Local News

  • State acknowledges driver station closure

    The Tennessee Department of Safety has released official word that the LaFollette driver’s station will merge with the Clinton office. The LaFollette office will close at the end of the business day on Dec. 28. Its employees will then work at the Clinton Office.

    “Apparently they were under a mandate to cut the budget and apparently they looked at those areas where they could break the leases,” said Tennessee State Sen. Ken Yager. “Apparently, unfortunately, one of those was Campbell County.”

  • Caryville officers lose raise

    Caryville’s new police officers will not get a raise despite having satisfactorily completing their 90 day probationary period.

     “When he [new mayor Chris Stanley] came in, he basically told us he’s gonna take our raise away and he really didn’t give us a reason why he’s taking our raise away,” said former Caryville Police Officer Mike Caudill.

    Caudill joined the force in August and completed his 90-day probationary period in late October. When hired, he earned $10 per hour.

  • Jellico town recorder resigns

    Questions have replaced Linda Douglas’s seat at the board’s table in Jellico.

    Douglas, the former town recorder resigned on Tuesday after 10 years of employment with the town.

    “Today at 4 o’clock p.m., Ms. Linda Douglas resigned as city recorder,” said Jellico Mayor Les Stiers during a board of mayor and aldermen workshop Tuesday night.

    “She has resigned and we'll be looking into matters and this, that and the other,” he said.  

  • Jellico board approves sale of Taylor Machine Shop property

    Nearly six months after Montclair’s lease on the Taylor Machine Shop property was up, the oil refining business will be able to purchase the property. The move will bring approximately 50 jobs to Jellico. An additional grant from the state will provide for a Norfolk Southern Railroad Spur on the site, located at 1070 Creekmore Housely Road. The property is part of the Oswego Industrial Park.

    “We’re trying to push that process forward now,” said Jellico Mayor Les Stiers.

  • Revenue, cuts discussed at Jellico workshop

    Jellico could finally be looking at solutions to its budget woes after help from the Tennessee state comptroller’s office.

    “Ms. Iris told me as of today [Nov. 26] the city was going to make 22 percent or more in cuts across the board,” Stiers said, referring to last month’s meeting with comptroller representative Iris Haby.

    Stiers, who does not want to cut services or employees, presented a list of revenues and cuts compiled for the comptroller.

  • Stabbing leaves one man dead

     A night of drinking and arguing has left one man dead and his friend facing homicide charges.

    On Friday evening, a call was placed to Campbell County 911 by Johnathan B. Sexton claiming he had come home to find his friend, Rocky Gibson, lying on the kitchen floor bleeding from the chest.

  • Miller continues to fight to walk

    It has been more than a  week since a well-loved Campbell County High School player was severely injured in a four- wheeler accident.

    The accident left running back Ethan Miller will no feeling in the lower part of his body. An MRI showed no signs of broken bones in the neck or spine, according to the senior’s family.

    Doctors have compared the injury to a stinger in football, with the swelling around his spine preventing the movement and feeling.

    As the days have gone by Ethan Miller is regaining some movement.

  • Ross facing federal indictment

    A man who at one time promised to bring a high-end luxury resort to Campbell County has been indicted on 28 federal counts.

    Mike Ross, who was a driving force behind the Rarity properties group, is now proclaiming his innocence. The federal indictment accuses him of wire fraud and money laundering among other things.

    On Nov. 27, a Chattanooga federal grand jury handed down the indictment that alleges Ross developed a scheme in order to swindle people who bought property from the Rarity group.

  • Public records for the week of Dec. 6, 2012

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



    NOV. 26 – NOV. 30 

    Stan Merka and Olga Merka to Stan Merka and Olga Merka, Dist. 4.

    Joseph Graves and Inez J Graves to Greasy Hollow LLC, Dist. 1, $54,000.

    Kara Williams, Elizabeth Marlow and Carolyn Massengill to Matthew Streetman, Dist. 3, $109,900.

    Jody Hatmaker and Binnie Hatmaker to Bethany D. Walden, Dist. 1, $119,900.

  • Confrontation leads to suspension, position changes in Jellico

    A dispute between the former Jellico Elementary School principal, Bob Walden, and a husband-wife duo of employees has lead to the transfer of the principal and a three-day suspension of a teacher.

    Two weeks ago [check date], the central office was dealing with “two or three little issues” occurring at the school, according to Campbell County Director of Schools, Donnie Poston.

    “We were conversing back and fourth about two or three little issues we were trying to get information about,” Poston said.