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Early voting is 9:00-4:00 today at Jacksboro and 9:00-2:00 at Jellico

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     Campbell County Shrine Club President Ernie Combs (L), Knoxville Kerbella Potentate Danny Moore (M), and Granville Cornett, vice-president of the Campbell County Shrine Club.  Charlie McDaniel who serves as the Campbell County Shrine Club’s paper sale chairperson says more than $45,000 was raised locally during the spring Shrine paper sale.(PHOTO SUBMITTED)

One dead.  Three injured in Caryville crash.

     It was a rare and frightful site; multiple Lifestar landings at the Caryville ball field across from Shoney’s at I-75.  The landing of the life saving choppers was not because of an interstate accident.  It was due to a back road wreck that happened just after 7:00 p.m. Monday night (7:08 p.m.) on Patty Hill involving a single vehicle. 

It’s believed that speeding may have been a factor in the Monday night wreck on Patty Hill at Caryville. 

Reports coming in to WLAF are that a pick-up truck flipped and landed off Ridge Road in the Little Cove Creek area of Caryville.  There were three passengers in the truck along with the driver, and all four were flown to the University of Tennessee Medical Center at Knoxville on multiple Lifestars.  Dispatchers with the Tennessee Highway Patrol office at Knoxville confirm that one of the four has died.  Trooper Joe Brown is investigating the accident and is due to release his report later this morning.  (07/22/2014 - 5:30 AM)

Mayor and deputy mayor offer “state of the county” tonight on TV

     About this time in 2010, William Baird and David G. Young were neck and neck running for the county mayor’s post.  Fast forward to July 2014, and the two longtime friends and political opponents are “running” the county mayor’s office.  Together.  Baird is the mayor, and Young is the deputy mayor. Tonight at 9:00 p.m. on WLAF-TV 12, the pair takes to the TV to present the “state of the county.” 

Combined, Young (L) and Baird have more than 40-years in government administration and grant writing. 

Young tells WLAF that many items and topics will be discussed including the solar panel project, the proposed learning academy, the mega-site industrial park, the Oswego-Montclair rail spur, the small business incubator, and others.  Mayor Baird encourages you to tune-in to hear the true facts about these items and how they benefit the county’s future. (07/22/2014 - 5:00 AM)      

 

Commission freezes discretionary funds until new budget is passed

County commissioners voted Monday night to freeze the allocation of their discretionary funds until a budget has been approved, a move which would prevent any commissioners who are not returning to office from depleting the fund of their successor, as was done in many cases four years ago.

When the current group of commissioners took office in 2010, they discovered that several commissioners who had either retired or been defeated at the polls had distributed the entirety of their $4,000 in discretionary money intended for distribution to schools and non-profit groups.

As a result, most new commissioners had no funds to distribute for an entire year. The commission’s initial reaction when the following year’s budget was adopted was to abolish the discretionary fund completely, but they later reinstated it at a lower amount of $2,500 for each commissioner.

A resolution was then proposed limiting allocation to one-quarter of the total in each calendar quarter, but that resolution caused confusion among many commissioners.

County Attorney Joe Coker told commissioners Monday night that a motion by Rusty Orick would restrict the spending of any discretionary funds until a budget is passed, despite the fact that the county is currently operating under a continuing resolution that allows spending at last year’s levels for most county operations.

Bobby White, one of three commissioners not running for re-election, agreed with that restriction, pointing out, “My intention is to not spend one dime of my discretionary fund.”

The commission then voted unanimously to freeze the discretionary fund until a budget is approved.

Commissioners also voted unanimously to approve the proposed contract with Med Trans for setting up a UT LifeStar center at the Campbell County Airport. The rental proceeds received from Med Trans will be less than originally proposed because the site preparation for the helicopter pad and building will cost around $70,000 more than anticipated.

The extra costs are due to poor bore hole samples in the area of the proposed building, making it necessary to conduct some extensive earthmoving to prepare the site, according to a memo from Med Trans representative Scott Carroll.

Med Trans asked the county to pay for the site preparation by deducting the costs from Med Trans’ monthly rent for a period of ten years. As a result Med Trans will pay $642 per month to the county and receive a $583 monthly credit toward the initial cost of site preparation. Campbell County will receive a little over half of the original offer of $14,700 a year for renting the space, but the building and all construction carried out by Med Trans will remain county property.

