The year in review- Looking back at 2008

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By The Staff


Campbell County ushered in 2008 with treacherous roads and freezing temperatures. The combination of snow and 18 degree temperatures kept a crew of more than 20 highway department employees busy through the night on Jan. 1.

A footlocker purchased at a Union County auction was discovered to have a history tied to LaFollette. The locker, which contained the address of Private Earl Roach, Rt. 2 LaFollette, also contained an American flag, a Purple Heart in its original case and a bronze star among other Army possessions.

County Mayor Jerry Cross said without hesitation that he intended to seek election for the remaining two years of the late Jeff Hall’s unexpired term.  Cross was appointed by the county commission to fill the position following Hall’s death.

Many area residents lost a friend with the passing of Charlie Duncan. The 91- year- old Duncan was often found at Hardee’s most mornings discussing business with pals Hack Ayers, Jerry Cross and a number of others.

Charlotte Underwood joined the LaFollette Press Staff as its newest reporter.  Underwood is a graduate of The University of the Cumberlands where she wrote for the school paper for two years.

Caryville Elementary students returned from Christmas break to a shiny new building.  The 400-plus students and faculty bid farewell to a dilapidated building before the holiday and kicked off the new year in a state of the art facility.

After 64 years, the remains of General P. Douglas, 1st class, U.S. Navy were returned to his family in Tennessee for burial.  Douglas, a Newcomb native, was killed in the battle of Kula Gulf in 1943, when he and more than 150 other servicemen were lost at sea near the Soloman Islands.

Following a November 2007 ruling by Circuit Court Judge John McAfee that Jellico’s city court was incorrectly established, embattled City Judge Don Moses filed an appeal.  

Campbell County Commissioner David Goins and his wife, School Board member Mary Michelle Gillium stated in an advertisement in the Press they had received a number of harassing telephone calls including death threats demanding they back away from some issues related to their respective offices.

After months of requests the LaFollette City Council voted to repay Codes Enforcement Officer Wayne Gregg for lost wages.  Gregg’s claims were confirmed when treasurer Wanda Dower recalled more than seven years earlier Gregg’s salary was decreased without a vote by the council.

The LaFollette Library celebrated the return of librarian Nancy Green.  After suffering a frontal lobe brain aneurysm and heart attack in September 2007, Green was welcomed back to work by a library filled with balloons and well-wishers.

Board members and central office staff participated in a substantial completion walk through of the new LaFollette Elementary School.  The walk through was a necessary step in making the building ready for the approximately 900 pre-K through fifth grade students who hoped to move into the new facility in February.

Fred Cole announced his intentions to make a run for the county mayor’s office.  Cole cited a “long-time commitment to community and public service” as his motivation for seeking the office.

In preparation for Dr. Judy Blevins departure, the director of schools search committee began meeting to develop a game plan for filling the position.  

After being convicted of criminally negligent homicide in the shooting death of Kevin Todd Cox, Marvin McGhee was granted work release for the less than 50 days remaining in his 100 day sentence.  

During the first workshop of the new year Commissioner Johnny Bruce was applauded for requesting the number of commissioners be reduced from 15 to 10.  Bruce pointed to lengthy, unproductive discussions as a reason for reducing membership on the commission.

The LaFollette City Council contemplated the installation of traffic cameras in hopes of encouraging drivers to be more cautious at intersections.

Commissioners balked at a resolution from the board of education requesting approval for the redistribution of monies to fund pay increases for principals.  

The former location of the LaFollette Post Office was listed for sale with a realty agency in Knoxville.  The city of LaFollette expressed an interest in purchasing the building that was first offered to federal and state agencies because it was originally federally owned.

Thanks to funds from a FEMA grant the Campbell County Rural Fire Service (CCRFS) was able to purchase a new pumper truck.  The $188,100 grant and 10 percent match allowed the CCRFS to purchase the first new truck it has ever had.

Longtime civil servant J.P. Ayers passed away at the age of 77.  Ayers was active in various civic organizations and served as Campbell County Property Assessor from 1968 until 1992.

Commissioners voted to reinstate funds related to the $3.025 million bond issue for renovations to Valley View Elementary School after voting to freeze funding in a December 2007 meeting.  

