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  • Crash remains under investigation

    Last week Sheriff Robbie Goins terminated two of his top officers.

    The action, taken within 36 hours of the accident that precipitated the firings, was made independent of the ongoing criminal investigation, said Goins on Monday.

  • Homecoming parade returns to LaFollette

    Students at CCHS are doing homecoming old school this year.

    With two years of successful parades in downtown Jacksboro under their belts Brandon Johnson, student council president, said the event has gotten too large the venue.

    “It (Jacksboro parade) was great but we just outgrew it,” Johnson explained.

    To remedy the situation Johnson said the homecoming parade is returning to the downtown LaFollette streets tomorrow complete with floats designed by each class.

  • Commission hears complaints about animal control

    Campbell County is going to the dogs-again. After being absent for several months from the commission’s agenda citizen complaints about the county’s animal control department emerged again on Monday night.

    When Johnny Bruce, commission vice chairman, gave citizens time to address the group a well-prepared Crystal Wilson wasted no time laying out her issue.

    Armed with graphic color photographs and DVDs for commissioners to view Wilson reported on Sept. 4 a pack of dogs attacked her herd of cattle in the Pleasant Ridge Community.

  • Campbell Culture Coalition to host fifth annual Louie Bluie Festival

    The Louie Bluie Festival is coming back for the fifth year, and will again be held at Cove Lake State Park on Oct. 1.

    The Louie Bluie Festival is organized by the Campbell Culture Coalition, and features music and art honoring Howard “Louie Bluie” Armstrong.

    “This is just a festival celebrating the culture and the arts in Campbell County and its surrounding area,” CCC Treasurer and Festival Co-Chair Jocelyn Griffo said.

  • TVA increases rates by three percent

     

     

     

    The Jellico Electric and Water System board approved passing a three percent Tennessee Valley Authority base rate increase to customers.

    Jellico Electric and Water System purchases electricity from TVA. TVA has begun charging Jellico Electric and Water System three percent more for the electricity. The board discussed the prospect of passing a rate increase to customers. Town attorney Terry Basista advised them they didn’t have much of a choice.

  • The Secret Church attempts to give Christians a global perspective

     First Baptist Church of Jacksboro hopes to give local Christians a global perspective at the Secret Church on Nov. 4.

    This view includes a realization of what it costs to be a Christian, and the persecution some people are enduring for their faith in other parts of the world. Because Americans are free to worship however they want, faith often becomes a weekly event rather than a lifestyle worth risking life and limb for. This is not an option in many other countries.

  • Protestations over annexation begin in Jellico

     The Jellico Board of Mayor and Aldermen met Sept. 7 for a special called meeting, but residents of surrounding areas, including Newcomb, showed up in force with a different agenda.

    When Mayor Les Stiers brought Jellico’s plans to expand beyond its current borders before the planning commission on Sept. 1, he predicted opposition. It came almost immediately. Rumors of annexation spread, and people from High Cliff, Wooldridge, Brick Plant Hollow, Old Standard and Newcomb, came last Wednesday to show their disapproval.

  • Man killed in car accident

     Early in the morning on Sept. 8, Timmy A. Byrge died shortly after his Chevy Blazer collided with a Ford F150.

    The two cars were traveling on Howard Baker Highway just east of State Route 297. Byrge was traveling west when his Blazer began to move left of center into the oncoming lane, Tennessee Highway Patrol Officer Aaron Evans’ report said. An oncoming Ford, driven by Gloria S. Goad, was unable to take evasive action and the two vehicles collided, Evans said.

  • Jellico hosts 11th annual Old Fashioned Fall Festival

     Jellico will again celebrate its heritage as it hosts the 11th annual Old Fashioned Fall Festival on Oct. 7 and Oct. 8 at Veteran’s Park.

    This festival honors the areas heritage before modern technology began to change people’s way of life.

  • Entertainment scheduled in Jellico at Veteran’s Park

     In Jellico, several music performances are scheduled at Veteran’s Park for the next two weekends.

    This weekend White Water will take the stage on Friday night at 7. The Gem City Cruisers will also have a Cruise-in.