Thomas Hatmaker was the only commissioner to object to the proposal, protesting that the lower lease amount shortchanges taxpayers. In the end, Hatmaker voted along with other commissioners to approve the agreement, however.

The commission also voted unanimously to accept a proposal from commission secretary Peggy Henegar reducing her job to a part-time position for no more than fifteen hours a week. Henegar said that under the new arrangement, she will staff the commission meetings and workshops and other work as needed, but no longer open the commission office on a regular basis. She will no longer receive insurance or pension benefits as a part-time employee.

Commissioners voted to grant Henegar’s request, expressing gratitude for her years of loyal service. Johnny Bruce, who chaired the meeting in the absence of Mayor William Baird, also expressed his gratitude for their service to three commissioners who are not returning for another term – White, Hatmaker and Beverly Hall.

Those three outgoing commissioners may still vote at the August meeting. Although scheduled after new commissioners have been elected, that meeting will take place before the new commission is sworn into office.  (07/22/2014 - 5:00 AM)      

Early voting tops a thousand

     Early voting began on Friday, and numbers have already surpassed one-thousand.  Today, the number of early voters coming in from Jellico and Jacksboro totals 355.  On Friday, the voters tallied 466 and then 202 on Saturday.  The total at the close of the day today is 1,037.  That’s counting the number of voters who voted in person and the ballots that arrived in the mail.  The 1,037 votes cast through this afternoon represent five-percent of the total number of active voters, 21,864, in the county.  Early voting runs through August 2.  At Jacksboro, the days and hours are, Monday-Thursday from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. and then on Friday from 9:00 until 7:00 p.m.  North side voters may vote at Jellico Monday through Thursday between 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., and the Friday hours are 2:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.  Both Jacksboro and Jellico early voting precincts are open 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. on Saturdays.  Election day is Thursday, August 7.  WLAF plans to provide complete election coverage beginning election night at 7:30 p.m. over radio, television, internet, Facebook, and Twitter.(07/21/2104 - 5:30 PM)

Powers' office swamped with illegal immigration inquiries

As you are probably aware, our nation has seen an unprecedented number of unaccompanied children illegally crossing our southern border into the United States. My own office, in Nashville, has been inundated with calls and emails from my constituents expressing their concern and worry regarding this issue. I wanted to provide everyone in my district with an update of how my office and the Tennessee Legislature will be handling this issue. The TN Legislature has a tremendous amount of compassion for these children, and it is unfortunate they have been put into this position.

My office has been in regular contact with the Speaker of the House, Governor Haslam's administration, and with the Department of Safety and Homeland Security regarding this issue.  At this point, no unaccompanied children have been brought into
Tennessee nor are they scheduled to be.  In the states where the children are being taken, they are being held at federal facilities.  

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact my office, State Representative Dennis Powers, at 1-800-449-8366, ext. 13335. (07/21/2014 - 5:30 PM)

It was a week of football-n-fun at Jacksboro Middle School last week.  JMS Coach Mike Miller is pictured here with his staff and all the campers.(DAVID GRAHAM PIX 07/17/2014)

Cougar Coach Matt Housley’s annual basketball camp was held last week at John Brown Gym. (DAVID GRAHAM PIX 07/17/2014)

Traffic tip

     If your daytime travels include SR 116 to SR 330 in Campbell/Anderson Counties, you may face some delays.  T-DOT cautions to be alert for possible temporary lane closures from 8:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m.  Crews are performing work through a safety improvement project.(07/21/2014 - 6:00 AM)

Hear Hatfield here

     La Follette’s Keith Hatfield, who grew up a stone’s throw from WLAF, begins his very own sports talk show this afternoon over his hometown radio station, 1450 WLAF.  “Hatfield” as he’s referenced by Tony Basilio cranks up his fun couple of hours on the radio today and every Friday from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m.  Welcome aboard, Hatfield! (07/18/2014 - 6:00 AM)

La Follette purchases extrication equipment; used twice already

By Charlotte Underwood

The La Follette Fire Department has used recently purchased extrication equipment twice already since putting the Jaws of Life into use at the beginning of June. The equipment, which was purchased through a La Follette Medical Foundation Grant, was used on two separate wrecks already, according to La Follette Fire Chief Gary Byrd. The equipment is strong enough to cut through most vehicles on the road and runs on a gasoline-powered hydraulic pump. The department used specialized jacks to help stabilize the wrecked vehicle while the extrication equipment is used.

