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  • Jellico heightens security measures for town meetings

    Officers were searching bags and people for weapons at Jellico’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting last Thursday. The practice could become a permanent occurrence in light of calls Mayor Les Stiers has received.

    “We had received a tip that there were people in the audience that may be carrying handguns,” Stiers said.

    At Thursday’s meeting, police discovered an individual carrying a knife. The person was ordered to take the knife back to his vehicle.

  • Public Records July 26, 2012

     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

    JULY 16  – JULY 20

    Michael W. Leach to Peoples Bank of the South, Dist. 1, $2,000.

    Gary J. Ruskowski and Erica L. Ruskowski to Ayers LP, Dist. 2, $45,000.

    Ayers LP to Gary J. Ruskowski and Erica L. Ruskowski, Dist. 2, $115,000.

     

    FORECLOSURES

    J. Stephen Hurst to James V. Terry, Dist. 1, $31,500.

  • Commission fails to pass resolution that would expedite a bill that would allow snake handling

    Despite the county commission’s decision to take no action lifting a ban on snake handling in Tennessee, local pastor Andrew Hamblin intends to continue using serpents in his worship services. The county commissioners voted Monday against a resolution to repeal a law that bans snake handling in Tennessee 10-2. Commissioners Tom Hatmaker and Beverly Hall were the only “yes” votes.

  • Early voting up andrRunning

    The polls are up and running as of last Friday.

    Voters have been going to the Campbell County Election Commission and the Jellico Municipal Building to cast their early votes, according to Campbell County Administrator of Elections Ann Ayers-Colvin.

    As of Tuesday evening, a total of 777 ballots had been cast.

    “It has been busy, steady really,” Ayers-Colvin said. “There has just been a few minutes between voters, as soon as someone leaves somebody else comes in.”

  • LaFollette man arrested on 82-count rape, child pornography indictment

    LaFollette Police arrested 52-year-old Lonnie Ellison on July 13 after an eight-month investigation involving the district attorney’s office and the Internet Crimes Against Children (I.C.A.C.) office in Knoxville. The arrest came after Lt. Monty Miller received a sealed indictment from the Campbell County Grand Jury on July 11.

    “We’ve been actively investigating this non-stop since November of last year,” Miller said.

  • Public Records July 19, 2012

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

     

    Campbell County

    Property Transfers

    July 9  – July 13

    Ayers LP to Clarence C. Pierce and Debra G. Pierce, Dist. 1, $20,000.

    S and S Construction Services Inc to Kathleen A. Rogers, Dist. 1, $610,000.

    Wayne Partin to Michael W. Leach, Dist. 1, $500.

    Robert Rusty Massengill to Ronald Todd Poston and Erin Lee Poston, Dist. 3, $190,000.

  • Local songwriter forms group to provide network for singers, songwriters and musicians

     Local songwriter Gene Blair has written over 270 songs. He feels there are three elements to a song: singers, musicians and songwriters.

    “You’ve got to have these to really make a song,” Blair said.

  • Campbell County votes to join potential class action lawsuit

     The county commissioners voted to join a potential class-action lawsuit against Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

  • Heated debate sidetracks commission meeting

     Temper’s flared at Monday night’s county commission meeting. A discussion about an audit report from the 2010-11 fiscal year, began by a citizen, led to commissioners and members of the audience exchanging heated words. 

  • Stanfield clarifies funds donated to organizations

     County Commissioner Scott Stanfield was accused of using county funds to fill his swimming pool. His personal bank statements say otherwise. Stanfield financed the fill up himself, he said.