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  • Widener retires after 36 years in law enforcement

    After chasing criminals for 36 years, Caryville Police Chief Bill Widener is ready to sit back and take it easy for a while.

    Born in Jellico, the Campbell County native spent several years in the Army before coming home and becoming a police officer in Jacksboro. After learning some of the law enforcement ropes, Widener then spent the next 10 years of his career employed at the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department. His final career move was to become the chief of police for the town of Caryville, which is something he has spent the last 24 years dedicating his life to.

  • Continued meeting leads to budget workshop for LaFollette City Council

    The LaFollette City Council meeting came to a quick close on Tuesday after two weeks of being adjourned in session. Council members again postponed passing a water and sewer rate ordinance for the first and second reading.

    The ordinance, intended to set the rate schedule for water and sewer rates, could soon be void for council members, according to Councilman Bob Fannon.

  • Pajama pillow publishing inspires reading and writing

    Students at Caryville Elementary School polished up their reading and writing skills with a pajama pillow-publishing day Monday.

    First, second and third graders took part in writing, editing and illustrating stories for class books as part of the publishing experience.

    “This encourages writing and reading skills,” said Tammy Wishoun, grandmother of first and second graders. “It also helps their imagination.”

  • CCSD deputy resigns after dispute

    A Campbell County Sheriff’s Deputy embroiled in a “he said, she said” case is no longer with the department.

    In April, Calvin L. Raynor was accused by a female colleague of instigating an inappropriate relationship with her and then leveling threats, according to court records. While the female applied for an order of protection against Raynor, it was denied.

    Raynor initially remained employed with the department.

    However, as of April 30, he had resigned his position with the department.

  • Drug court offers hope

    Their stories are the same as any other addicts.

    The drug use began at an early age and quickly escalated.

    Next came the brushes with law enforcement. Not far behind that, the felony charges began racking up.

    So goes the life of an addict.

    Not always.

    Instead of this pattern repeating itself, participants in the Eighth Judicial Drug Court are given a chance to stop their downward spiral. For some it can mean the difference between life and death.

    For Gussie Kidd Hall that is exactly what it meant.

  • Drug court- the proof is in the numbers

    While the stories of sobriety gained through the Eighth Judicial Drug Court are at the heart of the program, there is another side.

    A side that shows the court not only saves lives, it saves money.

    After the graduates had been congratulated last week, Jonathan Finley, director of the program, said it had been a successful year.

  • Marina’s lobby for Sunday beer sales; mayor introduces business incubator initiative

    Sunday beer sales have long been prohibited in Campbell County. But eight votes would be enough to repeal the blue law that has local marina patrons taking their boats and their business across the county line.

    On Monday evening Gary Farwick, owner of Flat Hollow Marina, appeared before the commission on behalf to the 10 area marinas to implore the group to consider a vote to allow the docks to sell beer on Sundays beginning at noon.

  • Traffic light on Hwy. 63 appears to be a go

    County Mayor William Baird provided a much anticipated update on the traffic light proposed for the intersection of Highway 63 and Old Middlesboro Highway at Monday’s commission workshop.

    Despite the occurrence of several serious and even fatal accidents along this stretch of road area residents have remained divided about whether the installation of a traffic light could be a solution.

  • Reynolds honored with trip to Washington D.C.

    Decades after his service to the country, local World War II veteran Jim Reynolds received a trip to Washington D.C. to see the National World War II Memorial as well as other sites in the area. It was in his own words, “one of the most thrilling” moments of his life. And after living for nearly 94 years, and surviving a world war, that’s got to be a pretty big thrill. The only thing that’s ever topped it was his wedding day, 72 years ago, Reynolds said.

  • Victory School Reunion slated for next month

    School days, school days, dear old golden rule days are back, if only for a day.