Jan Runions

Position: Reporter
E-Mail Address: jrunions@civitasmedia.com
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Latest Stories by Jan Runions

As the temperature continues its slippery slide into winter, many in our county will be kept a bit warmer due to the efforts of the Family Resource Center and its director Deb Tong.
The annual Coats for the Cold Drive will culminate in a two-day event when hundreds of pieces of outerwear will be handed out to those who otherwise would not have the

Annual Coats for the Cold set for Dec. 3-4

As the temperature continues its slippery slide into winter, many in our county will be kept a bit warmer due to the efforts of the Family Resource Center and its director Deb Tong. The annual Coats for the Cold Drive will culminate in a two-day event when hundreds of pieces of outerwear will be handed out to those who otherwise would not have the

 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.

The Claiborne County Commission shortened the time it could have spent in session last week when 19 of the 21 commissioners voted yes to tabling a resolution that, if adopted, would have significantly reduced their salaries.
The 15-minute meeting netted the quick passage of five voting items and the immediate motion by Commissioner Bill Keck to ta

Claiborne Commission says 'no' to mulling pay cut

The Claiborne County Commission shortened the time it could have spent in session last week when 19 of the 21 commissioners voted yes to tabling a resolution that, if adopted, would have significantly reduced their salaries. The 15-minute meeting netted the quick passage of five voting items and the immediate motion by Commissioner Bill Keck to ta

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

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.

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

Estep sentences several probation violators

Judge Robert Estep sentenced several in Claiborne County Sessions Court recently who violated their probationary status. • Jacqueline Denise Evans, 39, charged under multiple warrants for possession of a schedule IV drugs and drug paraphernalia, theft under $500 (shoplifting), driving on a suspended license, failure to report to probation, t

Estep enters pleas in Claiborne Sessions Court

Several plea agreements were entered recently in Claiborne Sessions Court by Judge Robert Estep. • Jerry Alan Fortner, 31, charged with assault and theft under $500, was sentenced to a concurrent 11 months, 29 days BOPP supervised probation with 83 days confinement (credit for 51 days served). Fortner must pay at least $75 per month in court





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