Local News

  • Former inmate files suit against county and jail employees

     The county and two employees of the Campbell County Jail were recently named as defendants in a federal lawsuit seeking thousands in damages.

    On Oct. 20 John Eldridge filed suit on behalf of his client Linda Green in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee.

    In the filing Green alleges while she was incarcerated in April 2011 the actions of Sandy Farley and Penny Hicks, both members of the medical staff at the jail, violated her constitutional rights.

  • Campbell and Davis net burglary charges

     Two LaFollette men were arrested on burglary charges twice within minutes last week.

    On Nov. 25, LaFollette Police Officer Matthew Sandefur was flagged down by a resident on Nevada Avenue who reported seeing Eric Brandon Campbell, 24, of 118 Alexander Circle, and Derick Billy Davis, 19, of 409 W. Walden, coming out of an abandoned house at 124 Nevada Ave. The witness told Sandefur the two men allegedly exited house together and one was carrying a blue Adidas sports bag with copper wires sticking out of the top.

  • Cattlemen will have the chance to vote on increase

     Trading cattle is big business for Tennessee farmers. So are the research, promotion and education behind it.

    Currently, cattlemen pay $1 a head when the bovines are sold at market in order to finance the behind the scenes work on national and state levels. This is known as the Beef Check Off program. For the last 20 years cattlemen have taken part in this and the program has been successful, according to Steve Edwards, extension director for the UT Extension office in Campbell County.

  • Program offers healthy start for moms-to-be

     Being a first time mother can be scary at any age. But a program recently rolled out in Campbell County is hoping to make that transition a little easier.

    Child and Family Tennessee began the Nurse-Family Partnership program in Knoxville in July 2010 and after seeing a year of positive results it has expanded the services to Campbell and Blount Counties.

  • Heavy rains force schools to dismiss early

     As a deluge of rain fell across East Tennessee Monday officials with Campbell County Schools were keeping their eyes on the roads.

    “Based on what I have heard today (Tuesday) I think we made the right decision,” Donnie Poston, director of schools, said of Monday’s early dismissal.

  • Personnel policy dominates discussion only to be tabled

     At the LaFollette Utilities Board meeting and workshop Monday night, a possible policy change was tabled after much discussion.

    This policy’s purpose was to define LUB’s employee classifications. The three classifications are regular, part-time and temporary.

  • Alleged DUI in Caryville

     Caryville Police Officer Jim Wilson arrested Roger Derrick Byrge, 32, 286 Woodvine Street, Jacksboro, for driving under the influence, on Black Friday.

    Around 5 p.m., Wilson went to Veteran’s Memorial Drive in response to a complaint about a drunk driver. Once there, he allegedly saw a gray Chevrolet Tahoe leave the road several times before stopping it.

  • Alleged drunk driver sends himself and another to the hospital

     Monday night, a drunk driver’s blood alcohol level was allegedly high enough to send him and another person to the hospital.

    Around 7:45 p.m. Saturday, Lonnie Joe Worley, 48, 150 School Street, Jacksboro, allegedly struck the rear of a car that was stopped at a red light at the intersection of Jacksboro Pike and Paris Nance Street. The victim allegedly suffered severe injuries when his car was pushed about 100 feet. Worley injured his mouth in the accident, the report said.

  • Children’s Center taking donations for Christmas

     This Christmas season, the Campbell County Children’s Center is allowing people to give two gifts with one donation.

    Last year, the children’s center began a program that allowed people to donate to the center in someone else’s name.

    This is a present when you don’t know what to get somebody, Children’s Center Executive Director Tracy Davis said.

    “We had a good response last year,” Davis said.

  • Cedar Hill Baptist Church prepares for Miracle Day

     Cedar Hill Baptist Church will celebrate “Miracle Day” as they worship in their new sanctuary for the first time on Dec. 18.

    “We’re celebrating being able to use our new sanctuary for the first time,” CHBC secretary Jan Chadwick said. “We feel it was a miracle we were able to accomplish this with the Lord’s help.”

    On Miracle Day, members of Cedar Hill will celebrate many things.

    They will celebrate the completion of four years of work.