Local News

  • Businesses fined for selling beer to minor

    The monthly beer board meeting in Caryville turned into a hearing as three establishments admitted to violating the law.

    Police Chief Johnny Jones told the Board of Mayor and Aldermen an undercover informant visited approximately seven gas stations and businesses known to sell beer. 

    Many of the businesses did not sell beer to the underage person, but the three caught doing so were at the beer board meeting Monday.

    “The ones that did were the Big Orange Tavern, Kwik-Stop and Takumi restaurant,” said Jones.

  • Overnight fire leaves one dead

    A house fire in Pioneer that left one person dead is currently under investigation.

    Just before 2 a.m. officials found the 501 Adam Hollow Lane road "fully engulfed," said Campbell County Chief Deputy Jonathan Finely. Joyce Powers, 45, was found dead inside the home. "There were other people in the home at the time of the fire who suffered minor injuries," Finely said. However, police aren't releasing their names.

    The CCSD and state fire marshal are investigating the blaze that was deemed "very suspicious."

  • Florida murder case comes in to end in Campbell County

    In the early morning hours of Saturday a Florida man wanted for murder was arrested in Campbell County.

    It was the culimination of a four month long investigation that began in Marion County, Fla.

  • Public Records

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



    Campbell County Property Transfers

    Feb. 28 - March 4


    Eddie Hughes to Eddie Hughes and Laquada A. Hughes, Dist. 5, $0.

    TW Osborne and Glenna Osborne to Cheryl Leach, Dist. 2, $500.

    Timothy D. Knight and Amy S. Knight to Sheri R. McDeerman, Dist. 3, $144,000.

  • Utility board discusses rate decrease to settle customer complaints

    In a time when the price of fuel, produce and other necessities are rising, the Jellico Utility Board was asked to consider a rate decrease for electricity.

    “The mayor has asked me to take a look at the financials and see if there is a possibility of doing a rate reduction,” said Jellico Electric and Water System General Manager Mike Bethurem.

  • LaFollette looking to clean things up

     Over 60 houses have been deemed unfit structures in LaFollette.

    Attempts to have property owners clean up or tear down houses have been ongoing, resulting in the LaFollette City Council’s decision to demolish many of them.

    The council previously approved the rental of track hoe equipment. Since then the list of 20 unfit structures has grown to 63.

    Approximately 37 of the property owners have been successfully contacted. Each one has given the city permission to demolish their structures and level the lots.

  • Housing grant applicants being awarded

    Grant applicants throughout Campbell County are about to get the news of a lifetime.

    Tennessee Housing Development Agency has awarded grants to Caryville, Jellico, LaFollette and Campbell County. Citizens from these four municipalities are currently being considered for comphrehensive home rehabilitation or complete reconstruction.

    The average amount awarded to each municipality is about $187,500. Less than 10 citizens applied for the grants in each area, and less than five will be put on a priority list for grant money.

  • Hate meth gains non-profit status

    Less than six months ago, two young men walked along Highway 63 because they wanted to spread the I Hate Meth message.

    Toby Young and Jonathan LuAllen haven’t waivered from creating a meth free community, rather they have grown in strength. Jellico town leaders attempted to get involved recently with a weeklong awareness effort. However, the initiative was postponed.  Young and LuAllen were prepared to involve themselves in the community effort, but their vision extends farther into the future.

  • McAfee chooses not to advise; Murray fired

    The court may have declined to offer an opinion on who the county’s environmental services director answers to during a hearing but that didn’t prevent the department’s now former director Dan Murray from being terminated on Tuesday morning.

  • Thirteen vying for director spot

    The applications are in.

    Now the Campbell County Board of Education is facing the daunting task of combing through resumes to determine the best candidate to lead local schools to continued success in the future.

    While chairman Mike Orick predicted there would be an estimated four or five applicants for the position at a recent director of schools search committee meeting, he said the slate of 13 contenders is impressive.