Local News

  • City Council continues to wrestle with next year's budget

     Next year’s budget remained a high priority Tuesday night as the LaFollette City Council went into a workshop immediately after the meeting to try and “iron out the wrinkles.”

    The council has made it clear next year’s preliminary budget includes factors that are subject to change. The council, for example, has projected a five percent increase in the cost of health insurance for city employees, which has affected the balance.

  • County teens ban together to fight drug problems

    Campbell County students have gotten involved in the fight against drug addiction this summer.

    Two teams of students are preparing to head to the Tennessee Teen Institute’s Summer Camp at Austin Peay University from June 20 to June 24.

    “I’m excited to go on this trip and help,” rising Campbell County High School Senior Olivia Frederick said. “I know that the drug issue here is a really big deal. We could really make a big difference.”

  • Bartley gets plea set aside

    Kenneth S. Bartley will finally have his day in court.

    Today Judge Jon K. Blackwood set aside the plea he accepted from the teen in 2006. Greg Isaac, the third attorney to represent Bartley, questioned Mike Hatmaker, Bartley's first attorney, on Thursday,

    It was then it was learned that Bartley accepted the plea with little time to consider it.

    Blackwood said he was unaware of that and reversed himself in the matter. Bartley remains in jail and a new trial date hasn't been set.

  • 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 23- May 27


    Judy F. Landes and Ray Landes to Fred M. Brewer, Dist. 5, $22,000.

  • Pleas

    The following criminal cases were resolved last week with the use of plea agreements:

    Mark A. Wilson- theft of property over $1,000; three years probation, court costs, $75 to ECF, $2,500 restitution to victim.

    Lauren Ashley Jones- promote methamphetamine manufacture; two years probation, court costs.

  • Funding cuts at federal hatcheries could devastate area trout fisheries

    Proposed budget cuts at two federal fish hatcheries have state fisheries managers scrambling to find ways to minimize the impact to Tennessee trout anglers. 

     Federal budget cuts proposed for fiscal year 2012 could have dismal consequences for the state’s 150,000 trout anglers, as the majority of funding for Dale Hollow and Erwin national hatcheries is targeted.

  • Father arrested for abuse

    A LaFollette man has been charged with repeatedly abusing his young son.

    On Friday, officers with the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department arrested Seth Eric Miller, 24, of 115 Mill Road, LaFollette, at his home.

    Miller was charged with two counts of aggravated child abuse/ neglect in child under the age of eight, according to Detective Sgt. Jason Henegar of the CCSD.

  • Buiness Expo planned

     On Thursday, June 9 the Campbell County Chamber of Commerce will host the Synergy Expo 2011 at Jacksboro Middle School from 2 to 8 p.m.

    The chamber will partner with the education system and local businesses to offer networking opportunities and education to members of the local community. E. L. Morton, chamber director, described the event as a “Business and Education Fair.”

    “We’re excited,” Morton said. “We look forward to gain exposure for our chamber members and our business base.”

  • 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.