Local News

  • County audit reveals findings





    Former director of schools Dr. Michael Martin and federal projects director Karen Bundren have been gone since last October.

    But the results of their decisions are still being felt.

    The latest backlash came in the form of findings in the state comptroller’s audit.

  • Trio arrested for home invasion

    Trio arrested for home invasion

     Three men were arrested Friday for a home invasion that occurred just after 9:30 on last Thursday night.

    The men, Mark Bull, 1685 Rocky Valley Road, New Market, James M. Breeden, 107 Chad Road, Jefferson City and Samuel L. Large, 701 Pedigo Road Knoxville are thought to be the men who broke into the Back Valley residence, according to Campbell County Chief Deputy Jonathan Finley. Wearing ski masks and gloves, the trio gained entry into the home by kicking the backdoor of the home in.

  • City council discusses new purchases, officer

    The LaFollette City Council discussed plans to purchase a new pick-up truck for the recreation department and a tractor for the street department at its Monday workshop.

    A state contract to purchase a truck from Ray Varner Ford comes with a towing package, said mayor Mike Stanfield. The cost for the new vehicle is $18,900. Though the council discussed purchasing a pickup for under $20,000, they were surprised by the amount a new tractor would cost. Street Department Director Jim Mullens said a new tractor with side mount mower would cost about $66,000.

  • Wellness clinic offers $6,000 donation

    As Jellico finalizes a resolution to prohibit the establishment of pain clinics, a LaFollette clinic is offering to give back to the community.

    Barbara Smith, office manager for the LaFollette Wellness Center said the clinic has been serving area residents since November 2010. The services available include a pain clinic, weight loss center and soon to be hormone replacement therapy office.

    “We are not a pill mill,” said Smith. “We want chronic patients only, we take referrals from medical doctors.”

  • Massengill arrested after causing disturbance

    Being called to Scotty’s Restaurant in reference to a fight ended with the arrest of Tiffany D. Massengill for causing a disturbance.

    Last Sunday, Caryville Officer Ben Marlow arrived at the scene and began an investigation into the cause of an allegedly fight at the restaurant, he said.

    Massengill, 22, of LaFollette was in the restaurant when Marlow arrived. She allegedly began to scream and curse at the officer, according to the report.

  • School system introduces new information system

    Campbell County schools are keeping up with the latest technology with a new service for parents.

    Just last week the system rolled out the new SchoolMessenger system aimed at providing timely school related information to parents across the district.

    According to Pam Walden, federal projects director, the new service will enhance communication by allowing school personnel to pass along important information via text messaging and phone calls.

  • Three-car accident causes fatality

    Negotiating a curve proved dangerous for three vehicles Tuesday.

    Around 4 p.m.  Bobby G. Sharp was approaching a curve in the westbound lane of Highway 63.

    A 1996 Honda Accord traveling in the eastbound lane drove left of the center into the path of Sharp, according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

     Sharp, driving a 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee, allegedly went into the opposite lane of traffic to avoid hitting the oncoming Honda.

  • City and rural fire crews battle blaze


  • Campbell County population shows small increase

    In the last decade the population in Campbell County has increased slightly, according to the 2010 findings by the U.S. Census Bureau.

    In 2000 the total population in Campbell County was 39,854 this number rose to 40,716 in 2010. This is an increase of 862 people countywide. While the population increased in some areas of the county, decreases in other parts counteracted the overall growth.

    In Caryville and Jacksboro the populations increased, but the census in LaFollette and Jellico showed a decrease in residents.

  • Carroll arrested for criminal trespassing, harassment

     It was after midnight on March 22 when officers responded to a Caryville residence where Timothy Carroll was allegedly putting several people in fear of their lives.

    Carroll, 38, of Jacksboro was allegedly calling the victims and making threats, according to the Caryville Police Department arrest report.