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  • Jacksboro board to remain the same

    Following Saturday’s election, the Jacksboro Board of Mayor and Aldermen will remain the same.

    Jack Cannon, who was running opposed for the mayor’s seat, garnered 160 complementary votes.

    In the race for alderman, incumbents Avery Burden and June Gwin Forstner retained their seats. They were challenged by Tommy Higdon. With the two seats going to the highest vote getters Burden and Forstner won by a wide margin.

    Burden captured 146 votes with Forstner getting 137. Higdon saw 42 people vote for him.

  • Broyles receives probation following trial

    It took two attempts but Oscar Broyles finally had his day in court.

    On Monday, he was sentenced in a case involving his neighbors, a gun and their dog.

    In June 2007, 69 -year-old Broyles was indicted on two counts of aggravated assault and one of animal cruelty, according to court records.

    But last April prosecutors in the case were forced to drop those charges after officers with the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department lost the case file.

    A short time later prosecutors were able to reindict Broyles gaining a conviction at trial.

  • Monday pleads; goes to jail following drug screen

    After entering her guilty plea to felony possession of drug paraphernalia and simple possession of drug paraphernalia charges Charlisa Buffy Monday’s day in court should have been over.

    However, after she failed a drug screen within minutes of the plea, Monday was back before the judge.

    Criminal Court Judge Shayne Sexton was informed during Monday afternoon’s court session she had tested positive for four substances.

    Methamphetamine, amphetamine, oxycontin and methadone were found in her system, according to state probation officials.

  • Horner travels across Tennessee by bicycle

    When faced with mid-life, some men buy fancy sports cars, while others dye their hair or don toupees.

    Not Bill Horner.

    Instead he climbed onto his Diamondback Crestview bicycle and pedaled across Tennessee.

    He began the journey last September, embarking from the North Carolina border in a drizzling rain.

  • Charley's Pizza Parlor to celebrate 33 years

    April 15 may be an unwelcome day for some, but for well known establishment Charley’s Pizza Parlor the 15th will be a happy occasion.

    The long-time restaurant has seen many changes over the years since it opened in 1976. But the good food and family atmosphere remains the same, according to owner Jerry Partin. Though Partin has only owned the establishment for two years, he has been with the business since 1981.

  • Pregnancy Center has grand opening

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    A small office space is all the Catholic Charities Pregnancy Center of Campbell

    County needs to make a big difference for mothers.

    The walls of the office and counseling area are painted a soft green; all the storage space is filled with necessities for pregnant women and new mothers.

  • Bruce killed in I-75 accident

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    A late night accident on Tuesday claimed the life of Ashley K. Bruce, 19, of Jellico.

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol responded to the scene shortly after the accident occurred at 11:19 p.m.

    Traffic was stopped in the right lane of I-75 northbound due to a previous accident just being cleared, according to the THP fatality report.

    Bruce was traveling in the right lane going northbound and did not see the traffic stopped ahead.

  • Deputy follows trail for arrest

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    Forget bread crumbs, an alleged thief recently left a trail of stolen items in his tracks. 

    Building materials stolen from the Shady Cove area were easily traceable when a sheriff’s deputy followed a trail of materials that had fallen off the trailer. It led all the way to the house of the alleged thief.

    On April 4, deputy Darrell Mongar investigated the burglary and theft in the Shady Cove area, said Campbell County Sheriff Gary Perkins.

  • Two dead in separate traffic accidents

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    The Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) responded to two traffic accidents with fatalities in the past week.

    On April 3, at approximately 4:09 p.m., Edgar E. Kidwell drove off Towe String Road at an excessive speed and died after being ejected from the vehicle, according to the THP fatality report.

    Kidwell, 43, Jacksboro, was negotiating a left hand curve, but due to excessive speed left the road on the right side, the report indicates.

  • CCHS Greenhouse is open for business

    It’s planting time in Campbell County. This year the Campbell County High School Greenhouse is more ready than ever to meet the local gardening demands.

    The greenhouse will officially open for business on Monday, April 13.

    “We moved the date up because of how good the plants have been growing and how large they are,” said CCHS Agriculture Teacher Eric Reynolds.