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Local News

  • Board denies request to promote officer

    For the town of Caryville, the looming economic crisis is still a serious concern, which means promoting a part-time officer to full-time status is out of the question. But the discussion to promote a temporary employee led others to question how much longer the 32-hour workweek would continue.

  • Morning crash claims one life

    A LaFollette man lost his life in a single car accident Monday morning on Interstate 75.

    Daniel Podstawka, 28, was traveling north bound near mile marker 137 when his 1998 Ford Explorer was involved in the accident that killed him.

    According to Tennessee Highway Patrol Officer Aaron Evans, Podstawka hydroplaned on the water soaked roadway.

    The vehicle left the road and went into the median then struck the guardrail twice before overturning and coming to rest in the median.

  • Jellico deposits money, decides to bid for paving

    The Jellico Board of Mayor and Aldermen zipped through business last Thursday as they voted to transfer money into the general fund and bid for a new paving project.

    Under discussion of new business the board approved the allocation of Carwood funds to be placed in the general fund. Approximately $43,089 was the remainder of funds from a previous Jellico factory that the town helped finance.

  • Mayor’s forum sheds light on candidate’s views

    In hopes of deciding who to vote for Campbell County citizens turned out for a mayoral forum last Thursday.

  • Shots fired in Jellico resulted in attempted murder charges

    An alleged altercation at Joe’s Bar in Jellico landed Therman Gregory Baird, 28, of Jellico, in jail, charged with attempted murder.

    On July 9, at approximately 10:40 p.m., Jellico Police Officers responded to Joe’s Bar on 5th Street in response to an alleged altercation. Baird had allegedly broken two pool cues and damaged a telephone, said Jellico Patrolman David Douglas.

  • Multi- million dollar lawsuit against BOE dropped

    A $3.3 million lawsuit filed against the Campbell County School System and several of its employees has been dropped.

  • Cumberland Village grants wish for resident

    At 74-years-old, Eleanor Daugherty knows what she likes.

    And when the staff of Cumberland Village Care and Rehabilitation provided an opportunity for her to receive a wish, seeing a live wrestling match with her favorite wrestler John Cena was the obvious response.

  • Couple assaulted and robbed in their home

    Two men face charges after breaking into a Caryville home and allegedly assaulting a man and woman.

    Jessie D. Spurling, 27, and Derek Lee Gibbs, 26, allegedly covered their faces as they broke down the door and assaulted two victims with a bat and knife, according to Caryville Police Chief Johnny Jones.

  • Jellico police track stolen motorcycle

    An ongoing investigation dating back to November 2009 recently came to a close when Jellico Detective J.J. Hatmaker located a missing 2006 Suzuki motorcycle.

    The Whitley County Sheriff’s Department contacted the JPD concerning the victim’s report about the motorcycle that was allegedly stolen.  Hatmaker was able to locate the missing property at Fast Cash Pawn Shop in Caryville.

  • Body found in county, investigation continues

    An early morning driver on Old Middlesboro Highway was surprised to find a dead body on the side of the road on Wednesday.

    The witness stopped to make sure what he saw was true and continued to Judy’s Grocery with the startling news, said Angela Johnson who contacted 911 to report the body at 6:55 a.m.

    “This is not a good way to start the day,” said Johnson who was more than surprised by the discovery.