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  • Much needed police vehicles considered for CPD

    The Caryville Board of Mayor and Aldermen made several progressive decisions for the police department on Monday.

    Police Chief Johnny Jones pleaded with the board to purchase two vehicles for the department. A lengthy discussion took place about the pros and cons of purchasing new cruisers. Jones requested the purchase of an SUV for $23,921 and 2011 Crown Vic for $22,733. Both vehicles come with state contracts. Jones requested an additional $2,000 to outfit the vehicle with safety equipment for a total amount of $48,654.

  • Head Start announces enrollment

    Since 1965 Head Start has been preparing children for school. Four centers in Campbell County will be accepting applications for the upcoming school year.

    Children three-years-old by September can join the head start program. Additional criteria are reviewed said Faye Walden, family service worker for West LaFollette Head Start. The federally funded program provides free early childhood education to pre-school age students.

    Income and number of people in the household are among the criteria, said Walden.

  • Citizen brings complaint about road conditions

    Citizen complaints kicked off the Caryville Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting Monday. The roads off exit 141 are in major disrepair and industrial employees in the area are looking for a permanent fix to ease their work commutes.

    “See what we can do about a permanent fix instead of a gravel repair,” said James Gross concerning the condition of Luther Seibers Blvd.

    Mayor Robert Stooksbury said the roadway is tied to an industrial prospect.

  • Businesses fined for selling beer to minor

    The monthly beer board meeting in Caryville turned into a hearing as three establishments admitted to violating the law.

    Police Chief Johnny Jones told the Board of Mayor and Aldermen an undercover informant visited approximately seven gas stations and businesses known to sell beer. 

    Many of the businesses did not sell beer to the underage person, but the three caught doing so were at the beer board meeting Monday.

    “The ones that did were the Big Orange Tavern, Kwik-Stop and Takumi restaurant,” said Jones.

  • Overnight fire leaves one dead

    A house fire in Pioneer that left one person dead is currently under investigation.

    Just before 2 a.m. officials found the 501 Adam Hollow Lane road "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.

    The CCSD and state fire marshal are investigating the blaze that was deemed "very suspicious."

  • Florida murder case comes in to end in Campbell County

    In the early morning hours of Saturday a Florida man wanted for murder was arrested in Campbell County.

    It was the culimination of a four month long investigation that began in Marion County, Fla.

  • 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

    Feb. 28 - March 4

     

    Eddie Hughes to Eddie Hughes and Laquada A. Hughes, Dist. 5, $0.

    TW Osborne and Glenna Osborne to Cheryl Leach, Dist. 2, $500.

    Timothy D. Knight and Amy S. Knight to Sheri R. McDeerman, Dist. 3, $144,000.

  • Utility board discusses rate decrease to settle customer complaints

    In a time when the price of fuel, produce and other necessities are rising, the Jellico Utility Board was asked to consider a rate decrease for electricity.

    “The mayor has asked me to take a look at the financials and see if there is a possibility of doing a rate reduction,” said Jellico Electric and Water System General Manager Mike Bethurem.

  • LaFollette looking to clean things up

     Over 60 houses have been deemed unfit structures in LaFollette.

    Attempts to have property owners clean up or tear down houses have been ongoing, resulting in the LaFollette City Council’s decision to demolish many of them.

    The council previously approved the rental of track hoe equipment. Since then the list of 20 unfit structures has grown to 63.

    Approximately 37 of the property owners have been successfully contacted. Each one has given the city permission to demolish their structures and level the lots.

  • Housing grant applicants being awarded

    Grant applicants throughout Campbell County are about to get the news of a lifetime.

    Tennessee Housing Development Agency has awarded grants to Caryville, Jellico, LaFollette and Campbell County. Citizens from these four municipalities are currently being considered for comphrehensive home rehabilitation or complete reconstruction.

    The average amount awarded to each municipality is about $187,500. Less than 10 citizens applied for the grants in each area, and less than five will be put on a priority list for grant money.