Local News

  • Fire destroys building

    A popular fireworks store was destroyed by an early morning blaze on Tuesday.

    Around 2:30 a.m., crews with the Caryville Fire Department were sent to 292 John McGhee Boulevard. When they arrived, five minutes later, Thundermountain Fireworks was already fully engulfed, said Caryville Fire Chief Eddie Hatmaker. Flames were coming out the front windows and fireworks were being set off by the blaze forcing crews to fight the fire from a distance.

  • Audit reveals spending issues

    For a second week Campbell County Schools are in the spotlight. At the root of this unwanted attention is the unfortunate alleged behavior of school administrators.

    In the wake of former Jacksboro Elementary principal Sandra Chaniott's indictment by the grand jury on one count of theft over $1,000 and one count of official misconduct related to the misappropriation of funds at the school, another principal found himself under scrutiny related to his school's financial situation.

  • LaFollette looking at shortfall

     At Tuesday night’s workshop, the LaFollette City Council brought out the preliminary budget for the 2011-12 fiscal year.

    Though the budget projects a $209,000 deficit, the council plans to “iron out the wrinkles” before the budget takes effect July 1.

     “We’re still in good shape financially,” interim city administrator Cade Sexton said. “We’re going to fine-tune some things at the next workshop.”

    The council plans to read over and discuss the budget more, to work out the discrepancies.

  • Public Records

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as or similar to other members of the community.



    Campbell County Property Transfers

    May 16- May 20


    James William Shepherd, Jr. to Christy Starr Hughes, Dist. 3, $8,000.

    Swartz and Brough Inc. to Wayne McKamey and Sherry McKamey, Dist. 1, $13,500.

    Benny Garrett and Lavenda Garrett to Mark Sharp and Elizabeth Sharp, Dist. 3, $13,000.

  • Indictments returned

    The following indictments were returned May 20.

    Travis D. Williams- simple possession schedule II.

    Jonathan A. Massengill- aggravated sexual battery, sexual battery.

  • Pack hopes to get second chance at trial

    Fourteen months after being convicted of murdering Jayne Love, Phillip Pack is still claiming innocence.

    He also wants another trial to prove it.

    Last Wednesday, his new attorney Gregory Isaacs filed a 22-page motion outlining the reasons why his client should be granted that request. On Monday both sides in the case agreed to argue the motion on July 25.

  • Purple boxes stump locals

    The recent appearances of purple boxes around the county are likely to have some area residents scratching their heads.

    Guesses about their purpose may range from bird feeders to some sort of new age tree decorations. But the reality is they are meant to help researchers learn more about a pest that is deadly to the ash tree population.

  • Overbay arrested after found sleeping in car

    Sleeping in the car in the road and driving off while being question by officers are just a couple mistakes that landed Daryl Overbay in jail last week.

    Just before 6 a.m. Campbell County Sheriff’s Deputy Dennis Chadwell responded to reports of a man being asleep behind the wheel of his truck on Stone Mill Road near the railroad tracks.

  • Grand jury hands down indictment for Chaniott

    Just two months after being removed from her post as principal of Jacksboro Elementary Sandra Chaniott can add legal woes to her seemingly growing list of problems.

    On Monday the Campbell County Grand Jury returned a sealed indictment charging Chaniott with official misconduct and theft of property under $10,000.

    The veteran principal appeared in court for arraignment and plead not guilty to the charges. She was released on $5,000 bond.

  • Pair charged with child abuse

    A knock at the door ended with two individuals being arrested last week.

    On May 18, Lt. Stephanie Smith of the Caryville Police Department received a call from two Child Protective Services worker requesting help with a call. They had received information about alleged child abuse in Caryville, according to the report.

    Smith along with Officer James Skeans of the Jacksboro Police Department met with the workers who told them allegations had been made against Michael Shoupes and Tonya Shoupes for alleged drug use in their home, the report said.