Local News

  • Jellico property sells at Saturday auction

    The town of Jellico sold two pieces of property on Douglas Lane at an auction Saturday. The property was sold to J.J. Hatmaker Sr., the father of Jellico Assistant Police Chief J.J. Hatmaker.

    David Longmire oversaw the sale of the two lots, totaling 3.9 acres.

    “The person who bought the land has 30 days to come up with the money,” said Jellico Mayor Les Stiers.

    The town earned $29,000 from the sale and the buyer will pay an additional 10 percent in auctioneer’s fees. The land was appraised at $31,000.

  • Citizens voice support for Poston on Jacksboro Middle marquee

    Drivers on Highway 25W may have noticed a new message on the sign at Jacksboro Middle School on Monday.

    “Concerned citizens of Campbell County support Donnie Poston for superintendent of schools” scrolled across the sign this week.

    The display came after the Campbell County Board of Education had a change of heart and voted 4-4 against extending Poston’s contract. In December, the board voted 9-1 with only Rector Miller dissenting.

  • Bomb threat empties Jellico High School

    A handwritten bomb threat found late Monday morning caused students and teachers to evacuate Jellico High School.

    “We did have a bomb threat and our SRO [school resource officer] notified the sheriff’s department and the city police department and we evacuated the building and took them to our safe haven, which is over at the Crouches Creek Baptist Church,” said Jellico High School Principal Harry Chitwood.

    The note was found just before noon. An announcement was made for all students and staff to exit the building.

  • Dunaway receives warning from professional board

    A local attorney has been censured by his peers.

    Last week, the Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility handed down the reprimand to Johnny V. Dunaway. It doesn’t affect his ability to practice law but serves as a warning.

    It was alleged Dunaway “charged and received a contingency fee” from a client in exchange for representing her once her divorce case reached the appeals level, according to a press release issued by the TBPR. Prior to this he charged her $350 an hour.

  • Moore violates probation; victim's mother is outraged

     Editor’s note: The following story contains information about a young child who was the victim of a sexual crime. The last name of the mother has been excluded to protect the privacy of the minor.


    Robert Moore, a convicted sexual offender, recently violated his probation.

    He left the state after being instructed by his probation officer not to. While he was charged with violating the probation, Moore spent little time in jail for the charge.

    For the mother of his victim, the quick release is unacceptable.

  • Three restaurants cited for alcohol sales to minors

    A city-wide sting to catch businesses breaking the law resulted in three misdemeanor citations last week.

    “I was contacted by the ABC (Alcohol Beverage Commission) and they set up a date to come up,” said LaFollette Police Chief Jimmy Jeffries.

    On Jan. 16, the Alcoholic Beverage Commission visited all businesses in LaFollette with a beer permit to make sure IDs were being checked.

  • Commission approves letter of intent with Montclair

    At Tuesday’s meeting, the county commission approved a nonbinding letter of intent with Montclair, Technologies.
    The motion to approve the letter passed with 13 yes votes. Commissioners Bob Walden and Steve Rutherford were absent.
    “I just would point out to you that it’s clear from this document that it’s a non-binding letter of intent,” county attorney Joe Coker said.
    By approving the letter, the commission hasn’t committed to anything, but has agreed to move forward to seek a final agreement, Coker said.

  • Jellico couple arrested after four-month investigation

    A husband-wife duo was arrested after police allege they were selling narcotics.

    The pair, Ted and Thelma Alsip of Hoot Owl Hollow Road in Jellico, originally drew attention of the Jellico Police Department after they received word about alleged acts happening in Veterans’ Park, according to police.

    After evidence was gathered, it was presented to the Campbell County Grand Jury, who then issued true bills for the Alsips.

  • Utility companies, highway department prepared for winter weather


    Campbell County is one of 12 East Tennessee counties to take part in today’s Point in Time count, a look a the local homeless population.

    By counting the homeless, the county becomes eligible for grant money to help fund permanent housing for the homeless.

    “Our whole purpose in this is to cooperate with HUD to make us eligible for grant money for our housing and persons here in Campbell County,” said Debi Mikesell, one of the event’s organizers.

  • Health specialists recommend getting flu shots

    While many in Campbell County have been sick, few have come to LaFollette Medical Center with the flu.
    “We are seeing lots of sick people, mimicking flu symptoms,” said Amanda Seiber, employee health nurse at LaFollette Medical Center. “But it’s turned out it’s more or less (cold). Of all the cases tested (for flu), the volume is very low. Our numbers are low at the time being.”
    Flu symptoms include: fever, aches, chills, cough and runny nose, Seiber said.