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  • Fallen tree kills one

    A freak accident claimed the life of a Jacksboro man last week.

    According to THP Trooper Warren Crumpley’s report, Terry W. Russell, 41, of Alpine Drive, Jacksboro, was driving north on Davis Chapel Road when a tree fell and struck the top and front of his vehicle.

    The incident happened near the intersection of Bolinger Lane and Davis Chapel Road. Records indicate Russell died at the scene.

  • Ayers named new election commission administrator

    A changing of the guard of sorts is on the horizon for the Campbell County Election Commission.

    With long-time administrator Dean Sexton poised to retire at the end of September members of the election commission began making preparations for her departure at their August meeting.

    According to Mark Wells, election commission chairman, it was then that current Deputy Mayor Ann Ayers was voted in as Sexton’s replacement.

  • Jellico raises vetoed

     At the previous meeting of Jellico’s Board of Mayor and Alderman, on July 28, a last minute motion was passed that gave the town’s employees a three percent raise. The next day mayor Les Stiers vetoed this decision after contacting the different aldermen.

  • Jellico utilities’ water wells project to be finished Sept. 1

     The water wells project should be completed by Sept. 1, and will cost Jellico Electric and Water System $1.3 million.

    The original completion date for the project was February, but the board had given contractor Allen Cozy until April. 

  • Commission set meeting agenda during workshop

    Efficiency was at the top of the list of thing to discuss when county commissioners met Monday night to set their upcoming meeting’s agenda.

    Commissioner David Adkins suggested the group consider making use of available technology to streamline their process for disseminating information.

    Adkins explained that looking at the reams of paperwork he had received at the meeting and through the mail over the course of the last year were no doubt costly. Moving to an electronic method would likely save the county money in the long run.

  • Jellico to host show Aug. 20

     Buck’s Hardware will sponsor the Jellico Tractor and Engine Show on Aug.20 at Veteran’s Park at 10 a.m.

    The show will include a classic car cruise-in. The “Gem City Cruisers” will display their cars.

  • Spirus investment group and Montclair Technologies visit Jellico

     Last Wednesday, representatives from Spirus investment group and Montclair Technologies met with business leaders and people from Jellico for a question and answer session at Jellico’s municipal building.

    “They were very cordial, and they were very appreciative of the town,” Jellico Mayor Les Stiers said.

    Montclair hopes to build a refinery for used motor oil in Jellico and Spirus financial group is financing them. Getting these two groups to Jellico has been a long, involved process for both the county and the town of Jellico.

  • Social Security offices will close 30 minutes earlier

     Starting Aug. 15, the Jacksboro Social Security Office will close at 3 p.m., rather than 3:30 p.m. All social security offices across the nation will also close 30 minutes earlier than before.

    This is because Social Security Commissioner Michael Astrue adjusted office hours to fit with the budget he received from Congress this year.

  • Car chase ends in drug arrest

    No good deed goes unpunished. At least that is what a Union County man reportedly led authorities to believe following a car chase.

    Around 2:30 p.m. Saturday afternoon calls came into the 911 dispatch reporting a car chase on Highway 63.

  • Jellico excited about adding K-9 team to the police department

     The newest Jellico police officer looks forward to taking a bite out of crime.

    Officer Joe Hopson of the Jellico Police Department returned from K-9 training in Virginia on Aug. 1 with Biek, a 75-pound Belgian Malanmute.

    The JPD has been interested in adding a K-9 team to the department for around a year, but didn’t have the funding, Police Chief Chris Anderson said.

    “As far as using the dog, I think that it is a good resource for the department,” Anderson said.