A La Follette Firefighters holds a jack used to stabilize vehicles while the extrication equipment is used.

Byrd had approached the La Follette City Council about purchasing the equipment and getting firefighters trained several months ago. With the council’s backing and a $34,000 grant from the medical foundation, the equipment was purchased and training commenced. According to Byrd, the entire fire department is trained on the extrication equipment. Seven members of the department are also cross trained as First Responders, meaning they can provide medical attention to the patient while waiting on the ambulance to arrive. Byrd said he has a goal to have the entire department trained as First Responders in about a year.

 The drive behind the changes is to save lives and offer the same services that many other fire departments already provide.

“It’s just a matter of keeping up with the times,” Byrd said, adding that the training and equipment was a big plus for the city.

Mayor Mike Stanfield said the department’s recent use of the equipment could have very well saved a life. He recalled in the past, driving up on wrecks and seeing firefighters and policemen standing there while waiting for the rescue squad to arrive and cut the patient out of the vehicle.

“When it’s that type of situation and you can’t do anything it’s just terrible, but we aren’t in that boat any longer. With this equipment and training, the firefighters can get the patient help much quicker. We want people to know that if they are out there and in an accident, we care and we want to help them. It will save lives,” Stanfield said.

“When you use that equipment to cut someone out and get them on their way to the hospital, those seconds or minutes could mean the difference in life and death,” Byrd agreed.(07/21/2014 - 6:00 AM)

La Follette Police hosting prescription drop off point

By Charlotte Underwood

Got unwanted, outdated, or unsafe prescription medications lying around the house?  Bring them down to Terry’s Pharmacy or Riggs Drugs on Saturday July 27 from 10 a.m. till 2 p.m. and dispose of them safely.  Outdated or unwanted over the counter medication can also be disposed of at the drop off points. The prescription drug drop off day is being held by the La Follette Police Department.

Police Chief Jimmy Jeffries said drop off days such as this are important to help the public safely dispose of unwanted medications that could otherwise prove harmful if in the wrong hands or even act as an attractant to thieves.

“We feel it is important to give the public an opportunity to safely dispose of medications,” Jeffries said, explaining that flushing medication down toilets and drains was not a safe disposal method. Medications instead need to be incinerated at a very high degree of heat, which the city will do using the medication burn machine it purchased in 2008, according to Mayor Mike Stanfield.

“Over time people can sometimes end up with a lot of old and even unlabeled medications in their homes and it’s important to properly dispose of those before some young kid gets a hold of them,” Stanfield said.

The two drop off points are Terry’s Pharmacy, located at 310 East Central Avenue in La Follette and Riggs Drugs, which is located at 502 West Central Avenue in La Follette.  The drop off begins at 10 a.m. and goes till 2 p.m. this Saturday.(07/20/2104 - 6:00 PM)

Saturday July 19th was Jerry Stout Day on Hatfield Knob of Campbell County

Terry Lewis, Brian Brown, and Bill Stanley prepare to unveil the monument bench

     Charter members and founders of the Royal Blue Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Terry Lewis and Bill Stanley unveil the Jerry Stout Memorial bench this morning in front of over 50 friends, family and members of TWRA despite the rain soaked surroundings. Bill Stanley prepared a short moving talk remembering the life and adventures of friend a partner in the foundation that all gathered to memorialize.

 

Bill Stanley Co-Chair of the Royal Blue Chapter of The Rocky Mt. Elk Foundation

     Stanley emphasized in his talk that Jerry was a classroom teacher by profession but was a person who taught all of us there many things about life itself. Jerry continued to teach us all right up to the final days, commented Stanley as Terry Lewis removes the cover of a beautiful monument in Jerry Stouts honor.

