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James Scot Phillips

James Scot Phillips, age 48 of LaFollette passed away on Monday May 14th, 2018 at Methodist Medical Center in Oak Ridge.

He is proceeded in death by grandparents James & Martha (McKamey) Phillips & Golden Ford Jr.

Scot is survived by parents: Odis & Elaine (Ford) Phillips, grandmother: Clariese (Wilson) Ford, brother: Greg Phillips & wife Stacy, sister: Melissa (Phillips) Jennings & husband John, Niece: Mackenzie Phillips, Nephews: Dalton Hatmaker, Zack Phillips, and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

Funeral services will be held from 6-8 PM on Thursday May 17th, 2018 in the Martin Wilson Funeral Home Chapel with funeral services to follow at 8:00 PM with Rev. Randy Hurst and Rev. Lonnie Weldon officiating. Family and friends will meet at 9:00 AM at Martin Wilson Funeral Home to go in funeral possession to Pond cemetery for a 10 AM Interment.

Arrangements by Martin Wilson Funeral Home “Where families matter most”

Scot’s guestbook may be viewed at

First Volunteer Times Opioid Forum Is A Success

By the end of Campbell County’s first ever forum addressing the county’s opioid and illegal drug epidemic, more than 9,500 people viewed the event through Facebook Live. Those numbers are our verified numbers and do not include numbers for sharing, or views after-the-fact.

The panel, comprised of a judge, politicians, pharmacists, medical providers, drug and alcohol counselors, educators and law enforcement spoke of the problem that every Campbell Countian is fully aware of, offering what we currently have in place to support addicts, as well as looking forward to possible solutions that may or may not come in the future.

The important thing that happened tonight is that the public conversation began. There were many questions posed to the panel through Facebook and texts to representatives of The Volunteer Times. Unfortunately, due to time constraints we were unable to ask and get answers to all of them. Rest assured, your questions will be looked at and will be considered in future forums, or in future conversations.

Not to be overlooked were the number of agencies and resources available to addicts on hand to tell about what they services they can offer. Some of the concerns voiced from the online public were access to these resources regarding insurance and how these resources could be found by the public.

Some frustration was voiced online regarding a central location where addicts and family members can find these organizations quickly. The Volunteer Times was already, and still is going to roll out an online tool that can be used to find these agencies for those truly seeking help. That resource will be available within 72 hours at

For those watching the forum online, you should know that once the cameras stopped rolling, the conversation continued. As Judge Shayne Sexton said a lot of the people in the room deal with this issue but aren’t regularly in a room together to talk about it. Following the event, the panelists, help organization representatives and members of the public in attendance got together, talked and shared information with each other.

We at The Volunteer Times want to thank our panelists for taking part in this first forum, and we also want to thank those organizations in attendance who dedicate their efforts to helping people escape from drug addiction. We also want to thank the members of the public who attended and we urge our online viewers to take part in our future conversations and forums.

For those who did not see the forum live, it is available for viewing at

This is an issue that affects many, if not all Campbell Countians in some way whether directly or indirectly. Being at the forefront of the opioid epidemic, Campbell County is also in a unique position to rally our ranks and battle this problem together. We hope that this first panel raised some thoughts and possible solutions for how we can help those who need it most in our county – the addicts.

Vickie G. Chapman

Mrs. Vickie G. Chapman age 52 of Jacksboro, passed away Friday, January 19, 2018. She attended High Street Baptist Church. Preceded in death by Parents, Joe and Geraldine Moore, and Sister, Juanita Moore.

Survivors: Husband, Ricky L. Chapman; Son, Michael Smith; Grandson, Jordan Smith; Brothers, C. J. Moore and Dale Moore; Sisters, Michelle Moore, Tonya Oran, and Gwinn Moore. Several Nieces, Nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services Wednesday 7 P.M. at Walters Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. James Adkins officiating. The family will receive friends Wednesday from 5 to 7 P.M. at Walters Funeral Home Chapel before funeral services. Online condolences for Mrs. Chapman may be made at Walters Funeral Home of LaFollette is honored to be serving the family of Mrs. Vickie G. Chapman.

