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  • Jellico still treading deep water from 'financial storm'

    It was the perfect financial storm of a bad economy, bad estimates and bad sales projections, and the town of Jellico is still picking up pieces.

    With the new budget season only four months away, Jellico Mayor Les Stiers is hopeful this year will be better than the last when it comes to generating revenue and preventing some of the problems the town has faced in the past six months.

    “Annexation is still top on the list to grow this city,” he said Tuesday afternoon. The town first discussed annexation last winter and dropped the topic last spring.

  • Teen's story touches millions; legacy will live on with foundation

     Dark clouds hung low and rain drizzled as nearly 200 green balloons ascended solemnly toward the heavens. Residents of Campbell County and others came out for this scene at Jacksboro Middle Friday morning — and to walk for Katelyn Norman, the 14-year-old freshman at Campbell County High School, who lost her battle with osteosarcoma only hours earlier.

  • 'New recipe' leads to local meth lab explosion

    A LaFollette man was severely burned last week after his alleged meth lab exploded.

    Police were initially made aware of the fire when the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department was
    contacted.

    “We sent Deputy Franklin Ayers by the residence to assess the situation,” said Sheriff Robbie Goins. “When Ayers arrived he immediately asked for a detective.”

    Ayers determined a detective was needed because it was an outbuilding that was burning — not a mattress as first reported.

  • NOW HIRING: Matix Corp filling positions at Caryville plant

    CARYVILLE—Japan-based Matix Corporation, which operates a local plant here will hire several additional employees, according to reports from local business leaders. Applications are being accepted at the facility on Erschel Collins Industrial Park, off Interstate 75 exit 141. 

    It’s unclear how many positions will be hired or what the starting pay will be. Officials from Matix did not respond to messages from The Press. But local business leaders say the plant’s payroll is among the highest in the county. 

  • Duo loots thousands in stolen goods

    A Campbell County duo is facing theft charges stemming  from an alleged home invasion on Car View Lane in LaFollette.
    Michael Allen Taylor, 26, 1005 Whitman Hollow Road, LaFollette, and Brittany Leigh Boshears, 24, 2732 Demory Road, LaFollette are both facing charges of aggravated burglary and theft of property up to $59,999.

  • New legislation could be life saving for some women

    The Breast Care Prevention Act could be a game changer.
    If passed by Tennessee lawmakers this term, women with questionable mammogram results will have the option of further testing, specifically an ultrasound.
    As it stands now ,women whose tests indicate dense breast tissue aren’t informed of the ramifications.
    Women with dense breasts have an increased risk of breast cancer, according to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

  • Winnie sent to prison

    Anthony Craig Winnie is headed back to prison after pleading guilty to more than 20 criminal charges Monday.

    Winnie had been charged in a series of car burglaries that occurred in November 2012. Following the plea, Winnie was sentenced to five years in the custody of the Tennessee Department of Corrections. He had been released from TDOC supervision in September 2012.

    Winnie and Phillip McGhee were arrested just days after police believe the two burglarized as many as 24 cars in the Jacksboro area.

  • Former volunteer fire chief arrested

     Acting on a warrant issued out of Bradley County, the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department arrested former Pinecrest Volunteer Fire Department Chief Jerry Moat at his home.

    The warrant charged Moat with theft over $1,000.

    When CCSD authorities, assisted by Jacksboro Police and the United States Marshal Service, arrested Moat he told them “He had been expecting this.”

  • TAX TIME: Don't get caught in the filing storm

     An estimated 605,000 Tennesseans will wait until April 15 — the deadline — to file their taxes, according to information from Internal Revenue Service auditors. 

    If you’re one of those procrastinators, clip these tips and put them on the fridge:  

  • Thefts mean hi-tech security for Jellico Electric and Water

    A month ago, thieves stole $15,000 worth of copper and brass from the Jellico Electric and Water service.
    Before that, they cut grounding wires off some of the trucks.
    Last week, they stole a chainsaw.
    “If it’s not tied down, people are taking it,” said J.E.W.S. General Manager Billy Rowe.
    Jellico Police Chief Chris Anderson agrees security is needed at the various utility department properties and that’s why the agency seeks to install a high-tech monitoring system.