Local News

  • Officer Stephanie Smith promoted to Assistant Chief

     Officer Stephanie Smith, the first woman hired by the Caryville Police Department, has now become the first female Assistant Chief of Police in Campbell County.

    Police Chief Johnny Jones promoted Smith to her new position on Oct. 7.

    On June 30, 2010, the former CPD police Chief Bill Widener retired. Jones was then assistant chief, and replaced Widener as chief. His position has been open until now.

  • Commissioner says yes to Ivydale Road

    Residents on Ivydale Road left Monday night’s commission meeting with the answer they wanted to hear – at least this week.

    After a lengthy debate regarding the merits of spending $205,000 to tar and chip the road that has arguably fallen into serious disrepair commissioners voted 10-3 in favor of funding the project.

    When Commissioner Melvin Boshears put the motion to tar and chip the road on the table Commissioner Bobby White wanted to know where the money would come from.

  • Caryville hires police officer

     The Caryville Board of Mayor and Aldermen hired a new police officer at the October meeting last Monday night.

  • The odor continues

    With the odor that permeated downtown LaFollette in recent weeks drifting into obscurity, one local attorney claims its effects are still here.

    “The longer I talk, the more lethargic I get,” said David Dunaway on Monday.

  • Physicians reccommended vaccinations to prevent flu

     With flu season under way, doctors are urging people to get vaccinations and wash their hands to avoid catching the virus.

    “Influenza is a very serious respiratory disease that is caused by a virus,” LaFollette physician Dr. Richard Burdeaux said. “It is much more serious than the common cold or an intestinal illness.”

  • Tip leads to arrest in Knox County theft

    Two Anderson County men were arrested with a truckload of stolen goods from a Knoxville construction site on Sunday.

    Campbell County Sheriff’s Department Detective Capt. Brandon Elkins was off duty on Oct. 16 when he received a tip that the occupants of a Jeep were offering construction equipment for sale at a red light.

    Elkins notified deputies the vehicle was traveling east on East Central Avenue when it was spotted leaving the city limits.

  • Property owner stops alleged burglary

    An alleged would-be thief was stopped in his tracks when the property owner caught him in the act.

    A Jacksboro resident showed up at his barn on Chambers Road to discover Dustin Henegar, 29, of 118 Park Place Road, Caryville, reportedly loading up his 2001 Ford Explorer with items taken from inside the structure.

    Campbell County Sheriff’s Department records indicate Henegar attempted to flee when he saw the property owner, but stopped when he realized the man was armed. Deputy Josh Vann arrived on the scene and placed Henegar under arrest.

  • Comer charged with forgery and theft

    Jessie Phillip Comer was the beneficiary on his ex-wife’s life insurance policy-only she didn’t know about it.

    Campbell CountySheriff’s Department Detective Capt. Brandon Elkins was investigating a series of automatic debits from a Comer’s ex-wife’s checking account when he allegedly discovered that Comer, 53, of 502 West Walden Street, Apt. 124, had been receiving mail at the woman’s Sugar Hollow community address during the month of January.

  • Chitwood’s alleged jailbreak stopped

    An attempted prisoner escape from the Campbell County Jail was foiled thanks to the efforts of observant corrections officers last week.

    In the early morning hours of Oct. 14 Patrick Lynn Chitwood, 31, of 6273 Stoney Fork Road, Caryville, allegedly broke a light fixture in the jail and took a piece of metal from it in an effort to make a file.

  • Collaboration saves a life

    Collaboration between the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department and the LaFollette Utilities Board saved the life of a woman last week.

    On Oct. 11 Campbell County E911 received a call from a woman in Florida stating her sister had called and said she had taken about 50 blood pressure pills.

    Detective Capt. Brandon Elkins said while central dispatch at E911 has the capability to track a driver’s license number, that wasn’t an option.