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Officers Make Jellico Bust

On June 24th, 2019 at approximately 10am. The Campbell County Sheriff Office Special Weapons and Tactics Team along with Jellico Police, executed a narcotics search warrant at 812 Perkins Street home of David Lee Williams age 48 of Jellico TN.
Narcotics investigators made numerous buys of a schedule II controlled substance(oxycodone) from this location prior to the execution of the warrant.
Mr Williams is facing several charges including
Sell and delivery of schedule II, drug paraphernalia, evidence to facilitate the sell of narcotics as well as Sell of a schedule II in a school zone.
Due to small children at the residence a DCS referral was initiated.

Ivey Arrested, Stolen Property Recovered

On June 22nd at approximately 2pm, Campbell County Sheriff Office deputies converged on a house at 141 Lambert Lane Lafollette Tn. Home of Vernon Ivey age 43, on suspicion of stolen property being stored at this location. Upon search of the property officers found several items that had been reported stolen over the past month throughout the county.
Among items recovered was a vehicle, 2 four wheelers, go kart, tools, air compressor, jet skis with trailer, utility trailer as well as a car dolly are some of the items recovered. Mr Ivey was taken into custody and is facing several charges including theft over 10,000,
Theft of 2500 to 9999 and 2 counts of theft over 1,000.00.

Damaging Storm K.Os Power Grid.

There was widespread tree damage in Campbell County after the severe thunderstorm hit Friday night.

Friday night’s powerful thunderstorm brought straight line winds approaching 80 mph across the entire area around 11 pm. This storm wreaked havoc on the power grid, downing lines, causing breakers to blow on transformers and sending thousands of people into darkness.

The outages peaked around midnight with over 6000 customers in the LUB footprint in the dark. Jellico Electric and Water also had widespread outages.

As of 12:00pm Saturday LUB’s outage map showed 1950 customers are without power. Down slightly from the 2075 estimated at 7:30am that morning. There were power lines down on Pinecrest Road and Hatmaker Ridge Road that we at the Times witnessed in person, with more lines down and poles broken in other areas.

There was intense tree damage around the Pinecrest area as well as the Back Valley Road area, Davis Chapel, and several other areas around Campbell County. There were trees down in most areas of the county in at least isolated fashion. One tree in Pinecrest fell on a car as it traveled. Another fell on a truck as it sat in a driveway on Hatmaker Ridge.

LUB and Comcast were in the area working on restoring both power and cable to homes in the region throughout the weekend. LUB completed their repairs late Sunday with no word on whether all Comcast customers were restored. Kenny Baird of LUB noted that this outage was more widespread than the outage from the intense thunderstorm that caused major flash flooding two weeks ago. That was also a major outage that required a lot of man hours from LUB workers. They have definitely had a busy month in June as the area has seen round after round of intense storms.

Pat On Politics: Ax The Tax Increase

As anyone who has been on Facebook the last few days surely knows by now our county commission is trying to pull a tax increase on us and trick us into thinking they did not. Well, of course, I can not let this stand without throwing my two cents in.

Thanks to Property Assessor Brandon Partin (he is fighting to keep you informed and protect you) I have the information I need to go after these tax fattened hyenas in the courthouse.

First off here are some facts. The state recently did a reappraisal. State law dictates that during a reappraisal year the county must adopt a Certified Tax Rate (CTR) established by the State Board of Equalization. This is to keep the county tax rate neutral. This is apparently not good enough for the commissioners. They want to keep the same tax rate and thus steal more of your hard earned money.

In legal terms Tennessee Code Annotates tells us “ No tax rate in excess of the certified tax rate may be levied by the county legislative body until a resolution or ordinance has been approved by county legislative body according to the following procedure: (1) the county legislative body must advertise its intent to exceed the certified tax rate in a newspaper of general circulation in the county (See Sample newspaper advertisement of Notice of Intent to Exceed Certified Tax Rate), (2) the county mayor must, within 30 days after publication, furnish to the State Board of Equalization an affidavit of publication; (3) a public hearing must be held on the issue, and (4) the county legislative body, after the public hearing, may adopt a resolution or ordinance levying a tax rate in excess of the certified tax rate.” This is TCA 67-5-1702 if you want to look it up yourself.

Now the high and mighty Budget and Finance Committee (which is made up of the entire commission) has already unanimously decided that the county needs to go ahead and go through this because they apparently do not steal enough of our money already. For full disclosure purposes only ten members were there as a third of them were absent for unknown reasons.

Now I am opposed to a tax increase in any form, especially a property tax one. Though the Libertarian in me believes taxation is theft I also know it is a necessary evil in my life. I prefer the consumption taxes to property and income taxes personally.

The worst part is they could choose to be revenue neutral and adopt the adjusted tax rate where nobody would feel a change. Unfortunately they want more of our money for whatever reason. I am not even sure why as they are not giving the potential new revenue to the school system which is facing a huge shortfall or the road department that is having to repair roads damaged in recent flooding. Nope this money is just going into a fund the hyenas can control.

Now I know some of you would be fine if the schools got the money. Heck I watched the school system make a very difficult move to shutter the alternative school program and move them to the high schools to save money and they almost cut the 6th through 8th grade at White Oak thus banishing those students to a bus ride to Wynn. So if they are going to force this on us why not give it to the people who educate our children.

I even know a number of you would like to see the roads repaved and repaired. I also know this is a controversial subject as to what roads get paved. But at this point the road budget is going to be stretched to a snapping point because of all the rains this spring.

No matter how you feel you need to contact your commissioners and let them know where you stand. You need to PACK the courthouse on July 15th and make them look at you if they choose to vote to steal more of your money. You have to make your voice heard or 15 people will decide for you!

Boy Rescued From Storm Drain

On June 19, 2019 at approximately 3:30 P. M. an 11 year old boy was pulled into a storm drain at Sergeant Park in La Follette. The boy was swept across the street where police officers and first responders were able to pull him from a catch basin. According to officers on scene the boy was playing in or near the water during a heavy rain event when the current caught him and swept him into the storm drain. Officers stated that the boy was conscious and talking to them but was flown to children’s hospital as a precautionary measure.