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  • Board discusses cell phone use and dress code for high schools

    Board members kicked of their regular monthly meeting Tuesday night with a discussion about cell phone use and dress codes.

    Jamie Wheeler, Campbell County High School principal, approached the group to ask that changes be made in both policies. In her presentation, Wheeler noted that upwards of 90-percent of students at CCHS owned cell phones. The school’s new principal went on to point out that the current policy and stringent punishment for violations have historically been a problem that plagued the school.

  • Two arrested for growing marijuana

    An anonymous tip led to arrests for the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department last week.

    On Aug. 6 CCSD detectives went to an address on Demory Road to investigate reports of possible drug activity. At the scene the detectives observed several of what they believed to be marijuana plants growing in planters beside the front porch.

    Records indicate Detective John Long obtained a search warrant and went back to the residence.

    As a result a number of other plants also reported to be marijuana were found.

  • Seatbelt violations end with arrests

    Seatbelt violations led to bigger problems during separate instances last week.

    Last Tuesday Campbell County Sheriff’s Deputy Josh Vann stopped a multi-colored BMW near Eagle Market in Jacksboro when he observed the front seat passenger wasn’t wearing a seatbelt.

    During the stop Donna Melissa Farmer, 38, of 104 Gamble Road, allegedly gave Vann numerous birthdays, social security numbers and a false name before he was able to determine her true identity.

  • Fallen tree kills one

    A freak accident claimed the life of a Jacksboro man last week.

    According to THP Trooper Warren Crumpley’s report, Terry W. Russell, 41, of Alpine Drive, Jacksboro, was driving north on Davis Chapel Road when a tree fell and struck the top and front of his vehicle.

    The incident happened near the intersection of Bolinger Lane and Davis Chapel Road. Records indicate Russell died at the scene.

  • Fallen tree kills one

    A freak accident claimed the life of a Jacksboro man last week.

    According to THP Trooper Warren Crumpley’s report, Terry W. Russell, 41, of Alpine Drive, Jacksboro, was driving north on Davis Chapel Road when a tree fell and struck the top and front of his vehicle.

    The incident happened near the intersection of Bolinger Lane and Davis Chapel Road. Records indicate Russell died at the scene.

  • Ayers named new election commission administrator

    A changing of the guard of sorts is on the horizon for the Campbell County Election Commission.

    With long-time administrator Dean Sexton poised to retire at the end of September members of the election commission began making preparations for her departure at their August meeting.

    According to Mark Wells, election commission chairman, it was then that current Deputy Mayor Ann Ayers was voted in as Sexton’s replacement.

  • Jellico raises vetoed

     At the previous meeting of Jellico’s Board of Mayor and Alderman, on July 28, a last minute motion was passed that gave the town’s employees a three percent raise. The next day mayor Les Stiers vetoed this decision after contacting the different aldermen.

  • Jellico utilities’ water wells project to be finished Sept. 1

     The water wells project should be completed by Sept. 1, and will cost Jellico Electric and Water System $1.3 million.

    The original completion date for the project was February, but the board had given contractor Allen Cozy until April. 

  • Commission set meeting agenda during workshop

    Efficiency was at the top of the list of thing to discuss when county commissioners met Monday night to set their upcoming meeting’s agenda.

    Commissioner David Adkins suggested the group consider making use of available technology to streamline their process for disseminating information.

    Adkins explained that looking at the reams of paperwork he had received at the meeting and through the mail over the course of the last year were no doubt costly. Moving to an electronic method would likely save the county money in the long run.

  • Jellico to host show Aug. 20

     Buck’s Hardware will sponsor the Jellico Tractor and Engine Show on Aug.20 at Veteran’s Park at 10 a.m.

    The show will include a classic car cruise-in. The “Gem City Cruisers” will display their cars.