Don Philpot faced charges involving weapons and narcotics after he allegedly caused a stir at a local bank.  The owner of an adult oriented bookstore located at the 141 exit gave LaFollette Police officers consent to search his vehicle.  The search allegedly revealed two .38 caliber handguns and a .40 caliber Glock.  Numerous bottles of narcotics were also found inside a red bank bag.

Although St. Mary’s of Campbell County’s name did not change despite its merger with Baptist Hospital, it was announced both would operate under the newly formed Mercy Health Partners.  The name was chosen by the company’s new board of directors, which includes representative from both hospitals.

Five-term State Representative William Baird announced he planned to seek the county mayor’s job in the August election.  “I think Campbell County is sitting still,” Baird said of his reason for running.

Following criticism by some members of the county commission, the Campbell County Board of Education made adjustments in the proposed resolution that would fund salary increases for principals.  

The LaFollette City Council put the brakes on implementing traffic light cameras.  Council member Ken Snodderly argued he was not convinced that the devices would actually aid in preventing accidents.

Jacksboro Elementary fifth grader Ethan Jeffers made good on a promise he made to his school’s girls basketball team.  Jeffers, who had been growing his hair since first grade, agreed to shear his locks if the Lady Eagles were able win the championship.

Severe weather was to blame for a massive loss of power.  Downed trees and broken line poles kept line crews busy restoring power to thousands of area residents who were left in the dark by the storm.

After purchasing the property formerly owned by Walmart, Lowe’s made plans for demolition of the building.

Former Campbell County High School teacher Steve Pebley plead not guilty to charges of manufacturing meth.  Despite claims he was sleeping when officers came knocking Pebley and three others faced a Claiborne County grand jury on aiding and abetting the manufacture of methamphetamine.


On Super Tuesday, Campbell County voters went to the polls to cast their votes in the Democratic and Republican primaries. On the Democratic side, Hilary Clinton won the county with 2,854 votes for 85.17 percent of the vote.  Mike Huckabee came in first with 1,007 votes equaling 40.49 percent.

Long-time resident and well-known businessman Ed Balloff was honored by the Great Smoky Mountain Council Boy Scouts of America.  He was given the Good Scout Award as recognition of his dedication to scouting.

The overcrowding problem that precipitated the construction of the new jail facility continued to be an issue.  While the 92 bed facility was nearly double the capacity of the old jail the average prisoner population remained between 120 and 150 inmates, according to Sheriff Gary Perkins.

Sheila Franklin, wife of former Campbell County Sheriff’s Department deputy Sammy Franklin, expressed her frustration with the sentencing delays for Jenny Siler.  Franklin channeled her anger by starting a petition asking the court to move ahead with Siler’s sentencing for narcotics charges she plead guilty to.  

The environmental committee discussed the installation of cameras at the Towe String Road convenience center.  Tip Jones, environmental services director, said he believed having a night watchman at the facility was more effective than the proposed cameras.

After voting to pay Wayne Gregg, codes inspector, for lost wages, the LaFollette City Council voted against a similar request by Fire Chief Gary Byrd.

Citizens Michael Edward and Sue Foust approached the LaFollette City Council with complaints about the police department. The pair alleged Chief Ben Baird was “not getting the job done” because his officers had not thoroughly investigated reports of speeding on their street.  

Campbell County Property Assessor Bill Hicks decided to retire after 16 years of service to the county.  With 37 years in the property assessment profession, Hicks said he was simply ready for a change.

East and West LaFollette Elementary Schools closed their doors.  The schools were replaced by a combined state of the art LaFollette Elementary School.

After 40 years of doing radio broadcasting, Cliff Jennings made plans to retire.  Norm Alpert with Momentum Broadcasting, LLC agreed to purchase the station for $850,000, according to a media release.

The Jacksboro Police Department continued to be understaffed.  With three full time positions open Alderman Don Baird argued they would not be able to hire qualified officers at a rate of $10 per hour.

Plans to construct a new justice center were put on hold after concerns with the construction company’s proposal.  Commission attorney Kathy Parrott said she could not recommend the services of SouthBuild because it did not meet the necessary bidding requirements for that project.

Family members were relieved when Ray Peace was found unharmed.  After a search that lasted several hours Peace was located when he wandered out of the woods only half a mile from his nursing home.

After being involved in a roadside altercation in November 2007, Jeff Cole said he had no memory of the confrontation that landed him in a coma for seven days. A Campbell County Grand Jury returned a not true bill in the confrontation between Michael Leach and Cole, meaning criminal charges were not filed against either man in the confrontation.

