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  • Town of Jellico offers coat drive

    A box in the lobby of Jellico town hall is quickly filling up with warm jackets.

    It’s for a coat drive- a project that has never been done by the municipality. But a project Mayor Les Stiers said is needed in the Jellico community.

    On Dec. 3, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the donated coats will hang on racks for people in need to come and choose from.

    Stiers said the coats have been outgrown and discarded. They have been cleaned and prepared for the coat drive by several women in the community.

  • 'Tis the season for holiday activities

    Following a hefty lineup of Christmas events is another round of cheerful activity being offered next weekend. From Jellico to LaFollette, two scheduled events are being offered.

    Christmas in the City at Seargeant Park in LaFollette will be held on Dec. 11 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Crafters and food vendors will line the street of South Tennessee Avenue.

    Beginning at 6 p.m. there will be a Christmas tree lighting and music. A community choir will lead Christmas carols during the festivities. James Freeman has offered to emcee The Christmas Story for the audience.

  • Rucker target of TBI investigation

    A LaFollette Police Officer has been suspended without pay as the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation looks into his alleged conduct.

    Tony Rucker, a seven year veteran of the department was placed on unpaid leave last week pending the outcome of the investigation, said LPD Captain Jack Widener.

    Rucker stands accused of possibly taking bribe, according to Widener.

  • DUI and drugs keep officers busy

     

  • Daniels charged with attempted murder

     

    When staff at St. Mary’s emergency room called to report a possible assault victim was there to be treated authorities were not sure what they would find.

    Last Wednesday Campbell County Sheriff’s Detective Jami Hall was called to the emergency room to speak to a female in her late 20’s with a large gash on the left side of her forehead and another on the back of her head.

    The victim told Hall she was driving on Glade Springs Road when she noticed she was being followed by Shannon Daniels, 33, of 187 Mynatt Lane.

  • Public Records Dec. 2

     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

    Nov. 22- Nov. 29

     

    William R. Pease and Donna M. Pease to William R. Pease TR, Donna M. Pease TR and Pease Family 1990 Trust, $0.

    James Phillips and Kim Phillips to Mark Proffitt and Linda Proffitt, Dist. 3, $15,000.

  • Wilson charged with domestic assault

     

  • Labs found in home and cave

    An anonymous tip led to six arrests and the discovery of a meth lab last week.

    Around 8 p.m. Campbell County Sheriff’s Deputies Mike Owens and Ken Daugherty conducted a knock and talk at 159 Robin Road.

    At the residence the deputies reported immediately smelling a “funny” odor.  After gaining consent to search the trailer, Owens and Daugherty located an active meth lab that had been tossed out a back window. The components were still separating, according to authorities.

  • LaFollette Utility accepts tree trimming bids, plans upcoming projects

    Several items received approval at the LaFollette Utility monthly meeting on Monday . General Manager Kenny Baird said action was taken on three different items during the meeting.

    The first item of discussion was tree-trimming bids for 17 miles of new line construction in Caryville. Three bids were received, the high bid was $250,000 and the low bid was $38,750. A very large difference between the two bids led Baird to believe the high bid was basically a no bid.

    The board approved the low bidder, Wolf Tree Company, for the project.

  • EMS committee hears from angry employees

    Disgruntled ambulance service employees flocked to the courthouse Tuesday night to learn what if anything would be done to resolve a number of issues they allege are occurring within the department.

    The six-member EMS committee assembled to pose questions regarding the operation of the county’s ambulance service and to hear from employees who allege they have been victims of unfair personnel policies and practices instituted by director Danny Sheckles.