Local News

  • 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.

  • PCUD under judicial investigation

    A luxury trip may end costing a group of public employees more than they bargained for.

    In late 2010 the State of Tennessee Comptroller’s Office launched an investigation into allegations that employees from the Powell Clinch Utility District had taken a trip to Central America using PCUD funds. At the close of the comptroller’s audit a finding of improper management at the utility was issued.

  • Police investigating nursing home assault claim

    LaFollette Police are investigating allegations that an employee of Cumberland Village Nursing Home sexually assaulted a resident.

    In late February police were asked to come to the facility because staff believed that a female resident had been sexually assaulted, according to LPD records. The patient, a woman in her late 40s, is immobile and unable to speak, police said.

  • Four children removed when meth lab is discovered

    Last Wednesday morning the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department was asked to investigate a claim of child abuse. Within hours, officers also received information of a possible meth lab.

    Both callers asked the CCSD to go to the same address- 109 Beals Lane, LaFollette.

  • Massengill arrested for sex crimes

    A man wanted for aggravated sexual battery and sexual battery has turned himself into authorities.

    Last week, Jonathon A. Massengill, 29, 110 Pat Massengill Lane, Jacksboro, was arrested after he appeared at the county jail.

    The Campbell County Sheriff’s Department had been searching for Massengill since the warrant was filed on Feb. 14. Within that warrant, he is charged with sexually assaulting his stepdaughter on two occasions. He is also accused of providing the girl with alcohol, specifically tequila, according to the warrant.

  • Bullock sues over arrest

    A Campbell County man is claiming he was wrongly accused of a crime and falsely imprisoned in Feb. 2010.

    Now he wants to be compensated to the tune of at least $60,000 for those acts. The county, the sheriff and Deputy Jason Heatherly are named as defendants in the matter.

    Clifford Bullock has filed a circuit court lawsuit alleging that on Feb. 26 of last year, he was “wrongly and falsely accused” of assault by domestic violence. Bullock also says he was wrongfully detained in the case.