A 19 –year- old mother faced aggravated child abuse charges.  Stacy M. Hopson was arrested by the LaFollette Police Department after her 11- month- old child was taken to the local emergency room.

After concerns with the architecture firm of SouthBuild and its contract forced the Campbell County Commission’s jail committee to rethink its decision to hire the group, the committee made a different choice.  In and effort to keep plans for the proposed justice center moving forward the group voted to hire Michael Brady, Inc. to head up the project.

Alleged narcotics dealer Jenny Siler was granted another delay in her sentencing hearing.  The postponement was one in a series that prevented Siler from being sentenced on multiple counts of narcotics possession.

Absenteeism from a combination of stomach virus and flu-like symptoms forced Dr. Judy Blevins to close county schools for nearly a week.  “Information that I have received from the health department and doctors at local clinics says that this (illness) lasts an average of three to five days.  By closing school for the rest of the week, I am hoping that it will give students enough time to get well,” Blevins said.

LaFollette City Councilman Mike Stanfield suggested removing the city’s $5 garbage fee and taking away department head authorization to hire part-time employees.  

Residents in the High Knob community looked forward to the possibility of access to city water.

Criminal Court Judge Shayne Sexton refused to dismiss the Campbell County District Attorney’s office from acting as prosecutors in the Jonathan Pierce murder case.  After hearing arguments Leif Jeffers, who had once been assigned to defend Miranda Kirby in the case and now worked for the DA’s office, was privy to information that may affect the defense of Kirby as well as defendants Elmer Travis Gaylor and Samuel Miracle Sexton made the ruling. “In my opinion the DA’s office has set up adequate stop gap measures to avoid issues,” Sexton said.

In less than a half hour, Danny Ditty was exonerated of criminal charges facing him.  The jury ruled Ditty was not guilty of aggravated sexual battery and attempted rape of a child.  This was the second trial and acquittal in six months for Ditty.

Start dates for the 2008-09 school year sparked debate for members of the Campbell County Board of Education.  Board members Johnny Byrge and Mary Michelle Gillium cited the heat of early August as a problem for the proposed beginning of classes.

David Ray Gross was charged with arson for allegedly starting a fire in the barn of J.C. Williams.  When Williams discovered his barn engulfed in flames he rushed in to try to save his tractor.  Williams was treated for second and third degree burns at Vanderbilt Hospital.

Alice Coker’s love of Campbell County and her work to preserve its history earned her the honor of being named Citizen of the Year by the South Campbell County Rotary Club.  Coker was deemed influential in the start of the county’s historical society and her contribution to the preservation of the Delap Cemetery.

Stoney Fork said goodbye to an influential member of its community.  Bonnell Sexton an active volunteer in various fire departments over the years was most remembered for his work and dedication in starting the Stoney Fork Volunteer Fire Department.


A Pioneer woman faced attempted second degree murder charges after allegedly shooting a man in the face. Records indicate Edna Lay allegedly shot Scottie D. Hatfield with a small caliber handgun.  Hatfield was taken to the University of Tennessee Medical Center by Lifestar where he underwent surgery to repair his non-life threatening injuries.

Consideration of local candidates for the Campbell County Director of Schools position was the common theme during a town hall meeting.  Faye Heatherly, search committee chairperson, informed the handful of citizen attending the meeting qualified Campbell Countians would receive the same consideration as those applying from outside the county.

A Claiborne County grand jury indicted former Campbell County High School teacher Steve Pebley and three others in connection with a November 2007 discovery of an active methamphetamine lab.  Pebley, Sharon Owen, Charlisa Monday and Jody Phillips were all indicted on felony charges of manufacturing methamphetamine and conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine.

A lawsuit filed against LaFollette City Council members created discord.  Councilman Mike Stanfield claimed that over $7,000 had been spent to defend the suit brought by fellow council member Bob Fannon.  While Stanfield contented the legal fees were funded by taxpayer dollars, the bill was paid by the city’s insurance company, according to City Administrator David Young.

The Campbell County Historical Society and the Campbell Culture Coalition teamed up to bring the Smithsonian Institute’s New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music traveling exhibition to town.  The exhibition toured six counties in Tennessee kicking off in Campbell County.  The former West LaFollette Elementary School hosted the selection of photographs, recordings, instruments, lyrics and artist profiles.

