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  • Jellico couple arrested after four-month investigation

    A husband-wife duo was arrested after police allege they were selling narcotics.

    The pair, Ted and Thelma Alsip of Hoot Owl Hollow Road in Jellico, originally drew attention of the Jellico Police Department after they received word about alleged acts happening in Veterans’ Park, according to police.

    After evidence was gathered, it was presented to the Campbell County Grand Jury, who then issued true bills for the Alsips.

  • Utility companies, highway department prepared for winter weather

     

    Campbell County is one of 12 East Tennessee counties to take part in today’s Point in Time count, a look a the local homeless population.

    By counting the homeless, the county becomes eligible for grant money to help fund permanent housing for the homeless.

    “Our whole purpose in this is to cooperate with HUD to make us eligible for grant money for our housing and persons here in Campbell County,” said Debi Mikesell, one of the event’s organizers.

  • Health specialists recommend getting flu shots

    While many in Campbell County have been sick, few have come to LaFollette Medical Center with the flu.
    “We are seeing lots of sick people, mimicking flu symptoms,” said Amanda Seiber, employee health nurse at LaFollette Medical Center. “But it’s turned out it’s more or less (cold). Of all the cases tested (for flu), the volume is very low. Our numbers are low at the time being.”
    Flu symptoms include: fever, aches, chills, cough and runny nose, Seiber said.

  • Point in time count to take place today

    Campbell County is one of 12 East Tennessee counties to take part in today’s Point in Time count, a look a the local homeless population.

    By counting the homeless, the county becomes eligible for grant money to help fund permanent housing for the homeless.

    “Our whole purpose in this is to cooperate with HUD to make us eligible for grant money for our housing and persons here in Campbell County,” said Debi Mikesell, one of the event’s organizers.

  • LaFollette accepts repair bid

    At a special called meeting on Jan. 18, the LaFollette City Council approved a bid from Dixie Roofing to repair the roof over the Police Department.
    “Mike, fix the leak,” Mayor Mike Stanfield said to Mike Malicoat, owner of Dixie Roofing.
    Dixie Roofing had the low bid of $21,976.
    The council had voted to advertise for bids at the regular meeting on Jan. 8. The council adjourned in session and reconvened Friday for a special called meeting to accept a bid.

  • Jellico asks to borrow money from utility company; employees’ insurance cancelled

    Jellico Electric and Water Systems could find itself in the banking business depending on what the comptroller says.

    In a Jan. 14 letter from Jellico Mayor Les Stiers to the comptroller’s office, he outlines some of the town’s financial troubles, and then asks for approval to request a $225,000 loan from the utility service.

    “My message to the comptroller is there up front. We have three large ominous bills staring us in the face,” Stiers said on Tuesday.

  • Sexton resigns as interim city administrator

    As the LaFollette City Council gathered on Jan. 18, interim city administrator Cade Sexton’s seat was noticeably vacant. Silence hung in the air as officials waited to begin the special called meeting. However, before the business of the meeting was attended to, Mayor Mike Stanfield read Sexton’s resignation letter.

  • Commission approves project, rejects its funding source, then reconsiders both

    Tuesday, the county commission had to reconsider two of its actions after approving a board of education project and then voting down its funding source.

  • Boats at Whitman Hollow Dock burn in blaze

    A morning marina fire has caused nearly $100,000 in damages.

    But it could have been worse, according to Chuck Samples, owner of Whitman Hollow Marina in LaFollette.

  • Pleas settled with criminal court cases

     The following cases were resolved in criminal court with the use of plea agreements:

    Matthew Mills – assault, theft of property under $500; time served, relieved of paying obligations.

    Chester B. Toler – theft over $60,000; supervised eight years probation upon release from custody, court costs, ECF of $75, restitution of $18,004.

    Sam Morris – DUI, violation of Tennessee financial responsibility, simple possession of schedule II; split confinement of 83 days, unsupervised probation, fine of $1200, court costs.