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Today's News

  • Jellico dispatch savings still not on solid ground

    JELLICO—Despite a previous mandate to abolish part-time fire dispatchers positions here, the details to implement the measure are unclear.
    Last Wednesday, Jellico’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen – minus Tommy Bowlin and Darrell Byrge —discussed how to implement the change.

  • Broken brake light leads to drug charges

    A broken brake light caught the attention of Campbell County Sheriff’s Deputy James McCall on April 12.
    After iniatiating a traffic stop, McCall found that Dale Wilson, 51, of 629 Grantsboro Road, was unable to provide proof of insurance and registration for his vehicle.  
    Police also found that Wilson allegedly had a warrant for his arrest. At that point, he was taken into custody, the report said.

  • Jellico officials begin budget talks

    JELLICO— Budgets for three departments are tentatively set after last Wednesday’s special called meeting of the Jellico Board of Mayor and Aldermen.
    The highways and streets department will function on $213,522 for fiscal year 2013-14. The number is based on the amount of revenue generated as of now, which is also $213,522.
    “You don’t want to spend more than you’re going to bring in, and that’s been a problem,” said part time certified municipal finance officer, Sondra Denton.

  • Vigil to raise money for cancer stricken mother

    A mother’s dying wish is for her children to have bedrooms to live in.
    Heather Santana moved back to Campbell County from Greeneville with her two daughters in order to help care for her ailing father.
    Currently, she’s in a nursing facility, diagnosed with terminal cancer. She only has two months to live according to the “Praying for Heather Farmer Santana” Facebook page.
    “This family needs some help,” said Becky Bolton, family friend.

  • Budget workshop set for April 25 in Caryville

    CARYVILLE—The town’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen will meet at 6 p.m. on April 25 to begin hammering out the 2013-14 budget.
    The budget is due in Nashville by the end of June and will require two readings before approval.
    With two and a half months left in the fiscal year, the town has used 68 percent of its budget. According to the monthly financial statement, the town had $387,890 in the bank as of March 31. Expenditures for March were $80,566 while revenue was $98,677.

  • Animal shelter closed pending investigation

    The Adrion W. Baird Animal Center is closed pending an investigation into allegations against shelter director Betty Crumley.

    There is no scheduled date for the shelter to be reopened, according to the Campbell County Mayor's office.

    On Tuesday, an investigator from the Tennessee Department of Health was at the shelter for a tour and to speak with each employee about shelter practices.

  • Revealing of the rivals

    ccannon@lafollettepress.com

    “You’re killin’ me, Smalls!”

    The famous quote by “The Sandlot” character, Hamilton “Ham” Porter, fit the evening on Saturday for the Jellico middle school baseball squad.

    Nathan “Smalls” Johnson hurled a bomb from just inside right field, throwing Isaac Mitchell out at home plate. Catcher Max Farris made the tag, as Mitchell was trying to extend his triple into an inside-the-park home run.

  • Dump site policies could change

    In the wake of last month’s layoffs, the county’s Environmental Services Committee has recommended departmental changes.
    Last month, Environmental Services Director T. Don Boshears laid off five convenience center workers to reduce hours at nine dump sites—all but one on Towe String Road. While these sites used to operate 10 hours a day for seven days a week, they are now closed Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Boshears had to cut his budget, he said last month.
    Opening dumps on Sunday

  • Caryville, Jacksboro ask County to pay dispatch fees

    Local municipalities are seeking the county’s help. Monday night, Jacksboro Mayor Jack Cannon and Caryville Mayor Chris Stanley asked the Campbell County Commission to pay for dispatch fees.
    “This past year we got a letter telling us it was going to cost us $57,000 for a 911 dispatcher,” Cannon said.
    This amount has since been reduced to $44,000, Cannon said.
    “We feel, that it being a county service, the county should pick up the tab,” Cannon said.

  • Taking a stand in Campbell County