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  • Jellico board agrees to apply for grants, declares Halloween hours

    Some grants from the state could make life a little warmer and safer for Jellico’s street and sanitation workers.

    The 100 percent Used Oil Recycling Grant could help purchase an oil-fueled heater for workers at the town’s cardboard collection center.

    “In that building over there, we have no heat, so we’re requiring our workers to work without heat,” said Jellico Mayor Les Stiers.

  • Breast cancer info session, free mammograms available in Jellico

    The town of Jellico, the Day Spring Family Health Center and the Susan G. Komen Foundation from Knoxville have teamed up for an educational session about breast cancer.

    “Everyone knows someone who has or has had breast cancer,” said Doris Stiers, one of the event organizers.

    The event will be tomorrow at the Jellico Civic Center from noon to 1 p.m.

    “We try to have it in one hour, that way people who are working can come, eat lunch, take in everything and get back to work,” she said.

  • Grant provides renovated homes for three Jellico residents

    Creaking floorboards, drafty doors and sagging roofs are no longer a reality for some Jellico residents thanks to Tennessee Housing Development Agency grants.

    “The deed on the old house was dated 1900, and it was just old and it was running down,” said Doug Martin, a recipient of one of the homes.

    He said parts of his old home were falling down around them, and he was forced to relocate his family, wife, Bobbi and their 11-year-old son.

  • LaFollette legends

    Editor’s note: The tales relayed in this story have become part of local folklore through the years. They are meant for entertainment purposes and should not be taken as factual accounts.


    Some parts of history never sleep.

    Saturday night, local artist Allan Miller led a ghost tours through downtown LaFollette to prove that. For such a small area, downtown has seen more than its fair share of murders and mayhem.

    Cumberland corpses

  • Animal advisory board hears from animal advocates

    Animal advocates could be another step closer to a volunteer program at the Adrion Baird Animal Center.

    A representative from the advocate group, Friends of Campbell County Animals, addressed the county’s animal advisory committee during its meeting at the shelter last Friday.

  • Jellico board raises fees, further action needed to stabilize town finances

    More than 60 people packed into the Jellico Municipal building to see the board discuss last week’s failure to meet payroll for Jellico’s 21 employees.

    “I wanted this bit of agenda to really address the group and everybody here, because I am the mayor and I dodge no bullets,” said Jellico Mayor Les Stiers.

    On Oct. 15, town employees learned they would not receive their checks due to a $16,000 check to Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee being mailed early.

  • Five questions with LaFollette's mayor candidates

    The mayor shall be elected directly by the electorate for a term of four years, in accordance with the existing, established pattern. Candidates for the office of mayor shall qualify and run expressly for that position.

  • Public Records for the week of Oct. 25, 2012


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



    Frank P. Deramo and Christine W. Deramo to David N. Croop and Linda H. Croop, Dist. 2, $730,000.

    C. Ann Rutherford to Guillermo E. Paredes, Jr. and Ann Paredes, Dist. 3, $53,000.

    James Darrell Pate to Jessie H. Davis, Dist. 1, $14,000.

  • JMS to host fall festival

    Friday, Jacksboro Middle School will host a literacy-themed fall festival for the community.
    “We just really want to make it a community event where we can open our school to the community and have our kids involved in the community in a not-so-school setting,” JMS Assistant Principal Nikki Bumgardner said.
    The festival will begin at 6 p.m. The theme is “fall into reading,” and it will revolve around storytelling.

  • Interstate closures blamed for lower liquor revenue, business still good

    Caryville can thank the town’s two liquor stores for helping to line the coffers, but store owners say sales could have been even better had the interstate not been closed due to last spring’s landslide.

    “We didn’t experience the sale that we thought we would have just because the interstate was shut down for so long up on the mountain,” said John Davenport, owner of the Liquor Barn off exit 134.

    Between March and September, Caryville received $105,003 of tax money from the sale of liquor, an average of $15,000 per month.