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  • Homeless results show increase from last year



    In 24 hours last Thursday, Phyllis Clingner estimated the homeless population in Campbell County to be just under 100 people.

    With the help of churches, charitable organizations and the LaFollette Housing Authority the estimated homeless is 97 men, woman and children without a place to call home.

  • Wilson arrested after siphoning money from employer



    A slow depletion of funds from a local construction company led supervisors to question bookkeeper Tracey Lynn Tackett-Wilson, 23, of LaFollette.

    According to Campbell County Sheriff Gary Perkins, the supervisors of the construction company brought the case to the sheriff’s department seeking action.

  • WalMart employee arrested for theft



    An employee of Wal-Mart arrested for theft, netted additional charges when pills were found in his socks.

    According to Jacksboro Officer James Skeans, he was dispatched to the large retail store in reference to a theft.

  • Jacksboro police arrest woman for vehicle theft



    Selling a vehicle for $75 netted charges of theft of property over $1000 for Amy Renae Matlock, 33, from Jacksboro.

    Jacksboro Detective Mike Starrett investigated the theft of the vehicle, taken from the father of Matlock’s ex-boyfriend, the report indicates.

  • PAW clinic reaches out to Campbell County

    A not-for-profit spay and neuter clinic in Greenback has extended a helping paw to Campbell County.

    The PAW clinic is currently offering a big dog special, which is a free spay and neuter to dogs over 30 pounds. The special is offered based on income and aimed at helping those who wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford the surgeries.

    “Our whole mission is to prevent euthanasia by keeping these animals from being killed in shelters, run over on the streets and dumped off,” said Clinic Director Debbie Searfoss.

  • Fight school to open in Campbell County

    The bad boys are coming to town.

    Seasoned fight promoter Charles Headley is starting a fight school in Woodson’s Mall.

    Headley said Bad Boy Promotions, LLC should be up and running by the end of February.

    He plans not only for a fight school, but an expo center as well.

    “I plan on leasing the old Hall’s Salvage area to host the fights, as well as motorcycle and car shows, powwows and concerts,” Headley said.

    He plans on calling it LaFollette Expo.

  • Jacksboro election candidates announced

    It’s election time in Jacksboro.

    The seats on the ballot include a mayor and three aldermen positions.

    Incumbent Jack Cannon is running for mayor unopposed, according to election commission records.

    Of the three aldermen spots that will appear on the April ballot, one is for a two-year term only. Mattie Lou Nance, who currently sits on the board, and Michael J. Sharp are competing for this position.

    The other two aldermen positions are for four-year terms.

  • Jellico mayor and vice mayor battle it out

    The sparks flew between Mayor Forster Baird and Vice Mayor Mike Johnson at Jellico’s special called meeting on Thursday night.

    The meeting was held to once again, discuss the temporary establishment of a city court system.

    Jellico has been without a court system since 2007, when Circuit Court Judge John McAfee suspended the court system. The case was later appealed by then Judge Don Moses.

  • Jellico vice mayor plans audit; hopes to streamline finances

    Vice Mayor Mike Johnson’s first official act, as the new Jellico Finance Chair will be an internal audit of the town’s finances.

    “I think we need not only external, but internal audits as well,” Johnson said on Tuesday. He said he plans to work closely with the auditors in the hopes of streamlining the town’s finances.

    “My line of work is finance, so I feel putting me in the finance chair position was not a bad move by the mayor,” Johnson said.

    Johnson said efficiency was behind his promise of an audit.

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