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  • Hall opposes Toy’s for Tots donation

    In a rare occurrence the commission’s budget and finance committee almost breezed through all 16 January budget amendments without debate Monday night.

    But the group hit a snag when Commissioner Beverly Hall took issue with an amendment allowing a $1,000 donation to Toys for Tots.

    In a previous meeting County Mayor William Baird proposed that the proceeds generated from the sale of scrap metal obtained during courthouse renovation go to Toys for Tots. 

  • Professional development program raises questions

    Opposing views emerged during a discussion of professional development at Tuesday’s board of education meeting.

    Board member Johnny Creekmore asked for details about a professional development program created by the Flippen Group and adopted by the Campbell County system since Director of Schools Donnie Poston’s tenure began.

    “I’ve been approached by some teachers and principals who have said the Flippen training is a waste of money,” Creekmore said.

  • Volunteer fire department owes county money

    A local volunteer fire department is facing financial penalties after failing to receive a grant.

    On Monday evening, members of the EMS committee met to discuss what course of action to take to retrieve $3,000 paid to the Pinecrest Volunteer Fire Department that was intended to be used as matching funds for a grant from the state’s forestry division.

  • Galilee Bible Camp to host men’s retreat

     From television to magazines, today’s culture paints a picture of masculinity. 

    Galilee Bible Camp invites men to learn to be “God’s kind of men” at a retreat on Jan. 20-21.

  • Rowe plans to reduce line loss in 2012

     As a new year has started, Jellico Electric and Water System interim general manager Billy Rowe looks to improve system by replacing parts of the infrastructure.

  • Chillyfest comes to Jellico

     On Jan. 21, people will gather in Veterans’ Park for free chili and fun as Jellico’s Tourism Office sponsors the Second Annual Chillyfest.

    Contestants must bring their pots of chili to the park at 10 a.m.; the judging will begin at 11 a.m. 

  • Kentucky man arrested for manufacturing meth

     Last Wednesday, Detective Freddy Walker of the Caryville Police Department arrested Obie Wendel Stephens, 28, 379 R D Rains Road, Williamsburg, Ky., for promotion of meth manufacture.

  • Newell reflects on King’s legacy

     Garland Newell grew up in Jellico, and has seen it change in many ways. 

    He remembers the impact of mechanization on the coal industry. And how the area has changed as mining has decreased. Newell remembers how much a dollar used to be able to purchase before inflation lessoned its value. 

  • Public Records for week of January 5, 2012

      Editor’s note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as or similar to other members of the community.


  • Rowe looks to rebuild infrastructure this year

     As a new year has started, Jellico Electric and Water System interim general manager Billy Rowe looks to improve system by replacing parts of the infrastructure.

    “Anything for the customers,” Rowe said. “(I) want to make sure their money’s being spent for the benefit of the customers. To get this system back on it’s feet and not have so many power outages because of trees and bad lines, bad poles. We’ve got a lot of old stuff in the system.”