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  • Communities will have chance to fight crime

    Nobody knows a community better than the people who live in it.

    That is what the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department is banking on in instituting a community crime watch.

    Beginning Feb. 3, the CCSD will host community watch organizational meetings. “We will be making the rounds through the county to get these up and going,” said Sheriff Robbie Goins.

  • Bomb threat shuts down courthouse

    An anonymous call to the Campbell County Circuit Court office last Thursday prompted a courthouse evacuation.

    Shortly after the county’s child support and juvenile courts had convened for the day a man called informing the staff there was a bomb in the courtroom, according to Circuit Court Clerk Bobby Vann. That was all the man said before he quickly hung up the phone, according to Vann. He didn’t specify which courtroom.

  • Arrest made in string of scrap thefts

    A bold move by the victim of a theft has led to criminal charges for a Lake City man.
    At around 11:40 a.m. last Monday a woman in the Cherry Bottom community reported a silver Nissan Frontier was on her property and the driver was allegedly loading up scrap iron from her barn.  After laying low and snapping some pictures of the man later determined to be Michael Lee Hallcox, 31, of 2789 Oak Grove Road, Lake City, the victim yelled out at him, Campbell County Sheriff’s Detective Preston Primm said.

  • Three people arrested in front of courthouse

    Three people didn’t have far to travel this week when they were arrested on meth charges.

    On Tuesday afternoon Campbell County Deputy Josh Vann stopped a car on Main Street in Jacksboro for traffic violation. As he questioned the occupants of the car, Vann noticed their behavior indicated they were hiding possibly hiding something.

  • Sheckles answers personnel and budget questions

    In light of recent conflict between the county’s ambulance service director and some of its employees members of the EMS committee met on Monday night to discuss the department’s policies and procedures.
    As committee chairman Alvin Evans opened the meeting for discussion he requested comments from commissioners be productive and the group refrain from attacks on Sheckles.
    “This is not a meeting to bash you because we have already bashed you,” Evans told Danny Sheckles, ambulance director.

  • Police Chief applications are stacking up

    Less than two years after reviewing applicants for police chief, the LaFollette City Council is at it again.

    The deadline for resumes is Friday. Earlier this week the council had a stack of seven applicants vying for the job with varying credentials.

    On Monday, Jan. 24, the council will review the applicants at the monthly workshop. It will narrow down the list for interviews or place interim city administrator Cade Sexton in charge of picking the top candidates

  • Campbell County schools make the grade

    After months of speculation regarding student performance for the 2009-10 school year the jury is finally in. 

    And the news is good.

    While Campbell County schools have historically been classified as the underdog with its two high schools teetering on the brink of state intervention at times, this year the system has accomplished something that in previous years seemed unattainable – all 12 schools in the district are in good standing.

  • MLK remembered at town hall event

    Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was the reason for a crowded room at the Jellico Town Hall Monday afternoon.

    Stories evoked both tears and laughter as King’s legacy was intermingled with the history of Jellico.

    “I can remember as a child, reading about what he stood for,” said Jellico Mayor Les Stiers of Martin Luther King Jr., being a fighter who believed in equal justice and non-violence. “I would just marvel at what he was trying to do and how he stood up for what he believed in and ultimately gave his life for it.”

  • Jellico Utility opens bids, plans to hire employees

    After opening three tree-trimming bids at the Jellico Utility Board meeting, members decided to create an in-house tree trimming operation.

    The bids included a large price tag of about $370,000 for 12 months of tree trimming, according to Jellico Utility General Manager Mike Bethurem. Instead of entering into a contract with a company, the board discussed hiring two or three new employees to handle tree trimming.

    The economic advantage of doing it in-house was a main motivation in the board’s decision to decide to hire new employees, said Bethurem.

  • Citizen’s request help for stray dogs

    An influx of citizen complaints took precedent at the Caryville Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting Monday night.

    Several complaints were about stray dogs on Park Road and Bruce Gap.

    “I’m about ready to kill one,” said one citizen. “I’m not going to be run back into my house by anyone’s dog.”

    Caryville Mayor Robert Stooksbury said the town does have a leash law. Stooksbury referred the citizen to animal control, saying the county has done a good job picking up stray animals.