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  • New Jellico mayor and aldermen take oath Thursday

    An invitation has been extended to the public for the Jellico swearing in ceremony.

    The newly elected officials will fulfill the roles of office immediately following the ceremony at the monthly meeting. The swearing in ceremony will begin at 6 p.m. tonight, Nov. 18. A brief reception will be held before the board meeting at 6:30 p.m.

    Mayor-elect Les Stiers plans on making some appointments during the meeting, but others will be made at a later date.

  • Buffalo Bill

    Living out your dream can have multiple interpretations.

    However, for Bill Kincaid there is only one- walking among his own herd of buffalo.

    On a cool Saturday morning in November, Kincaid and his wife Shawn were feeding the enormous animals. Hauling pellets purchased from the local feed store out to the buffalos in an ATV, the couple looked comfortable among the sizeable mammals. When the blue plastic tub was opened to access the pellets, one of the buffalos moved closer.

    He knew it was feeding time.

  • Documentary will tell ghost stories of Red Ash

    Caryville is haunted­— based on local legend.

    The sounds of invisible trains and glowing eyes are some of the folklore associated with the coal tower and cemeteries of Red Ash.

    While the stories appear to be well known on the Internet and across the country, Haunted Homes and Places owner John Ward is trying to find some truth to the tall tales.

  • Commission approves additional bond for proposed justice center

    After taking a lengthy hiatus from the commission’s agenda, discussion of plans and funding for the proposed justice center were back on the table Monday night.

    That is when commissioners were asked to vote on a $2.6 million bond issue for the proposed facility.

    During the previous commission’s tenure the group voted in favor of issuing an $8.4 million bond for the building that will house additional prisoners as well as courtrooms and office space. However, it was later determined the addition would require more money than first anticipated.

  • Cooper going to jail for theft convictions

    A woman claiming she only wants to help the elderly has been sentenced to jail for six months for pilfering one of her charges.

    On Monday Greta Cooper took the stand at her sentencing hearing in criminal court, something she chose not to do at her trial.

    Attempting to explain the money the jury convicted her of stealing was actually a gift from a friend, Cooper insisted she had done nothing wrong.

  • Two young men found anti-meth organization

    It started with a t-shirt.

    The ‘I Hate Meth’ message on clothing has since spread to bracelets and car decals. But what started as a message on a shirt has expanded to mean something greater for Hate Meth founders Jonathan LuAllen and Toby Young.

    In early summer LuAllen and Young envisioned a cause to believe in based on the message printed on the shirt. Their cause produces a meth free Campbell County and a community proud of where they come from, according to Young.

  • Probation handed down in Terry case

    In court Monday, one time LaFollette Police Officer Daniel Terry pled guilty to criminal charges.

    For the former lawman, it was a switch of circumstances.

    After admitting he was guilty of statutory rape and official misconduct the 26-year- old was given his sentence. For the statutory rape charge, Terry was sentenced to two years judicial diversion while the other charge netted him two years supervised probation.

  • Snell sentenced for attempted child abuse

     By SUSAN SHARP

    sharp@lafollettepress.com

     

    A woman who drove into Cove Lake with her children strapped in the backseat of her car has pled guilty to felony charges.

    On Monday Amanda Snell agreed that in October 2009, she committed attempted aggravated child abuse and attempted aggravated child abuse with a child less than eight years of age.

  • Public Records Nov. 18

     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

    Nov. 8 – Nov. 12

     

    Mary Elizabeth Chapman and Elizabeth Chapman to JR Kitts and J R Kitts, Dist. 1, $58,300.

    David Escalante and Regina Escalante to John W. Leach, Dist. 5, $8,000.

  • Pill bottles spark investigation

    Caryville Police Department responded to a report about several trash bags full of pill bottles last Friday.

    Police Chief Johnny Jones went to the Holiday Inn in response to the complaint about the suspicious items.

    The hotel manager advised Jones t an employee was weed eating the property and discovered a garbage bag. The bag allegedly contained an abundance of pill bottles, according to the report.

    “I observed the garbage bag containing several pull bottles,” said Jones.