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  • Commission hears proposal for private ads on county land

    At Monday’s county commission workshop, businessman Fred Cole spoke to the county commission about opening county land to private sector advertising.
    This proposal is a way for the county to generate revenue without a tax increase, Cole said.
    “I think we’re leaving money on the table we could be bringing in,” Cole said.
    Some of the commissioners, such as commissioner Steve Rutherford, expressed concern over the possibility the county would have to let anybody advertise on its property.

  • Elk Valley house fire initially reported as plane crash

    Reports of a plane crash led law enforcement and emergency responders to Elk Valley Sunday night. While there was a house fire and car accident, the investigation found no evidence of a plane crash.
    “We had two calls (stating) that a plane had gone down,” Campbell County E911 Director Charlie Hutson said. “They (the callers) thought it was a plane crash. They evidently saw something, I don’t know what they saw.”

  • Budget and finance committee passes 22 resolutions

    Monday night, the budget and finance committee passed 22 resolutions.
    Among these was a resolution to use $85,000 from the undesignated fund balance to pay for structural review services and the cost of developing project plans and specifications to allow the probable structural work at Campbell County High School to be solicited, Jeff Marlow said.
    Committee member Bobby White asked about the overall life of CCHS.
    “We’re pouring money down a rat hole,” he said.

  • FBCL to host fundraiser

    On Aug. 31, Reba Wilson received a new home through the Tennessee Manufactured Housing Foundation’s Home Replacement Program. Wilson was able to obtain the home because someone paid forward. Now it’s Campbell County’s turn to help.
    Wilson’s former home had fallen into disrepair, and she qualified for a new one through the TMHF’s new home replacement program.
    “This is like extreme makeover for someone,” said Dr. Duane Mills, pastor of First Baptist Church of LaFollette.

  • Campbell County will take part in tri-state prayer rally

    On Nov. 4, Campbell County will join seven other counties and raise its voice for help in taking back its community.
    “The purpose of the events, is a cry for help,” said Dr. Duane Mills, pastor of First Baptist Church of LaFollette. “We’re in a mess.”

  • County court clerk hit with second lawsuit

       A former county employee is alleging she lost her job because she knew too much.

    Last week, Maria Partin filed suit in Campbell County Circuit Court against her former boss county court clerk Debbie Wilson. Wilson is being sued in her individual and official capacity.  The county was also named as a defendant in the suit.

  • Cemetery tour, ghost walk, to entertain history buff

    Addison Bowman Cemetery will come to life on Oct. 20 when re-enactors portray the lives of the cemetery’s residents.

    Joe Stephens of the Campbell County Historic Society has led a cemetery tour for the society each fall for several years. This year’s tour will be a little different from years past in how visitors experience the reenactments. Instead of the entire tour moving together from grave to grave, attendees will be free to move around among the actors.

  • Animal advocates outline shelter requests, plans for volunteer program

    Local animal advocates came to Monday’s county commission meeting with nine ideas about how to work with the staff at the Adrion Baird animal shelter.  Additionally, they outlined eight ways in which volunteers could assist the shelter.

    “Our organization would like to work with commissioners and shelter staff,” said Michelle Davis, local animal rescuer and transporter.

  • Caryville plans could put 100 to work

    One hundred people will be put to work as part of two projects in Caryville.

    The board of mayor and aldermen unanimously approved two motions to ask Caryville-Jacksboro Utilities to relocate water, sewer and fire lines with the developer for the projects paying all costs.

    Caryville Mayor Robert Stooksbury was unable to reveal the name of the developer.

    The first project will move lines at a project site off of Exit 141. Up to 75 people could be employed there.

  • Monetary benefits to Campbell County veterans continues to increase

      For the sixth year in a row, the Veteran’s Affairs Office increased the amount of money it has given to area veterans.

    “We break a record every year,” said Kevin Walden, director of the Campbell County Veterans Affairs Office. “It’s exciting to be on top as usual, and we give God the glory for it. It’s not us, it’s Him in us.”

    Since 2005, the amount of money the VA has given to veterans in Campbell County has increased.