Local News

  • Looking back at 2012- July through December



    The city of LaFollette delayed its annual Fourth of July Fireworks show because of hot and dry conditions. Temperatures had exceeded 100 degrees. City officials were afraid fireworks could cause a fire in the dry weather.

  • Shoreline Alliance seeking temporary injunction

    New regulations will cause business on Norris Lake to become more expensive for many marina owners this year. This could affect jobs and prices for customers. The Shoreline Alliance is taking legal action against the Tennessee Valley Authority over some of these regulations, which were slated to begin Jan. 1.

    “This is truly a David and Goliath thing,” said David Merritt, from the Shoreline Alliance. “TVA has 110 lawyers.”

  • A natural gas well explosion went mostly unnoticed in Jellico the day after Christmas

    The day after Christmas, a natural gas explosion in Jellico went unnoticed by many.

    At 12:50 p.m. on Dec. 26, there was a gas well explosion near Jellico, according to skytruth.com. Skytruth.com is an online database for tracking incidents that could affect the environment.

    “I use that as my database to follow up on spills,” blogger Kim Feil said.

  • Public Records -Jan. 3, 2013

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as or similar to other members of the community.


    DEC. 21 – DEC. 27

    John Daniel Draughn and Laura K. Draughn to Timothy Hatfield and Laura Hatfield, Dist. 1, $10,000.

    Jonathan Paul Smith to Cherie Jeffers and Ronald Jeffers Jr., Dist. 5, $500.

    Tony Davis and Mitzi L. Davis to Daniel N. Foust and Jessica Foust, Dist. 1, $95,300.

  • Man up for burglary charges after transport back from Anderson Co.

    One of three suspects in a series of burglaries that damaged local churches last fall has returned to Campbell County to face charges.
    Walter John Meachum III, 19, 154 Lake Mont Lane, Caryville, was transported from Anderson County Jail to Campbell County Jail on Dec. 21.
    Meachum had been arrested in Anderson County for attempting to cash a check he had stolen from a church, said Captain Brandon Elkins of the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department.

  • Public Records for the week of Dec. 27, 2012

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as or similar to other members of the community.


    DEC. 17 – DEC. 20

    Matthew Maurice Owens and Rae Ann Owens to Richard N. Reecer, Dist. 3, $100,400.

    James A. Smith and Chasitie Marlowe to Chasitie Marlowe and Joshua Taylor, Dist. 5, $500.

    Hoyt Cruze, Jr and Janet C. Cruze to Michael Duane Dick, Dist. 3, $530,000.

  • The year in review


    As 2012 kicked off a drop in the temperatures had Campbell County residents concerned about the utility costs. LaFollette Utility Board Manager Kenny Baird encouraged customers to economize in order to keep bills manageable.

    An unexpected snow shower turned parts of I-75 into a skating rink on Jan. 2. Caryville and Jellico Elementary Schools became a makeshift shelter for travelers.

    A fight broke out on New Year’s Eve at a local tavern leaving one man with gashes on his face.

  • Jellico accepts Douglas’ resignation, answers questions from pastor

    Jellico’s board of mayor and alderman formally accepted Linda Douglas’s resignation as town recorder at their Dec. 20 meeting.

    “There was a question why we didn’t address this on Dec. 4 and we couldn’t add anything to the agenda, so we have to go ahead and accept the resignation of Ms. Douglas,” said Jellico Mayor Les Stiers.

    The move to accept the resignation passed with only vice mayor Venita “Cissco” Johnson dissenting.

    Alderpersons Pam Carbaugh and Darrell Byrge were absent.

  • Driver station set to close tomorrow

    Beginning Monday, all driver’s tests will have to be taken at the Clinton driver’s station. The LaFollette office will cease operations tomorrow and merge with the Clinton office. No jobs will be lost.

    The move was announced late last month by the Tennessee Department of Safety.

    According to Jennifer Donnals, communications director for the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security, the state will save $62,000 per year by merging the LaFollette and Clinton stations.

  • Christmas Eve accident leaves three dead, three injured

    A fiery crash took the lives three Campbell Countians on Monday night.

    The crash occurred at 5:24 p.m. at the intersection of Angel Lane and Highway 63 in LaFollette.

    According to the report, a 1985 Chevrolet S10 pick-up, driven by 19-year-old Joshua Peavley, was traveling westbound on Highway 63 when it allegedly crossed the center line and struck a 1997 Buick LaSabre.

    The pick-up reportedly caught fire after the impact.