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  • Excavations part of efforts to complete new jail

    The hole that has been dug next to the Campbell County Jail is part of a project to expand the jail and courthouse.
    The Campbell County Jail currently has 90 beds and houses an average of about 170 inmates, said Captain Eric Jones of the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department. The new jail will hold 233 additional beds.
    After completing phase one of the project this summer, Merritt Construction begun excavating in preparation to construct the new jail and justice center.

  • Monday storms hit Campbell County

    Storms brought thunder, rain and winds through Campbell County Monday.
    “We were kind of dreading them (winds),” said Linden Shelton, with LaFollette Utilities operations.
    Storms came through Campbell County around 5 a.m.
    “Wind got up pretty good,” Shelton said. However, during the afternoon, when weather.com put Campbell County under a wind advisory, winds only blew at about 25 miles per hour, Shelton said. And the winds didn’t cause outages, Shelton said.

  • Budget and Finance approves 21 resolutions

    At its Dec. 10 meeting, the budget and finance committee approved 21 budget resolutions.
    Among these was a resolution to use money from state grants to fund an archery program in the school system.
    “Jimmie Jeffries worked on this,” committee member Tom Hatmaker said. “He was the driving force behind this.”
    Gail Stanley is the instructor for the program.

  • Santa Claus to visit LaFollette Public LIbrary

    Santa Claus will visit children at the LaFollette Public Library on Dec. 19 at 1 p.m.
    “It’s going to be great,” library director Nancy Green said. “Just encourage everyone to come out and visit with Santa.”
    Santa will come to the children’s section of the library with Mrs. Claus, Rudolph, Frosty and Mickey Mouse. He will greet the children who come to meet him and take gift requests.
    “We’re hoping we’ll be able to get him to read a story,” Green said.

  • Cameron will not face charges

    After months of deliberation, a Campbell County Grand Jury has agreed not to indict Eva Cameron. In July, Illinois native Eva Cameron left her mentally impaired daughter, Lynn, at a Caryville tavern.

    She would later claim she didn’t know it was a bar when questioned by police.

    While Lynn Cameron entered the state’s custody in Tennessee, she was eventually transferred back to Illinois and placed in a facility in her home county.

  • Fire claims two lives

    An early morning house fire has claimed the lives of two people.

    On Tuesday morning, just after 3:30, E-911 was notified that a house at 3899 Highway 297 was engulfed in flames, according to Campbell County Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy Aaron Evans.

    When CCSD Capt. Brandon Elkins arrived at the home just before 8 a.m., he said the blaze had just been extinguished.

    The small blockhouse was destroyed in the early morning fire, he said.

  • Fincastle Church of God burns

    Precious memories.

    That is what kept running through the mind of Pastor Mike Smith as he watched his church, Fincastle Church of God, burn early Sunday morning.

    Smith thought of the weddings, baptisms, funerals and church functions he had presided over in the sanctuary now engulfed in flames.

    As crews managed to get leverage over the blaze that would eventually destroy the church, Smith said they called him over to them.

  • Employee training leads to large reimbursements.

    Editor’s Note: This is the fourth article in our series on government spending within Campbell County.

     

    A personnel shortage made is necessary for seven Campbell County Clerk employees to make almost 200 trips between Jacksboro and Jellico at $28.20 for each trip.

    Another 190 trips between Jacksboro and LaFollette were made at $5.64 each.

    Each mile is worth 47 cents.

  • Commission to look at Montclair’s requests

    In a letter, Montclair Technologies expressed intentions of purchasing the Taylor Machine Shop Building in Jellico and some adjacent property. While Jellico has agreed to terms, county leaders are a little more hesitant.

  • Former town recorder files workman’s comp claim

    One week after submitting a resignation, former Jellico town recorder Linda Douglas has filed a workman’s compensation claim against the town.

    Douglas injured her back on Nov. 8 while moving boxes, according to a notice from Douglas’s attorney Dave Dunaway to Jellico Mayor Les Stiers.

    “Since that time and because of the impending economic situation in which the City of Jellico was involved, Ms. Douglas was not given time to recuperate from her injuries,” the letter said.