Local News

  • County gets grant for lighting and trails

    Campbell County got the green light in the form of a check to move forward with a project that will have long-term impact Jacksboro’s downtown area.

    On Sept. 29 TDOT Commissioner John Schroer was in town to present Campbell County Mayor William Baird with a $250,000 grant to add decorative lighting around the courthouse and construct a biking/walking trail on streets adjacent to the building.

  • Survivor of the troop train wreck returned to Jellico

     Clarence L Eckstine, a passenger of a troop train that wrecked in the Narrows on July 6, 1944, returned to Jellico last week.

    Eckstine, 87, was greeted at Buck’s Hardware Store Friday by Jellico Tourism Director Jake Bennett, Director for Veteran’s Affairs Kevin Walden, Buck’s Hardware Store owner Ronnie Buck and other locals.

    As he toured the museum, looking at photographs of the wreck, Eckstine recalled some of his experiences.

  • Martin and Bundren accept plea agreements

     Nearly one year after Dr. Michael Martin and Karen Bundren vacated their posts with the board of education the pair opted for a plea agreement instead of facing a Campbell County jury.

    On Monday the former director of schools and former federal programs director faced Criminal Court Judge Shayne Sexton in a line up of offenders prepared to enter pleas.

  • Campbell Culture Coalition hosts fifth annual Louie Bluie Festival


    • No admission charge but people are encouraged to donate $2 per person or $5 per family.
    • No parking fee.
    • Festival runs from 10 a.m. to 7:55 p.m.
    • Arts, crafts and food vendors
    • Kids’ fun zone

    Looking for a day of fun? This Saturday go to Cove Lake for a day of music, arts and culture because the Louie Bluie Festival is back for the fifth year.

  • Ward gets 54 years

     A one- time sheriff’s deputy was sentenced to 54 years in prison on Monday.

    After being found guilty of 10 counts of aggravated sexual battery by a jury in June of this year, Daniel Ward’s bail was revoked.

    On Monday, he learned he would remain behind bars for presumably the rest of his life.

  • Public Records Sept. 29, 2011

     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

    Sept 19 – Sept 23


    Charles W. Woods to Gary L. Williams, Dist. 1, $58,500.

    William Lowe and Rita Ann Lowe to James Day and Shelby Day, Dist. 4, $20,000.

    Stephen Young and Mike Maxey to Jamie Ratliff, Dist. 5, $500.

  • Plea agreements

    The following cases were resolved on Monday in criminal court by utilizing plea agreements:

  • Jellico looks to assess plans for annexation

     At the Jellico Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting on Sept. 15, residents raised many questions about the town’s expansion plans. Although the board was not ready to discuss the issue, it heard complaints and questions.

    No official decision will be made about annexation for nine or 10 months, Mayor Les Stiers said this week. The matter would be decided by an ordinance that must be approved in two separate readings at public meetings in order to become law.

  • Fields of Faith Sidebar

     Campbell County High School Fellowship of Christian Athletes huddle will participate in Fields of Faith at Jacksboro Middle School on Oct. 12.

    “The ultimate goal is to obviously bring community awareness to Fellowship of Christian Athletes,” FCA Area Representative Brian Miracle said. “But also bring community athletes together.”

    Fields of Faith is a night of community worship, Miracle said.

    “It’s really to bring the community together, and have a place for worship and prayer,” Miracle said.

  • Brian Miracle tries to develop FCA program in Campbell County

     A Campbell County High School alumnus seeks to move a mountain. Brain Miracle is hoping to develop an active Fellowship of Christian Athletes program.

    Miracle graduated from CCHS in 2006. He played baseball at Tennessee Wesleyan, where he graduated from this spring. He is now an FCA area representative for the Ocoee area, comprised of Megis, Bradley, Polk and McMinn counties.

    Miracle is currently trying to raise money to go to the Ocoee area.

    “I’m up here raising support, getting staff started with FCA,” Miracle said.