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  • Town leaders in Jellico divided over packaged beer

    Jellico’s town leaders were divided this week over changing an ordinance regulating who can sell beer.

    Last Thursday the board passed the first reading of an amendment to a 1968 ordinance that would ease some of the restrictions for businesses that sell beer in Jellico. The current ordinance prohibits businesses within 2,000 feet of churches or schools from selling beer. The proposed amendment would reduce this restriction to 300 feet. The changes won’t take affect until a second reading is passed.

  • Construction on new jail facility moves ahead

    Overcrowding has been an issue at the Campbell County Jail.

    The 230 extra beds the justice center will offer the county are desperately needed. The current facility only has 92 beds, but Campbell County often houses around 200 inmates there, Jail Committee Chairperson Rusty Orick said. Campbell County’s Jail, built in 2007, is even more overcrowded than the former facility, which had 42 beds, Orick said.

    “We haven’t fixed the problem we was told to fix by the federal judge,” Orick said.

  • Spring cleaning comes to Jellico on Saturday

     Volunteers will spend a day on spring cleaning in Jellico. Jellico’s Tourism Office and Beatification Committee are hosting the second annual “Spring Clean Fling” on Saturday.

    “It’s a city-wide cleanup,” Jellico Tourism Director Jake Bennett said. “It’s just a community thing.”

    On Saturday, volunteers from the community will pick up trash off all the streets in Jellico.

    “We have somebody on every street that day,” Bennett said. “They just go out and do it.”

  • Business owner plans to bring hotel to Caryville

     Hotel owner Jay Patel told town leaders he intends to bring a Holiday Inn Express to Caryville. Patel shared his plans to turn the old Christmas Tree Inn into an active hotel at Caryville’s board of mayor and aldermen meeting on March 12.

  • Jellico bus driver takes issue with new speed bumps

     During Jellico’s municipal meeting last Thursday, Charles Violet complained about speed bumps Jellico installed on Douglas Lane.

    Violet is a bus driver whose route takes him down Douglas Lane. When he goes over the speed bumps, it “flips” the children into the air, he said.

  • Residents at Cumberland Village plant seeds of hope

    A rose bush grows at Cumberland Village Care and Rehab. Though short and slight, the red continuous bloom is the only surviving plant from a flower garden the residents used to enjoy.

    That flower garden was torn down in June to make way for additions to Cumberland Village.

    “We were able to salvage their (the residents’) favorite rose bush,” activities director Debbie Vinsant said. “It is living and it is going to make it.”

    Rose bushes are the residents’ favorite plants, Vinsant said.

  • Man arrested for theft and forgery

     On March 13, the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department arrested a man who allegedly stole around $1,327.

  • Elderly man charged with assault

     Jellico Police Officer Mike Perkins arrested a 76 year-old man for assault on March 12.

    The victim told Perkins John C. Lawson, 2820 Keswick Road, Williamsburg, chased him on foot for about 100 yards. 

  • Public Records March 22, 2012

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

    CAMPBELL COUNTY PROPERTY TRANSFERS

    MARCH 12 – MARCH 16

    Ben Lawson to Horace D. Lawson, Tr., Lois J. Lawson, Tr., and Lawson Family Trust, Dist. 3, $6,866.67.

    William R. Parrott and Vauda Parrott to Garry Wayne Beair and Robin G. Beair, Dist. 5, $31,000.

    Mae Combs to Elizabeth K. Shepherd and Phillip Johnson, Dist. 1, $9,000.

    Garry J. Wright to Stan Foust and Trula Foust, Dist. 1, $5,000.

  • Sheriff’s Departments arrests group of five for theft

     Earlier this month, five Campbell County people were arrested for stealing over $1,000 worth of property from a local residence.