Local News

  • More details emerge from Jellico Fuelman card account

    Jellico is operating with 20 fewer Fuelman cards after findings from the comptroller.

    “This came about because the comptroller pointed us in that direction,” said Jellico Mayor, Les Stiers. 

    In mid-December, the town had 38 fuel man cards. That number is now at 18.

    The town only has 20 employees.

    Records from Jellico indicate on Dec. 12, there were 33 employees and 38 vehicles eligible to use Fuelman. By Dec. 20, that number was down to 16 employees and 19 vehicles.

  • Sanitation fee re-added to some customer’s bills; letters don’t account for list

    Some Jellico Electric and Water System customers may notice higher bills after the town tacked formerly unpaid sanitation fees onto the charges.

    During a Dec. 4 special called meeting, the mayor and board of aldermen was presented a list of 34 residential and 27 commercial customers who have not paid sanitation fees. That was set to change with the bills mailed out in December.

    Jellico resident Amanda Gurganas was one of the citizens listed. She has rented her home for almost four years.

  • Caldwell sees no relief in rape conviction

    Jackie Caldwell’s failure to properly prepare an appeal has gotten it dismissed.

    Caldwell was convicted of aggravated rape and is currently serving a 22 year sentence. However, she has continued to ask for leniency filing multiple motions and appeals.

    The latest was a request for post conviction relief. Caldwell, who filed the motion on her own, was contending the sentence given in her case was improper and her lawyer at trial was ineffective, according to the Tennessee Criminal Court of Appeals records.

  • Six apply for chancellor position

    Six candidates have submitted applications to replace the late Chancellor Billy Joe White. White’s death in Nov. 2012 meant that after 30 years his position in the judicial community was open.

    He served as the chancellor in the Eighth Judicial District which is comprised of Claiborne, Campbell, Scott, Union and Fentress Counties.

  • LaFollette City court judge sees charges dismissed

    Wes Hatmaker’s legal charges have been dropped.

    In October 2012, the attorney and LaFollette City Court Judge was arrested for driving for on a suspended license.

    However, since his arrest Hatmaker has taken the necessary steps to restore his driver’s license, according to a motion filed by Deputy District Attorney General John Galloway.

    As a result, the charges were dropped in December 2012, general sessions records indicate.

  • Public Records -Jan. 10, 2013



    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as or similar to other members of the community.



    JAN. 2 – JAN. 4

    David L. Blankenship and Regina Blankenship to Sabarina Walp, Dist. 4, $8,000.

    Charles Baird to Crystal Morgan, Dist. 3, $87,147.

    Ricky L. Hutson to Scottie Allen Sharp, Dist. 3, $150,000.

    United States Housing and Urban Development to Bradley Lynn Utley, Dist. 3, $23,150.

  • Jellico public utilities board raises base rate, extends Rowe’s contract

    The base rate for electricity in Jellico will rise on recommendations from Chris Mitchell of Chris Mitchell Management Consultants.

    “With the investments and the improvements you want to do for your system, you probably want a little more budget,” Mitchell said in a workshop before the regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday

    Currently, 21 cents of every dollar paid funds the distribution, leaving 79 cents for operating costs.

    In October 2012, the utility added $1 to the base rate. That move generated $42,000 for the system.

  • Jellico native publishes romance novel

    Jellico native Chasity Bowlin might be able to thank a case of the H1N1 flu for helping her publish her first novel, The Haunting of a Duke.

    “I caught swine flu. I was quarantined in my house for 11 days, and on my third day I ran out of things to read,” she said. “And I’d been writing for years, and I just dug back on the files on my laptop and reading some of the things I had written, and it just kind of sparked my interest again.”

  • Caryville board works to develop purchasing policy

    Caryville’s Board of Mayor and Alderman worked to outline a purchasing policy at a workshop on Dec. 27.

    Alderpersons Vickie Heatherly and Michael Miller were absent.

    “We want to see what kind of flow we have coming into the city,” said Caryville Mayor Chris Stanley.

    Stanley presented the board with a potential purchasing policy derived from parts of Tazewell, Norris, Jacksboro, and other surrounding town’s policies.

  • CC prepares for annual Point in Time count

    Campbell County will join 11 other East Tennessee counties on Jan. 24 for the annual Point in Time count, a look at the local homeless population.

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

    “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.