Commissioner David Young lobbied colleagues for support in his plan for working with the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) on a solution to the gridlock on Jacksboro and LaFollette’s main thoroughfare.

The vigilance of Sherry Muse, general manager of the Hampton Inn, led authorities to the arrest of a potentially dangerous couple that was staying at the hotel.  When officers arrived to investigate they noticed Christopher Jeremy Hoitt had a 9mm gun with a laser sight tucked into the waistband of his pants. Hoitt and female companion Lindsey Russell refused to give police permission to search the room. K-9 Officer Darrell Mongar arrived with Rooke and within minutes a cache of drugs and guns were discovered.

The Court Appointed Special Advocates of Campbell County (CASA) hosted a Bluegrass Breakdown.  The event raised money for the organization which utilizes volunteers to advocate for at-risk children.

The Campbell County Historical Society discovered a treasure trove of newspapers, books and family records once owned by Ted Miller.  The collection’s most recent owner approached the society and asked if it would be interested the historical documents.  The man’s only stipulation to the transaction was  he was to remain anonymous.  

Commissioner Johnny Joe Dower questioned how John Bond, former ambulance service director, continued to receive compensation from accumulated sick leave. Commissioner Lynn Letner suggested placing a cap on the amount of sick leave employees could accrue  as a way to prevent this situation in the future.

R.L. Ayers filed a lawsuit against Peoples National Bank seeking nearly $1 million in damages. In October 2003, Ayers and his wife Helen were named as defendants in a suit filed by the bank.  In the suit the bank alleged the Ayers had taken part in a check kiting scheme that defrauded the bank of nearly $430,000. In Ayers suit, filed on behalf of Bluff Springs Apartments, LTD and Village Apartments, LTD, he said the bank confiscated almost $137,000 from accounts held by him and supervised by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).  Ayers said the bank had no right to claim the accounts and was in violation of obligations the bank had to Ayers and the USDA.

After months of debate regarding unfunded mandates for courthouse security, the members of the jail committee received some clarification. “This is not a mandate.  This is us (AOC) trying to get $2 million out to help secure these courthouses.  As a collective group you (the commission) are going to have to determine what you can and can’t do,” Tim Townsend, Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) representative, said.

Traffic delays at the new LaFollette Elementary School forced the school system and LaFollette city officials to take a hard look at solutions.  

The Carpet Bagger Theatre made plans to present the world premier performance of Between a Ballad and a Blues.  The musical work, written by acclaimed playwright Linda Parris-Bailey, paid tribute to the life and times of Howard “Louie Bluie” Armstrong.

The Campbell County High School valedictorian race was wrought with controversy.  An eight-way tie for highest grade point average (GPA) left students waiting to see who would receive the  top honor.  

Despite Commissioner David Goins push, fellow commissioners voted no to a proposed private act that would require anyone wishing to establish a junk or salvage yard 1,000 feet from a count road to erect a fence around it.

JROTC instructor Retired Master Sgt. Francis Tierney was cleared by school officials of using excessive force while restraining a student.  Tierney was accused of injuring a male student when he stopped the boy from becoming involved in a fight.

After being arrested nearly three years earlier for selling Percocet to an undercover agent Jenny Siler was finally sentenced for her actions.  Criminal Court Judge Shayne Sexton ruled Siler would spend four months behind bars and eight years on probation for four counts of selling narcotics.

Campbell County citizens were stunned by the sudden death of LaFollette City Councilman Ken Snodderly.  Close to 1,000 people attended the Easter Day service to pay their respects to the family and say farewell.



The LaFollette City Council began discussions as to how to fill the seat made vacant by the death of Ken Snodderly.

A mural was finished on a wall at Campbell County High School. It was painted in honor of slain school administrator Ken Bruce.

A body discovered in a dried up Kentucky pond was believed to be that of a missing Campbell County man. Robert Wayne “Bruiser” Chadwell had been missing six years, his family said. They said he was last seen in the area where the remains were discovered.

Dottie Rogers received a story in the Press. The one time theatrical director was humbled by the attention saying she and her students just “like to play pretend.”

The city of LaFollette dedicated the month to cleaning up the city.

Joshua Walter, who had been wanted for a number of home invasions, was arrested by LaFollette Police.

The staff of the Campbell County Children’s Center attended forensic training.

The Watson- Dabney House opened. It was to provide care for three handicapped adults.

