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Today's News

  • Projector found at Jellico Elementary School allows footage on old films to be viewed

     Interest in Jellico’s past has been sparked by two copies of a 1970s film, “Jellico: Rebirth of a Community.”

    One copy was found in the local planning office, and the other in a safe at the Jellico Municipal building. Both copies have been in the care of Jellico Public Library Director Mark Tidwell. Tidwell could only speculate as to what secrets the footage contained as he waited for a projector to emerge. Last Thursday that changed with a couple of phone calls.

  • Irwin arrested on meth charges

    A case that began in Scott County resulted in an arrest for the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department on Monday.

    Detective Lt. Brandon Elkins and Detective Sgt. John Long went to 110 Fellowship Lane, Caryville to assist Scott County detectives in an ongoing investigation into a meth lab allegedly located in the Stoney Fork community.

    After it was determined the lab was located inside Campbell County Elkins and Long located the basic items needed to manufacture meth outside the house. A child was also found at the residence.

  • Jellico employees given a 3-percent raise

     Towards the end of Jellico’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting, as board members were giving their reports, a motion was passed to give employees of Jellico a three percent raise.

    As the meeting was drawing to an end, Vice Mayor Cissco Johnson recommended giving the town’s employees a raise.

    This started a discussion, because there are stipulations about the process involved in giving raises in the personnel policy the board had passed earlier in the meeting.

  • Girls AAU team completes incredible 6-year run

    The Campbell County Lady Cougars 14-under/9th grade division AAU Basketball Team enjoyed a very successful 20-7 season this year, which included winning five area East Tennessee AAU Tournament championships and finishing as runner-up in two other AAU Tournaments.

    The Lady Cougars AAU organization, which has been based in Jacksboro since 2006 and coached by Randy Brown, has enjoyed an impressive six-year record of 137 victories against only 33 defeats while winning 28 area AAU tournaments and finishing as runner-up in 13 others.

  • Alleged extortion scheme unraveled

    A local man learned the hard way that things are not always as they seem.

    Campbell County Sheriff’s Detective Lt. Brandon Elkins began investigating a case in January 2010 in which a Caryville man was allegedly being bilked out of thousands of dollars under the pretense the money was going to aid an FBI investigation.

    While conducting his investigation Elkins learned from the victim he had been contacted hundreds of times a woman who identified herself as FBI special agent Shelia Wilkins.

  • Campbell County celebrates the history of two union companies

     This week marked the 150th anniversary of the formation of Companies A and B of the First Tennessee Infantry. These companies, formed in Campbell County, were the first federal units organized in Tennessee during the civil war. There were no confederate units formed in Campbell County.

    Southern pride lies deep in the roots of people born south of the Mason Dixon line. This pride still exists for those in East Tennessee whose ancestors fought for the union, but not as confederate pride, Campbell County Historical Society researcher Joe Stephens said.

  • Powder Mill Night Tournament winners — July 29

    Rick and Kathy Childs took 1st place with 10.08 lbs. of bass last week during a Powder Mill Night Tournament on Norris Lake. Runners-up were Brian Miller and John Carroll with 10.04 lbs., while David Hatfield and Robbie Powell placed 3rd with 9.00 lbs. Kathy Childs was big fish winner with a 4.07 lb. bass.

  • Tip leads to meth lab discovery

    The Campbell County Sheriff’s Department continued to make headway in the fight against meth with an arrest last Friday.

    Detective Lt. Brandon Elkins, Detective Sgt. John Long and Deputies Cody Chapman and David Wormsley went to 258 Hatmaker Lane to follow up on a tip.

    After receiving consent to search the area the officers found a “one pot” meth lab in a shed.

  • Jellico will host a workshop next Thursday

     Members of the East Tennessee Preservation Alliance will host a workshop emphasizing historic preservation at Jellico’s municipal building next Thursday at 6:30 p.m.

    “This workshop is to bring the business leaders together to inform them,” Mayor Les Stiers.

  • Fishing is slow during daylight hours; most of the action comes after dark

    The following is a weekly summary of the fishing conditions on Norris Lake as reported by creel clerks from the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA).

    After being above full pool for much of the spring and early summer months, the lake level is now 1,018.21 feet and falling. Surface temperatures remain in the mid 80s, although 65-degree water can be found 33 feet deep. The water is clear at all locations.