Local News

  • Candidates for August election file petitions




    As the county prepares for the general election in August, politicos are already lining up for the paperwork to run for office.

    On the ballot this year are the county road superintendent, county property assessor, a third district county commission seat, five school board seats and the Tennessee House of Representative 36 th District seat.

  • Hatfields sue; allege cover up




    A LaFollette couple has launched a lawsuit against the county and its top law enforcement agency.

    Last week, Robert and Janice Hatfield filed the suit that alleges negligence, emotional distress and an attempted cover up in Campbell County Circuit Court. Their attorney, Greg Isaacs, had previously said he would file suit in federal court.

  • Plea agreements close criminal cases

    The following cases were resolved in criminal court on Monday with the use of plea agreements:

    Sean Allen Smith- felony evading arrest, DSL (first offense); two years supervised probation, judicial diversion, court costs.

    Wendy M. Long- theft of property $1,000 - $10,000; four years supervised probation, judicial diversion, court costs, $75 to ECF, $3,351.14 restitution.

    Robbie Sue Roberts- forgery; two years with credit for time served, court costs, $1,340 restitution.

  • Public Records March 29, 2012

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


    MARCH 19 – MARCH 23

    Owen Irwin to Owen Irwin and Glenna R. Irwin, Dist. 1, $0.

    David Taylor to Zachary Benshoff, Dist. 3, $73,900.

    Odeva Bailey, Jr. TR, Bertha Elizabeth Bailey RTR, Odeva Bailey, Jr. EX, Bertha Elizabeth Bailey Estate, to Barry Nelson and Debra Nelson, Dist. 3, $20,000.

  • Town leaders in Jellico divided over packaged beer

    Jellico’s town leaders were divided this week over changing an ordinance regulating who can sell beer.

    Last Thursday the board passed the first reading of an amendment to a 1968 ordinance that would ease some of the restrictions for businesses that sell beer in Jellico. The current ordinance prohibits businesses within 2,000 feet of churches or schools from selling beer. The proposed amendment would reduce this restriction to 300 feet. The changes won’t take affect until a second reading is passed.

  • Construction on new jail facility moves ahead

    Overcrowding has been an issue at the Campbell County Jail.

    The 230 extra beds the justice center will offer the county are desperately needed. The current facility only has 92 beds, but Campbell County often houses around 200 inmates there, Jail Committee Chairperson Rusty Orick said. Campbell County’s Jail, built in 2007, is even more overcrowded than the former facility, which had 42 beds, Orick said.

    “We haven’t fixed the problem we was told to fix by the federal judge,” Orick said.

  • Spring cleaning comes to Jellico on Saturday

     Volunteers will spend a day on spring cleaning in Jellico. Jellico’s Tourism Office and Beatification Committee are hosting the second annual “Spring Clean Fling” on Saturday.

    “It’s a city-wide cleanup,” Jellico Tourism Director Jake Bennett said. “It’s just a community thing.”

    On Saturday, volunteers from the community will pick up trash off all the streets in Jellico.

    “We have somebody on every street that day,” Bennett said. “They just go out and do it.”

  • Business owner plans to bring hotel to Caryville

     Hotel owner Jay Patel told town leaders he intends to bring a Holiday Inn Express to Caryville. Patel shared his plans to turn the old Christmas Tree Inn into an active hotel at Caryville’s board of mayor and aldermen meeting on March 12.

  • Jellico bus driver takes issue with new speed bumps

     During Jellico’s municipal meeting last Thursday, Charles Violet complained about speed bumps Jellico installed on Douglas Lane.

    Violet is a bus driver whose route takes him down Douglas Lane. When he goes over the speed bumps, it “flips” the children into the air, he said.

  • Residents at Cumberland Village plant seeds of hope

    A rose bush grows at Cumberland Village Care and Rehab. Though short and slight, the red continuous bloom is the only surviving plant from a flower garden the residents used to enjoy.

    That flower garden was torn down in June to make way for additions to Cumberland Village.

    “We were able to salvage their (the residents’) favorite rose bush,” activities director Debbie Vinsant said. “It is living and it is going to make it.”

    Rose bushes are the residents’ favorite plants, Vinsant said.