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  • Jellico honors dedicated employees

    The Jellico Board of Mayor and Aldermen is honoring past employees who have loyally served the town of Jellico for over 20 years or more.

    Previous Jellico Police Chief Ned Smiddy and assistant police chief Ronnie Lewis were presented with plaques at the June board meeting.

    Smiddy retired after 26 years from police chief in 2004 and Lewis retired in 2009 after 29 years.

    Both employees served the town of Jellico with service and dedication, according to Jellico Mayor Forster Baird who presented them with plaques.

  • Caryville welcomes new police chief

    Johnny E. Jones is living his dream.

    From a seven-year-old boy in a police uniform pretending to arrest his friends to the soon to be new police chief in Caryville, Jones said he always wanted to be a police officer.

    And with 34 years of experience, he may be one of the few to fill a lifetime with a career he loves.

    “My father was a police officer, and I always wanted to be an officer ever since I was little,” said Jones. “I am living my dream and following in my father’s footsteps.”

  • Commission approves building codes referendum

    Rumblings that building codes would make the agenda attracted a crowd to Monday’s county commission meeting. And Commissioner Lynn Letner did not disappoint when he made a motion to put a referendum on the November ballot and let the voters decide whether or not the county should enforce building codes.

    According to Letner, he has spoken with a number of residents both for and against building codes and feels that the public needs to be given the opportunity to vote on the issue.

  • Controversy continues over finance department job

    Despite a lengthy discussion at last week’s commission workshop the controversy over former fifth district commissioner Stan Marlow’s appointment to a post with the finance department waged on Monday night.

    During the workshop meeting Paul Harrell took the opportunity to air objections to what he called the unfair hiring practices used by Jeff Marlow, finance director, in naming Stan Marlow to the position titled assistant purchasing agent/project manager within his office.

  • Caryville woman arrested for dangerous fire

    A fire containing methamphetamine components released toxic fumes into the air in Caryville on Sunday, according to the Caryville Police Department.

    The illegal burn netted manufacturing of methamphetamine and reckless endangerment charges for Sherri Ann Love-Elliott, 48, of 151 Woods Circle apartment complex.

    Caryville officers were dispatched to the fire and found Love-Elliott allegedly burning bottles and hoses once used in the manufacture of methamphetamine.

  • King charged for robbery

    When Jeremy King allegedly attempted to rob two men at knife point he was the one that ended up at the emergency room.

    At around 3 p.m. on Friday LaFollette Police Office Tony Rucker was flagged down by two men who stated that King, 23, of 132 Apple Tree Lane, had approached them asking for money.

    According to Rucker’s report, when the victims refused to give King any money he allegedly pulled out a knife and “threatened to cut them.”  

  • Board of Education talks demolition

    A recent theft at the former East LaFollette Elementary School building may have a silver lining.

    When Jeff Marlow, finance director, asked for action on a resolution involving the sale of the old Caryville Elementary School property, board of education member Mark A. Wells informed the group that getting the property ready for sale may require more time than first expected.

    Wells said he was confident that the proposed revisions to the property will not take longer than the 12 month time line.

  • Off duty officer responds to knife threat

    Time is a factor when responding to a disturbance involving a weapon. And off-duty Caryville Police Officer Freddy Walker wasted no time when he promptly arrived at the scene to detain an alleged violator.

    On June 16, at about 6 p.m., Westley Scott Market, 24, was apprehended after leaving the scene where he allegedly threatened two people with a knife.

  • Pack still in the race for sheriff

    Mark Pack may be down but he doesn’t want to be counted out.

     As word has swirled around town that he has withdrawn from the 2010 sheriff’s race, Pack says that is not the case.

    “I am still in the campaign,” he said.

    However, he has had to unexpectedly scale back his campaigning for the office.

    Three weeks ago, Pack’s mother, Wanda, suffered a series of heart attacks. The damage done to her cardiovascular system was so significant, the family was called in to say their goodbyes, Pack said.

  • Caryville's attempt to get liquor is meritless

    Two items approved at the last meeting of the Caryville Board of Mayor and Aldermen have very different destinations, according to Campbell County Administer of Elections Dean Sexton.

    The liquor by the drink and package store referendum, which was approved by the Caryville aldermen to be placed on the ballot, is now void.

    The referendum could be placed on the general election ballot for November but not through the actions of the town board. The citizens must submit a petition signed by 10-percent or more of the registered voters, said Sexton.