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Local News

  • County opens shelters for stranded motorists

    Classes in Campbell County had not resumed from Christmas break, but one building became a haven for road weary travelers on Monday night.

    After an unexpected snow shower created a skating rink on Interstate 75 late in the afternoon hours of Jan. 2.  Multiple automobile crashes soon caused the roadway to be impassible.

    Motorists were stuck in gridlock for hours. And as temperatures dropped, Jay Muncy, Campbell County EMA director, said the priority was to get people off the road.

  • Celebration turns dangerous

    Police are investigating a barroom ruckus that left a man with lasting injuries.

    Just before midnight on New Year’s Eve, the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department was dispatched to the Brown Shack Tavern on Highway 25W. Callers said an argument had erupted into a fight with one man having his face gashed, according to CCSD Chief Deputy Aaron Evans.

  • Durham arrested for child abuse

    A drug overdose has led to multiple charges for a LaFollette woman.

    On Dec. 14, Campbell County Sheriff’s Deputy Matthew Wasson was called to 1078 Stinking Creek Road to investigate reports of a drug overdose.

    When he arrived at the scene, Wasson found Tamella Joyce Durham, 42, of 1078 Stinking Creek Road, being treated by EMS workers in the back of an ambulance.

  • What 2012 holds for cities and towns in Campbell County

    JACKSBORO

    Jacksboro Mayor Jack Cannon hopes the traffic and economy will improve in Jacksboro in 2012.

    “(This year)2011 was better than anticipated,” Cannon said. “The economy kind of stabilized.”

    This helped town leaders in Jacksboro meet some of their goals.

    “We hope everything will continue to improve,” Cannon said. “I hope everybody has a good year, the economy picks up, and we get more jobs here.”

    Jacksboro doesn’t have a property tax, business tax or usage fees.

  • Baird hopes to continue accomplishments into the New Year

    Based on what has been accomplished in 2011 County Mayor William Baird feels confident Campbell County will continue to make strides in the coming year.

    Baird credits much of the progress to a new found desire of county officials and community organizations to collaborate.

    “We have seen the need to work together and now we are working to make that happen,” Baird said.

    According to the mayor, progress has been made on several fronts including the much discussed, highly anticipated business incubator.

  • The Year In Review- July- December

     July

    Mercy Hospital was sold to Health Management Associates, Inc.

    The Pleasant Ridge Bridge project cost the city of LaFollette $2,500 more than planned. Costs increased because the type of concrete used in the project changed.

    The county commission earmarked $55,000 for a new little league ball field in Jellico.

    Jellico considered if there was enough interest to support a satellite campus of Lincoln Memorial University.

  • Local art students turn trash to treasure

    Area high school art students recently proved their work is not trash even if what they were painting was.

    Students from both Campbell County High School and Jellico High School were solicited to put their talents to use by designing trashcans to be used in conjunction with the county’s litter awareness program administered by county mayor William Baird’s office.

  • Ladies’ class packs comfort in a bag

    When it comes to crime children are often the forgotten victims. But one group of women is working to make sure that isn’t the case.

    As the wife of a Campbell County Sheriff’s deputy, Darlene Bruce has heard first hand how children found in homes where a meth lab has been discovered are affected. And it was those tragic tales of boys and girls being forced to leave all of their toxic belongings behind that made the women in her Sunday School class spring into action.

  • Stolen car hood leads to drug arrest

    A case involving a stolen car hood led to a drug arrest on Christmas day.

    LaFollette Police Officer Charles Duff was on patrol just before midnight when he saw a white Mustang being driven from behind the Save-A-Lot building. Duff believed the car was one that was reported being in the area where the theft of a Mustang hood and battery had occurred.

    The 1992 Ford Mustang driven by David Edward Allen, 38, of 507 E. Hemlock, allegedly darted across Jacksboro Pike and into the Murphy gas station parking lot.

  • Holiday fracas ends with arrest

    A Christmas Day food fight put the skids on the holiday cheer for a LaFollette family.

    Deputies with the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department were called to 1631 Loop Road to investigate reports of a domestic disturbance.

    Records indicate Shannon Allen Beaty, 41, of 1631 Loop Road, was at his grandmother’s home with a number of other relatives when he allegedly started throwing food and became irate.