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  • Jellico mayor announces plans to sell 70-acre plot

    Seventy acres of land behind Beech Tree Manor could soon be up for sale despite a lack of approval from the Jellico board of aldermen.

    Citing Section 4.09 of the town’s charter, Mayor Les Stiers said he has the power to sell the land without the board’s approval.

    “I’ve got to look out for the city and this council has not given or looked out to make any revenue for the city,” Stiers said.

  • Good Hope United Baptist Church to celebrate 168th homecoming

    Few churches in Campbell County can say they saw the Civil War begin and end. In Jellico, the Good Hope United Baptist Church was a fixture when Abraham Lincoln himself was a young man.

    On Oct. 9, 1844, a small church was started in present-day Jellico. In those days, before the coal rush, the town was known as Smithburg.  At that time, the area’s residents had to travel several miles to Jellico Creek Baptist Church in Kentucky for weekly worship. That changed when the Jellico Creek Baptist Church built Good Hope Meeting for the mountain’s residents.

  • Distress warrant to be issued to Caryville's Motel 8

    The town of Caryville is taking action against a property owner who is late with its taxes.

    A letter dated Sept. 21 was sent to the owners of the Motel 8 in Caryville informing them that a distress warrant will be issued for delinquent taxes if the money isn’t paid within 10 days.

    “We have to, by law, give them 10 days and then we can issue the warrant,” said Reid Troutman, Caryville’s attorney.

  • LaFollette Medical Center to host Gluten free meal

    LaFollette Medical Center will host LaFollette’s first Gluten Free Get Acquainted Celiac Lunch on Sept. 26 at noon.
    The purpose of the meal is to raise awareness of celiac and gluten sensitivity.
    Ninety-five percent of the people in the United States who have celiac remain undiagnosed, said Carolyn Acuff, from the Celiac Spruce Association.
    “People just don’t know about some of these things,” she said.
    Acuff has celiac, and didn’t know what it was when she was diagnosed.

  • The Shepherd’s Home Thrift Store to celebrate one-year anniversary

    The Shepherd’s Home Thrift Store will celebrate its one-year anniversary Sept. 27-29.
    Over the past year, the thrift store, which is located in Woodson’s Mall, has provided second-hand goods to the community.
    “We are serving well over 500 customers every week,” store manager Barbara Jo Sterrett said.

  • Program offers Tennesseans relief on their mortgage payments

    Many struggling Tennessee families are now receiving help with their house payments through the Keep My Tennessee Home program.
    Tennessee is one of 18 states to receive federal “hardest hit” funds, according to a statewide press release.
    The United States Treasury has provided $217 million worth of funds to the Keep My Tennessee Home program, which the Tennessee Housing Development Agency administers to eligible families, said Patricia Smith, director of public affairs for the THDA.

  • CCHS celebrates homecoming week, parade set for Friday

    Campbell County High School’s homecoming parade will displace the normal traffic breezing through downtown LaFollette on Friday afternoon. Director of Schools Donnie Poston is the parade’s grand marshal

    The parade will leave the LaFollette United Methodist Church and the senior citizen’s center around 1:30 p.m. and will end near Sonic.

  • Louie Bluie Music and Arts Festival to highlight a variety of musical performances

    A diverse group of musicians will take the stage at the sixth annual Louie Bluie Music and Arts Festival on Sept. 29.

    The Louie Bluie Music and Arts Festival honors the legacy of Howard “Louie Blue” Armstrong. Armstrong, who grew up in LaFollette, influenced many genres of music, mastering 22 instruments, festival spokesperson Lisa McCloud said.

    To honor Armstrong, the festival will feature musicians who represent various genres. There will be performances at three stages: the Louie Bluie Stage, the Armstrong Theatre and the Community Stage.

  • Hatmaker requests commissioner’s presence on committees

       Commissioner Tom Hatmaker called County Mayor William Baird’s leadership into question Monday night. As the commission discussed appointments to the industrial committee and planning commission, Hatmaker requested to be added to the emergency medical service committee and the environmental committee.

    “I participate in the meetings, I just don’t have a vote,” Hatmaker said. “This just gives me a vote.”

  • Police warn of dangers of meth house

    The unassuming brown house with a blue door sits under a hill in Jacksboro. It appears similar to the other homes on Cedar Circle.

    Except for the yellow crime scene tape that encircles the front porch and the quarantined signs that decorate the front of the home.

    The house at 353 Cedar Circle is just one of 194 homes quarantined in Campbell County because meth had been produced there, according to the Tennessee Meth Registry.