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Blood Drive For Heatherly Friday

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 www.martnwilsofuneralhome.com

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 https://www.facebook.com/Volunteer-Times-Community-Drug-Forum-156927334996190/

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 https://www.facebook.com/TheVolunteerTimes/videos/2279444492069595/

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 www.waltersfuneralhome.net. 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.