Local News

  • Steve Collette encourages Christians to share the Gospel

    A parking spot was hard to find Friday night at Stanfield Church of God.

    Members of the church directed parking, which overflowed into the lawn of the parsonage next door. Inside the sanctuary, around 300 people filled the pews.

    People from six churches of different denominations were present for the same reason. They came to hear Steve Collett share his testimony of how God delivered him from drug addiction. Stanfield Church of God invited Collett, a former drug dealer featured in Appalachian Dawn, to speak Friday to close out a youth revival.

  • Local attorney files lawsuit, claiming damages resulting from stink

    David Dunaway has filed a $150,000 lawsuit as a result of last month’s odor.

    He named Maryland Casualty Company and Daniels-Head Insurance Agency, Inc. as defendants. Dunaway claims the insurers failed to compensate him for damages caused by pollutants resulting from the recent stink that lingered over LaFollette in October.

  • Ivydale Road project on hold

    Ivydale Road residents’ hopes of a smoother drive hit the skids Monday night.

    After a lengthy debate during the October meeting commissioners said yes to a measure that would have required the county to borrow $205,000 to tar and chip the road.

    Despite the fact Commissioners Rusty Orick, Marie Ayers and David Adkins were the only three to vote against the road work, when it came time for the amendment to be approved by the budget and finance committee at Monday’s meeting the action stalled.

  • Meth lab discovered on Cherry Street

    An investigation into a possible meth lab led to three arrests.

    LaFollette Police Officer Brian Tiller responded to reports of a possible meth lab at 608 Cherry Street on Nov. 13.

    Betty Ayers, 50, and Carla Siler, 26, both of 608 Cherry Street, were at the residence when Tiller arrived. Records indicate Tiller informed the women he had been to the home two nights earlier and they refused to answer the door. The officer said he noted the smell of meth coming from an outbuilding during that visit.

  • Henderson picked up on more burglary charges

    Kenny Henderson was just released from prison in June after serving time for a rash of burglaries that occurred in 2006. Now it seem he may be heading back.

    On Nov. 12, Campbell County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Jeremy Goins was on Fox Lake Lane when he was notified by Deputy Darrell Chapman that the gray, four-door vehicle headed in his direction was being driven by the suspect in a burglary on Big Creek Road.

  • Jellico Police find missing boy last week

     Two-year-old Journigun David Owens went missing last Thursday for over two hours.

    He followed his dog, Sussie, a Chihuahua pug mix, about three fourths of a mile from his home on Hurst Street, according to Jellico’s Assistant Police Chief J. J. Hatmaker’s report.

  • Bale arrested on several charges

    Campbell County Sheriff’s deputies were able to effectively use some new equipment last week.

    On Nov. 10, Deputy Josh Vann was called to McDeerman Road to investigate a disturbance. At the scene the victim told Vann that Kenny J. Bale, 30, of 655 Wheeler Lane, was at her house when he allegedly became out of control. The victim reported to Vann that Bale tackled her father in the yard in an attempt to get her keys. After entering the residence to escape Bale he reportedly tore the screen door off the hinges to attempt to get inside the house.

  • Youth basketball league will use gym at East LaFollette

     A new community center will relieve an overcrowded gym schedule for the LaFollette’s Youth Basketball League.

    While LaFollette Recreation Department head Johnny Byrge hopes to finish renovations to the old East LaFollette Elementary School by December, the gym will be used immediately. 

  • Little Community Theatre to host family movie night


    The Little Community Theatre is inching toward its launch in Campbell County. And as with any community based program funds are needed to get it off the ground.

    In an effort to generate money to help with the operating expenses for the program that will give students the opportunity to work in all areas of putting on a theatrical production, organizers are hosting a family movie night on Nov. 30

  • New zoning ordinance will allow people to live in their businesses in Caryville

     A new ordinance could amend the regulations for the central business district in Caryville.

    The proposed changes will allow proprietors to live in apartments within the same buildings as their places of business. The ordinance passed its first reading before the Caryville Board of Mayor and Aldermen Monday night.