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  • Botts sentenced for 2002 crimes

    Answering for crimes he committed eight years ago, James Anthony Botts was sentenced to jail on Monday.

    In the summer of 2002, Botts attempted to force himself on a girl who was younger than 13 years old at the time, according to court records.

    As he entered the plea, the victim sat in the courtroom red-faced, obviously fighting tears. Originally charged with sexual battery and indecent exposure, those were the crimes, Botts plead guilty to.

  • Jellico Board attempts several motions at last meeting

    The last meeting for the Jellico Board of Mayor and Aldermen before the election was partially attended. With only two aldermen absent, the town board conducted business.

    Mayor Forster Baird provided an update on the Taylor Machine Building. A lease agreement has been signed, said Baird. Though state permits have not been issued the board was in agreement about moving forward.

    Aldermen Alvin Evans said an additional acre of land in the Jellico Industrial Park would be purchased for $10,000 pending the approval of permits.

  • Cemetery tour tells stories of broken and soaring monuments

    Local history was brought to life last Thursday.  Gathering in the Douglas Cemetery in LaFollette, a large audience learned about the people who made LaFollette great.

    Civil War reenactors told their stories, intermingling descriptions of the city when it was known as Big Creek Gap.

    Dressed in Union Army garb, Mike Sanders told the story of Thomas Rutherford who escaped from the Rebels in 1862 only to die in battle two years later. Sanders raised his voice above a passing train as he explained the dangerous process of loading black powder into his musket.

  • Public Records Oct. 28

     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. 18- Oct. 22

     

    Robert Johnston to Whitney N. Wilson and Toby L. Wilson, Dist. 3, $79,900.

    David K. Zornes and Brenda J. Zornes to Nicholas M. Polazkowyj and Jessica B. Polazkowyj, Dist. 2, $262,000.

  • Three people arrested following complaint

    Answering a complaint call at the Super 8 Motel in Caryville resulted in three arrests last week. The complaint was from local business owners who claimed one of the renters was harassing people for money, said Caryville Police Sgt. Freddy Walker.

    When Caryville Police knocked on the door of room 110 two women answered.  A third suspect was in the bathroom of the room, said Walker.

  • Hall is hauled away for third DUI

     If the slurred speech didn’t give him away then the open beer cans indicated a Caryville man could be driving intoxicated.

    On Saturday, Daniel Boone Hall, 62, was charged with his third DUI. Hall was observed driving on Highway 116, swerving across the yellow lines, said Caryville officer Ben Marlow.

    “From a distance, I observed Hall walk unsteadily to and from his vehicle,” said Marlow about Hall entering a gas station then returning to his vehicle to drive off.

  • Children's Center receives donations in wake of Pepsi grant project

    Campbell County Children’s Center received a monetary donation despite not being chosen to receive $250,000 from the Pepsi Refresh Project.

    The organization recently learned it was were not recipients of a large grant from the Pepsi Refresh Project. But during the process of telling the community to vote for its cause the center garnered approximately $36,000 in private donations.

    Children’s Center CEO Tracie Davis said the project was a success because community awareness was raised about the organization’s services.

  • Lawson knew of dubious Ph.D.

    The transgressions of Dr. Michael Martin and Karen Bundren may have come to the attention of the masses rather abruptly.  
    But some close to the situation may have known something was amiss months before the then director of schools and federal programs director tendered their resignations under a cloud of suspicion.
    In recent days, school board member Eugene Lawson has come under fire for failing to act on information he was privy to regarding Martin and Bundren.  

  • Environmental services director named

    Discussion surrounding the pending appointment of an environmental services director had commissioners sweating the details at last week’s workshop.

    When Mayor William Baird announced he would be recommending a candidate to fill the position recently vacated by the retirement of Clifton “ Tip” Jones, commission members had questions about the applicants the mayor could not answer.

  • Library grant comes with stipulations

    A new 6,000-square foot library sounded too good to be true.

    And it was.

    With the stipulations attached to the Tennessee Department of Agriculture library grant awarded to the city of LaFollette, plans for a new library have been halted.

    Following the announcement of a $200,000 library grant, LaFollette Mayor Mike Stanfield learned that a $1million loan was not an option-it was a requirement.

    The plan was to move the community center to West LaFollette School and renovate the current community center for the library.