CARYVILLE, TN (WLAF) –  Last night, the Town of Caryville hired three full- time police officers including an assistant police chief.  Assistant Chief Michael Owens and officers Corey Laxton and Anthony Mahar were welcomed to the Caryville Police force.  All three officers completed their 90-day probation, and Chief Brian Keeton  recommended all three officers.

Caryville Police Officer Corey Laxton (left) and Caryville Assistant Police Chief Michael Owens (right) are pictured above.  Below is a photo of Caryville Police Officer Anthony Mahar.  Officer Mahar left the meeting to answer a call is why he was photographed later on Monday night.

Mayor Bobby Stooksbury thanked Lansden Hill and Pyro Shows for the beautiful fireworks show on Friday night. He also encouraged citizens to fill out the census.  Stooksbury discussed the positives of filling out the census and the impact it will have on the town.

WLAF’s Charlie Hutson snapped this photo on Friday night at the Downtown La Follette Fireworks show presented by Pyro Shows.  Caryville’s fireworks show lit the sky from near Cove Lake State Park simultaneously.  Four other shows were launched at the same time from the Roane State College campus, Downtown Jellico, Norris Lake at Springs Dock and near Jacksboro Elementary School.

The Town of Caryville has been looking for a codes enforcement officer for a couple of months. Last night, the board of mayor and aldermen voted to let the current building inspector, Lisa Crumpley, serve as codes enforcement officer with the $300 per month salary.  That’s alongside her current duties.

Freddy Wright will continue to serve on the Caryville-Jacksboro Utilities Commission.

In final business of the night, Stooksbury said the town had been approved to receive $77,778 in grant funds from the state as all municipalities received this grant. The town will need to apply for the funds before April 2021.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 06/08/2020-6AM)