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  • Interstate closures blamed for lower liquor revenue, business still good

    Caryville can thank the town’s two liquor stores for helping to line the coffers, but store owners say sales could have been even better had the interstate not been closed due to last spring’s landslide.

    “We didn’t experience the sale that we thought we would have just because the interstate was shut down for so long up on the mountain,” said John Davenport, owner of the Liquor Barn off exit 134.

    Between March and September, Caryville received $105,003 of tax money from the sale of liquor, an average of $15,000 per month.

  • FBCJ to host panel discussion for county youth

    Leaders at First Baptist Church of Jacksboro are inviting the county’s youth to sit in on a panel discussion about sin.
    “Anyone’s welcome to come, but it’s geared towards youth,” FBCJ youth leader Jeremy Adkins said.
    The Campbell County Youth Leaders Alliance has helped promote the event, and the Birdsong family will lead worship.
    “We’re inviting every church/youth group that wants to come,” FBCJ youth pastor Ben Spry said. “This is for middle school through high school. Not just high school.”

  • Board of education approves archery, sale of surplus land

    Campbell County students will soon have a new sport after an initiative by newest school board member Danny Wilson.

    “Archery is a good thing and it’s good for kids to learn and it’s a good sport,” he said.

    For $4,500, all schools will be able to have an archery program for male and female students. That money includes the costs of supplies as well.

    “They (the organizers) supply all the bows, all the arrows, and all the targets for that money,” Wilson said.

  • City of LaFollette and First Apostolic Church to host Trunk or Treat

    First Apostolic Church and the city of LaFollette will host the 11th Annual Trunk or Treat.
    Trunk or Treat will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Oct. 31 in the parking lot behind city hall.

  • Third annual Coats for the Cold accepting donations in Jellico

    Barrels around Jellico will soon be filled with coats, hats, scarves and gloves to make winter a little warmer for area residents.

    “No one should have to go cold in the winter time,” said Doris Stiers, one of the event organizers.

    Citizens are encouraged to donate their gently used coats and other winter gear at one of several locations in Jellico including Jellico City Hall, Union Bank, Jellico High School, and the Save A Lot grocery store.

  • Jellico fails to pay employees

    Twenty-one town employees found their bank balances a little thin after the town of Jellico came up $9,000 short of making payroll Monday morning.

    “I did not make payroll yesterday. It is the first time in 10 years,” said town recorder Linda Douglas on Monday.

  • CCHS sends care packages to European orphans

    Orphaned girls in Moldova received boxes of personal items, games and puzzles thanks to the work of the Campbell County High School Leo Club.

    The Leo Club, a branch of the local Lion’s Club, is a new organization at CCHS this year. The group’s faculty sponsor is Kyra Pierce. Student officers include president, Amber Morris; vice president, Kendall Irwin; secretary, Aubrey Rains; and treasurer Jordan Dowdy.

  • Marina owners concerned about new fee structure

    Marina owners are concerned about how the Tennessee Valley Authority’s new fee structure for public land use will impact Norris Lake’s economy.

    “On the whole, TVA is extracting up to $1 million from the Norris Lake economy,” said E. L. Morton, director of the Campbell County Chamber of Commerce, in reference to the new fee structure’s impact. Morton believes the new structure will have a statewide impact of about $20 million.

  • Early voting has begun

    In the wake of the second presidential debate, Campbell County residents began to make their choices as early voting began yesterday.

    In order to participate in this election, voters had to register by Oct. 8. There has been a rush to register, because of the amount of people who want to participate in the election.

    “We’ve been almost as busy sending out new voter registration forms as we were in the redistricting process,” Campbell County Administrator of Election Ann Ayers-Colvin.

  • Hit and run leaves one dead; investigation opened

    Police are investigating a possible hit and run fatality that occurred Tuesday night.

    Just after 11 p.m. Terenia D. Grubbs, of Middlesboro, Ky., was crossing Highway 25W in Jacksboro when she was struck by a vehicle. It was believed at that time the vehicle was a white pick up truck. Reports from the Tennessee Highway Patrol indicate the vehicle fled the scene.

    Grubbs was later pronounced dead. She had allegedly been drinking, the THP report said.