Jan Runions

Position: Reporter
E-Mail Address: jrunions@civitasmedia.com
Phone Number: (423)626-3222

Latest Stories by Jan Runions

After some 38 years filling the dual roles of county agriculture/forestry agent and director of the Claiborne County Extension Office, Mike Heiskell is ready to retire.
“I decided years ago, when I got to the point where I couldn't do what I thought needed to be done, it would be time for me to quit,” Heiskell said during the Claiborne

Heiskell retires as county ag extension office director

After some 38 years filling the dual roles of county agriculture/forestry agent and director of the Claiborne County Extension Office, Mike Heiskell is ready to retire. “I decided years ago, when I got to the point where I couldn't do what I thought needed to be done, it would be time for me to quit,” Heiskell said during the Claiborne

New Tazewell alderman Andy Duncan slid handily into the vice-mayor seat Tuesday evening, filling the vacated position left by interim Mayor Phil Greer.
However, there was just a bit of discussion beforehand when alderman Franklin Essary threw his hat into the ring during the Board of Mayor and Aldermen (BMA) meeting.
Essary said he felt the city

New Tazewell replaces vice-mayor, adds another to council

New Tazewell alderman Andy Duncan slid handily into the vice-mayor seat Tuesday evening, filling the vacated position left by interim Mayor Phil Greer. However, there was just a bit of discussion beforehand when alderman Franklin Essary threw his hat into the ring during the Board of Mayor and Aldermen (BMA) meeting. Essary said he felt the city

The Claiborne County Grand Jury returned several indictments during its July term, including one for Marty R. Rouse, who allegedly raped his victim at gunpoint.
Rouse, 36, was indicted for the July 8 incident occurring at or near Jimmy's Place, a restaurant located on Norris Lake.
The true bill states Rouse also stole his victim's cell phone, val

Claiborne grand jury indicts Rouse, others

The Claiborne County Grand Jury returned several indictments during its July term, including one for Marty R. Rouse, who allegedly raped his victim at gunpoint. Rouse, 36, was indicted for the July 8 incident occurring at or near Jimmy's Place, a restaurant located on Norris Lake. The true bill states Rouse also stole his victim's cell phone, val

Estep conducts plea hearings

Judge Robert Estep recently conducted several plea agreement hearings in Claiborne Sessions Court. Timothy Ray Howard, 36, charged with digging ginseng during the closed season and without permission, was sentenced to a concurrent 11 months, 29 days ETHRA supervised probation. Howard must pay at least $75 per month in court costs and fines and mus

Harrogate approves Brunswick Station plans, ups city sewer rates

HARROGATE, Tenn. — It appears the Harrogate Volunteer Fire Department (VFD) is one step closer to realizing the completion of its second station, to be located on Brunswick Street. The Harrogate Board of Mayor and Aldermen (BMA) approved a plan last week that will allow the bidding process to begin, pending assurances that eight extra feet a

Judge Robert Estep processed several violations of probation warrants during recent hearings in Claiborne Sessions Court.
Jonathan D. Gulley, 32, was charged under multiple warrants with second degree attempted murder, aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, domestic assault, tampering with evidence, felony evading arrest by a motor vehic

Estep processes violations of probation warrants

Judge Robert Estep processed several violations of probation warrants during recent hearings in Claiborne Sessions Court. Jonathan D. Gulley, 32, was charged under multiple warrants with second degree attempted murder, aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, domestic assault, tampering with evidence, felony evading arrest by a motor vehic

New Tazewell discusses airport hangars project

New Tazewell interim mayor Phil Greer is apparently not letting the grass grow under him as he took the reins of city business last week to pursue a project that will extend the Municipal Airport hangars. The city acquired a $1 million federal grant that must be obligated for use by the end of the fiscal year. City building inspector Jerry Hooper

Gap to host 50s cruise-in

If you host it, they will come. Cumberland Gap's second Saturday in the month event for September is expected to have many pulling out their poodle skirts, rolling a pack of cigarettes into a sleeve and donning their oxfords to commemorate a music legend. Event coordinators appear to be hedging their bets on enough Elvis Presley fans to make the E

Harrogate approves Brunswick Station plans, ups city sewer rates

It appears the Harrogate Volunteer Fire Department (VFD) is one step closer to realizing the completion of its second station, to be located on Brunswick Street. The Harrogate Board of Mayor and Aldermen (BMA) approved a plan last week that will allow the bidding process to begin, pending assurances that eight extra feet are needed possibly to acc

Estep accepts plea agreements

Judge Robert Estep accepted several plea agreements recently in Claiborne Sessions Court. Patrick Sullivan, 37, charged with assault, was sentenced to 11 months, 29 days confinement. This case runs concurrently with a criminal court case in which Sullivan is currently serving. James R. Justice, 43, charged with assault and attempted escape, was s

The Claiborne County Commission conducted a few pieces of urgent business despite the fact the meeting was the last for some on the board, due to the recent election upsets.
One member, Commissioner Bill Brooks, said his farewells to the men and women with whom he had spent more than a few anxious hours over the last 40 years.
Brooks said he enjo

Business as usual for Claiborne Commission

The Claiborne County Commission conducted a few pieces of urgent business despite the fact the meeting was the last for some on the board, due to the recent election upsets. One member, Commissioner Bill Brooks, said his farewells to the men and women with whom he had spent more than a few anxious hours over the last 40 years. Brooks said he enjo

Ten Claiborne county freshmen students were counted among those from just 15 counties in the state to attend the GearUp TN Youth Summit in June. The students traveled to Belmont University in Nashville to be part of the three-day college access event.
Dorothy Shuford updated the Claiborne County Board of Education during its regular monthly meetin

County students attend GearUp TN summit

Ten Claiborne county freshmen students were counted among those from just 15 counties in the state to attend the GearUp TN Youth Summit in June. The students traveled to Belmont University in Nashville to be part of the three-day college access event. Dorothy Shuford updated the Claiborne County Board of Education during its regular monthly meetin

Rolling Hills residents at odds over speed bumps

What was to have eliminated most of the speeding problems in the Rolling Hills subdivision has apparently caused a bit of friction due to what has been characterized by some as ill-placed speed bumps. The issue was hashed out last week during the regular monthly meeting of the New Tazewell board of Mayor and Aldermen (BMA). Rolling Hills resident

Several defendants entered plea agreements before Judge Shayne Sexton during a recent session of Claiborne County Criminal Court.
Joseph Trevor Barton, 21, charged with one count each burglary, tampering with evidence, evading arrest and theft over $1,000, was sentenced to four years at 30 percent confinement (credit for 25 days served). Barton mu

Defendants enter pleas in criminal court

Several defendants entered plea agreements before Judge Shayne Sexton during a recent session of Claiborne County Criminal Court. Joseph Trevor Barton, 21, charged with one count each burglary, tampering with evidence, evading arrest and theft over $1,000, was sentenced to four years at 30 percent confinement (credit for 25 days served). Barton mu

Gap hosts 50s cruise-in

If you host it, they will come. Cumberland Gap's second Saturday in the month event for September is expected to have many pulling out their poodle skirts, rolling a pack of cigarettes into a sleeve and donning their oxfords to commemorate a music legend. Event coordinators appear to be hedging their bets on enough Elvis Presley fans to make the E




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