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  • Process to organize liquor store applications causes strife

    With the final additions to the liquor by the drink and package store ordinance in place the Caryville Board of Mayor and Aldermen are set for the second and final reading this month. But when the board attempted to prepare the application for liquor stores it seemed to hit a snag.

  • Scouts honor band of brothers

    One need only look as far as the local Boy Scouts for the embodiment of leadership.

    With 236 area youth taking part in the program that puts God, family and country above all else, examples of good deeds are abundant.

    On Tuesday night, the scouts honored a group of brothers whom they felt exemplify everything they stand for.

    The Baird brothers, Nolan, Nathan, Roy, Virgil, Chester and Adrion were presented with the 2011 Good Scout award in front of a crowd of family and friends. Nathan and Virgil were honored posthumously.

  • Judge leaves $250,000 bond intact

    A Tuesday morning bond hearing was to no avail for John Lowe.

    Coming into the hearing, Lowe was asking the court to reduce his bond from $250,000 to $50,000. He is currently charged in the death of his uncle Paul Cox.

    When police entered the home in Sept. 2010 they found an emaciated Cox covered with pressure ulcers.  He was also dead.

    “It was the most heartbreaking thing I have ever seen,” Campbell County Sheriff’s Detective Jami Hall said from the witness stand at the hearing. “It was like looking at a skeleton.”

  • LaFollette selects new chief

    It happened quickly.

    But in the end the LaFollette Mayor Mike Stanfield and Councilmen Hansford Hatmaker and Joe Bolinger voted to make Jimmie Jeffries the new LaFollette Police Chief.

    Councilwoman Stephanie Grimm made a motion to hire William Roehl. But the motion failed with a three to two vote. It was the same voting pattern that elected Jeffries as the new chief. Hatmaker made the motion for Jeffries, and just as quickly as the council voted no for Roehl the council voted three to two for Jeffries.

  • Large amount of cash and pills seized in traffic stop

    A traffic stop led to the discovery of cash and pills last Thursday afternoon.
    LaFollette Police Sgt. Joe Brown and Detective Lt. Monty Miller were aware Samuel Kenton West, 39, of 276 Adam Hollow Road, Pioneer had an outstanding warrant for his arrest in Scott County when they stopped him in the parking lot of the Corner Market.
    Travis David Williams, 27, of 1215 South Highway 25, was a passenger in West’s car at the time of the stop.  

  • New personnel policy put on hold

    Sometimes the cart gets put before the horse. This almost happened at a Jellico Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting last Thursday.

    A resolution to amend the personnel policy for all town employees was proposed by Alderwoman Pamela Jo Carbaugh for approval.

    “When I looked at this I was a little shocked,” said Carbaugh about several things in the existing personnel policy.

  • Council counts money for upcoming projects

    The City of LaFollette may have more money for projects than actual projects.

    At the monthly workshop on Monday, the council discussed the funds received from the Service Transportation Program (STP). About $400,000 is being provided to the city, which the council thought would be better spent on paving.

    “Since we just want to do paving it takes out all of the EPA stuff,” said Interim City Administrator Cade Sexton. “Otherwise we would have people going to environmental reviews.”

  • New business causes excitement in Jellico

    A visitor to the Jellico Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting brought with him a hopeful industrial prospect.

    The visitor, Michael Williams of Montclair Technology LLC., spoke about his plans to open a oil refinery, located on the property of the old Taylor Machine building.

    “Our company has developed a proprietary process to refine used motor oil,” said Williams. “It’s a valuable resource that can be turned back to a lubricant.”

    The company has six plants around the world in operation, according to Williams.

  • Baird says his job is in Campbell

    With rumors circulating that he will soon be making the move from local to state government, County Mayor William Baird maintains he is staying put.
    “I am not going anywhere,” Baird said following a meeting of the South Campbell County Rotary Club on Tuesday.  “I have not inquired about a job (in Governor Bill Haslam's administration) and I have not been asked.”

  • Rally will be fun and informative

    Campbell County High School is taking up the baton in educating students, but the lessons being taught this weekend at the school aren’t just for students.

    Everyone is invited to attend the I Hate Meth drug awareness rally on Friday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Music, food and demonstrations will be organized in the cafeteria, auditorium and gymnasium at the high school.