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  • BOE and Gearing hit with lawsuit

    A former Jacksboro Middle School detention teacher is now a party to litigation, according to a filing in Campbell County Circuit Court last week.
    According to the complaint filed by David Dunaway on behalf of a JMS student and his mother, Charlene Maria Vanover, the student was assaulted by Paul “Dan” Gearing while in a detention class.

  • A movement for the heart

    When Doris Stiers discovered Feb. 4 was National Wear Red Day, she was determined to get involved. The nationally celebrated event is being held to recognize heart disease in women.

    It could be said the date inspired her- it was her younger sister’s birthday. Stiers’ sister died at 51 from a heart attack.

    According to Stiers, heart disease is the leading cause of death for women, even larger than cancer.

    Tearfully, Stiers said if she could educate one woman, then hosting an event in Jellico would be well worth the effort.

  • Legal woes continue for Martin and Bundren

    As if being indicted by the Campbell County Grand Jury in December wasn’t enough, the alleged transgressions of Dr. Michael Martin, former director of schools and Karen Bundren, have now made them party to lawsuit brought by the board of education.
    Acting in his capacity as board attorney on Monday Dail Cantrell filed a complaint in Campbell County Circuit Court naming Martin and Bundren as well as Two Rivers, LLC and Rhino, Inc, both companies with ties to Bundren’s husband, as defendants in the suit.

  • Public Records Feb. 3, 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

    Jan. 24- Jan. 28


    Walter E. Moses III to Robert E. Angel and Shanna B. Angel, Dist. 3, $20,000.

    Walter E. Moses III to Robert K. Goins and Janice S. Goins, Dist. 3, $37,500.

    THOR Industries LLC to Charles E. Martin and Phyllis M. Martin, Dist. 3, $75,000.

  • LaFollette Council appropriates money

    With money received from the capital outlay note, the LaFollette City Council made plans to spend it Tuesday night.

    A low interest loan for $1.5 million will be allocated to several departments. The council approved a resolution describing the various expenditures.

    The largest expense listed was for paving. Approximately $700,000 was allocated for paving. With a STP grant for about $400,000, the city plans to go ahead with paving from the capital outlay note; the city will have close to $1.1 million for paving city roads.

  • County disaster relief program being organized

    Anyone who has faced a disaster can understand the despair of loosing loved ones or cherished possessions.

    But what if a flood or other natural disaster took everything?

    The Southern Baptist Association Disaster Relief Program will assist in these situations. Established in many counties throughout the south, the groups are reaching out to mend homes and hearts.

  • Process to organize liquor store applications causes strife

    With the final additions to the liquor by the drink and package store ordinance in place the Caryville Board of Mayor and Aldermen are set for the second and final reading this month. But when the board attempted to prepare the application for liquor stores it seemed to hit a snag.

  • Scouts honor band of brothers

    One need only look as far as the local Boy Scouts for the embodiment of leadership.

    With 236 area youth taking part in the program that puts God, family and country above all else, examples of good deeds are abundant.

    On Tuesday night, the scouts honored a group of brothers whom they felt exemplify everything they stand for.

    The Baird brothers, Nolan, Nathan, Roy, Virgil, Chester and Adrion were presented with the 2011 Good Scout award in front of a crowd of family and friends. Nathan and Virgil were honored posthumously.

  • Judge leaves $250,000 bond intact

    A Tuesday morning bond hearing was to no avail for John Lowe.

    Coming into the hearing, Lowe was asking the court to reduce his bond from $250,000 to $50,000. He is currently charged in the death of his uncle Paul Cox.

    When police entered the home in Sept. 2010 they found an emaciated Cox covered with pressure ulcers.  He was also dead.

    “It was the most heartbreaking thing I have ever seen,” Campbell County Sheriff’s Detective Jami Hall said from the witness stand at the hearing. “It was like looking at a skeleton.”

  • LaFollette selects new chief

    It happened quickly.

    But in the end the LaFollette Mayor Mike Stanfield and Councilmen Hansford Hatmaker and Joe Bolinger voted to make Jimmie Jeffries the new LaFollette Police Chief.

    Councilwoman Stephanie Grimm made a motion to hire William Roehl. But the motion failed with a three to two vote. It was the same voting pattern that elected Jeffries as the new chief. Hatmaker made the motion for Jeffries, and just as quickly as the council voted no for Roehl the council voted three to two for Jeffries.