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  • Shelter workers 'out of doghouse'

     JACKSBORO—A Campbell County grand jury has considered all the evidence against the Adrion W. Baird Animal Center and found no criminal wrongdoing.

    “[It’s] difficult to prove intentional animal cruelty,” said District Attorney General Lori Phillips-Jones.

    On Aug. 16, the grand jury heard nearly two hours of evidence presented by Tennessee Bureau of Investigation agent Andy Corbitt. 

  • Jellico: Resolution readies town for state takeover

     JELLICO—The town is one step closer to the cash-basis budget needed to put the fiscally-troubled community back on an even keel.

    On Monday night, the board convened with one item on the agenda — a resolution to apply for funding bonds.  The resolution was approved unanimously. 

    Alderman Darrell Byrge was absent.

  • Rattler bites worshipper

     LaFOLLETTE—A Virginia man is recovering at his home after he was reportedly bitten on his head by a rattlesnake at a Sunday homecoming religious service at the Ivydell Holiness Church. 

    “Bubba” Long, who’s believed to be in his late 20s, was transported by ambulance to Tennova’s LaFollette Medical Center, according to dispatchers, and later transferred to University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville. Long was treated with anti-venom and is said to be in stable condition. 

  • Man nabbed on drug charges after trying to conceal pills in bandage

    LaFOLLETTE—A probation violator picked up some extra charges Monday when he was arrested at the downtown LaFollette Shell station.
    Campbell County Sheriff’s Deputy Howard Dople made contact with Mark Brandon Longmire, 36, 1011 Kyle St., LaFollette, just after 6 p.m. on Aug. 26.  After police confirmed the warrant for his arrest, Longmire was asked to produce identification.

  • 2 arrested for breaking in, pulling safe from victim’s residence

    LaFOLLETTE—Guns, coins, a television and a safe were among items recovered after an alleged aggravated burglary last week in LaFollette.
    Officers from the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office responded on Aug. 22 to reports of burglary and theft at a residence on Brown Crest Drive.

  • Jellico police busted for online liquor bootlegging

    JELLICO—A posting on a popular government surplus website reveals Jellico officials were attempting to bootleg alcohol online.
     The Jellico Police Department — like many other government entities — often sells surplus and seized property on the website, www.govdeals.com.
    On Aug. 19, the department posted there several collectors’ cases of liquor — including Jim Beam, Crown Royal and Patron — for commercial resell.

  • I-75 lighting project near Jellico could be on hold

    JELLICO—A project to illuminate the intersection at US 25-W and I-75 in Jellico could be on hold.
    On Aug. 15, Tennessee Department of Transportation Manager Kip Mayton told Mayor Les Stiers the town’s portion of the project is due by the end of the month in order for work to begin.
    The project was funded by a 50/50 grant, bringing the town’s contribution to $210,000. The electric company cleared trees and prepared the work site, reducing the town’s portion to $110,000.

  • Youth groups to gather for panel discussion to hear what the Bible says about sex

    JACKSBORO— First Baptist Church of Jacksboro will host “Sex by God’s Design: A Panel Discussion and Q & A on Sex, Dating, Marriage and Homosexuality” on Wednesday, Aug. 28, at 6:30 p.m.
    “(Sex) permeates our culture,” FBCJ Family and Children Pastor Randall Davenport said. “Everybody knows sex sells. You can’t get away from the issue of sex — from Victoria’s Secret marketing lingerie to little girls, to driving up I-75 to Adult World.”

  • Youth groups to gather for panel discussion to hear what the Bible says about sex

    JACKSBORO— First Baptist Church of Jacksboro will host “Sex by God’s Design: A Panel Discussion and Q & A on Sex, Dating, Marriage and Homosexuality” on Wednesday, Aug. 28, at 6:30 p.m.
    “(Sex) permeates our culture,” FBCJ Family and Children Pastor Randall Davenport said. “Everybody knows sex sells. You can’t get away from the issue of sex — from Victoria’s Secret marketing lingerie to little girls, to driving up I-75 to Adult World.”

  • Meet the people who make Jellico gel: part one of a two-part series

    JELLICO—Despite its present-day reputation as a financially-struggling (and oftentimes dysfunctional) mountain town, Jellico is a place steeped in history and Appalachian culture. From its early coal and lumber roots, to its mid-century reputation as the “marriage capital of Tennessee,” to its future plans to become a destination for recreational enthusiasts and green business enterprises, there’s a lot more to Jellico than meets the eye.