On Feb. 5, the couple celebrated their 74th anniversary.

  • Warrant results in thousands in seized cash, vehicles and pills

    It’s been just over a month since local law enforcement agencies’ combined effort led to the seizure of thousands in cash and prescription drugs. And last week last week another search warrant yielded more of the same.

  • Four arrested on meth charges

    A traffic stop for running a red light led to much more serious charges for the driver and three passengers.

    On Feb. 10, LaFollette Police Officer Matthew Sandefur stopped a truck driven by Tabitha Chanin Carroll, 23, of 3416 Cave Springs Road, at around 10 p.m. for failing to stop at a red light at the intersection of First Street and Central Ave.

    Sandefur reported smelling a very strong chemical odor consistent with the production of methamphetamine as he approached the vehicle.

  • Commission makes another run at filling seat

    Hopes of getting the third district commission seat filled this month were dashed at Monday’s workshop meeting.

  • Board recognizes SRO; discusses voting machine

    The Campbell County Board of Education took care of the sometimes mundane tasks needed to run a school system on Tuesday night. With a relatively short agenda before them board members took care of business in relatively quick order and with little debate at their Valentine’s Day meeting.

  • Answers sought in decade old case

    It has been nearly 11 years since David J. Byrge’s family has seen him.

    For years his birthday and holidays have been marked with sadness. While once a reason to celebrate, these days are now just a reminder that he is missing.

    Byrge’s disappearance was initially reported June 18, 2001. From that day the case has been intermittently investigated. Each time officers with the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department looked into Byrge’s vanishing they found nothing to indicate what had happened to the 21 year old.