Congressman Lincoln Davis visited Campbell County.

The Jacksboro Police were investigating claims an argument had erupted in a courtroom.

St. Mary’s Medical Center was named to be among the nation’s top 100 hospitals.

LaFollette Police arrested four men on drug related charges after their suspicious behavior drew the attention of authorities.

Stoney Fork Fire Department was given a grant to help finish its building.

Two fatal accidents occurred on the same stretch of Highway 63 in northern Campbell County. This would later prompt an emotional plea from one of the family members for the installation of a traffic light.

Teresa Dabney was named the new CEO at REACHS.

A fire destroyed Smokies Market in White Oak.

Campbell County Habitat for Humanity went to work on its 22nd  house.

Remote Area Medical came to town offering free medical and dental care to residents in need. In all over 600 people had their needs met.

Nine Campbell County residents expressed an interest in being the next director of schools for the county.

A Jacksboro traffic accident sent seven people to the hospital.

LaFollette Police arrested two people on allegations of obscene behavior.

School officials announced Campbell County High School would have two valedictorians at the end of the year.

A LaFollette tobacco store employee was arrested on charges she embezzled thousands of dollars from her employer.

One of the final suspects in a series of pharmacy robberies was arrested. Dets. Monty Miller and David Muse said they had worked on the robberies with one man being a main thread in both.

Matt Mitchell, an LMU student and Campbell County resident earned a $1,500 scholarship.

The county considered placing an ambulance station at the White Bridge.

The Campbell County Planning Commission denied reducing the bond of the Villages at Norris Lake.

The grand jury returned 18 indictments.

The LaFollette Post Office handed out candy bars to people who waited until the last minute to file their tax returns.

 After a court hearing where it was revealed officers with the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department lost evidence a case was dismissed. Despite an admission from Oscar Broyles he shot his neighbor’s dog, the loss of evidence stopped the case from moving forward.

Zoning questions were raised at planning commission meeting.

Caryville Police arrested a 21- year old man after his mother reported he had assaulted her. As police searched the man’s room in the home, they found what they believed to be stolen property “lying in plain sight.”

Julia Powers was arrested for the 48th  time.

Chris Stanley was sworn in as an alderman in Caryville. He replaced Scott Collins who resigned to become the city administrator in Newport.

The attorney for Erica Buckert, a woman accused of child abuse, asked for her to receive a mental exam.

A piece of local history came down. A warehouse located on the corner of Central Avenue and First Street was demolished. It had been ravaged by fire two years earlier.

Candidates for the August election were finalized.

The Press hosted a successful fish fry with all proceeds going to Relay for Life.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol arrested an alleged bank robber on the run from Florida.

The LaFollette Middle School hosted a successful fashion show for the local Relay for Life.

A former hospital worker was charged in criminal court for allegedly stealing from the facility where she worked in the billing office.

Campbell County was named as part of the national scenic byway.

The Campbell County Board of Education reviewed finalists for the school director’s position.

Ken Snodderly’s seat on the LaFollette City Council remained vacant.

CASA hosted a ceremony to raise awareness about abused children.

Motions flew in an attempt to keep convicted drug dealer Jenny Siler out of jail.

An animal cruelty case was resolved when the woman at the center of the case was barred from owning animals for five years.

The LaFollette Police busted two meth labs in one day.

An inmate at the Campbell County jail was found unconscious in his cell.  He later died. Authorities said the inmate suffered from a series of medical problems prior to being incarcerated.

The LaFollette City Council took time to pay tribute to deceased member Ken Snodderly at a meeting.

The Christian Academy of Campbell County turned 15. It was also announced the school was finally debt free.

Wildfires in Campbell County destroyed over 750 acres. The start of the blaze was a combination of dry weather and an accident, officials said at the time.

The Campbell County Humane Society  announced it had received a $2,000 donation.


J.J. Dower hit a hole in one at a Relay for Life golf tournament. The shot netted him $100,000 and several new friends.

The board of education narrowed the field of candidates for the director’s job to three. It also completed the first round of interviews. Among them was local man Donnie Poston

Funds became tight for the school system leaving it to examine its current list of capital outlay projects.

LaFollette Police arrested a man accused of vandalizing a home he had vacated.

Jenny Siler attended a hearing on her four month jail sentence. Prior to her court appearance Siler was briefly in the county jail.

Shawna Henson was arrested after an investigation into a series of burglaries led police to her.

