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  • Jellico denies Sunday beer sales

     Some citizens were in tears and others appeared angry as the Jellico Board of Mayor and Aldermen prepared to take action on Sunday beer sales last Thursday.

    Following Caryville’s November vote to allow liquor sales Caryville and the county are required to set hours for Sunday beer sales. The remaining municipalities in Campbell County can be included or opt out completely.

    The Jellico board unanimously decided to stay away from selling beer on Sunday after hearing a magnitude of concerns from the community.

  • Junior Chamber meets with mentors

     The 2010-11 Campbell County Leadership class has chosen to assist the county’s youth for its service project.

    Each service project is aimed at giving back to the community for growth and development. For leadership member Cindi Reynolds helping the youth is the best way to give back.

    As part of the project the group wrote a grant to Tennessee Association of Community Leaders. The grant awarded $250 to the young group to be used as seed money for more projects.

    “Have to have money to make money,” said Reynolds.

  • Arrest made in Subway robbery

    Grabbing a couple of bags of chips on the way out of Walmart's Subway restaurant meant serious charges for a LaFollette man.
    Last Wednesday Jacksboro Police Officer James Skeans went to the restaurant to investigate reports of a robbery. Records indicate the victim said a man came into the store and grabbed two bags of chips before starting to leave. When the victim told the man to stop he allegedly said he would take all her money which put her in fear for her life, the report said.

  • Stagnolia arrested for drugs and weapons

    Drugs and weapons are rarely a good combination. But a LaFollette man was allegedly found with both.
    Last Friday LaFollette Police Officer Matthew Sandefur was dispatched to Wendy's restaurant to investigate reports of a possible drug transaction. Although the vehicle in which Dion Charles Stagnolia, 34, of 1211 West Ash Street, was a passenger had already left the scene when Sandefur arrived, the officer located the truck traveling west on Jacksboro Pike.  

  • Jellico proposing new ordinances and plans

     

    Jellico Mayor Les Stiers has big plans for Jellico.

    Last Thursday, Stiers suggested the purchase of a 16,000 square foot building and more ordinances to move the town forward.

    Stiers addressed the board about the need for a community center. A rural community development grant would be used to construct a facility or acquire a building, he said.

    “It’s sad when our kids have to go to Williamsburg to have their dances,” said Stiers. “We are trying to change that.”

  • State building permits create local confusion

    The subject of residential building permits has created quite a buzz in recent weeks.  
    Although Campbell County has issued building permits for $11.50 through the county court clerk’s office for years talk of the state’s relatively new building codes enforcement program had even the county’s legislative body stumped at last week’s workshop meeting.

  • FMS drops business license requirement for vendors

    After taking care of some run of the mill bid approvals members of the FMS committee took on a more complicated agenda item.
    When committee members were asked to consider approving the amended business license section of the county’s current purchasing policy Dennis Potter, road superintendent, was the first to speak up in opposition.

  • Jail project stays on track

    Plans for the proposed justice center and jail addition lived to see another day despite attempts by some commissioners to force the exploration of other options for the projects.

  • Perkins pleads guilty to vehicular homicide

    It was an emotional proceeding as Mark Perkins pled guilty on two counts of vehicular homicide in court Tuesday.

    Perkins was charged following a fatal accident with another vehicle in June 2010. Aaron Hardwick, 17, and Johnson Khoshaba, 18, were killed in the accident after their car swerved off the road and struck a concrete wall.

    Khoshaba was attempting to pass Perkins when both vehicles exceeded the posted speed limit, according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol report.

  • Smith enters plea in abuse case

       

    While the men in Joseph Smith’s troop have continued to fight in the War against Terror, he has continued his own battle.

    As they have worn fatigues each day, Smith has worn a jail jumpsuit.

    However, on Tuesday, Smith waved a white flag, choosing to end his court battle with a plea.

    Initially charged with aggravated child abuse and aggravated child neglect or endangerment, he pled guilty to the reduced charge of aggravated assault.