Jo Stout the first to sit on the new bench thanks friends and supporters as some traveled from as far as Alabama

3rd Forum '14 - district 5 school board/commission & sheriff candidates 07/17/2014

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Hundreds have “early” voted today

 

Nearly 500 votes have been cast through almost nine-hours of early voting.  Today is Day One of early voting, and it runs through August 2.

Early voting polls at Jacksboro and Jellico remain open until 7:00 p.m. tonight.

Early voting for Saturday is from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at both north and south side locations.  Election Day is August 7.

  WLAF provides live radio, television, internet coverage on election night. (07/18/2014 - 5:30 PM)

Jerry Stout memorial bench dedication set for Saturday morning

     Saturday morning July 19 at 10 am at the Elk Viewing Stand on Hatfield Knob near La Follette, a bench will be placed in the honor of Jerry Stout who was the past chairman of the royal Blue Chapter of Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.  Stout passed away one-year ago following a battle with Alzheimer`s.

Jerry Stout (far right) along with members of the Royal Blue  Chapter of The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is pictured assisting with construction of Elk Viewing Sign on at Hwy 25W at the turn off.

     Jerry was probably best known by many as a science teacher at La Follette Jr. High or Campbell County High School or maybe assistant principal at CCHS or principal at La Follette Middle, but Stout was heavily involved with hunter safety, search & rescue training, and was one of the original members of the local Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation committee which later led to becoming chapter chairman. 

     Stout was there and involved in the original elk release and from that point on was very active in the tracking of the elk heard.  His early involvement with amateur radio (ham radio) proved to be a plus for the TWRA when it came to tracking and keeping up with the elk. Amateur radio club members often played a game of sorts by tracking radio signals to find an individual keying a microphone and transmitting a signal.  Amateur radio operators would use antenna tracking devices to locate the person keying the mike.  When the elk heard was released TWRA placed tracking collar with transmitters on them, and Jerry`s amateur radio skills played a big part in assisting TWRA in locating and keeping up with elk and especially when an elk that died as their collars transmitted a constant signal which had to be tracked.

 

Stout (blaze orange) opens the first trailer door at most recent elk release near Smokey Junction

     Stout recently received a national award as volunteer of the year by the  Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation at the national convention  in Fort Worth Texas. 

Stout enjoying the outdoors by the fire at the Big South Fork

     The bench will be unveiled Saturday at 10 am and will be located at the elk viewing stand Jerry helped to build for the public to enjoy.  (07/18/2104 - 10:00 AM)

Forum ’14 finished; Early voting starts today

By Charlotte Underwood

The last of the political forums hosted by WLAF and the La Follette Press has come to a conclusion just in time for the start of early voting, which started at 9 a.m. today. The election is August 7.

The third and final installment of the political event was held last night at the Jellico High School Cafeteria.

School board candidates for District 5 (L-R) Elsie Bates Crawford, Crystal Creekmore, and incumbent Johnny Creekmore.  (PIX COURTESY OF DWANE WILDER-LAFOLLETTE PRESS)

Out of a total 17 political hopefuls, 12 showed up to field questions from the panel of media representatives comprised of WLAF and LaFollette Press reporters. Kennedy Walden who is a junior at Jellico High School was also a guest panelist.

County commission candidates for District 5 (L-R) Ralph Davis, Alvin “Coach” Evans, Ron Hutson, and Robert Hicks.  (PIX COURTESY OF DWANE WILDER-LAFOLLETTE PRESS)

In the sheriff race all three contenders were present. Incumbent Robbie Goins was on hand, as was contender Pete Hatfield and former sheriff Gary Perkins. Both Perkins and Goins got a jab or two in during the forum, with Goins saying he had inherited a “broken department” and Perkins declaring the current department had “taken a step back and needed to be fixed.”  Hatfield spoke on his years of experience and advocated for a changing of the guards so to speak. Crime priority and the drug problems the county faces were also hot button topics.

