Local News

  • 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.

  • Mayor’s office to host seminar on census information

    Information from the most recent census is filtering in.

    While this data is useful and often integral to making application for state and federal grants, finding how and where to access it can be difficult.

    In an effort to help local agencies learn the ins and outs of navigating the census information with ease County Mayor William Baird’s office is hosting a free workshop on April 5 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Roane State Community College.

  • Bag full of drug paraphernalia seized

    It was a startling discovery when officers looked inside a black bag under the passenger seat during a traffic stop two weeks ago.

    Officer Ben Marlow with Caryville Police Department conducted a traffic stop at around 2 a.m. on March 20, only to find the passenger, David Wayne Williams, was allegedly concealing a variety of paraphernalia under the seat.

  • Gem City Trading Day slated for Saturday

    “One man’s trash is another person’s treasure,” said Jellico Tourism Director Jake Bennett about a special chance to get a bargain this weekend.

    Every year during the spring, Jellico opens up Veterans Memorial Park downtown to let people try to sell anything and everything cluttering up their homes. The first event this spring will be held Saturday, April 2.

  • Prayer and dedication mark completion of Habitat house

     For the last six months volunteers have been laboring to complete the 27th Habitat for Humanity house in Campbell County. Last week the finishing touches were completed and Tina and Lonnie White signed the papers to make themselves new homeowners.

  • Operation Clean Streets puts offenders behind bars

    The energy was contagious on Tuesday morning in the conference room of the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department. As officers assembled in the room for a tactical meeting there were occasional good-natured jabs, side conversations and talk about the night’s arrests.

    When Detective John Long started the briefing, the energy remained but the focus shifted. It became clear the men were there for one reason- to plan how they were going to execute a number of arrests.