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  • Murray files third lawsuit against county mayor

    Former Campbell County Environmental Director Dan Murray held the position for just five months before he was terminated at the beginning of March.

    It was enough time for him to file three lawsuits against the county and Mayor William Baird.

    In the most recent lawsuit filed in circuit court March 16, Murray claims his termination was based on physical handicaps. This act is being accused as a violation of his human rights.

    In this suit he is asking for nearly $1 million in damages.

  • Internal strife confronted at town hall meeting

    An attachment to the agenda brought up mixed emotions at the Jellico Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting last Thursday. The city recorder’s report was prepared for the board’s approval but additional concerns were addressed.

    City Recorder Linda Douglas said negative remarks about the audit and bookkeeping habits need to be addressed with the mayor or attorney and not with her.

    “Who do I complain to? We’ve got an audit that we should’ve had a year ago and we still haven’t got it,” said Alderman Alvin Evans.

  • Jellico lowers electricity rates

    The people have been heard in Jellico.

    Following numerous customer complaints about high utility bills the board of mayor and aldermen have abolished the utility board and set out to lower the rates themselves.

    Just five days after the utility board was abolished, the municipal board organized a special called meeting to lower electricity rates. The same two percent rate decrease not considered by the utility board earlier this month was approved by the new board of mayor and aldermen Tuesday.

  • CASA fundraiser has record support

    Crowds trickled in and out during Saturday afternoon as country and bluegrass music boomed from the gym at West LaFollette. The annual Bluegrass Breakdown is CASA’s largest fundraiser of the year, and this year was no exception.

    The Court Appointed Special Advocates raised over $12,000 with the help of corporate donations.

    Local businesses gave about $8,000 to the organization. The event auction and sales brought in close to $4,500.

    “This is fantastic,” said CASA of Campbell County Executive Director Renee Tackett.

  • Public Records

    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

    March 7 – March 12

     

    Janie Westbrook and Michael D. Westbrook to Freddie Heatherly, Dist. 1, $8,000.

    Mary Ellen Vinsant Allen to Peggy Lou Allen, Dist. 3, $4,000.

  • Former White Oak student shares story

    The excitement was palpable at White Oak Elementary as students and faculty listened to a visitor from NASA.

    Lisa Blue, electrical engineer, was once a student at White Oak. Blue made the decision to continue her education. Every person has the ability to do something great, said Blue to inspire the kindergarten through eighth grade classes.

    Blue is currently an upper stage avionics and software manager for the Ares Program- designing an essential component of the space shuttle.

  • Board reviews package store regulations

    In response to a lengthy document prepared by Fred Cole, the Caryville Board of Mayor and Aldermen discussed an amendment to the ordinance establishing liquor regulations. But in the end nothing was changed.

    Cole requested the board remove or lower the 100 feet distance requirements of package stores from residential areas. Alderman Michael Miller said the proposal made sense. A package store building couldn’t be built off exit 132 because residential areas encompass much of the industrial area, said Miller.

  • County powers act is hot topic for commission

       

    The county powers act raised questions and tempers at Monday's commission workshop.

    For a second month in a row Robert Henson addressed commissioners about the resolution passed by the group during its December meeting.

    When County Mayor William Baird asked Henson to hold his comments to the five minute time frame provided for citizens wishing to address the court Henson balked arguing that he needed time to interact with commissioners on the issue.

  • Fire under investigation

    An early morning house fire in Pioneer that left a woman dead is under investigation

    The Tuesday morning blaze has been deemed "very suspicious" by authorities.

    Just before 2 a.m. on Tuesday officials found the 501 Adam Hollow Lane home "fully engulfed," said Campbell County Chief Deputy Jonathan Finely. Joyce Powers, 45, was found dead inside the home.

    "There were other people in the home at the time of the fire who suffered minor injuries," Finely said. However, police aren't releasing their names.

  • Murder suspect found in Caryville

    A Florida fugitive is continuing his stay at the county jail.

    In the early morning hours of Saturday James T. Carlton was arrested in Campbell County on a Florida warrant charging him with first-degree murder and robbery with a firearm.

    The arrest was the culmination of a four month long investigation that began in Marion County, Fla.