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  • Citizen files Ouster suit

    Clarence Beck thinks Jellico Mayor Les Stiers needs to be fired.

    Beck, a Jellico resident, filed the Ouster suit in Campbell County Chancery Court last week.

    In  the suit Beck claims Stiers has repeatedly overstepped his authority as mayor. From buying property to awarding work without going through the proper channels Stiers has repeatedly subverted the town’s charter, according to Beck.

  • Festival honoring Armstrong is Saturday

    The Campbell Culture Coalition will host the sixth annual Louie Bluie Music and Arts Festival this Saturday at Cove Lake State Park.

    Festivalgoers will enjoy quality music, arts and crafts, a quilt show and an art show, festival spokesperson Lisa McCloud said.

  • Grants will provide more patrol, special DUI prosecutor

    Area law enforcement agencies are seeing an influx of funds.

    The Governor’s Highway Safety Office awarded over $200,000 in grants to Campbell County last week.

    The monies will be used to fund overtime, provide training and prosecute DUI offenders across the county.

    In the Eighth Judicial District, $153,156 has been provided for a special DUI prosecutor.

  • Couponing: Final tricks, tips and hints

    In the past three weeks, we’ve examined the ins and outs of saving money with coupons. I hope you’ve found the coupon crash course helpful and relevant. For our final week, we’ll go through my final list of tips and tricks.

    * Coupons are a great way to try out a new product at a discount price, but this is also where you can run into trouble. Don’t buy things just because you have a coupon. If you wouldn’t normally use it, don’t buy it just because you can get a good deal. That won’t save any money.

  • Jellico board names civic center, leases town garage

    The community center in Jellico has an official name after last Thursday’s meeting of the mayor and aldermen.

    “The reason I put this on the agenda is because we have the building leased for some gatherings and the people were asking what do you call it and is there a sign and so forth,” said city recorder Linda Douglas.

    Alderman Charles Vermillion motioned to name the center the Jellico Civic Center. The center is located at 690 S. Main Street in Jellico.

  • Jellico mayor announces plans to sell 70-acre plot

    Seventy acres of land behind Beech Tree Manor could soon be up for sale despite a lack of approval from the Jellico board of aldermen.

    Citing Section 4.09 of the town’s charter, Mayor Les Stiers said he has the power to sell the land without the board’s approval.

    “I’ve got to look out for the city and this council has not given or looked out to make any revenue for the city,” Stiers said.

  • Good Hope United Baptist Church to celebrate 168th homecoming

    Few churches in Campbell County can say they saw the Civil War begin and end. In Jellico, the Good Hope United Baptist Church was a fixture when Abraham Lincoln himself was a young man.

    On Oct. 9, 1844, a small church was started in present-day Jellico. In those days, before the coal rush, the town was known as Smithburg.  At that time, the area’s residents had to travel several miles to Jellico Creek Baptist Church in Kentucky for weekly worship. That changed when the Jellico Creek Baptist Church built Good Hope Meeting for the mountain’s residents.

  • Distress warrant to be issued to Caryville's Motel 8

    The town of Caryville is taking action against a property owner who is late with its taxes.

    A letter dated Sept. 21 was sent to the owners of the Motel 8 in Caryville informing them that a distress warrant will be issued for delinquent taxes if the money isn’t paid within 10 days.

    “We have to, by law, give them 10 days and then we can issue the warrant,” said Reid Troutman, Caryville’s attorney.

  • LaFollette Medical Center to host Gluten free meal

    LaFollette Medical Center will host LaFollette’s first Gluten Free Get Acquainted Celiac Lunch on Sept. 26 at noon.
    The purpose of the meal is to raise awareness of celiac and gluten sensitivity.
    Ninety-five percent of the people in the United States who have celiac remain undiagnosed, said Carolyn Acuff, from the Celiac Spruce Association.
    “People just don’t know about some of these things,” she said.
    Acuff has celiac, and didn’t know what it was when she was diagnosed.

  • The Shepherd’s Home Thrift Store to celebrate one-year anniversary

    The Shepherd’s Home Thrift Store will celebrate its one-year anniversary Sept. 27-29.
    Over the past year, the thrift store, which is located in Woodson’s Mall, has provided second-hand goods to the community.
    “We are serving well over 500 customers every week,” store manager Barbara Jo Sterrett said.