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  • Judge denies bank robber new trial

    Billy Blankenship won’t be getting a new trial.

    On Monday, his attorney, Michael Hatmaker, allowed the motion he filed in October 2010 to speak for itself. In essence, it said that despite his client being charged with aggravated robbery but convicted of simple robbery, the case still lacked enough evidence to garner a guilty verdict.

  • Nelson pleads not guilty to battery charges

    A former nursing home employee is facing criminal charges.

    On Monday, Don Nelson was arraigned in Campbell County Criminal Court on four counts of sexual battery. He plead not guilty and is scheduled to appear again next month.

    The charges came following a several month investigation by the LaFollette Police, according to court records. In early February, Nelson is alleged to have sexually assaulted a female resident of Cumberland Village Nursing Home, the indictment said.

  • McKinney serving time for crimes

    Facing nine criminal charges that included multiple counts of child abuse, David S. McKinney opted to plead guilty instead of facing a jury.

    On Monday, he agreed he had committed three acts of child abuse and neglect, four methamphetamine related crimes, had unlawfully had a weapon and had committed domestic assault.

  • Arrests pending in drug raid

    A midday drug raid got some attention on Tuesday.

    Officers with the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department went to the Wooldridge area of Jellico to execute a warrant.

    Once at the home, they allegedly found not only cocaine and various other scheduled narcotics, along with $1,200 in cash. However, that wasn’t the only items police found. Over 10 different types of weapons ranging from handguns to semi-automatic weapons was located.

  • Alleged tire thief arrested

       Despite having nearly $7,000 in new tires, Bruce Hudson still couldn’t escape the law.

  • Jellico's budget on time; first time in 10 years

     The fiscal year for 2011-12 starts July 1. Without a budget the Jellico Board of Mayor and Aldermen can’t spend money without meeting every time it needs to write a check.

    “The charter says you have to have a budget,” Jellico Mayor Les Stiers said. “It’s up to us to come up with it.”

    Before the board had its second reading of ordinance 89-2011, the budget for fiscal year 2011-12, it met for a public hearing at 6 p.m.

  • Caryville Main Street Festival

     From July 15 to July 17, Main Street will be closed from Caryville Surplus Stores to the railroad depot for the Main Street Festival.

    Tobacco Shop owner and alderman Michael Miller is organizing the festival. The board approved the festival at its meeting last Monday. Now Miller is searching for vendors. The American Tribal Council will form the base at the depot. They will exhibit crafts, perform music and have other events.

    The price for vendors to set up is $20. This money will go toward prizes and other costs for running the event.

  • Rain doesn't stop car show in Jellico

     Veteran’s Park was filled with classic cars on Saturday when First Volunteer Bank sponsored the 11th annual Classic Car Show.

    Jellico Tourism Director Jake Bennett called it one of their better shows. While there were fewer cars on display, Bennett said there were plenty of spectators.

    The show drew many local classic car enthusiasts and some from out of town.

    “That’s what these shows are really about,” Bennett said. “Is meeting people you’ve never met before.”

  • Former Campbell County resident reconnects with childhood home

     Paul Provins and his wife Codi Ayers-Provins enjoy the history surrounding their home, which is one of the oldest houses in Campbell County.

    Their house is known as the Bruce house, and is over 150 years old. The Bruce house gets its name from Provins’ great aunt, Dorothy Bruce, who owned it until she died in 2003. Provins and Ayers-Provins bought it from her estate.

  • Public Records

    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

    June 6- June 10


    David H. Lundell and Patricia L. Lundell to Barry William Brake and Tina Marie Brake, Dist. 2, $370,000.

    Kenneth Boyd Byrd and Lee Ann Byrd to Deborah McConnaughay, Dist. 5, $10,000.