Local News

  • What will happen next in the Bartley case?

    With Judge Jon K. Blackwood setting aside Kenneth S. Bartley’s 2007 plea a number of legal avenues have been reopened.

    Now as the nearly 20-year- old sits at the Northwest Correctional Complex in Tiptonville, his future is uncertain. Before last week Bartley was certain to spend his days behind a locked door until February 2033, if he made parole then. Otherwise, he wouldn’t have been eligible for release until February 2049.

  • Bartley sees plea set aside

    It aint’ over till its over. And sometimes it isn’t over then.

    Kenneth S. Bartley knows that all too well.

    In April 2007, the then teenager pled guilty to killing Campbell County High School Assistant Principal Ken Bruce and wounding CCHS Principal Gary Seale and Jim Pierce, CCHS assistant principal. As per the plea, Bartley was sentenced to 45 years in prison.

    Within days of the plea being inked, Bartley was asking for a do over. And he has continued to ask for that all the way to the state supreme court and back.

  • Football Cougars to name new coach on Friday

    According to Athletic Committee Chairman Johnny Byrge, Campbell County High School’s new head football will be unveiled Friday morning at 9 a.m. during a combination press conference/meet-and-greet session at L. Hope Dossett Stadium.

    Players, parents and anyone interested in the football program are invited to attend.

  • Principals moved throughout county

    School may be out for summer, but that doesn't mean out of mind out of sight for system employees.

    Just under two months into his tenure as director of schools Donnie Poston is examining the assignments of administrators in each of the local schools. And for some that will mean a new location for the 2011-12 school year.

  • Torner has wish granted

    Because someone grows older doesn’t mean they stop wishing.

    Just ask William Torner.

    On Monday Torner, 95, and a World War II veteran, spent the morning going down the Tennessee River on The Star riverboar. The trip was to fulfill his wish of having one last boat ride.

    Riverboat Captain John Farmer greeted Torner as he arrived on deck Monday, presenting him with an honorary Captain’s certificate.  Once the boat launched, Torner was taken outside to enjoy the open deck. He was also allowed to ring the bell at a passing boat.

  • State to fund relief for meth lab cleanup

       When federal funding for meth lab cleanups went dry earlier this year local law enforcement agencies were left holding the bag- literally.

    With the cost for disposing of the hazardous materials left behind by an epidemic level of meth production rising upwards of $2,500 the already strapped budgets of local law enforcement have certainly felt the pinch.

  • Marina comment period comes to end

    Tennessee Valley Authority officials are hoping to make a decision on a proposed 500-slip marina at Heatherly’s Point on Norris Lake by fall.

    The agency has held two public hearings on the proposal, and the Corps of Engineers conducted a review earlier this year. The latest round of hearings were extended an extra few weeks for the TVA to receive additional comments.

    The latest comment period ended May 30.

  • Inmates helping county schools

    Twelve county inmates are headed back to school.

    But instead of carrying backpacks, the men will be toting cans of paint and brushes.

    “I had some teachers approach me and ask if there was a way we could help them get their classrooms painted,” said Campbell County Sheriff Robbie Goins. Plans were already underway to use inmate labor to help in the schools this summer, this idea was then incorporated into that proposal.

  • Campbell County Cancer Association fundraiser slated for Saturday

    Cancer is a dark and scary disease. But the Campbell County Cancer Association is doing all it can to make a difference in the lives of local people that are fighting for their lives. But this takes money.

    In an effort to continue providing area cancer patients with fuel vouchers to get to and from medical appointments, help with prescriptions and dietary supplements like Ensure and Boost the group is gearing up for one of it's major annual fundraisers.

  • School board discusses upcoming budget

    The Campbell County Board of Education met on Tuesday to discuss the upcoming school year's budget. With the close of the 2010-11 budget just days away, board members were forced to take a look at the bleak spending forecast for the upcoming budget year.

    Jeff Marlow, county finance director, was on hand to inform the group of the cards it has been dealt. According to Marlow, the system's Average Daily Membership has decreased by 68 a students causing BEP funding to go down by approximately $400,000.