Jellico bank robbed; officer injured

From Staff Reports

   First Volunteer Bank located at 189 Fifth St., Jellico, Tenn., was robbed around 9:40 a.m. Monday by a lone white male, according to R. Joe Clark, special agent in charge of the Knoxville Division of the FBI, and Ned Smiddy, Jellico chief of police.
   Around 9:54 a.m., Chief Smiddy and Sgt. Tony Day of the Jellico Police Department, responding to several citizen calls concerning a running man, attempted to stop and question an individual in the Kentucky Hills Community of Jellico. John Wayne Bills, 18, of Jellico, became uncooperative and a struggle ensued. Bills was finally subdued and taken into custody. Sgt. Day suffered a broken left lower leg during the scuffle.
   Officers from the Campbell County Sheriff's Office, the Whitley County, Kentucky Sheriff's Office, Kentucky State Police, and the Jellico Ambulance Service responded to the scene to assist Chief Smiddy and Sgt. Day. Both Bills and Day were treated at Jellico Community Hospital and released.
   Bills was taken to the Jellico Police Department for questioning and was to be transported to the Campbell County Jail where he will be held on state charges including violation of parole. It is anticipated that federal bank robbery charges also will be filed against Bills.