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  • Brown arrested on drug charges

    Suspicious activity at an abandoned house led to an arrest last Friday.

    Campbell County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Darrell Mongar and Sgt. Jason Heatherly were dispatched to investigate activity at 328 Oak Run Lane.

    When officers pulled into the driveway they observed MaDonna Marie Brown, 29, of 865 South High Knob Road, in a white Ford Ranger truck.

    According to Mongar’s report, a box of baking soda was observed on the dash of the vehicle and a spoon with residue was also located in plain view on the passenger’s side floor board.

  • Commissioners blow through discretionary funds

    The suggestion to relinquish discretionary monies to assist the highway department brought unexpected news at a recent budget and finance committee workshop.

    When Commissioner Beverly Hall proposed the group relinquish its discretionary funds to foot some of the $96,000 bill, it was learned that wasn’t an option.

  • CHET shares $223k grant

    Two area non-profit agencies are coming together with a sole purpose- to better the lives of three Campbell County families.

  • Bridge bumps business

    Six feet from the front door of Rutherford Motors is an unsightly construction easement for the new bridge on Jacksboro Pike.

    Tommy Rutherford’s father established the business in 1946. In 2003 Rutherford moved the business next to Campbell County High School. But the family operated business is now faced with being condemned because of ongoing bridge construction.

    Rutherford said he was notified about the future of his business via the U.S. Postal System.

  • Jellico plans meeting for third consecutive week

    The Jellico Mayor and Aldermen are handling business in special call meetings before and after the monthly meetings.

    For the third week in a row, Jellico has scheduled an evening meeting. With significant business discussed at the Sept. 8 special called meeting, the regular meeting on Sept. 16 may have seemed obsolete. However, the monthly bills still require payment, an item usually handled during the regular scheduled meetings, said city recorder Linda Douglas.

  • Civil War Council planning annual toy run

    With just over three months left until Christmas, the Caryville Civil War Council (CCWC) is already making its list and checking it twice.

    The all volunteer group is in the middle of planning its annual toy run to benefit needy families during the holiday season.

    This year marks the ninth time engines have roared to raise funds for needy families.

    It is all about helping others, said Larry Collier a founding member of the CCWC.

  • Stooksbury asks board for commitment

    During a special called meeting of the Caryville Board of Mayor and Aldermen, Mayor Robert Stooksbury requested the board’s consideration about employee hours.

    Though the meeting was called to pass the 2009 building codes in its final reading, the mayor got silent as he seriously addressed the board.

    “I wanted to talk about and get a consensus that the 32 hour situation be a last resort,” said Stooksbury.

  • Hawkins charged with growing pot

     Being jailed in another county didn’t stop Clyde Lynnie Hawkins from racking up charges in Campbell County.

    According to Det. John Long of the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department, he received an anonymous tip regarding marijuana being grown on the property at 360 Little Cove Creek Road.

    “We went to the address to conduct a knock and talk and observed the marijuana growing in plain sight on the property,” Long explained.

  • Old fashion Fall Festival slated for next weekend

    Autumn begins today. With its arrival the annual Jellico fall festival will have a celebration highlighting the old fashioned heritage of the area.

    Craft vendors will line the sidewalks and live entertainment will grace the stage on Oct. 1 and 2 at the Veterans Park in downtown Jellico. Merchants will open at 10 a.m. both days and the stage will have an open mic from noon. to 5 p.m.

    Performances are scheduled on the dance floor and with demonstrations, including China Hackler who shows children how to milk a cow, make butter and grind corn to make hominy.

  • McCullah trades comforts of home for 11-month mission

     Where in the world is Cody McCullah?  That is a question the LaFollette native’s family and friends will likely be asking a lot over the next 11 months.

    McCullah said he was cruising along in his life as a graduate student and finance company analyst when he attended a conference with his church that made him begin to question the direction of his life.