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Today's News

  • Jellico board workshop seeks further budget cuts

    Jellico Aldermen Alvin Evans, Pam Carbaugh, Tommy Bowlin, Charles Vermillion and Mayor Les Stiers met Tuesday night to brainstorm ways to cover a $250,000 budget shortfall after the 2012-12 budget failed to pass at its first reading on June 21.

    “I’m gonna go on record as saying that this budget is out of whack,” said Evans. “And I’ll be the first to say, ‘Congratulations I don’t know what I’m talking about.’ Then again, I don’t know where we’re gonna get any money. I don’t have a clue. Not one.”

  • LaFollette works to balance budget

    To balance next year’s budget, LaFollette will most likely dip into its fund balance.

    Tonight, the city council will meet for a final reading of next year’s budget, which must be passed by June 30.

    At Monday night’s workshop, LaFollette Finance Director Terry Sweat told the council departmental cuts had been made and revenue had been increased on some line items, but would the city would still need to take about $257,652 from the fund balance to balance the budget.

  • LUMC gets new ‘Tallent’ in the pulpit

    Sitting in an office with boxes yet to be unpacked, Jeff Tallent already feels at home.

    “We are glad to be here,” Tallent said.

    Tallent and his wife Cindy moved to Campbell County on June 20.

    The duo came here as part of Jeff Tallent’s appointment as pastor at the LaFollette United Methodist Church.

    It was a last minute change of plans.

    Tallent was slated to pastor the Valley Forge Methodist Church in Elizabethton. It would have been a 45-minute move for them.

  • Public Records June 28, 2012

     Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same or similar to other members of the community.

    Campbell County

    Property Transfers

    June 18 – June 22

    Walker Osborne and Pamela Osborne to Danny R. Douglas, Jr. Dist. 1, $89,500.

    Richard Lee Kitts to James Williams, Dist. 3, $116,500.

    Julie S. Mannino to Saeed Etezadi, Dist. 3, $131,000.

    Calvin J. Ward to Daniel Ray McCracken and Diana McCracken, Dist. 3, $115,000.

  • Neighborhood conflict clarifies animal control responsibilities

     A recent conflict involving a golden retriever brought to light the extent of animal control’s responsibilities.

    On June 11, Angie Hembree began what became a series of calls to LaFollette Animal Control Officer Stan Foust. 

  • Progress continues at East LaFollette Sports Complex

     The sports complex at East LaFollette is nearing completion. 

    LaFollette Recreation Department Head Johnny Byrge hopes to complete the project by the middle of July, around the time the Volunteer Football Conference begins practice.

  • JMS to host football camp

    The Eagle Football Camp is scheduled for July 9-12 at Jacksboro Middle School. Camp hours will be 6-9 p.m. The registration fee is $50. Registration will begin at 5:30 p.m. on July 9 at the JMS Football Field House. Campers will learn all the fundamental principles and techniques of football.

  • TVA in final stages of approving permit for marina

    TVA anticipates it will approve a permit to develop a new commercial marina on Norris Lake.

    Local businessman Mark Hoskins is seeking approval to develop the marina on land he is attempting to purchase from the LaFollette United Methodist Church at Heatherly’s Point.

    “The whole purchase of the land is pending an opinion from TVA,” Hoskins said. “I’m still pursuing it. It’s all in TVA’s hands, and has been for years.”

  • Phillips visits county to say 'thanks'

    District Attorney General Paul Phillips is accustom to speaking in packed courtrooms.

    What he isn’t familiar with is saying goodbye.

    But on Friday that is what Phillips did.

    Earlier this month it was announced by Gov. Bill Haslam that Phillips would leave his post as Eighth Judicial District Attorney after 33 years. Making the news a bittersweet notification was that Phillips’ niece Lori Phillips- Jones would serve out the rest of his term.

  • Commission finds home for incubator

    Monday night, the Campbell County Commission found a home for the business incubator.

    “They’ve been operating out of McDonald’s and wherever,” County Mayor William Baird said.

    The county found space for the business incubator at the Jacksboro branch of Community Trust Bank.

    Commissioner Rusty Orick asked if the county was going to pay the rent.