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  • Jellico Electric considers the financial burden of an aging sewer

     The costs and requirements to maintain the aging equipment in Jellico’s aging water plant and sewer system were discussed at Tuesday’s Jellico Electric and Water System Board meeting.

    The plant and sewer system are around 15 years old. The equipment is beginning to require more frequent maintenance according to General Manager Mike Bethurem.

  • First Volunteer Bank in Jellico robbed

     An unidentified man robbed the Jellico branch of the First Volunteer Bank last Thursday around 10:50 a.m.

    Witnesses described the suspect as a 5’6”, stocky, white male in his twenties, an FBI press release said.

    The suspect entered the bank wearing a white t-shirt, sunglasses, khaki shorts, flip-flops and a shaggy, reddish-brown wig. He carried a cloth, turquoise diaper bag.

  • Caryville Vehicle fire reveals meth lab

     Lieutenant Stephanie Smith of the Caryville Police Department arrived at 173 Fallon Lane around 7:30 last Wednesday night in response to a vehicle fire.

    Smith met Caryville Fire Chief Eddie Hatmaker and Angel Dawn Williams at the scene, sources said. Williams told Smith the vehicle belonged to Darrin McGhee, and she was trying to buy it from him, according to police reports. When Smith called McGhee she found out he didn’t own the vehicle, and it was Williams who was allegedly trying to sell it to him.

  • Caryville to pass budget

     As July 1 approaches, the Town of Caryville must pass a budget for the next fiscal year. At Monday’s meeting, the board had a first reading of next year’s budget.

    “We’re right on track for our budget this year,” mayor Stooksbury said. “We’re not over, not under.”

    On June 28, the mayor and aldermen will meet again for a second reading and vote on the budget.

  • Caryville Main Street festival approved Monday

     This weekend Main Street will be closed from Caryville Surplus Stores to the railroad depot for the Main Street Festival.

             Tobacco Shop owner and alderman Michael Miller is organizing the festival. The board approved the festival Monday night. Now Miller is searching for vendors. The American Tribal Council will form the base at the depot. They will exhibit crafts, perform music and have other events.

  • Caryville Main Street festival approved Monday

     This weekend Main Street will be closed from Caryville Surplus Stores to the railroad depot for the Main Street Festival.

             Tobacco Shop owner and alderman Michael Miller is organizing the festival. The board approved the festival Monday night. Now Miller is searching for vendors. The American Tribal Council will form the base at the depot. They will exhibit crafts, perform music and have other events.

  • County leadership interns get a taste of the real world

     This Monday, 16 Campbell County high school juniors and seniors started their internships with the Campbell County Government Leadership Intern Program.

    This eight-week program aims to educate students on how the government operates. Program director Lonnie Vann wants to get interns familiar with the government, and its different levels, branches, elements and functions. The program gives the interns first hand experience.

    “It’s an educational program,” Vann said. “It’s not just a job for them.”

  • Public Records

    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

    May 30 – June 3

     

    Glen Shope and Pauline Shope to Mark Roosa, Dist. 1, $9,000.

    Dorsey Frabott and Margaret Frabott to Carol Bostic, Dist. 3, $1,000.

    William David Lee, Steven A. Lee and Sandee Barton to Michael Gordon Lambdin, Dist. 5, $75,000.

  • What will happen next in the Bartley case?

    With Judge Jon K. Blackwood setting aside Kenneth S. Bartley’s 2007 plea a number of legal avenues have been reopened.

    Now as the nearly 20-year- old sits at the Northwest Correctional Complex in Tiptonville, his future is uncertain. Before last week Bartley was certain to spend his days behind a locked door until February 2033, if he made parole then. Otherwise, he wouldn’t have been eligible for release until February 2049.

  • Bartley sees plea set aside

    It aint’ over till its over. And sometimes it isn’t over then.

    Kenneth S. Bartley knows that all too well.

    In April 2007, the then teenager pled guilty to killing Campbell County High School Assistant Principal Ken Bruce and wounding CCHS Principal Gary Seale and Jim Pierce, CCHS assistant principal. As per the plea, Bartley was sentenced to 45 years in prison.

    Within days of the plea being inked, Bartley was asking for a do over. And he has continued to ask for that all the way to the state supreme court and back.