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  • State program offers tax relief and tax freeze programs

     The state is offering citizens who are struggling financially a break from property taxes through its tax relief and tax freeze programs.

  • Protest against proposed marina planned

     Opponents of a proposal to install a commercial marina at Heatherly’s Point plan to gather tonight at LaFollette Middle School’s auditorium.

  • Campbell County veterans to host candidates

     Friday afternoon, candidates will meet with local veterans in the lower courtroom of the Campbell County Courthouse.

  • County gets new budget; no tax increase included

    Tuesday night, the Campbell County Budget and Finance Committee accepted a revised budget that included no tax increase. At the budget and finance committee meeting on July 19, a $78,117,045 budget proposal, which included a 16 percent property tax increase, was rejected. Tuesday night, Jeff Marlow, director of the Campbell County Finance Department, brought a budget before the budget and finance committee that didn’t include a property tax increase.

  • Campbell County Veterans to receive a community based, outpatient clinic

    Last week, local veterans received word that a community-based, outpatient clinic was coming to Campbell County.

    “We just heard last week, the money has been secured for a clinic in Campbell County,” Walden said.

    The funding for the clinic has come from Rural Health Dollars, allocated from the Veteran’s Affairs in Washington D.C., Walden said.

  • School board shuffles positions

    Several factors including budget cuts, a loss in state funding and decreased student enrollment have culminated in the loss of 21 positions within Campbell County Schools.

    “We’re trying to make sure we have every person on the payroll that’s not retired had a position, were needed, and were certified,” said Director of Schools Donnie Poston.

     Teachers who retired at the end of last school year will not be replaced and other positions were eliminated entirely.

  • Jellico meeting grievance ends in parking lot

    The grievance process may have been closed, but that didn’t stop an altercation outside the Jellico Municipal Building last Thursday.

    During the monthly board of mayor and aldermen meeting, Nancy Rookard addressed the council regarding vice mayor Venita Johnson allegedly “running her mouth” about her daughter.

    “She’s so special because she’s my damn daughter,” Rookard told Johnson during the meeting.

    Several people have allegedly told Rookard that Johnson has been “badmouthing” her daughter again.

  • Jellico heightens security measures for town meetings

    Officers were searching bags and people for weapons at Jellico’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting last Thursday. The practice could become a permanent occurrence in light of calls Mayor Les Stiers has received.

    “We had received a tip that there were people in the audience that may be carrying handguns,” Stiers said.

    At Thursday’s meeting, police discovered an individual carrying a knife. The person was ordered to take the knife back to his vehicle.

  • Public Records July 26, 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

    JULY 16  – JULY 20

    Michael W. Leach to Peoples Bank of the South, Dist. 1, $2,000.

    Gary J. Ruskowski and Erica L. Ruskowski to Ayers LP, Dist. 2, $45,000.

    Ayers LP to Gary J. Ruskowski and Erica L. Ruskowski, Dist. 2, $115,000.

     

    FORECLOSURES

    J. Stephen Hurst to James V. Terry, Dist. 1, $31,500.

  • Commission fails to pass resolution that would expedite a bill that would allow snake handling

    Despite the county commission’s decision to take no action lifting a ban on snake handling in Tennessee, local pastor Andrew Hamblin intends to continue using serpents in his worship services. The county commissioners voted Monday against a resolution to repeal a law that bans snake handling in Tennessee 10-2. Commissioners Tom Hatmaker and Beverly Hall were the only “yes” votes.