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  • Speaker of the House to attend luncheon here

    UP THE VALLEY—Today (Aug. 15), Tennessee Speaker of the House Beth Harwell, R- Nashville, will attend a luncheon in honor of Rep. Dennis Powers, R- Jacksboro. The luncheon will be held at the Stables at 1 p.m. Harwell is the first female speaker of the house in Tennessee.
    Tickets can be purchased at the door.

  • ‘AIKEN FOR CHANGE’

    JACKSBORO—Adrion W. Baird Animal Center Director Michael Aiken said he’s “green as a gourd,” but willing to learn the ropes and make the shelter successful again.
    Aiken took the reigns at the embattled facility on Aug. 5 and began preparations to reopen. As part of his plans for shelter operations, he hopes to work with local rescue groups to help find homes for lost and stray animals.

  • VIRTUAL SCHOOL PLANS OFF LINE FOR NOW

     JACKSBORO—A plan to implement an Internet-based learning curriculum in Campbell County is offline  —  for now  —  after state education officials, apparently powered down the plan.
    The fate of the district’s “Virtual Academy” remains unclear.
    Campbell County Director of Schools Donnie Poston said Tuesday night that all the necessary paperwork has been submitted to the Tennessee Department of Education for approval.

  • HUNT ON FOR ACCUSED RAPIST

    JELLICO—Jellico police are searching for a man accused of raping a Jellico woman earlier this month.
    Jellico Police Officer Jeff Ivey was dispatched to a home to investigate an alleged rape late in the morning on Aug. 4.
    Monty Sands, 33, formerly of Williamsburg, Ky., was reportedly spending the night at a home in Jellico when he allegedly raped one of the occupants, police said. Sands fled the residence on foot when the victim was able to push him away and call police.

  • M.I.S.T AGENCY FIGHTING TO STYMY DRUG-DEPENDENT NEWBORN PROBLEM

    CAMPBELL COUNTY—Tremors. Vomiting.Runny nose.
    These are some of the symptoms of drug withdrawal and can vary widely depending on the substance an individual is withdrawing from.
    The symptoms are nearly identical when it happens to newborns with neonatal abstinence syndrome — a set of symptoms that present soon after birth in babies born with a chemical dependency because of their mother’s substance abuse.

  • LANDFILL LIKELY FOR PRISTINE AREA: PLANS HATCHED TO STORE COAL ASH, SOLID WASTE AT 300-ACRE DUMP SITE

    DUFF—George Hyfantis, president of Quantum Environmental and Engineering Services, LLC, spoke with county officials Monday night about the possibility of a 300-acre landfill coming to Westbourne, in the Duff community. Hyfantis works for Ketchen Land Company, Inc. and Davis Creek Energy, LLC, which tentatively plans to build a landfill to store solid waste and industrial coal ash deposits there.

  • ‘SNAKE SALVATION’: SERPENT-HANDLING PREACHER TO STAR IN 16-SHOW NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SERIES

    LaFOLLETTE—A serpent-handling preacher is expected to star in an upcoming reality series produced by National Geographic. The show — titled “Snake Salvation” —  is expected to begin airing 16, half-hour-long episodes, with back-to-back shows debuting 9 and 9:30 p.m. on Sept. 10. Producers of the show have been tight-lipped about details, but it’s expected to center around the life of 22-year-old Tabernacle Church of God pastor Andrew Hamblin and his controversial congregation.

  • EX COP GETS 20 YEARS FOR SEXUALLY EXPLOITING MINOR

    LaFOLLETTE—A former LaFollette Police Officer will spend the next 20 years behind bars.
    Michael Shane Baker, 40, appeared in jeans and a white T-shirt in Campbell County Criminal Court to answer to a July 2012 indictment charging him with 22 counts of especially aggravated exploitation of a minor and 21 counts of solicitation of sexual exploitation of a minor.
    Baker was charged after a multi-agency investigation between the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, TBI and the Internet Crimes Against Children taskforce.
    The victim was a female from Georgia.

  • Jellico sees property tax reinstated, rate did not change

    JELLICO – A July 29 agreement about a dollar tax-hike had dissolved by the time the board reconvened on Monday.

    Last week, the Board of Mayor and Alderman combed through the budget in a three-hour workshop with Union Bank President Allen McClary offering his suggestions and advice for balancing the budget.

  • Jellico board decides to keep Denton, hires new recorder

    JELLICO—Officials have decided to ask part-time certified municipal finance officer Sondra Denton to return to work to train the newly selected town recorder.

    Denton has worked with the town since former town recorder Linda Douglas resigned on Dec. 4, 2012.

    Denton’s original contract dated Dec. 11, 2012 was presented at Monday night’s workshop. The contract lays out her stipulations for work, including a retainer of $250 per month as well as $95 per hour. The town also pays Denton the state mileage rate at 55 cents per mile.