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  • Public Records for week of December 8, 2011

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

     

  • Indictments for week of December 8, 2011

      The following indictments were handed down last week by the Campbell County Grand Jury:

    •Annette Harness – extortion; theft more than $60,000; criminal impersonation; unauthorized solicitation for police; unauthorized solicitation for police across state boundaries.

    •Anthony M. Bowman – theft $500 -$1000.

  • A double celebration for the Muse family

     World War I; the Great Depression; World War II; the Apollo Missions; the Cold War; VCRs and space shuttles.

    All of these have come and gone in Zie Muse’s lifetime. Not many people make it to the century mark, but on Christmas day this year, Muse will.

  • Cieslak indicted in son’s death

     A woman accused of killing her newborn son has been indicted by the Campbell County Grand Jury.

    Last week Wanda Cieslak was indicted on four felony charges. She now stands charged with two counts of felony murder, aggravated child abuse and neglect and aggravated child neglect.

  • Grand jury says no to charges

     Two police officers have been cleared on any criminal actions following last week’s convening of the grand jury.

    Jonathon Finley, former chief deputy for the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department, and Jason Henegar, a detective with the CCSD, were facing possible felony charges on Friday.

  • Planning commission moves to annex Highcliff and Bowlin Straight

     

    Last Thursday, the Jellico planning commission decided to move forward with its intentions to annex a 1,013-acre area east of Jellico. This area includes Highcliff and Bowlin Straight.

    Municipalities around Jellico that have grown have done so by small, incremental annexation, Mayor Les Stiers said.

    After going over the costs of providing benefits to people in this area, and the revenue Jellico could receive from it, the planning commission went to the heart of the matter, discussing some the people’s objections.

  • Two arrested on burglary charges

    The watchful eye of a utility worker helped police nab a couple of burglars last week.

    On Dec. 1, LaFollette Police Officer Stephen Wallen was called to investigate a burglary at Shoreline Circle. A local utility company employee reported he had seen two men carrying a flat screen television from Shoreline Circle into a wooded area. When the homeowner returned home just after 7:30 a.m. she discovered someone had broken into her home.

  • Thefts at impound lot prompt changes

    Thefts at the county’s impound lot have prompted changes in security.

    Aaron Evans, Campbell County Sheriff’s Department chief deputy, said on Nov. 20 Don Boshears, environmental services director, reported when he arrived at the Towe String Road convenience center around 7:30 a.m. the lock on the front gate was missing.

    After further inspection Boshears discovered the gate at the impound lot was open and the lock had also been cut, records indicate.

  • Hutson arrested on several charges

    Allegedly driving around with beer and a minor in the car proved to be costly for a Jacksboro man.

    LaFollette Police Officer Brian Tiller stopped Jerry W. Hutson, II, 28, of 431 Myers Street, Jacksboro, after he observed his vehicle weaving on Jacksboro Pike on Dec. 1.

    Tiller reported he detected the odor of alcohol coming from the car and could see two Bud Light cans in the floorboard in plain view.

  • Speedwell Academy celebrates old-fashioned Christmas

     On Dec. 17-18, Historic Speedwell Academy will open its doors to anybody interested in seeing an old fashioned Christmas.

    “We’ve been doing that for about 15 to 20 years now,” Historic Speedwell Academy hostess Lettie Russell said.