In the fifth district county commissioner race, six attended, while four were absent, including incumbents J.L. Davis and Terry Singley.  Carl Douglas and Forster Baird did not show either. Fifth District Commissioner Incumbent Alvin Evans attended the forum, as did Pam Carbaugh, Ralph Davis, Charles Vermillion, Robert Hicks and Ron Hutson. Budget and industry were main question topics, specifically how to get more jobs into the county. Hutson suggested advertising for more industry to move into the area and Ralph Davis said the county just needed to make industries more aware of what the area and local workforce had to offer. Evans, as the incumbent, said the recruiting of industry had to start at the top with the county mayor who had the full-time position and the time to put to the task.

The Jellico High School Cafeteria was full of onlookers for Thursday night’s Forum ’14. (PIX COURTESY OF DWANE WILDER-LAFOLLETTE PRESS)

Three out of four fifth district school board candidates were in attendance, including Elsie Bates Crawford, incumbent Johnny Creekmore and Crystal G. Creekmore. Ned Smiddy was the only no-show.

Questions put to the school board hopefuls centered on the alternative school, online classes and bullying.

(L-R) Elsie Bates Crawford, Crystal Creekmore, and Johnny Creekmore – 5th district candidates for school board of Campbell County. (CHARLOTTE UNDERWOOD PIX)

None of the three candidates present was very positive about online schooling, all agreeing that it could never take the place of the classroom experience. The county’s current policy on bullying also came under fire somewhat with both Crystal Creekmore and Crawford saying they disagreed with the fact that if a child is assaulted by a bully and defends his or herself, that child gets punished the same as the bully who did the assaulting in the first place. Both agreed the policy needed worked on, though there is no immediate solution to the age-old problem bullying presents.

(L-R) Gary Perkins, Robbie Goins, and Pete Hatfield – candidates for sheriff of Campbell County. (CHARLOTTE UNDERWOOD PIX)

The final forum ended with school board candidates giving closing statements about why they are running.

The overall response to the forum by candidates participating has been that it was great to have a venue to speak and respond to questions in front of the public.

WLAF wants to remind everyone to be sure to vote. (07/18/2014 - 6:00 AM)

Habitat for Humanity Re-store helps fund dreams

By Charlotte Underwood

The Habitat for Humanity Re-store has lots of great deals every weekend and the best part is all purchases are tax deductible, with funds going to build houses and dreams for local people in the county.

From knickknacks to antiques, glassware, furniture and more, the Habitat for Humanity Restore has lots to choose from.

From used furniture and appliances to doors, sinks, TVs, used furniture and much more, the local Habitat store has a lot to choose from. The store also has a large selection of glassware, knickknacks, books, records, used electronics and curiosities to browse through. New weekly donations keep the choices changing, so be sure to check back each weekend for new stuff.

Don’t dump it; donate it and deduct it!

The store opened in 2005 in Woodson’s Mall and is a non-profit operated solely by volunteers so all monies made at the store go to fund construction on houses. Habitat is preparing to begin on its 30th house in the county, according to Restore Manager Jeanne Smith.

You just never know what you might find

The Re-store uses all donations to help fund construction of new houses in the community. All donations are tax deductible.

“Having the store has been great; since opening the store, we haven’t had to hold fundraisers to continue construction because the store brings in steady revenue,” Smith said, adding that what Habitat really needed were volunteers. While the organization needs volunteers on all levels, two volunteer positions are currently needed very badly.

The Habitat for Humanity Restore also has lots of furniture for sale. All proceeds go towards the construction of houses for those in need.

Volunteers needed

“We desperately need a treasurer, someone with finance sense and capabilities and we also need a construction manager to help keep the projects organized and running smoothly,” Smith said, adding that the person really needed to have a background in building.

There are tons of committees and volunteer opportunities within the organization, everything from fundraising, to family support groups as well as construction and construction support.

According to Smith, “volunteers are the heart of Habitat for Humanity and are crucial to its continued success.” If you don’t have the time to volunteer, but still want to help, then make a donation to the re-store or come shop at the re-store.

Need a door to finish your home project? The Habitat for Humanity Restore has doors and much more.

“Every little bit helps build hopes, dreams and houses.” Habitat for Humanity holds a pot-luck dinner meeting on the third Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the back of the La Follette Methodist Church.  Those interested in volunteering are welcome to attend.

The Habitat Restore is located at 2221 Jacksboro Pike in Woodson’s Mall in La Follette. Store hours are Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

A variety of vanities and sinks can also be found at the store.

