Local News

  • Drug kingpin behind bars after raid

     The Campbell County Sheriff's Office believe they have removed one of the county's most prominent drug dealers following a two-day investigation that uncovered money, narcotics, firearms and 10 vehicles. 

    Kermit D. York, 52, 711 Ivey Hollow Road, LaFollette, has previous felonies and is believed to be the largest distributor of narcotics in the area, police said. 

  • Jellico agrees to comptroller funding bond

    It’s debt consolidation – government style.

    During a marathon three-hour meeting on Thursday night, Jellico’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen decided to put their long-standing financial issues to rest and agree to the comptroller’s last resort offer to put the town back on an even keel.

    “This gives complete control to the comptroller’s office of spending our money, but this allows us to pay the IRS off right now [and] amass all our debts,” said Mayor Les Stiers.

  • Colegrove featured speaker at safety conference

    WILLIAMSBURG, KY.—Dr. Michael B. Colegrove, Vice President for Student Services at University of the Cumberlands (UC) recently served as a featured speaker during the National School Safety Conference held in Las Vegas, Nev.  The conference was sponsored by the School Safety Advocacy Council (SSAC). The SSAC is the recognized leader in school safety based services and training.

  • LOUIE BLUIE fest returning bigger, better in 7th year

    CARYVILLE—What’s the difference between a violin and a fiddle?
    One has strings and the other has strangs.  
    And that’s what you’re going to hear when Sounds Like Home — A Night of Music from the Cumberlands, and the Louie Bluie Music & Arts Festival lights up the weekend of Sept. 27-28 at Cove Lake State Park, Caryville.

  • Summer Intern program axed; money diverted at commission’s discretion

    JACKSBORO—County officials will eliminate the long-running Summer Intern Program and use its funding to finance the commission’s discretionary fund.
    Discretionary funding—which gave each of the 15 commissioners $4,000 to distribute to local organizations—was eliminated for the 2012-13 fiscal year to avoid a tax increase.
    Commissioner Sue Nance believes it was a mistake to eliminate the discretionary fund. She said it was the only money commissioners have direct control over.

  • School officials upset by lack of tax revenues to fund operations

    Members of the Campbell County Board of Education are upset about having to use fund-balancing measures to operate the school system this year.
    During Tuesday’s regular monthly board of education meeting, board member Rector Miller opened a dialogue on the lack of local funding by quizzing Campbell County Director of Finance Jeff Marlow.
    Miller was upset that members of the board were either misinformed or did not have enough information before voting to use more than $1 million in fund balance to pass the 2013-14 school budget last month.

  • Jailhouse fight leads to additional assault charge for LaFollette man

    JACKSBORO—A LaFollette man racked up an additional assault charge during his incarceration at the Campbell County Jail.
    Randall Lee McGlade, 26, 507 West Ash St. LaFollette, had been in jail since mid-July for violation of probation and attachment child support when he reportedly got into an altercation with his cellmate on Aug. 1.
    McGlade reportedly hit his victim form behind and knocked him to the ground and continued to hit him.
    McGlade reportedly admitted to the assault and told police it was because his victim was calling his girlfriend.

  • Husband-wife duo charged with manufacturing methamphetamine

    SPEEDWELL—Two Speedwell residents are behind bars after police responded to a call about an alleged burglary.
    Jessica Shown, 19, 1877 Flat Hollow Rd., Speedwell, called police on Aug. 9 to report that she was hiding in her bathroom because there was an intruder in her home.
    When Campbell County Sheriff’s Officer Josh Vann arrived at the scene, he reportedly encountered a “chemical odor commonly associated with meth labs,” the report said.
    Shown had left the bathroom and was sitting on the front walk at the home.

  • East Tennessee escapee named to states ‘Top 10 Most Wanted’ list
  • I-75 exit 141 attracting potential new business

    CARYVILLE —The board is tight-lipped about the newest interest shown in developing Exit 141, but has revealed it’s a retail venture. A formal announcement about the new business and potential job growth is expected within the few weeks.
    In the last year, there has been growth at both of Caryville’s industrial parks and Travel Centers of America announced plans to open a full-service travel center at Exit 141.