Jacksboro aldermen handle routine business; receive $200,000 CDBG

The Jacksboro Mayor and Aldermen met November 7 to handle what was mostly a monthly routine of business.
Approving reports and financial expenditures, there was only one item on the agenda under “new business.” The town council approved to have King Respiratory test the fire department’s air packs at a cost of $35 each.
Other new business was brought up and quickly handled. The town unanimously approved donating $100 to the county’s D.A.R.E. program which teaches children the dangers of drugs. They also approved to purchase new boots for the six or seven workers in the street department, costing $114 for each pair.
During Mayor Jack Cannon’s opportunity to make announcements and communicate to the board, he happily announced the town has been approved to receive a $200,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG). This is the first of such grants the town has received in a number of years. According to the grant as applied for by the town, the funds must be used for a “fire protection project.”
Cannon also announced that all of the town’s sidewalks in the recent sidewalk project have been completed and that paving Main Street is the next major project on the slate. This paving project is being done in conjunction with the county and Caryville who will pave their portions of Main Street at the same time, Cannon said.
The town also approved to hire Jonathan Bruce as a new police officer, replacing former officer James Skeene who recently took a position with the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office.
Following the meeting, Mayor Cannon said the town hasn’t received exact specifications of how the money must be spent, but said it would have to be spent on fire protection related equipment.

Garbage and hydrant fees to take effect in Jacksboro

Garbage and hydrant fees to take effect in Jacksboro

Jacksboro resident Mike Copeland came before the Mayor and Aldermen October 3 to voice his already filed written complaint against JPD Officer Mike Starrett.

Jacksboro resident Mike Copeland came before the Mayor and Aldermen October 3 to voice his already filed written complaint against JPD Officer Mike Starrett.

Man files complaint against police officer; “fears for his life”

By Jeremy Z. Young
The Jacksboro Mayor and Aldermen met Thursday, October 3 for the second and final reading of ordinances that would allow the town to collect trash collection and hydrant maintenance fees from residents where those services are available.
The ordinance relating to the fire hydrant fee was approved on its final reading by all the aldermen, with only Alderman Ray Green voting “no”. Residents living within incorporated Jacksboro limits will find an additional $1.20 on their monthly Caryville-Jacksboro Utilities Commission water bill, while those outside Jacksboro limits who are served by the Jacksboro Fire Department and receive water from CJUC will pay a fee of $2.20 per month. Businesses will also pay the hydrant maintenance fee — $10 for small businesses and $20 for large businesses monthly. Since last month’s meeting, the board has defined “large business” as a business over 10,000 square feet.
According to Jacksboro Mayor Jack Cannon, there are 928 residences in the town and 528 residences outside of Jacksboro that will be affected by this fee.
Residents who live within the town limits who receive weekly garbage collection will also see a fee for that service. The trash fee was approved on its first reading September 5 with only Alderman Ray Green voting against it. The ordinance, motioned by Alderman Avery Burden and seconded by Mattie Nance was approved with only Green abstaining from the vote.
According to this ordinance, town residences where trash collection is available – whether they opt to use it or not – will pay a fee of $5.30 per month. According to the ordinance, the fee could go as high as $10.60 per month in the future.
Following September’s meeting, Mayor Cannon said that aldermen opted to implement these fees instead of a town property tax. The ordinance states that if a property tax is enacted in the future, the trash collection fee would be abolished.
The board also approved a resolution that would allow for collection of the fees to come by way of adding them to each CJUC water bill.
Jacksboro resident Mike Copeland, who lives behind the Jacksboro Police Department, also came before the board to discuss a written complaint he has filed with the town against JPD Officer Mike Starrett. Mayor Cannon cut Copeland off stating that the town has not had the time to investigate the complaint against their officer. According to Cannon, Starrett is off of work currently for personal reasons. Cannon said the matter will be investigated as soon as he returns.
Following the meeting, Cannon said, “(Copeland) has a complaint with an officer. The officer is out of town and we haven’t had time to investigate. That’s why we wouldn’t let him speak tonight. He’s made a complaint and we have to review the officer’s video to see what did happen and he won’t be back for a few days.”
Cannon would not make Copeland’s complaint available to the public because it hasn’t been investigated and the officer legally has to be aware of the complaint before it can be made public.
In other town business, the board approved to purchase two sets of fire boots at a cost of $279.95 each, hired part-time fire department employee TJ Bollinger to be a full-time street department employee.
Also, Mayor Cannon stated that the street department is completing the engineering of sidewalk along Main Street from Cove Street to the Tennessee Health Department to assure the sidewalk is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). He stated the concrete for the sidewalks should be poured next week.