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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.

Huntsville Car Wash Vandal Arrested

Scott County Sheriff Ronnie Phillips says the Huntsville Car Wash Vandal has been arrested on allegations he vandalized the Peavyhouse Car Wash in Huntsville at an amount over $1,000. On June 23rd Detective Lisa Anderson was assigned the case to investigate the vandalism.Within a few hours, suspect Charles D. Jeffers was identified by way of the property video camera. He was quickly arrested and charged with vandalism $1.001-$10,000. Jeffers is currently in the custody of the Scott County Jail with a bond of $10,000.