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  • Three left to select from for chancellor's position

    The governor now has a field of three candidates to choose from to fill the Eighth Judicial District Chancellor’s seat. The position became open when Chancellor Billy Joe White died in November 2012. He had served as chancellor for more than 30 years.

    Following a public hearing in February, Scott County General Sessions Judge Jamie Cotton, Charles Sexton, a private practice attorney, and Andrew Tillman, a senior law clerk at the Tennessee Court of Appeals are the final three contenders.

    Charles P. Sexton

  • Grand jury returns indictments

     The Campbell County Grand Jury handed down the following indictments on Friday:

    •Matthew Veach- evading arrest, simple possession of a schedule II controlled substance, no driver’s license, resisting arrest.

    •Kurt Veach and Matthew Veach- aggravated assault.

    •Jeffery Thomas Sills- two counts rape of a child, casual exchange (to a minor), six counts aggravated sexual battery.

    •James M. Rich- five counts rape of a child, two counts rape, four counts aggravated sexual battery, four counts incest.

  • Public Records -Feb. 21, 2013

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as or similar to other members of the community.


    FEB. 11 – FEB. 15

    Nina D. Reineri to Jerry Finley, Dist. 3, $57,500.

    Paradigm Ministries to Benjamin Howard and Loralyn Howard, Dist. 1, $26,000.

    Millie T. Diaz and James Diaz to Malicote Family LP, Dist. 1, $61,500.

    Jellico City to James Hatmaker, Dist. 5, $31,900.

  • CCHS cleared of bomb threat

    After a sweep of Campbell County High School that yielded no explosives, the school has been reopened.

    A bomb sniffing dog discovered no explosives. It is expected the games will start soon.

  • Evans requests elimination of Summer Intern Program

    At the Feb. 11 commission workshop, Commissioner Alvin Evans requested eliminating the summer intern program. Evans wants to use the program’s money to restore the commission’s discretionary funds.
    “I feel like we can do more with the discretionary money than hiring a summer intern,” Evans said. “I think most of us used our discretionary money for things people wouldn’t have (otherwise)…You’re gonna work one person verses helping a lot of people.”

  • Trail Manor asks for help with HVAC repairs

    At the Feb. 11 meeting, the budget and finance committee passed a resolution to spend money repairing the J Sports Building. Trail Manor is the business that currently uses the J Sports Building, and this isn’t Trail Manor’s first request for the county’s help.
    The Campbell County Commission granted Trail Manor a six-month reprieve from paying rent at the October 2012 meeting.

  • Unruly customer causes Y-12 FCU to seek police protection

    The LaFollette Branch of Y-12 Federal Credit Union felt police protection was necessary after a customer allegedly became angry.
    “Y-12 Federal Credit Union had some problems with a customer,” LaFollette Police Chief Jimmy Jeffries said. “They felt his actions were very threatening.”
    The member of the federal credit union involved with the incident wasn’t violent, said Chris Smith, Vice President of Marketing for Y-12 Federal Credit Union.

  • Dixie Youth baseball sign ups to begin next week

    Baseball is just around the corner. Dixie Youth League sign ups will be held on Feb. 16, Feb. 23 and March 2, Dixie Youth Board Member Wade Lawson said.
    “We had over 500 kids last year,” Lawson said. “Which was really good for us.”

  • Summit Medical to host classes for senior citizens

    Summit Medical Group is offering free congestive heart failure and diabetes classes to its patients.
    Registered nurses and registered dieticians from the Health Education Department will teach the classes, Health Education Manager Suzanne Kieltyka said.

  • Board of education approves solar panels at three additional schools

    Three additional sides will see solar panels installed after the board unanimously agreed to the project.

    The schools, Jellico High School, Jellico Elementary and Elk Valley Elementary School, weren’t originally included in the initial approval due to cost with Jellico Electric System. The utility company wanted $1,000 for each application for solar panels, but Robbie Thomas with Efficient Energy of Tennessee were able to get those panels at a cost low enough to offset the application fees.