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  • Jacksboro election candidates announced

    It’s election time in Jacksboro.

    The seats on the ballot include a mayor and three aldermen positions.

    Incumbent Jack Cannon is running for mayor unopposed, according to election commission records.

    Of the three aldermen spots that will appear on the April ballot, one is for a two-year term only. Mattie Lou Nance, who currently sits on the board, and Michael J. Sharp are competing for this position.

    The other two aldermen positions are for four-year terms.

  • Jellico mayor and vice mayor battle it out

    The sparks flew between Mayor Forster Baird and Vice Mayor Mike Johnson at Jellico’s special called meeting on Thursday night.

    The meeting was held to once again, discuss the temporary establishment of a city court system.

    Jellico has been without a court system since 2007, when Circuit Court Judge John McAfee suspended the court system. The case was later appealed by then Judge Don Moses.

  • Jellico vice mayor plans audit; hopes to streamline finances

    Vice Mayor Mike Johnson’s first official act, as the new Jellico Finance Chair will be an internal audit of the town’s finances.

    “I think we need not only external, but internal audits as well,” Johnson said on Tuesday. He said he plans to work closely with the auditors in the hopes of streamlining the town’s finances.

    “My line of work is finance, so I feel putting me in the finance chair position was not a bad move by the mayor,” Johnson said.

    Johnson said efficiency was behind his promise of an audit.

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  • Baird honored as ‘Good Scout’

    Juanita Baird was never a boy scout. But because her life exemplified the ideals of the scouts, she was posthumously honored Monday night.

    At the annual Good Scout award dinner, Baird was recognized for her devotion to the community, her family and her many other contributions.

    Baird was widely known for loyalty to the Republican party.

  • LaFollette Workshop gets heated

    During the Monday night workshop, The Lafollette Council and mayor debated several topics, resulting in a heated conversation about administrative situations.

    Sparking the debate was the potential transfer of Rick Collinsworth from the recreation to the sanitation department.

    According to City Adminstrator David Young, both department heads have agreed to the transfer.

  • Mayor defends practices

    At the end of the LaFollette City Council’s Monday night workshop, in which tension was high, Councilman Bob Fannon addressed some issues with Mayor Mike Stanfield.

    Fannon outlined the duties of city administrator, council and mayor. He claimed the mayor’s position is to conduct meetings and break ties. The city administrator is to handle all the daily operations of the city, according to the city charter, Fannon said.

  • Justices say no court for Jellico

    After an appeals court ruling issued Monday, Jellico citizens will still have drive across the mountain for their day in court.

    The Tennessee Appeals Court sided with Circuit Court Judge John McAfee’s 2007 ruling that said the town’s court had not been properly established.

  • Homeless to be counted tonight

    The next few hours will be critical for the homeless in Campbell County as the Tennessee Valley Coalition to End Homelessness will conduct the 2009 Point in Time (PIT) Count. Last year the annual (PIT) Count estimated approximately 76 people were homeless in Campbell County.

    This year the homeless will be counted again, as agencies attempt to gather data to try to discover why these people are displaced.

    However, agencies located in counties throughout the United States will conduct the counts for their communities with the help of key individuals.

  • County sued by terminated employee

    A recently terminated county employee has filed suit against her former employer.

    Keysa L. Wihoit is asking to either be reinstated at the finance department or be awarded $75,000.

    The suit was filed last week in circuit court and names Campbell County and its department of finance as defendants.

    In it Wilhoit claims she was victim of sex discrimination in her one year course of employment with the county.

    Her job consisted of preparing reports, requesting checks for insurance benefits along with other bookkeeping duties.