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  • Fire claims two lives

    An early morning house fire has claimed the lives of two people.

    On Tuesday morning, just after 3:30, E-911 was notified that a house at 3899 Highway 297 was engulfed in flames, according to Campbell County Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy Aaron Evans.

    When CCSD Capt. Brandon Elkins arrived at the home just before 8 a.m., he said the blaze had just been extinguished.

    The small blockhouse was destroyed in the early morning fire, he said.

  • Fincastle Church of God burns

    Precious memories.

    That is what kept running through the mind of Pastor Mike Smith as he watched his church, Fincastle Church of God, burn early Sunday morning.

    Smith thought of the weddings, baptisms, funerals and church functions he had presided over in the sanctuary now engulfed in flames.

    As crews managed to get leverage over the blaze that would eventually destroy the church, Smith said they called him over to them.

  • Employee training leads to large reimbursements.

    Editor’s Note: This is the fourth article in our series on government spending within Campbell County.

     

    A personnel shortage made is necessary for seven Campbell County Clerk employees to make almost 200 trips between Jacksboro and Jellico at $28.20 for each trip.

    Another 190 trips between Jacksboro and LaFollette were made at $5.64 each.

    Each mile is worth 47 cents.

  • Commission to look at Montclair’s requests

    In a letter, Montclair Technologies expressed intentions of purchasing the Taylor Machine Shop Building in Jellico and some adjacent property. While Jellico has agreed to terms, county leaders are a little more hesitant.

  • Former town recorder files workman’s comp claim

    One week after submitting a resignation, former Jellico town recorder Linda Douglas has filed a workman’s compensation claim against the town.

    Douglas injured her back on Nov. 8 while moving boxes, according to a notice from Douglas’s attorney Dave Dunaway to Jellico Mayor Les Stiers.

    “Since that time and because of the impending economic situation in which the City of Jellico was involved, Ms. Douglas was not given time to recuperate from her injuries,” the letter said.

  • Grand jury returns indictments

    The Campbell County Grand Jury returned the following indictments last week. These people will be arraigned will Jan. 14, 2013, at 8:30 a.m.:

    •Steve W. Zecchini- attempted second- degree murder, two counts of aggravated assault, tampering with evidence, employing a firearm during commission of a dangerous felony.

    •Hubert M Kitts- four counts of aggravated burglary, three counts of vandalism $500 - $1,000, five counts of theft $1,000 - $10,000, burglary, auto burglary, two counts of theft under $500, vandalism under $500.

  • Public records for the week of Dec. 13, 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

    DEC. 3 – DEC. 7

    Willie Chadwell to Johnny Smiddy and Judy Smiddy, Dist. 3, $105,000.

    Misty D. Gibson and Larry J. Gibson to Gary Inman, Dist. 1, $200.

    Gary Inman to Elmer L. Kitts and Helen J. Kitts, Dist. 1, $1,000.

    James Larry Ward to Ray Perry, Dist. 1, $4,000.

  • Television studio sets up in shop in Jellico

    The basement of the Jellico Civic Center will be the site of the new Channel 2 studios.

    “We’ve been pursuing this since April of 2011, and they moved in, starting setting up Friday, which would have been Dec. 7,” said Jellico Mayor Les Stiers.

    The channel is owned and operated by brothers Doc Hall and Steve Hall. They’ve been in business in Scott County for 20 years. They also have a channel in Whitley County, Ky.

  • Board of Ed approves solar panels, bread bids, sale of Ridgewood School

    The demise of the Hostess brand has hit home in Campbell County. The school district is now in need of another bread supplier.

    Previously, Merita provided bread to the schools, but Merita was a subsidiary of the now defunct Hostess.

    Sara Lee, who had submitted a bid last year for bread, was unwilling to do business.

    “We have no choice but to go back on the open market and do a solicitation,” said Campbell County Finance Director Jeff Marlow. 

    The motion to advertise for bids for a bread supplier passed unanimously.

  • Caryville approves site plan guidelines, building codes

    Caryville has adopted the international residential building code on its first reading at Monday night’s meeting.

    “This is the order that establishes an international residential building code that all communities has to go by. We’re just getting in compliance with that,” said Alderman Glenn Smith.

    The move means the old building code ordinance will be deleted in full and replaced by the new code.

    The new guidelines are available at the Caryville Municipal Building.