Jan Runions

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Latest Stories by Jan Runions

New Tazewell planners discuss signage

The New Tazewell Planning Commission spent all but a few moments of its lengthy meeting last week reviewing municipal sign ordinances. Apparently, the City Code was amended some time ago to exclude pieces of legislation pertaining to signage so that those particular ordinances could be added to the New Tazewell Zoning Codes, where they belong. The

School Board agrees to pursue land purchase

If all goes as planned, the Claiborne school system could see an increase of nearly a half acre in system property. The board of education will be pursuing the possible purchase of a piece of land measuring .43 acre located adjacent to the Claiborne Alternative School and nearby Soldiers Memorial Middle School (SMMS). The property, recently apprai

Sexton accepts criminal pleas

Judge Shayne Sexton accepted several plea agreements recently in Claiborne Criminal Court. Donald J. Horner, 67, charged with possession of a firearm during the commission of a dangerous felony, possession of a schedule III with intent to sell and possession of drug paraphernalia, was sentenced to 11 months, 29 days ETHRA supervised probation. Hor

It appears the ongoing project to bring renewed interest to Main Street will allow holiday shoppers to enjoy a bit of nostalgia in the form of an official tree lighting ceremony in the New Tazewell business district.
The board of Mayor and Aldermen (BMA) approved a request last week by business owner and project head Kyle Pritchard to place one li

New Tazewell merchants to light Christmas tree

It appears the ongoing project to bring renewed interest to Main Street will allow holiday shoppers to enjoy a bit of nostalgia in the form of an official tree lighting ceremony in the New Tazewell business district. The board of Mayor and Aldermen (BMA) approved a request last week by business owner and project head Kyle Pritchard to place one li

The late Dr. Edwin Robertson had a vision that addicted men would one day have a safe harbor in which to learn a better way to cope with their struggles against drugs and alcohol. His vision was recently realized with the grand opening of The Refuge.
The nonprofit organization opened the doors of its lodge to the public for inspection. Those in at

The Refuge: Celebrating a vision

The late Dr. Edwin Robertson had a vision that addicted men would one day have a safe harbor in which to learn a better way to cope with their struggles against drugs and alcohol. His vision was recently realized with the grand opening of The Refuge. The nonprofit organization opened the doors of its lodge to the public for inspection. Those in at

“We're here today to honor our heroes, to remember their achievements, their courage and their dedication, and to say 'thank you for your service,'” said newly-elected Tennessee House of Representatives member Jerry Sexton, who spoke in Tazewell during the Veterans' Day Ceremony on Saturday at Rome Cardwell Memorial Park.
Sexton said h

Sexton keynote speaker at Veterans' Day Ceremony

“We're here today to honor our heroes, to remember their achievements, their courage and their dedication, and to say 'thank you for your service,'” said newly-elected Tennessee House of Representatives member Jerry Sexton, who spoke in Tazewell during the Veterans' Day Ceremony on Saturday at Rome Cardwell Memorial Park. Sexton said h

The following public records are the only public records that have been made available to the Claiborne Progress. If you feel that there has been an omission or other error, please contact the appropriate agency. As addresses are not always included in these reports, some misidentification can occur with individuals having the same name as others.

Public Records

The following public records are the only public records that have been made available to the Claiborne Progress. If you feel that there has been an omission or other error, please contact the appropriate agency. As addresses are not always included in these reports, some misidentification can occur with individuals having the same name as others.

Judge Robert Estep processed several plea agreements recently during Claiborne County Sessions Court.
Tony Brooks, 36, charged with two counts of domestic assault, was sentenced to a concurrent 11 months, 29 days ETHRA supervised probation. Brooks is eligible for periodic contact with his victims only after completing a mental health assessment an

Claiborne judge processes plea agreements

Judge Robert Estep processed several plea agreements recently during Claiborne County Sessions Court. Tony Brooks, 36, charged with two counts of domestic assault, was sentenced to a concurrent 11 months, 29 days ETHRA supervised probation. Brooks is eligible for periodic contact with his victims only after completing a mental health assessment an

It looks as though Cumberland Gap spring water will continue to benefit a local soft drink company. The town council learned last week that Lincoln Memorial University (LMU), who owns the water rights to the springs inside the cave system in town, plans to extend its contract with Coca-Cola of Middlesboro another eight years.
LMU President Dr. B.

LMU president talks water rights

It looks as though Cumberland Gap spring water will continue to benefit a local soft drink company. The town council learned last week that Lincoln Memorial University (LMU), who owns the water rights to the springs inside the cave system in town, plans to extend its contract with Coca-Cola of Middlesboro another eight years. LMU President Dr. B.