Jacksboro Police took a 29-year-old man into custody after an extended pursuit that involved two other agencies.

The LaFollette Utilities Board voted to install a compost screen at its wastewater treatment plant. The screen was expected to save LUB $36,000.

On the final day of the New Harmonies exhibit the stage at the old West LaFollette Elementary School was dedicated to Dottie Rogers. She died three weeks prior to the dedication.

After witnessing an individual put two small dogs out of a vehicle, Kimberly Nelson took action. She picked up the dogs and began a search for a new home for the puppies. “It just tugged at my heartstrings,” Nelson said.

The LaFollette City Council took up the topic of recreation at a meeting.

A Pioneer man, Virgil Lee Leach, died in an ATV accident.

County commissioners made plans to move forward with a justice center.

The board of education chose Dr. Mike Martin as the director of Campbell County Schools.

Shirley Fox Rogers was placed in the empty LaFollette City Council seat.

Anna Cole’s struggle with a heart aliment continued.

Following a second tour of duty in Iraq the 1175th National Guard Unit based in Jacksboro returned home.

Timothy McCoy, a 38- year-old Anderson County man, was sentenced to four years for sexual battery.

A vehicle struck a man crossing Central Avenue.

Chelan A. Martinez and Anna R. Cooper were arrested on 54 felony charges by LaFollette Police. Det. David Muse found the pair living in a rented home in Oak Ridge.

A Jacksboro couple found themselves behind bars after being arrested for allegedly passing forged prescriptions. Authorities found evidence the two had attempted gain Prozac and Xanax illegally.

Scotty Hatfield began serving his sentence for attempted aggravated assault. Hatfield had gone after the man he believed had assaulted his children. The man was later found not guilty of the charges by a jury. A woman who assaulted him in an unrelated incident was given five years probation.

The board of education debated the contract of newly appointed Director of Schools Dr. Mike Martin’s contract.

Main Street in Jacksboro got a new streetlight.

Sheena Siler and Jeremiah Gray were given harsher jail sentences after her 4-year-old child tested positive for meth.

A LaFollette man charged with stealing lottery tickets was arrested.

The walking trails in LaFollette neared completion.

Criminal Court Judge Shayne Sexton overruled a motion in Jenny Siler’s case. He suggested her legal team take the matters raised in the motion to the appellate court.

Relay for Life raised $60,000 for Cancer research. That was $2,000 above the group’s goal.

Emergency personnel were called to Campbell County High School. This was in response to a 911 call  two students appeared to have ingested a possible intoxicant. Reports from the incident revealed one of the girls had become very ill while the other had repeatedly stopped breathing.

Hurricane like winds left most of Campbell County in the dark during the third week in May. The winds knocked down several trees contributing to the power outage.

Faith Ann Harrison was arrested for prostitution by the Caryville Police.

Despite a heavy rain, members of the community turned out to support Anna Cole at a prayer vigil.

The LaFollette Press garnered 14 honors at the East Tennessee Society of Professional Journalists awards dinner.

Caryville-Jacksboro Utilities Commission made plans to change the way it disposed of grease.

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church broke ground for a 3,700 square foot expansion.

The county commission voted to refund the $8.2 million bond that had been issued for the proposed justice center.

The Jellico Utility board discussed water and sewer rates. It stood by its plan to increase rates despite resistance from the board of mayor and aldermen.

Rising fuel costs were the topic during a meeting of the county commission. At that time, fuel expenses sat at $2,500 for the county. This was up from $1,700 a day from the year before. Unused contingency funds totaling $281,120 were transferred to make up for the deficit.

Art students from Campbell County High School brought home numerous awards recognizing their hard work.

James Williford, a LaFollette firefighter, was struck by vehicle. He was attempting to clear traffic so an air ambulance could land in response to an accident when he was struck.

A Caryville couple filed $750,000 lawsuit against St. Mary’s Medical Center.

The state supreme court held court in Campbell County. The justices came to town as part of the SCALES program, which teaches students the basics of the judicial system.

Dr. Michael Martin accepted the offer to head up Campbell County Schools. He and Mark A. Wells, chairperson of the board of education sealed the deal with a gentleman’s handshake.

Students at Caryville Elementary School celebrated the book they wrote being published.

Employees at Kentucky Fried Chicken were robbed at gunpoint as they closed the store. Det. Monty Miller confirmed an undetermined amount of money had been taken in the crime.

