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  • Fleischmann holds Mayor’s round table at Roane State campus

    U.S. Congressman Chuck Fleischmann appeared before local elected officials, businessmen and constituents at the mayor’s round table at Roane State Community College on Jan. 29. The event allowed him to hear the concerns of Campbell County citizens.
    “When I campaigned in the new district three, Scott County and most of Campbell County were added,” Fleischmann said. “I want feedback from the people here in Campbell County so I can go back to Washington and advocate for the people of Campbell County.”

  • Iced C: Campbell County coated in layer of ice

    Wintry weather covered Campbell County in ice Jan. 25, but caused minimal structural damage.
    About half an inch of ice was reported in some places in East Tennessee, according to Tennessee Emergency Management Agency. However, less than 100 people went without power and there were only two reported automobile accidents.
    The LaFollette Utilities Board reported two power outages Friday morning, and Jellico Electric and Water System reported none.

  • Man cited for speeding is wanted in New York

    A Georgia man was pulled over for speeding Jan. 25 and found to be wanted by New York law enforcement.

  • Jellico library releases annual report

    Jellico librarian Mark Tidwell outlined goals and accomplishments for the town’s library in an annual report for the 2011-12 fiscal year.

    “We had a really good year and we’re off to a good fiscal year this year,” he said.

    The library operated on a total budget of $293,658. The town provided $64,254 of that. The county provided $9.500. Additional money came in the form of grants and donations. 

  • Campbell County Resident sees book published

    It took more than a decade for Jim Dossett to finish his first novel, “Finding Bobby Ray.”

    “As time went on I got some other ideas and the story’s completely different than I started out to be. I did most of the writing from May through December of last year. The premise of the book, it’s about family being everything whether you’re blood kin or not,” Dossett said.

    While the book is not entirely biographical, his time in Campbell County influenced the novel.

  • Jellico property sells at Saturday auction

    The town of Jellico sold two pieces of property on Douglas Lane at an auction Saturday. The property was sold to J.J. Hatmaker Sr., the father of Jellico Assistant Police Chief J.J. Hatmaker.

    David Longmire oversaw the sale of the two lots, totaling 3.9 acres.

    “The person who bought the land has 30 days to come up with the money,” said Jellico Mayor Les Stiers.

    The town earned $29,000 from the sale and the buyer will pay an additional 10 percent in auctioneer’s fees. The land was appraised at $31,000.

  • Citizens voice support for Poston on Jacksboro Middle marquee

    Drivers on Highway 25W may have noticed a new message on the sign at Jacksboro Middle School on Monday.

    “Concerned citizens of Campbell County support Donnie Poston for superintendent of schools” scrolled across the sign this week.

    The display came after the Campbell County Board of Education had a change of heart and voted 4-4 against extending Poston’s contract. In December, the board voted 9-1 with only Rector Miller dissenting.

  • Bomb threat empties Jellico High School

    A handwritten bomb threat found late Monday morning caused students and teachers to evacuate Jellico High School.

    “We did have a bomb threat and our SRO [school resource officer] notified the sheriff’s department and the city police department and we evacuated the building and took them to our safe haven, which is over at the Crouches Creek Baptist Church,” said Jellico High School Principal Harry Chitwood.

    The note was found just before noon. An announcement was made for all students and staff to exit the building.

  • Dunaway receives warning from professional board

    A local attorney has been censured by his peers.

    Last week, the Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility handed down the reprimand to Johnny V. Dunaway. It doesn’t affect his ability to practice law but serves as a warning.

    It was alleged Dunaway “charged and received a contingency fee” from a client in exchange for representing her once her divorce case reached the appeals level, according to a press release issued by the TBPR. Prior to this he charged her $350 an hour.

  • Moore violates probation; victim's mother is outraged

     Editor’s note: The following story contains information about a young child who was the victim of a sexual crime. The last name of the mother has been excluded to protect the privacy of the minor.

     

    Robert Moore, a convicted sexual offender, recently violated his probation.

    He left the state after being instructed by his probation officer not to. While he was charged with violating the probation, Moore spent little time in jail for the charge.

    For the mother of his victim, the quick release is unacceptable.