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  • 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.

  • Meet the people who make Jellico gel

    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.

  • Citizen calls for Stiers’ immediate resignation

    JELLICO—A resident of Jellico called for Mayor Les Stiers to resign immediately during last Thursday’s regularly scheduled town meeting.

    Reading from a four-page typed statement, Carolyn Leach levied several accusations at Stiers — including “official oppression,” disregard for the board’s votes, reckless spending, lying and sexism.

    Stiers took notes during the lengthy statement.

  • Jacksboro Elementary named rewards school

    JACKSBORO—The Tennessee Department of Education has released 2012-13 TCAP data, and the results are largely positive for Campbell County’s school district.

    Jacksboro Elementary School received the designation of Reward School for the 2012-13 year. Reward schools are those in the top 5 percent for performance or progress as measured over the previous year. It’s Jacksboro’s progress that landed them a spot on the reward list.

  • Local man had audience for burglary

    An alleged burglar didn’t know he had an audience.

    Campbell County Sheriff’s  Deputy Travis Bostic was dispatched to 191 East Industrial Park in regards to a possible burglary and theft. A witness at the scene reportedly advised Bostic that Christopher Anthony Poteet, 22, 212 Middlesboro Rd., LaFollette, parked a gold Mazda near a storage shed and began loading it with equipment.

    Poteet allegedly took a conduit, water pipe, jet pump and metal culvert before leaving the scene at a high rate of speed, the reports said.