Local News

  • Jacksboro election slated for Saturday


    Jacksboro residents will be heading to the polls on Saturday. Two alderman seats are up for grabs in the biennial election.

    According to Dean Sexton, Campbell County’s administrator of elections, turnout for early voting was “really light.” At the close of the early voting on Monday only 93 people had cast their ballots.

  • Sexton leaves 56 year sentence in tact


    Larry Rathbone’s case has been through just about every legal channel and back. And it has gotten him nowhere. A Campbell County jury convicted Rathbone for sexually abusing his son on multiple occasions. These multiple convictions netted the offender a 56 year prison sentence. When his case went to the state court of criminal appeals, the justices sent it back to Criminal Court Judge Shayne Sexton.

    Last week, defense attorney Robert Scott and Scarlet Ellis, assistant district attorney general argued the points of Rathbone’s sentencing again.

  • Board kicks of director interviews


    Board members are down to their short list for Campbell County’s next director of schools.

  • 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.