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Buffalo, NY Resident Charged in Car Chase

Zidre E. Rodolph, age 22 of Buffalo, New York was arrested in Campbell County, near Mountain Lake Marina yesterday.

According to arrest documents filed by THP. On July 6th at approximately 1:15 pm Trooper Jeffrey Clowers was dispatched to a reckless driver call on Interstate 75 in Anderson County.

A blue sedan was reported to be traveling North on the shoulder of interstate but was doing so on the Southbound side. These reports came at the MM 123 area, just north of the Clinton exit. Trooper Clowers began to pursue the vehicle and noted that it began to travel in the actual traffic lanes. This resulted in a multitude of near crashes for Southbound travelers.

At a break in traffic Trooper Clowers attempted to use maneuvers to disable or hamper the ability of the suspect vehicle to further travel. The suspect vehicle was then forced across the median into the Northbound lanes, where it once again began traveling towards oncoming traffic, nearly causing many more crashes. Trooper Clowers once again used his vehicle to try and disable the suspect vehicle. This action rendered the patrol vehicle immobile but the suspect vehicle was able to travel on with heavy damage to the rear.

At this point the vehicle briefly escaped sight of Anderson County law enforcement, as it exited at 128 and began traveling towards HWY 116 in Rocky Top. Anderson County Sheriff’s Department vehicles continued the search for the vehicle, which was quickly spotted heading into Campbell County. The suspect vehicle was on Oak Grove road in Campbell County when it crashed into a wooded area.

The suspect was apprehended without further incident.

Rodolph was booked on charges of evading, evading arrest, reckless endangerment, failure to yield, failure to maintain control, exercise due care, failure to follow directional signs, and driving under the influence. Additional charges are pending.

Thomas Charged with 7 Counts of Aggravated Statutory Rape Against 16 year Old Minor

Scott County Sheriff Ronnie Phillips announced today the charges and arrest of 34 year old Casey Michelle Thomas of Oneida. Thomas is charged with 7 counts of Aggravated Statutory Rape after sheriff’s Detective Abby Duncan, alleged through her investigation, Thomas had sexual contact with a 16 year old male minor on at least 7 different occasions. Detective Duncan found through her investigation, that Thomas would drive to the O&W area in Scott County and allegedly commit these crimes against the minor. Detective Duncan and Sheriff Phillips credit the arrest to a team effort approach to serving minor victims in their partnership with the Children’s Center of the Cumberlands and the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services. Sheriff Phillips said, “I am proud of Detective Duncan and the work of our detective division. This isn’t easy work and it takes special people to work these tedious cases. Children who are victims of crime will remain our highest priority.’

Her bond is set at $200,000.

Jellico Welcomes New Business in Summer Heat

With over 1,000 members in the Facebook group ‘Rae’s Snoball Shack’ – Jellico native, Raeanne Barton, has finally announced the long-awaited Grand Opening for her sno-cone stand.

The Grand Opening of Rae’s Snoball Shack will be Saturday, July 4 from 12 to 8:30p.m. Snow-cone lovers can satisfy their sweet tooth by visiting the stand just in front of Alvin’s Furniture Store in Jellico that day. Prices will range from $1.50 to $4.00 per size.

The first 20 customers will receive a free pack of sparklers with the purchase of a snow cone. There will also be patriotic photo props set up for the Jellico community to take lots of pictures and have some fun on the 4th!

Barton expressed her excitement for the grand opening by saying, “I absolutely love my community and all of the people in it. I thought that this would be a good way for me to connect, serve, and give everyone the opportunity to buy a delicious shaved ice,” She added, “After a lot of thinking and praying, I decided I wanted to make this business happen and I hope the community enjoys the availability of me being right here in Jellico too. They, as many other people have been so encouraging and supportive.”

Director Of Schools Fields Issues Statement On Reopening Plans For County Schools

With Governor Bill Lee’s latest executive order extending the state of emergency many citizens have been wondering how said order will affect the reopening of the Campbell County School System.

The Times reached out to Director of Campbell County Schools Jennifer Fields who said, “I don’t think it will affect it at all. We will have health and safety measures in place and try to keep things as close to the new normal as possible. I will be releasing our reopening plan after our final planning meeting on July 7.

Our students need the social and emotional safeguards provided in a school setting. Students who are served through IDEA need the learning assistance and intervention provided through those services and that cannot not be adequately provided if they are not in school.

In the event the governor does call for another closure, we will be prepared to provide instruction to our students through online instruction by making each parking lot at each school location an internet hotspot for parents and students to visit and if they do not have adequate internet access. The CARES Act funding, once it has been released, will be used to fund that service.”

Dust Of Hope Food Drive Feeds Multiple Families Across Campbell And Anderson Counties

Much like the Wine Fairies grew out of the COVID 19 pandemic the Dust of Hope Mission Grew out of the Wine Fairies. Shortly after the original group started the founders of the Wine Fairies saw that they could serve a greater purpose.

This recently led to a friendly competition between the group members that lived in Campbell County and the ones that lived in neighboring Anderson County. They decided they would have a food drive to feed folks in need.

Feed them they did as boxes began popping up at local businesses throughout the two counties. Over 4,000 items were donated to feed those in need. To date the Dust of Hope Mission has fed over 40 families in Anderson, Campbell, and even Knox Counties.

Group founder Kim Derry Leonard was pleased with her team’s efforts and has stated they are not stopping here. She said, ” I won’t stop. God has opened these doors. I will follow.”

The group has more community outreach events planned including a supply drive for babies that is currently ongoing.