Local News

  • 2 officials quit as town sinks further into personal, financial despair

    JELLICO—One alderman and the town’s contracted certified municipal finance officer have severed ties with the financially troubled town.
    Last Thursday evening, resignation letters from Alderman Darrell Byrge and CMFO Sondra Denton were read aloud during the regularly scheduled meeting.
    Byrge, who was once tourism and finance chairperson, no longer believes the board has the town’s best interest at heart.

  • Whaley admits credit-card fraud, theft of hospitalized man

    CARYVILLE—A Caryville woman was arrested after she allegedly admitted to fraudulently using a credit card.
    Julie Ann Whaley, 43, 472 Lake Road, was arrested Sept. 19 by Deputy Preston Prim of the Campbell County’s Sheriff’s Office.
    She had been entrusted with a man’s wallet during his visit to the hospital that morning. The man noticed several charges on his account after his return home, police records indicated.

  • Two arrested in marina theft

    LaFOLLETTE—Just days after appearing in Campbell County Criminal Court for a restitution hearing last Monday, a LaFollette duo was arrested again for theft.
    Brittney Leigh Boshears, 25, 2732 Demory Rd., and Michael Allen Taylor, reportedly went to Whitman Hollow Marina and took a boat trailer on Aug. 27. The trailer was then sold to Jacksboro Metals.
    The duo reportedly returned to the marina on Sept. 12 and took a pontoon boat trailer, police records indicated. That item was sold to Cumberland Recyclers.

  • Tomahawk-yielding vandal booked for kidnapping, robbery

    DUFF—On Sept. 18, Campbell County Sheriff’s officers were dispatched to a Duff residence in reference to a home invasion.
    Upon arrival, the victims alleged a male subject forced his way into their residence with a tomahawk threatening them, records indicated.
    The victims allegedly stated the male demanded their money, jewelry, firearms, and prescription medication, according to the report.
    The vandal reportedly stated he would do what he had to do if they (the victims) didn’t give him the items, records indicated.

  • State tells Jellico to borrow $1.1 million

    JELLICO—Fiscally troubled Jellico now has a state suggestion on the dollars it will borrow to correct the struggling town — and Nashville says that number is $1.1 million.

    The money will cover all the town’s outstanding debts, an Interstate lighting project, the IRS tax lien and court-ordered payments for fire department officials Nelson Kidd and Gary Troxell’s medical bills. The bond will also provide for a rainy day fund, according to Mayor Les Stiers.

  • Volunteers needed for reopened shelter

    JACKSBORO—Mike Aiken, director at the Adrion W. Baird Animal Center, says he is blessed by support he has received since taking the helm at the center in August.

    “I have been blessed with wonderful help,” he said.

    The shelter was shuttered for four months earlier this year after allegations of animal mistreatment.

    Last week, Aiken released a statement asking for volunteers to help with cleaning kennels and feeding animals, especially in the morning before the shelter opens.

  • Man arrested after breaking into home, stealing property

    LaFOLLETTE—A LaFollette man was arrested after police say he broke into a home and stole almost $2,000 worth of property.

    Christopher Anthony Poteet, 22, 212 Middlesboro Rd., LaFollette, reportedly broke into a home on Bridge Water Ln. in LaFollette on Sept. 10. The property manager reported the incident after she noticed a window had been broken at the home.

    Poteet allegedly stole $1,950 worth of unspecified property from the victim.

  • Woman convicted of murder loses appeal with supreme court

    CAMPBELL COUNTY—The woman convicted in the 2006 murder of Jonathan Pierce saw no mercy when the state supreme court heard her case.

    On Monday, a judge ruled that Crystal Miranda Kirby will remain in prison after exhausting her appeals and a post conviction relief petition.

  • Denied virtual academy could be revived by state officials

     JACKSBORO—Campbell County’s Virtual Academy, which was all but dead in the water in August, could open in January, according to Director of Schools Donnie Poston.

    Poston said late Tuesday that he has been in recent communication with Tennessee Commissioner of Education Kevin Huffman and Deputy Commissioner Dr. Kathleen Airhart about the status of the academy.

    “They’re looking at the possibility of a late opening,” said Poston.

  • Sheriff's office 'cracking down' on violators

     CAMPBELL COUNTY—Campbell County Sheriff Robbie K. Goins said deputies will be working overtime and will be visible in full force throughout Campbell County in an attempt to prevent fatalities, protect teen drivers by enforcement and education and the immediate arrest of drugged or drunken drivers. 

    Goins has ordered his staff to quickly mobilize the “Sheriff’s DUI Task Force” because he says “that’s what our citizens deserve and demand.”