For more information about Habitat for Humanity in Campbell County, call 423-562-7316. Campbell County Habitat for Humanity is also on Facebook.(07/17/2014 - 6:00 AM)

1st Forum '14 - districts 1 & 2 school board/commission candidates 06/26/2014

 

2nd Forum '14 school board/commission districts 3 & 4 and mayoral 07/10/2014

 

New member appointed to Caryville board; other business

By Charlotte Underwood

Dewayne Gibson was appointed as the new member to the Caryville Board of Mayor and Aldermen on Monday evening. Gibson fills the seat that was vacated by Allen Smith, who resigned last month due to personal reasons. Gibson was sworn in during the meeting and will fill the position until the November election.

The board also approved a resolution allowing budget amendments for last year’s budget. According to the city recorder, the resolution allow for end of the year housekeeping needed to finish the old budget out.

Dewayne Gibson joins the Caryville council (PIX COURTESY OF JOE KING-LAFOLLETTE PRESS)

Caryville’s town hall will also see some upgrades as the board approved to advertise bids for new flooring and a few other upgrades, which will be done in various areas of the building.

Ingram, Overholt and Bean were approved as Caryville’s auditors, and the board also approved the application for a TML Safety Grant.

Final business concluded was to have the new city recorder’s name added to the town’s ACHS Payroll at the bank since the old recorder’s name was still active on the account.

The next meeting will be on Aug. 11 at 6 p.m.  (07/16/2014 - 6:00 AM)

County budget woes confirmed: new tax rate up 10 cents; $2 million deficit looming

County commissioners received confirmation Tuesday night of a harsh reality that they were warned about back in May – the county budget for the new fiscal year is going to face not only belt tightening, but an inevitable increase in the property tax rate.

Finance Director Jeff Marlow distributed a memo to all department heads and county officials on Monday, pointing out that the commission is facing a decline in revenues amounting to $944,042 below the amount that had been projected for the fiscal year that just ended.

The county experienced a shortfall of $679,283 at the end of the 2013-14 accounting period that had to be made up by a combination of cuts in spending where possible, transfers from unspent funds and dipping into the county’s fund balance, Marlow told commissioners.

That shortfall is expected to not only continue, but increase in the 2014-15 fiscal year to the projected deficit of over $944,000. The declines are in nearly all categories of income, but especially those revenues that are collected and shared from the state government. The local option sales tax brought in $149,603 less than projected, business taxes brought in $69,159 less and payments from the State Department of Corrections for boarding state prisoners were down by $285,283 from previous years.

 The coal severance tax was practically non-existent in the past year with the exception of money owed by Anderson County that had been allocated by the state to Anderson County by mistake. In the 2013-14 fiscal budget, Marlow projects only $50,000 in severance tax. Two years ago the county collected $330,920 from that source.

Commissioners already learned in June that the county’s insurance premiums and workers comp premiums are increasing by significant amounts, resulting in increased costs of nearly $900,000 over the previous year.

In a classic understatement, Marlow pointed out in his memo that “All county officials are facing difficult choices in a situation where both the revenues are substantially declining and costs are substantially increasing.”

Marlow suggested that the commission might want to direct department heads to reduce their budgets by 5-10%, which considering the costs from inflation and insurance would “represent an effective 15% to 20% reduction.”

Marlow went on to point out that both the school system and highway department budgets are immune from such cutbacks due to state-mandated maintenance of effort (MOE) requirements. In order to continue receiving state education and highway funds, counties are forbidden from appropriating fewer local dollars than the previous year.

A similar MOE requirement protects personnel with the Sheriff’s Department and jail operations, while federal and state laws regulate how counties must deal with solid waste disposal and recycling operations. The only obvious reductions in Environmental Services, Marlow pointed out, would be to further restrict hours of operation for convenience centers.

“With the hours of operation of the convenience centers being one of the items already substantially cut in the 2013-14 budget,” Marlow added, makes it “unlikely the hours of operation of the convenience centers would be further reduced.”

