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  • Alleged thieves cause major damage at Rarity Mountain

    A redesign of the golf course at Rarity Mountain was not part of the plan, but that is exactly what happened.

    Last Wednesday, the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department received information from a witness that two males allegedly were stealing copper from the vacant golf course.

    Deputy John Blankenship was able to stop Charles Bruce, 39, of 524 Douglas Lane, Jellico, and Charles Dustin Lewallen, 24, of 1223 Whistle Creek Road, Newcomb, at the intersection of Highway 90 and Highway 25.

  • Tobacco farming fades into the past- A way of life up in smoke

     Bill Spangler was attending a revival in his younger years where a guest evangelist began preaching about the evils of tobacco. It prompted one of the parishioners to remind the minister that he was standing on a church built with tobacco money.

    That was many years ago, said the 72-year-old Spangler, when nearly every farm in Campbell County counted tobacco as part of its revenue stream. Since then, the fourth-generation tobacco farmer has watched the industry crumble like a dry leaf of burley.

  • Public Records Dec. 23

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

     

    Campbell County Property Transfers

    Dec. 13- Dec. 17

     

    Sonny Allen Hurst and Susan Michelle Hurst to Walter H. Siler, Dist. 5, $23,398.83.

    Shawn McGhee to Stonehenge Properties LLC, Dist. 3, $42,200.

    Douglas A. Elder to Roy Fantelli, Dist. 2, $27,667.67.

  • The year in review

     January

    When temperatures dipped below the freezing mark, Campbell County school officials made the call to operate schools on a delayed schedule. 

    Dennis Potter, county road superintendent, said his department also saw an involuntary decline in productivity related to the temperature.  While highway department crews may have lost time on routine projects, Potter said his department stayed busy getting ready for forecasted snow.

  • Local organization shows true meaning of Christmas

    This is the season for giving.

    And in the northern part of the county one local organization made a statement about helping others.

    At Our Father’s House in Morley on Saturday, hundreds of adults surrounded the ministry to receive boxes of food and bags stuffed with clothing and toys.

    But these items, spread out in different sections over the property, were extras. The real presents were for the children. Approximately 406 children received brand new toys wrapped in shining paper at the 20th annual event.

  • Cold weather brings cautionairy tips from utility companies

     

    No electrical power outages were reported with the first wave of bad weather this week. LaFollette and Jellico Utility Companies said customers were not faced with any problems this week as temperatures dipped into the single digits. While customers fared well this week, the utility provided tips for consumers to save energy and stay warm this season.

  • Highway department works around the clock to clear roads

    As the snow fell all around them, highway department crews operated 12 trucks and two graders throughout the night on Sunday. Campbell County Road Superintendent Dennis Potter said many roads had to be re-plowed as the snow continued to pile up.

    School and business closures kept many people at home Monday, which was for the best, according to Potter. 

    “People should stay at home as much as possible,” said Potter about citizens avoiding dangerous road conditions.

  • Christmas comedy comes to Indiana Avenue

    Tickets have sold out for the only showing of “A Cricket County City Christmas.”

    The comedy dinner theater at Indiana Avenue Baptist Church this Friday will feature local actors, some deputing for the first time on stage.

    The script was taken from a playhouse company and features two related families coming together for the holidays with very different personalities.

  • Iconic building bites the dust

    While progress often indicates something new and improved, the “out with the old” mentality is often necessary to achieve it. And so it goes with the old Caryville Elementary School building.

    On Tuesday, area residents traveling to the interstate for their morning commute likely noticed some striking changes to the building that has been a local landmark for more than half a century.  For some like board of education chairman, Mike Orick, the start of demolition struck an emotional chord.

  • Board establishes search committee; discusses retiree insurance

     

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    The Campbell County Board of Education took steps to move the search for a new director of schools along on Tuesday evening.