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  • Commissioners discuss FMS; Baird and Hatmaker clash

    Christmas cheer was not on the agenda as commissioners met in a marathon session Monday night.

    Jim Slusher, Financial Management System committee member, kicked things off by addressing the commission about concerns with the FMS.

    “The FMS needs to be abolished,” Slusher said noting the committee has been reduced to a body that does little more than approve purchases.

    Slusher pointed to the recent scandal with former board of education employees as an example of the inadequacies in the finance department.

  • Town of Caryville approves employee bonuses

    With several payments being made by the Caryville Board of Mayor and Aldermen on Monday night, a suggestion was made to lower the cost of utility bills.

    The athletic lights located in the Asbury Park ball field, have been paid in increments for over 10 years, according to Alderman Wade Lawson. The lights have been paid for but the town continues to make payments toward maintenance.

  • School changes total $98,000

    Foul weather last week forced meeting cancellations and left commissioners playing catch-up with a rescheduled budget and finance committee meeting on Monday night. 

    While there was little discussion about the 16 budget amendments on the agenda, realignments within the school department for salaries generated concern for some members of the group.

  • Chapman arrested for burglary

    A Lake City man added some new charges to his outstanding warrants.

    On Dec. 1 Det. Lt. Brandon Elkins received information from a victim that the fugitive had allegedly stolen items from his residence valued at approximately $1,800.

    Records indicate the victim contacted Elkins after locating two of his stolen firearms in the possession of a man who had purchased the guns from Charles Vincent Chapman, 47, of 308 Seventh Street, Lake City, for $150.

  • Working mom wins college scholarship for Christmas

    Five children and 26 years later, Darlene Brown of LaFollette is furthering her education. The decision to go back to school was difficult, she said. But Project Working Mom made it possible.

    The Project Working Mom scholarship program, developed by eLearners.com, held an essay contest from the web resource of Education Dynamics. Working moms or dads who wanted to earn an online degree could apply.

  • Alleged thieves cause major damage at Rarity Mountain

    A redesign of the golf course at Rarity Mountain was not part of the plan, but that is exactly what happened.

    Last Wednesday, the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department received information from a witness that two males allegedly were stealing copper from the vacant golf course.

    Deputy John Blankenship was able to stop Charles Bruce, 39, of 524 Douglas Lane, Jellico, and Charles Dustin Lewallen, 24, of 1223 Whistle Creek Road, Newcomb, at the intersection of Highway 90 and Highway 25.

  • Tobacco farming fades into the past- A way of life up in smoke

     Bill Spangler was attending a revival in his younger years where a guest evangelist began preaching about the evils of tobacco. It prompted one of the parishioners to remind the minister that he was standing on a church built with tobacco money.

    That was many years ago, said the 72-year-old Spangler, when nearly every farm in Campbell County counted tobacco as part of its revenue stream. Since then, the fourth-generation tobacco farmer has watched the industry crumble like a dry leaf of burley.

  • Public Records Dec. 23

     Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as or similar to other members of the community.

     

    Campbell County Property Transfers

    Dec. 13- Dec. 17

     

    Sonny Allen Hurst and Susan Michelle Hurst to Walter H. Siler, Dist. 5, $23,398.83.

    Shawn McGhee to Stonehenge Properties LLC, Dist. 3, $42,200.

    Douglas A. Elder to Roy Fantelli, Dist. 2, $27,667.67.

  • The year in review

     January

    When temperatures dipped below the freezing mark, Campbell County school officials made the call to operate schools on a delayed schedule. 

    Dennis Potter, county road superintendent, said his department also saw an involuntary decline in productivity related to the temperature.  While highway department crews may have lost time on routine projects, Potter said his department stayed busy getting ready for forecasted snow.

  • Local organization shows true meaning of Christmas

    This is the season for giving.

    And in the northern part of the county one local organization made a statement about helping others.

    At Our Father’s House in Morley on Saturday, hundreds of adults surrounded the ministry to receive boxes of food and bags stuffed with clothing and toys.

    But these items, spread out in different sections over the property, were extras. The real presents were for the children. Approximately 406 children received brand new toys wrapped in shining paper at the 20th annual event.