The only way a 10-15% reduction in departmental budgets could be accomplished, Marlow continued, would be by reducing personnel positions by 1-2 positions or though a combination of layoffs and changing full-time positions to part-time. He proposed that departments need to file budget requests including “any reductions that can be achieved” as soon as possible in order to finalize the county budget.

If commissioners hoped that departmental spending reductions would help them avoid an increase in the property tax rate, that hope was extinguished by the last official to speak at the commission workshop.

Property Assessor Brandon Partin presented commissioners with the results of the just-completed property reappraisal, showing that the downturn in property values has resulted in a decline in the county’s total tax base of close to 40 million dollars since the last reappraisal in 2010.

As a result of the decrease in property values, the new state certified tax rate for Campbell County has increased from $1.76 per $100 of assessed value to $1.857, an increase in the property tax rate of nearly ten cents.

The certified rate is the rate projected by the state to bring in the same amount of tax dollars as in the previous year. A decrease in overall property values results in an increase in the tax rate, which in theory would mean no actual increase in tax dollars paid by property owners.

Much of the decrease in value, however, might be due to rollbacks in the value of such failed developments as Rarity Mountain or decreases due to adjustments by the board of tax equalization on other large landowners. In such a case, most county residents would see an increase in their actual taxes under the new certified rate.

Commissioners barely had time to digest this combination of financial bad news before self-proclaimed commission watchdog James Slusher took the podium to criticize the commission for not informing the public earlier about the shortfalls. Despite the fact that the projected shortages have been reported in both local newspapers and broadcast media, Slusher claimed to have no knowledge of the county’s pending budget crisis.

“Some of you are going to get beat over this,” Slusher predicted, referring to the August county elections.

The county is currently operating under a continuing resolution until September, allowing departments to continue to function at last year’s adjusted spending levels until all state revenue sources are known. It is unlikely that the commission will be able to take action to approve a final budget and tax rate until after the August elections.  (07/16/2014 - 6:00 AM)

Town of Caryville meeting from July 14, 2014

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ESPN-SEC Network airs in August

     It`s about 90 days to the TENNESSEE VOL kick off on the new ESPN Network.  If you are NOT using Dish Network you will not be watching.  As of now Dish is your only option in Campbell County to see the new ESPN-SEC Network which begins August 14, 2014. See our local Dish Retailer “American Cable” in the Food City Center soon to be connected to the new SEC Network.  Do not miss the Vols first two games of 2014.  Visit them in the mall or click below. ....  Free IPAD Mini offer to expire within days.

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August 14 or 15                       Jamboree                      A

August  22                              Cumberland Gap            A

August 29                               Lynn Camp                  H

September 5                          Central *                      H

September  12                         Anderson County*          A

September 18                          Clinton*                         A

September 26                          Halls*(HC)                     H

October 3                                Oak Ridge*                    A

October 10                             Gibbs*                          H

October 17                              Open Date                    - -

October 24                              Karns*                          A

October 31                             Powell*(SN)                 H                           

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Photo: CCHS Class of 1984    

     Due to what little amount of feedback we have received regarding having both the dinner AND the picnic, the reunion committee has voted to cancel the dinner. As of now, our 30th Class Reunion will be as follows: Family Picnic Saturday, August 23, 2014 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Cove Lake State Park Shelter #1 110 Cove Lake Lane Caryville, TN 37714 Cost: $10/adult & $5/child (under 10) Cost covers: shelter rental, purchase of hot dogs, hamburgers, buns, drinks, ice, BBQ supplies (charcoal & lighter fluid), plates, cups, napkins, and cutlery.

      Please feel free to bring the following: Your family Side dish or dessert Chairs We are asking classmates to RSVP to our Facebook page or call Lisa Smith Kelly at 317-538-3732 or Pam Cooper Fekete at 865-318-9540 by July 1st so we can have a head count for purchasing food, etc. Your money should be received by July 15th. Checks should be made payable to: CCHS 30TH REUNION P.O. Box 411 Lenoir City, TN 37771-0411 c / o William Lovely, Treasurer 

     NOTE : Several of us are planning to go to dinner later that same night as an ADULT ONLY evening. If anyone would like to join us, please feel free. We have not decided on where so if you have suggestions, feel free to make them. You are responsible for your own dinner if you decide to join our party but we hope you can make it!