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  • Budget crisis forces layoffs in Jellico

     Jellico Mayor Forster Baird made the call to layoff three officers in the Jellico Police Department earlier this month.

    Budget concerns forced the layoffs, according to Baird.

    “I was able to make the decision for the city without any politics,” said Baird.

    The three officers let go were the last three hired. John Blankenship and Wayne Martin were both removed from full-time positions. Part-time officer Mike Perkins was also terminated.

  • MOPS meetings are off to a good start

    Meeting other mothers is the first step to creating relationships and answering questions about rearing small children.

    That‘s why MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) are forming in LaFollette.

    Despite the different emotions of mothers, the local group is putting mothering into perspective with bi-monthly gatherings.

  • CCSD working to rebuild drug fund

    When Sheriff Robbie Goins took office in September he knew cleaning up Campbell County’s crime would be a tough job. He didn’t know there wasn’t any money to do it with.

  • Public Records Oct. 14

     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

    Oct. 4 – Oct. 8

     

    First National Bank of LaFollette to Pioneer Truck Services LLC, Dist. 3, $1,000,000.

    Amy J. Goertemiller and Amy J. Carroll to Jerry T. McBee and Melissa D. McBee, Dist. 1, $100,000.

  • Icicles lined the halls at Jacksboro Middle

    Suspense had been building for students at Jacksboro Middle School. They anticipated snowfall last week. Daily announcements told students to dress warmly on Oct. 7 because it was going to be cold.

    And it was cold as faculty and staff turned down their thermostats for the secret snow day in connection with Read for the Record, a national campaign to promote reading.

  • Grand jury returns indictments

    The following indictments were returned Oct. 8 and set for arraignment on Oct. 25 at 8:30 a.m.:

    •Bobby C. Hamblin- attempted second degree murder, aggravated assault, burglary.

    •Cody Shane Bolton- two counts rape of a child, aggravated sexual battery.

    •Larry Wayne Thacker- aggravated assault, assault.

    •Carl R. Brown Jr.- theft under $500.

    •Christopher Hamblin- DUI, DOR, speeding, violation of implied consent, financial responsibility, registration violation, open container.

  • Resignation follows allegations

    The devil is in the details.

    And it was in those details that Karen Bundren met her Waterloo last week.

    Questions regarding the authenticity of the federal programs director’s credentials sparked a closer look at transcripts from the University of Tennessee, according to Jeff Marlow, county finance director.

  • Board carries on business as usual

    Tuesday evening Board members wasted little time moving past the sudden departure of Dr. Michael Martin last week.

    At the group’s regularly scheduled meeting chairman Mike Orick kicked off the meeting by reading a prepared statement addressing the resignation of Martin and Karen Bundren.

    In his comments Orick said the board would refrain from comment and would not entertain questions about the situation based on the advice of board attorney Dail Cantrell.

  • Nephew facing murder after uncle starves to death

    A man believed to have starved his uncle to death has been charged with murder.

    John Lowe,40, 455 Meredith Road, Caryville, was indicted for felony murder, second-degree murder, gross negligence of an impaired adult and theft over $10,000 on Friday.

    On Monday he was arrested at his home, said Campbell County Sheriff’s Detective Brandon Elkins.

  • Robbery creates havoc at local pharmacy

    Flashing lights from a fleet of law enforcement and emergency vehicles lit up the rainy afternoon on Tuesday.

    The congregation of police at Walgreens on Jacksboro Pike and the surrounding area was caused by a robbery and bomb threat where the suspect remained at large after fleeing the scene on foot.

    According to reports from the LaFollette Police Department, officers responded to a call of an armed robbery at the pharmacy.