For many, Halloween spells the official kickoff of the holiday season. Cumberland Gap officials and residents spare no amount of labor in bringing the sounds, sights and smells of the seasons to life.
The town enjoyed its first round of fun during the popular Pumpkin Lights event, held Oct. 29-31 in Festival Park. Three talented artists took a por

Holidays begin in the Gap

For many, Halloween spells the official kickoff of the holiday season. Cumberland Gap officials and residents spare no amount of labor in bringing the sounds, sights and smells of the seasons to life. The town enjoyed its first round of fun during the popular Pumpkin Lights event, held Oct. 29-31 in Festival Park. Three talented artists took a por

Local author N.D. (Niki) Cinniamon says she hesitated a bit before jumping in with both feet to self-publish her series of vampire and werewolf novels.
Three books later, the prolific author says she is glad she moved forward with the project.
With a lifelong affinity for horror movies and books, Cinniamon says she differs in her take on “t

Where the dark characters roam

Local author N.D. (Niki) Cinniamon says she hesitated a bit before jumping in with both feet to self-publish her series of vampire and werewolf novels. Three books later, the prolific author says she is glad she moved forward with the project. With a lifelong affinity for horror movies and books, Cinniamon says she differs in her take on “t

Harrogate BMA revisits problem properties

It looks as though Harrogate officials have thrown away the kid gloves in handling problem residential properties. The Board of Mayor and Aldermen (BMA) will be dealing with three landowners, one or two who have until recently refused to acknowledge multiple letters of complaint about alleged eyesore properties and potential safety issues. One of

The following public records are the only public records that have been made available to the Claiborne Progress. If you feel that there has been an omission or other error, please contact the appropriate agency. As addresses are not always included in these reports, some misidentification can occur with individuals having the same name as others.

Public Records

The following public records are the only public records that have been made available to the Claiborne Progress. If you feel that there has been an omission or other error, please contact the appropriate agency. As addresses are not always included in these reports, some misidentification can occur with individuals having the same name as others.

Sandra Academy earns accreditation

New Tazewell now has an accredited beauty school and Congressman Jimmy Duncan will be on hand to join in the celebration slated for Oct. 31. Sandra Academy of Salon Services Inc. earned its accreditation, which means those who might not have the funds to get a degree at the school can now secure financial aid if they qualify. “This is a goo

An estimated one in three women and one in six men are impacted by domestic abuse and sexual assault sometime during their lives.
As the numbers continue to climb, communities are forced to face the problem head on.
CEASE, Inc. held its annual Candlelight Vigil on the steps of the historic Claiborne County Courthouse last week to shine a light on

CEASE vigil draws attention to domestic violence

An estimated one in three women and one in six men are impacted by domestic abuse and sexual assault sometime during their lives. As the numbers continue to climb, communities are forced to face the problem head on. CEASE, Inc. held its annual Candlelight Vigil on the steps of the historic Claiborne County Courthouse last week to shine a light on

The Claiborne County Grand Jury returned several indictments including one for John Richard Maloney, 41, who allegedly assaulted a household member on June 2. The true bill also states Maloney allegedly vandalized property belonging to his victim valued from $1,000 to $10,000.
A true bill was returned on Jeremiah Richard Williamson, 37, for a seri

Grand Jury returns indictments

The Claiborne County Grand Jury returned several indictments including one for John Richard Maloney, 41, who allegedly assaulted a household member on June 2. The true bill also states Maloney allegedly vandalized property belonging to his victim valued from $1,000 to $10,000. A true bill was returned on Jeremiah Richard Williamson, 37, for a seri

Superintendent criticized for bad roads

A Greenbriar subdivision resident is apparently not happy with the Claiborne Highway Department's speed with which it is working to repair roadways. Robert Napier came before the Claiborne Commission to request help in fixing what he characterized as “vehicle-eating” potholes. Napier said he had requested help from the highway departm

Those who routinely do business with the county's industrial board will need to become accustomed to using its new name. The Claiborne Commission unanimously approved a motion to change the name to Claiborne County Economic and Community Development Board (CCE&CD).
Board chairman Rob Barger said he hoped the commissioners would continue to ass

Claiborne Commission approves Industrial Board's new name

Those who routinely do business with the county's industrial board will need to become accustomed to using its new name. The Claiborne Commission unanimously approved a motion to change the name to Claiborne County Economic and Community Development Board (CCE&CD). Board chairman Rob Barger said he hoped the commissioners would continue to ass

Huddleston remembers 16 years on BOE

Michelle Vannoy Huddleston says she has a multitude of fond memories from her 16 years on the Claiborne School Board. Earlier this year, Huddleston said her emotional goodbyes to a packed school cafeteria as she conducted her last bit of business as chairperson. Now that she has had a couple months to reflect on her decision not to run for reelect

It looks as though the current Claiborne director of schools has “passed muster” during her years at the helm of a sometimes combative and, for a time, clearly divided school board.
Connie Holdway, who took over the reins from former Director of Schools Eddie Shoffner when the school board abruptly voted to replace him, was given an ex

School Board keeps Holdway

It looks as though the current Claiborne director of schools has “passed muster” during her years at the helm of a sometimes combative and, for a time, clearly divided school board. Connie Holdway, who took over the reins from former Director of Schools Eddie Shoffner when the school board abruptly voted to replace him, was given an ex





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