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  • Grand jury says no to charges

     Two police officers have been cleared on any criminal actions following last week’s convening of the grand jury.

    Jonathon Finley, former chief deputy for the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department, and Jason Henegar, a detective with the CCSD, were facing possible felony charges on Friday.

  • Planning commission moves to annex Highcliff and Bowlin Straight

     

    Last Thursday, the Jellico planning commission decided to move forward with its intentions to annex a 1,013-acre area east of Jellico. This area includes Highcliff and Bowlin Straight.

    Municipalities around Jellico that have grown have done so by small, incremental annexation, Mayor Les Stiers said.

    After going over the costs of providing benefits to people in this area, and the revenue Jellico could receive from it, the planning commission went to the heart of the matter, discussing some the people’s objections.

  • Two arrested on burglary charges

    The watchful eye of a utility worker helped police nab a couple of burglars last week.

    On Dec. 1, LaFollette Police Officer Stephen Wallen was called to investigate a burglary at Shoreline Circle. A local utility company employee reported he had seen two men carrying a flat screen television from Shoreline Circle into a wooded area. When the homeowner returned home just after 7:30 a.m. she discovered someone had broken into her home.

  • Thefts at impound lot prompt changes

    Thefts at the county’s impound lot have prompted changes in security.

    Aaron Evans, Campbell County Sheriff’s Department chief deputy, said on Nov. 20 Don Boshears, environmental services director, reported when he arrived at the Towe String Road convenience center around 7:30 a.m. the lock on the front gate was missing.

    After further inspection Boshears discovered the gate at the impound lot was open and the lock had also been cut, records indicate.

  • Hutson arrested on several charges

    Allegedly driving around with beer and a minor in the car proved to be costly for a Jacksboro man.

    LaFollette Police Officer Brian Tiller stopped Jerry W. Hutson, II, 28, of 431 Myers Street, Jacksboro, after he observed his vehicle weaving on Jacksboro Pike on Dec. 1.

    Tiller reported he detected the odor of alcohol coming from the car and could see two Bud Light cans in the floorboard in plain view.

  • Speedwell Academy celebrates old-fashioned Christmas

     On Dec. 17-18, Historic Speedwell Academy will open its doors to anybody interested in seeing an old fashioned Christmas.

    “We’ve been doing that for about 15 to 20 years now,” Historic Speedwell Academy hostess Lettie Russell said.

  • Couple nets list of charges

    Reports of a suspicious vehicle parked at the LaFollette Housing Authority’s Dewey Hunter Center led to a long list of charges for two people.

    On Dec. 4, LaFollette Police Sgt. Jason Marlow went to investigate reports of a white truck parked on S. 4th Street at the Dewey Hunter Center at around 7 a.m.

  • Intoxicated man allegedly found with pills at Rocky Top in Caryville

     Around 8:30 Saturday night, Caryville Police Officer Jim Wilson went to the Rocky Top Shell Station because of a complaint about a drunken man.

    When Wilson got there he found Kim Dewight Dearing, 41, 101 Georgia Street, Winchester, Ky., falling over the counter as he attempted to pay, his report said.

  • Child found wandering in town, one arrested

    A Dec. 2 incident left a man arrested and a child in protective custody.

    LaFollette Police Officer Stephen Wallen arrived at the John Brown Insurance Agency after receiving reports a young child was wandering around in the street in front of the building.

    At the scene Wallen reported finding a three to four-year-old girl, later determined to be the daughter of John and Melissa Chase.

  • Montclair partners with new company in bringing refinery to Jellico

     One year, one administration and two partner companies after Montclair signed a 90 day-contract with Jellico, the oil refinery and 50 jobs at the Taylor Machine Shop are still just on the horizon.