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  • Horner gives an account from the road

    Bill Horner rode his bicycle across the state on US 70. But the ride was only half the challenge.

    “This (ride) was really a two part journey,” he said. “First there was the adventure of the ride, and then there was the adventure of coming back to tell about it.”

    When the Campbell County Baptist Association missionary began his ride at the Tennessee/North Carolina border in September 2008, he approached it the way one might eat an elephant — one bite at a time.

  • Local business owner on a mission to help women

    Shona Phelps is on a mission to help women.

    After attending a seminar about how to maximize the effectiveness of coupons, Phelps said she was disappointed with the information she got.

    “We all paid $10 to have this lady come in and most of us already knew the things she told us,” Phelps said. “I’ve been single for 12 years and I’ve raised four kids on coupons.”

  • Evans named chief deputy

    State Highway Patrol Officer Aaron Evans has been named chief deputy at the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department.

    The announcement came last week after “a lot of praying,” Sheriff Robbie Goins said on Monday. Evans replaces the former chief, Jonathan Finley. Finley was terminated from the department earlier this month due to “policy violations.”

    “We have a lot of work ahead of us,” Goins said. “But Aaron is eager to get started and he will do an excellent job.”

  • Campbell Culture Coalition to host fifth annual Louie Bluie Festival

    The Louie Bluie Festival is coming back for the fifth year, and will again be held at Cove Lake State Park on Oct. 1.

    “This is just a festival celebrating the culture and the arts in Campbell County and its surrounding area,” Campbell Culture Coalition Treasurer and Festival Co-Chair Jocelyn Griffo said.

  • Conflict over annexation heats up

    Annexation wasn’t on the agenda for Jellico’s Sept. 15 board of mayor and aldermen meeting, but it was on the people’s mind.

    A crowd showed up to show their displeasure over the town’s plans for expansion. At 6:30 p.m., a seat could not be found, forcing many to stand in the packed meeting room.

    Talk of annexation had attracted the crowd, and created a stir in the areas surrounding Jellico.

    The board was not ready to talk about annexation, Mayor Les Stiers said.

  • Child injured in dog attack

    A dog attack turned a typical Friday afternoon into a horrific ordeal for a 10-year-old LaFollette boy and his family.

    Teresa Goins said on Sept. 16 her grandson, Timothy Bolinger, had enjoyed the Campbell County High School homecoming parade that day before returning home to the small farm where he lives with his father in the Davis Chapel community.

    According to Goins, Timothy had walked up the road a short distance to check on his goats. On the way back, he was viciously attacked by a neighbor’s dog.

  • public Records Sept. 22, 2011

     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. 12 – Sept. 16

     

    Harold Dewayne Lynch and Glenna Kay Lynch to Eric Shawn Partin, Dist. 5, $7000.

    Mt Cloud Inc. to Kennth R Arendt, Dist. 4, $110,000.

    Mt Cloud Inc. Darryl A. White and Melissa White, Dist. 4, $20,000.

  • Evaluations lead to raises in Jellico

     Jellico employees received a pay increase at the board of mayor and aldermen meeting Sept. 15.

    In July, the board passed a motion to give Jellico employees a 3 percent wage increase. But Mayor Les Stiers vetoed the raise because it did not conform to the town’s personnel policy, which requires employees to undergo evaluations before receiving raises. On Sept. 2, each employee was evaluated by his or her supervisor, Stiers and Alderwoman Pam Carbaugh. Beginning at 7 a.m. all employees were evaluated for the first time.

  • Family indicted for selling drugs in school zone

     After an eight-month investigation by the Jellico Police Department, three family members were arrested last week for allegedly selling drugs. Jellico Assistant Police Chief J. J. Hatmaker began this investigation in 2010 and sought indictments in May.

  • Mine Rescue Contest comes to Cove Lake State Park

     If you’ve ever thought about getting in a tight spot, this might be the week to do it. Nearly 300 mine rescue experts are in town for a mine safety competition.

    The miners began arriving Monday to participate in the Tennessee Mine Rescue Committee’s mine rescue contest. Twenty-nine teams from Kentucky, Alabama, West Virginia, Tennessee, Illinois, Virginia and Indiana converged on Cove Lake State Park to participate in competitions that integrate skills and knowledge related to mine rescue and mine safety.