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  • Basista removed as power board attorney

    Terry Basista sat calmly before the Jellico power board last Wednesday as it voted unanimously to replace him as its attorney.

    Three members of the board, Darrell Byrge, Les Stiers and Charles Vermillion, called the special meeting for 3:30 p.m. The regular utility meetings are at 5 p.m. The single item on the agenda was to “replace board attorney.”

  • Two men arrested on Pine Mountain Road

     On Oct. 5, Officer Adam Jarboe logged two felony arrests.

    The suspects, Matthew Cobb, Jr. and passenger Robert D. Sweet, were in a black Chevrolet truck on Pine Mountain Road, Jarboe’s report said. Jarboe allegedly saw two syringes in the passenger floorboard. Jarboe got permission to search the vehicle, and officers allegedly found a white, powdery substance that resembled methamphetamine and a one-step methamphetamine lab in a tent bag in the truck’s bed.

  • New law shifts debit card costs from merchants to consumers

     Debit cards have become a convenient method for spending money.

    They have shaped spending habits to the point that many have gotten used to carrying less cash and writing fewer checks.

    “I use a debit card most of the time,” LaFollette resident Mary Shiveley said. “It’s a real convenience.”

    Shively feels safer using a debit card rather than carrying cash because if the card is lost or stolen she can stop the transactions.

  • China Hackler brings old-time culture to the area

     Students from Boston Elementary stepped back in time on Friday. They went on a field trip to the Old Fashioned Fall Fest where they visited China Hackler’s tent.

    Hackler displayed animals, homemade soap, churned butter and portrayed the culture of the area from times past.

  • Young surprised about deputy mayor hire

    Shock is the word David G. Young used to describe his reaction to being named the county’s newest deputy mayor.

    Already taking calls for the absent County Mayor William Baird on Monday, Young said he could not have been more surprised when he heard Baird on his answering machine last Thursday night telling him to report to work the following day.

    With a fresh feel for what it is like to be unemployed, Young said his desire to bring industry and new retailers to the area is strong.

  • Odor leaves residents with questions

    LaFollette stinks- literally.

    The smell began last Thursday and while corrective measures are in place, the odor lingers from Campbell County High School through the middle of the town.

  • Condition of road dominates workshop discussion

    Complaints about roads continued to plague county commissioners at Monday’s workshop.

    During a September meeting Commissioner Steve Rutherford requested the group look into finding funds to repair Ivydale Road. Citing the safety of school children traveling that route Rutherford said the condition of the road could be a matter of life and death.

    Last week the ways and means committee took on the issue of the road in hopes of hashing out a solution residents and the highway department budget could live with.

  • Jellico looks at growth plan before deciding which areas to annex

     Talks of annexation have had county residents around Jellico concerned since the beginning of September. That is when Jellico Mayor Les Stiers presented plans for annexation to the planning commission. 

  • Two arrested in handgun heist

    Reports of a stolen handgun ended with the arrest of two people.

    LaFollette Police Officer Charles Duff was on patrol when he was dispatched to the lobby of the police department on Oct. 5 to investigate allegations a gun had been stolen.

  • Water tank and raw wells project nears completion

     As the water tank and raw wells project nears completion, Jellico Electric and Water System has some final hurdles to jump.

    “We’re in the final stages of finishing up the project,” utility board member Les Stiers said at the Jellico Electric and Water System meeting Tuesday night.

    During the project, contracted to Allen Cozy of Cozy Excavating, there was some soil erosion and some roads put in the wrong places. This has caused problems for three property owners.