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  • Spirus investment group and Montclair Technologies visit Jellico

     Last Wednesday, representatives from Spirus investment group and Montclair Technologies met with business leaders and people from Jellico for a question and answer session at Jellico’s municipal building.

    “They were very cordial, and they were very appreciative of the town,” Jellico Mayor Les Stiers said.

    Montclair hopes to build a refinery for used motor oil in Jellico and Spirus financial group is financing them. Getting these two groups to Jellico has been a long, involved process for both the county and the town of Jellico.

  • Social Security offices will close 30 minutes earlier

     Starting Aug. 15, the Jacksboro Social Security Office will close at 3 p.m., rather than 3:30 p.m. All social security offices across the nation will also close 30 minutes earlier than before.

    This is because Social Security Commissioner Michael Astrue adjusted office hours to fit with the budget he received from Congress this year.

  • Car chase ends in drug arrest

    No good deed goes unpunished. At least that is what a Union County man reportedly led authorities to believe following a car chase.

    Around 2:30 p.m. Saturday afternoon calls came into the 911 dispatch reporting a car chase on Highway 63.

  • Jellico excited about adding K-9 team to the police department

     The newest Jellico police officer looks forward to taking a bite out of crime.

    Officer Joe Hopson of the Jellico Police Department returned from K-9 training in Virginia on Aug. 1 with Biek, a 75-pound Belgian Malanmute.

    The JPD has been interested in adding a K-9 team to the department for around a year, but didn’t have the funding, Police Chief Chris Anderson said.

    “As far as using the dog, I think that it is a good resource for the department,” Anderson said.

  • Caryville seeks planner from the East Tennessee Development District

     The Caryville Board of Mayor and Aldermen approved a resolution to accept $4,700 in grant money to replace the services lost when the local planning office was closed.

    “We need this service,” Alderman Glenn Smith said. “We’re going to need someone who has expertise in planning.”

  • Strange accident kills man

    A Campbell County man died tonight when a tree fell on his car, as he was driving.

    Police were called to Davis Chapel Road just after 6 p.m. tonight to investigate an auto accident.

    Once there it was learned that the man had been driving down the road when a tree, around five feet wide, fell on his vehicle, said Sheriff Robbie Goins. As it fell it took down power lines.

    The LaFollette Utilities Board had to disconnect the power before the lines could be freed from the vehicle.

  • Tax free holiday starts tomorrow

    Tomorrow marks the beginning of a holiday weekend-a tax holiday weekend to be exact.

    With parents and students across the states ramping up for a impending start of the new school year many are likely to be looking to snag a good deal on those back to school essentials.

  • Utility Bills caused discussion at Jellico’s board meeting

    In Jellico last Thursday night, four utility customers stood up to raise complaints about their utility bills to the Board of Mayor and Aldermen.

    The Jellico board of mayor and aldermen took responsibility for the Jellico Electric and Water System board after rates became high for citizens last winter. Lower rates have been a big concern for the new board. But one of the citizens at Thursday’s meeting felt it has not done enough.

    “We try and keep it where our people can maintain,” Mayor Les Stiers said.

  • Trio busted with thousands in stolen items

    A locked storage unit proved to be no match for a trio of alleged thieves.

    On July 11 Campbell County Sheriff’s Detective Lt. Brandon Elkins was called to a storage facility on East Industrial Park Drive to investigate reports of a theft.

    The victim reported a number of items including a rare 1986 Corvette, Elkins said was and Indy pace car and one of only 1,500 made. The car was valued at approximately $34,000. A Suburban was also missing from the unit as well as a long list of car parts and tools, the sum of which was estimated to be $67,000.

  • Campbell County High School prepared for Cougar Day

    As Campbell County High School prepares for school to start on Aug. 15, it will host Cougar Day today and tomorrow for students.

    Cougar day is sort of a pre-registration day, Principal Jamie Wheeler said.

    Juniors and seniors will come today and freshmen and sophomores will come tomorrow. Today, seniors are to come from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., and juniors are slotted from noon to 3 p.m. Tomorrow, sophomores are scheduled from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., and freshmen are to come from noon to 3 p.m.