Local News

  • Campbell County to participate in Stand in the Gap

    Sunday afternoon, Campbell County will participate in Stand in the Gap. Stand in the Gap is a tri-state event that will involve nine counties at six locations. At each location, people will gather to seek God through prayer.

  • Shepherd’s Home to host 3rd annual banquet

    The Shepherd’s Home will host its 3rd Annual Banquet on Nov. 13 at 6:30 p.m. The banquet will be held in the Family Life Center at First Baptist Church of Jacksboro, and will last about an hour and a half.
    The purpose for the banquet is to celebrate, show gratitude and to raise funds.
    “It is an opportunity for people to see what they are giving to,” said Christine Morris, executive director of the Shepherd’s Home.

  • Chamber to host pig roast

    On Nov. 8, the Campbell County Chamber of Commerce will host its annual pig roast. The pig roast will be held at the Ball Farm Event Center from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
    “I think we’ll have 200 or 300 folks come out in a really good mood to support their chamber,” said E. L. Morton, director for the Campbell County Chamber of Commerce. “We’re looking forward to the community coming out and participating.”

  • LaFollette man turns self in after undercover sting

    A LaFollette Man turned himself in to authorities on Oct. 24 after a warrant was issued for his arrest.

    An undercover drug investigation by the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department led investigators to Phillip A. Young, 62, 251 Young Road, LaFollette.

    Officers reportedly arranged several undercover drug buys from Young, both at his home and at the Lonas Young Memorial Park, according to the sheriff’s department.

    The park is named after Young’s father.

  • Father-Son pair arrested for aggravated burglary

    Two LaFollette men were arrested after their victim caught their alleged misdeeds on camera.

    Charles Oliver Owens Sr., 41, and his son, Charles Oliver Owens Jr., 18, allegedly broke into a home on Oct. 29 and reportedly took $3,750 of property.

    Officers were able to recover the victim’s Stihl weed eater, a Savage .22 rifle and flow master mufflers.

    The two men reportedly admitted to selling or trading the other property in order to obtain narcotics.

  • Police sieze cash, car during execution of search warrant

    A LaFollette man is in jail after police reportedly found 30 grams, more than $200 worth, of marijuana and other drug paraphernalia at his home.

    Last Friday, LaFollette Police Department officers raided the home of Vincent Szymanski, 32, of 310 West Hemlock Lane.

    “It’s been basically an ongoing investigation for the past several weeks,” said Det. Steve Walland with the LaFollette Police Department.

  • Jellico man arrested after trying to claim bicycle

    A Jellico man is behind bars after police say he came to the department looking to claim a bicycle.

    On Oct. 18, Gary Wayne “Wire Hair” Douglas, 46, of 667 Wooldridge Lane, came to the Jellico Police Department asking to have a confiscated bicycle returned to him.  

    What Douglas didn’t know, was the Campbell County Grand Jury had issued an indictment for his arrest after Det. Sgt. Jeff Ivey provided evidence of previous crimes Douglas allegedly committed.

  • Man struck, killed by train

    LaFollette Police are investigating a death on a section of railroad after Chief Jimmy Jeffries said a man was struck by a train just after 2 a.m. on Sunday morning.

    The accident happened at Brantley Lane, between Kitts Tires and the Campbell County High School Bridge.

    Billy Dangerfield was reportedly lying on the tracks as the train approached.

  • Toys for Tots registration set for next weekend, donations still accepted

    Toys for Tots is prepared to make the holidays brighter for needy families in Campbell County.

    “We’ve done all our fundraising events and we’re just waiting for those that have raised their monies to go ahead and turn that in,” said Debi Mikesell, a Toys for Tots volunteer.

    Parents or guardians may register their children for the toy-giving program on Nov. 9 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Nov. 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Campbell County Courthouse Lobby.

  • LaFollette residents face obstacles

    Residents on Mullis Trail are concerned after unfinished city work has forced them to park on the street.

    “None of the six property owners that has access to this road has ever asked them to do anything to it,” said Doris Lumpkins, a Mullis Trail resident.

    Drainage has always been a problem, according to property owners, and they say the city of LaFollette decided to pave the road and put curbs down either side to force water down the road.