Local News

  • County gets new budget; no tax increase included

    Tuesday night, the Campbell County Budget and Finance Committee accepted a revised budget that included no tax increase. At the budget and finance committee meeting on July 19, a $78,117,045 budget proposal, which included a 16 percent property tax increase, was rejected. Tuesday night, Jeff Marlow, director of the Campbell County Finance Department, brought a budget before the budget and finance committee that didn’t include a property tax increase.

  • Campbell County Veterans to receive a community based, outpatient clinic

    Last week, local veterans received word that a community-based, outpatient clinic was coming to Campbell County.

    “We just heard last week, the money has been secured for a clinic in Campbell County,” Walden said.

    The funding for the clinic has come from Rural Health Dollars, allocated from the Veteran’s Affairs in Washington D.C., Walden said.

  • School board shuffles positions

    Several factors including budget cuts, a loss in state funding and decreased student enrollment have culminated in the loss of 21 positions within Campbell County Schools.

    “We’re trying to make sure we have every person on the payroll that’s not retired had a position, were needed, and were certified,” said Director of Schools Donnie Poston.

     Teachers who retired at the end of last school year will not be replaced and other positions were eliminated entirely.

  • Jellico meeting grievance ends in parking lot

    The grievance process may have been closed, but that didn’t stop an altercation outside the Jellico Municipal Building last Thursday.

    During the monthly board of mayor and aldermen meeting, Nancy Rookard addressed the council regarding vice mayor Venita Johnson allegedly “running her mouth” about her daughter.

    “She’s so special because she’s my damn daughter,” Rookard told Johnson during the meeting.

    Several people have allegedly told Rookard that Johnson has been “badmouthing” her daughter again.

  • Jellico heightens security measures for town meetings

    Officers were searching bags and people for weapons at Jellico’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting last Thursday. The practice could become a permanent occurrence in light of calls Mayor Les Stiers has received.

    “We had received a tip that there were people in the audience that may be carrying handguns,” Stiers said.

    At Thursday’s meeting, police discovered an individual carrying a knife. The person was ordered to take the knife back to his vehicle.

  • Public Records July 26, 2012

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


    JULY 16  – JULY 20

    Michael W. Leach to Peoples Bank of the South, Dist. 1, $2,000.

    Gary J. Ruskowski and Erica L. Ruskowski to Ayers LP, Dist. 2, $45,000.

    Ayers LP to Gary J. Ruskowski and Erica L. Ruskowski, Dist. 2, $115,000.



    J. Stephen Hurst to James V. Terry, Dist. 1, $31,500.

  • Commission fails to pass resolution that would expedite a bill that would allow snake handling

    Despite the county commission’s decision to take no action lifting a ban on snake handling in Tennessee, local pastor Andrew Hamblin intends to continue using serpents in his worship services. The county commissioners voted Monday against a resolution to repeal a law that bans snake handling in Tennessee 10-2. Commissioners Tom Hatmaker and Beverly Hall were the only “yes” votes.

  • Early voting up andrRunning

    The polls are up and running as of last Friday.

    Voters have been going to the Campbell County Election Commission and the Jellico Municipal Building to cast their early votes, according to Campbell County Administrator of Elections Ann Ayers-Colvin.

    As of Tuesday evening, a total of 777 ballots had been cast.

    “It has been busy, steady really,” Ayers-Colvin said. “There has just been a few minutes between voters, as soon as someone leaves somebody else comes in.”

  • LaFollette man arrested on 82-count rape, child pornography indictment

    LaFollette Police arrested 52-year-old Lonnie Ellison on July 13 after an eight-month investigation involving the district attorney’s office and the Internet Crimes Against Children (I.C.A.C.) office in Knoxville. The arrest came after Lt. Monty Miller received a sealed indictment from the Campbell County Grand Jury on July 11.

    “We’ve been actively investigating this non-stop since November of last year,” Miller said.

  • Public Records July 19, 2012

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


    Campbell County

    Property Transfers

    July 9  – July 13

    Ayers LP to Clarence C. Pierce and Debra G. Pierce, Dist. 1, $20,000.

    S and S Construction Services Inc to Kathleen A. Rogers, Dist. 1, $610,000.

    Wayne Partin to Michael W. Leach, Dist. 1, $500.

    Robert Rusty Massengill to Ronald Todd Poston and Erin Lee Poston, Dist. 3, $190,000.