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  • Stooksbury asks board for commitment

    During a special called meeting of the Caryville Board of Mayor and Aldermen, Mayor Robert Stooksbury requested the board’s consideration about employee hours.

    Though the meeting was called to pass the 2009 building codes in its final reading, the mayor got silent as he seriously addressed the board.

    “I wanted to talk about and get a consensus that the 32 hour situation be a last resort,” said Stooksbury.

  • Hawkins charged with growing pot

     Being jailed in another county didn’t stop Clyde Lynnie Hawkins from racking up charges in Campbell County.

    According to Det. John Long of the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department, he received an anonymous tip regarding marijuana being grown on the property at 360 Little Cove Creek Road.

    “We went to the address to conduct a knock and talk and observed the marijuana growing in plain sight on the property,” Long explained.

  • Old fashion Fall Festival slated for next weekend

    Autumn begins today. With its arrival the annual Jellico fall festival will have a celebration highlighting the old fashioned heritage of the area.

    Craft vendors will line the sidewalks and live entertainment will grace the stage on Oct. 1 and 2 at the Veterans Park in downtown Jellico. Merchants will open at 10 a.m. both days and the stage will have an open mic from noon. to 5 p.m.

    Performances are scheduled on the dance floor and with demonstrations, including China Hackler who shows children how to milk a cow, make butter and grind corn to make hominy.

  • McCullah trades comforts of home for 11-month mission

     Where in the world is Cody McCullah?  That is a question the LaFollette native’s family and friends will likely be asking a lot over the next 11 months.

    McCullah said he was cruising along in his life as a graduate student and finance company analyst when he attended a conference with his church that made him begin to question the direction of his life.

  • Public Records Sept. 23

     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

    Sept. 13 – Sept. 17

     

    James Fox to Roy Staton and Chrystal Staton, Dist. 3, $175,300.

    Michael Starrett and Geraldine Starrett to Justin Dewayne King, Dist. 1, $25,000.

  • Traffic infractions lead to drug arrest

     A multitude of traffic violations led to drug charges for a LaFollette man on Sunday.

    Adam Wayne Carroll, 37, of 183 Lake Shore Lane was traveling west on Jacksboro Pike when he was spotted by LaFollette Police Officer Joe Brown.

    Records indicate Brown was aware that Carroll’s driver’s license was revoked and he attempted a traffic stop.

  • Commission says no to name change; considers budget

     The county commission is seldom a stranger to controversy and Monday night was no exception.

    Former commissioner David Young appeared before the group to respond to action proposed by newly elected commissioner Tom Hatmaker at last week’s workshop.

    During that meeting Hatmaker stated his intention to make a motion to rename the park located at the White Bridge.

  • Commissioners blow through discretionary funds

    The suggestion to relinquish discretionary monies to assist the highway department brought unexpected news at a recent budget and finance committee workshop.

    When Commissioner Beverly Hall proposed the group relinquish its discretionary funds to foot some of the $96,000 bill, it was learned that wasn’t an option.

  • Up to 16 families will be eligible for home grants

    Home grants for families in Jellico, LaFollette, Caryville and Campbell County amount to $750,000 for home rehabilitation.

    These municipalities have been awarded the 2010 Home Grant from the Tennessee Housing Development Agency (THDA), a federal funding community program.

    In the midst of accepting funds, these municipalities will soon begin the application process eligible for low-income families. Graded on a point structure for age, income and number of people in household, the grant administrator will determine which families have the most need.

  • A dream comes true for Tatum

    It was a year ago when Tatum Croft was diagnosed with leukemia. She was only three-years-old when she started to receive treatment twice a week, a process that is draining for an adult and twice as much for a child.

    During those initial treatments she signed up for the Dream Connection, a non-profit organization granting wishes to children in East Tennessee.

    The group behind the Dream Connection believes a dream come true to a child can give back, in some small way, that which disease and illness have taken away.