Oscar Broyles was indicted again for assault. This came after his first indictment was dismissed when officers with the Campbell County Sheriff’s department admitted they had misplaced evidence in the case.

Ralph Martin Terry, of Jellico, was found dead in his cell at the Whitley County Jail.

Controversy erupted surrounding operations at the Campbell County Animal Shelter.

An overturned tractor-trailer led police to a couple accused of rape.

LaFollette City Councilman Hansford Hatmaker filed a lawsuit regarding the appointment of Shirley Fox Rogers to the council.

Graduation ceremonies were held across the county celebrating the accomplishments of many students.

Memorial Day ceremonies took place throughout the county.

Peter Gruber, a 26- year-old from Ohio, jumped from a moving boat on Norris Lake. He didn’t resurface. It would be weeks before his body was found.  

Ethan Comer earned his black belt in karate. He was only 7-years-old when he chopped and kicked his way to the honor.

LaFollette Police discovered phony money circulating in the area.

Robert Mack Kennedy was charged with negligent homicide after his stepdaughter fell from the vehicle he was driving. Reports from the accident said the little girl was not wearing a seatbelt nor was she in a child restraint seat when the accident occurred.

LaFollette Police were kept busy with a string of drug arrests.

Rodney Evans, an off duty highway patrol officer was severely injured in an auto accident.

A one time professional cheerleading coach pled not guilty to statutory rape.

A black bear was captured in the Clairfield community.


Campbell County Habitat for Humanity began its annual Blitz Build. In a week’s time a home was completed, dedicated and readied for the family to move into to.

Organizers with the Louie Bluie Festival prepared its second go round.

The Spickard family visited Woodlawn Cemetery and found a discouraging discovery. Many brass vases on graves throughout the cemetery were missing, including the ones from their family members.

Changes were made on what material could be dumped at county trash sites.

LaFollette Police captured another of the suspects in a series of pharmacy break ins.

The LaFollette City Council, in the throws of budget time, failed to balance its budget.

The county jail fell under scrutiny as to the quality of medical care inmates were receiving.

Doris Hatmaker, the LaFollette Utility Chairperson died.

William Stganolia, a man facing multiple narcotic charges was picked up for DUI by LaFollette Police.

A 17- year–old male drowned near the White Bridge on Norris Lake. Officials ruled his death was an accident.

After years of applying for grants, the Campbell County Rural Fire Service saw its hopes realized. A $198,000 grant finally came through. The group was able to purchase a new fire engine with the funds.

Plans for an ambulance station at the White Bridge were derailed.

Three teachers were given a total of $75,000 in sick leave.

Headway was made with the LaFollette City budget.

State Senator Tommy Kilby announced he would not be seeking another term.

The Buttram family moved into its home constructed during the Habitat for Humanity Blitz Build.

Members of a Media Mission Camp came to Jellico for a week.

Brandon Sharp, a young Campbell Countian, began making his presence known in the art world.

Renovations at Valley View received a $500,000 influx of cash for the project.

Merit Construction was given the job of completing the renovations at Valley View. This came after a debate as to whether the board should go with the lowest or the best bid.

After a weekend of hard work, good fun and music, organizers with the Louie Bluie Festival deemed the event a success.

LaFollette Police found what appeared to be a meth lab tucked away in shed on Central Avenue.

A single car accident in Jacksboro claimed the life of a man.

The Jellico Electric and Water System found itself operating in the red. The deficit totaled $287,000.

Brass vases stolen earlier in the month from Woodlawn Cemetery were returned.

White Oak Volunteer Fire Department members elected new board members.

County bus drivers shared concerns that with rising fuel costs, they could suffer operational problems.

A battle over the new fiscal year’s budget loomed on the horizon for the commission and board of education members.

One of the men arrested for robbing a pharmacy pled guilty to his crimes.

The High Knob waterline project remained on schedule.

Terry King was sentenced to 10 years behind bars after being convicted for narcotics.

The jail committee weighed options for the proposed justice center.

Dry conditions and arson contributed to fires in Campbell County. In all over 80 acres were lost, forestry officials said.

The family of Jayne Love began a search for her. They told police she had not been heard from in over a month.

A member of the White Oak Fire Department, Jimmy Dykes, was assaulted while sitting on his front porch.

A plea went out for people to visit the local animal shelter and adopt a pet.