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  • Caryville learning liquor laws

    Large folders and packets stapled and labeled cluttered the boardroom table at Caryville Town Hall Monday night.

    These piles of information were intended to educate the Caryville Board of Mayor and Aldermen on the procedures for passing liquor by the drink and package store resolutions.

    Around the room, citizens were outspoken as they sought information on how to open a package store. The board members also asked questions concerning state regulations.

  • Landslide closes Davis Creek Road

    The harsh weather made its first mark this week as a rockslide closed a main county road for possibly several days.

    Five miles past Duff on Davis Creek Road in Campbell County, a severe rockslide blocked traffic. The road closed at 12 a.m. Wednesday and is not expected to reopen till after Thursday.

    Campbell County Road Superintendent Dennis Potter said the slide was bad on Davis Creek. Another mudslide partially closed Nicks Creek Road in Stoney Fork, said Potter. Both slides were caused by excessive rainfall in the past two days, said Potter.

  • Justice center continues to dominate commission agenda

    If the wheels of justice turn slowly, the ones responsible for propelling the justice center forward are all but stopped.

    After years of debate, funding challenges and design changes, it seemed the on again, off again project that would add jail space as well as courtrooms and offices was back on track when commissioners said yes to a supplemental $2.6 million bond issue at their Nov. 15 meeting. 

  • LaFollette elected officials take office

    The LaFollette City Council got a fresh face on Monday night as the newest elected officials take office.

    Councilman Joe Bolinger and newly elected councilwoman Stephanie Grimm were sworn in together during a special ceremony prior to the workshop meeting.

    Bolinger and Grimm repeated the oath of office as retired Circuit Court Judge Conrad Troutman led the ceremony. Joined by their family and friends the two elected officials were pleased to take their office seats.

  • Catch a glimpse of Santa this weekend

    Campbell Countians are pulling on their hats and mittens this weekend to kick start the holiday season with a variety of events.

    From nativity scenes to Christmas parades, people should be filled with the Christmas spirit from one side of the county to the other.

    On Friday and Saturday, Dec. 3, 4 the Jellico Church of God has invited the public to enjoy hot chocolate and view a live nativity scene. Located on Florence Avenue, the event will run from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

  • LaFollette Council to set times for Sunday beer sales

    With a mix of old and new members seated at the table, the LaFollette City Council began looking to the future on Monday evening.

    City attorney Reid Troutman told the council one item was looming that would require action. With the town of Caryville voting to allow liquor sales, beer sales on Sunday would now be open throughout the county. LaFollette’s only decision will be to establish a start time for the sales, Troutman said. He told the council that at next week’s meeting, more information would be available for discussion.

  • Disabled child assaulted, two face charges

     

    A mother and her boyfriend are facing charges of aggravated child abuse and neglect.

    The youngest of Maria C. Higgins children was taken to St. Mary’s Medical Center on Saturday because of injuries Higgins allegedly caused. The father’s sister observed severe bruising on the four-year-old girl’s body, according to the report.

    Caryville Lt. Stephanie Smith responded to the emergency room along with the Department of Children’s Services.

  • New Jellico Mayor and Aldermen get down to business

    With standing room only in the boardroom, Mayor Les Stiers announced his excitement to help lead Jellico in a new direction.

    “This is a new beginning in Jellico and we have a new council,” said Stiers to the crowded room of Jellico citizens. “We have a lot of work to do, but the main thing is we are ready to get to work and I would like to call this meeting to order.”

    A long pause was given for citizen grievances. But the people in the audience were silent, waiting for the meeting to resume.

  • Jellico CEO resigns

    David Butler has accomplished many things in the past eight years with Jellico Community Hospital. That is why his resignation is a sad event for the Jellico community.

    Amidst his responsibilities as CEO, Butler was able to launch an aggressive outpatient strategy in the neighboring community of Williamsburg, Ky. He has implemented an updated computer system and helped build a functioning vascular program, said Executive Director of Business Development for Jellico Community Hospital Jason Dunkel.

  • Jail project hits another snag

    Just days after voting to approve a supplemental $2.6 million bond issue that would provide additional funding for the proposed justice center it seems the project has hit another roadblock.

    On Nov. 18 Jeff Marlow, finance director sent a letter to County Mayor William Baird outlining the situation.