Local News

  • Traffic accident injures three, citations issued

    Three people were airlifted to U.T. Medical Center following a traffic accident last Friday.

    Around 3:30 p.m. two vehicles collided on Highway 63 at the intersection of Cross Valley Road.

    Hattie Jones of LaFollette was traveling north on Cross Valley Road in a 1997 Ford F-150, according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol Report.  Trooper Warren Crumpley said Jones was crossing Highway 63 to get to the other side of the road.

    According to the report, Jones pulled in front of Arlene Slone who was traveling westbound on Highway 63.

  • Search committee meets; receives one application

    The search for a new director of schools is starting to take shape. After holding a number of meetings to determine details including everything from education credentials and county residence of applicants to how, when and where the position would be advertised the director of schools search committee sits poised to review resumes.

  • LaFollette refinancing loan to save $29K

    The LaFollette City Council hashed out the details of recent business in a workshop Monday night leading to a speedy meeting Tuesday.

    It took less than 10 minutes to approve the business previously discussed at the workshop. The council unanimously approved three items on the agenda.

  • Gaylor arrested for vandalism, possession

    A vandalism call turned into a drug arrest last Friday.

    Jellico Police officer Joe Hopson was dispatched to B and D Drive Thru around 10 p.m concerning a vandalism complaint.

    Upon Hopson’s arrival the suspect John David Gaylor, 45, had allegedly fled from the scene. Police located Gaylor inside Joe’s First Stop, based on the description provided by the victim.

  • Three strikes your out, four times and he’s back to jail

    Jose Meza is no stranger to being charged with DUI. The violation has been levied against him four times following an arrest last week.

    Caryville Police Officer Ben Marlow observed Meza, 31, of Jacksboro, driving south on Highway 116 last Friday. Meza allegedly crossed the double yellow line and stayed left of the center for approximately 100 feet before being stopped on Little Cove Creek Road.

    “Meza stated that he and a friend had just came from the Big Orange Tavern,” said Marlow.

  • Jellico kicks off I Hate Meth week

    Since the formation of the I Hate Meth organization in Campbell County, the message has become addictive. 

    Hate Meth founders Jonathan Luallen and Toby Young have worked to raise awareness from Caryville to LaFollette with signs along the main thoroughfare. The same message has now spread to Jellico.

    Jellico leaders will recognize the week of March 7, as I Hate Meth week. The Campbell County Anti-Drug Coalition will commence the weeklong awareness effort on Monday at 5 p.m. at town hall.

  • Westside school being built up, eastside school comes down

    As one old school is being demolished another old school undergoes massive updates and improvements.

    LaFollette Recreation Director Johnny Byrge provided the LaFollette City Council with an update of renovations taking place at West LaFollette School. The renovations are being made to permanently transform the previous school into a community center.

    So far in the construction, rooms and office space have been completed. In addition to the offices, Byrge said handicap accessible restrooms have been added.

  • Jeffries takes action as new LaFollette Police Chief

    The search for LaFollette’s new chief of police has been exhaustive.

    City council members narrowed down the applicants and conducted interviews on a select three. Campbell County’s own Jimmy Jeffries was named chief in the January meeting.

    While Jeffries ranked above the other candidates for the position, he has a hard road ahead of him to combat the city’s growing crime rate and drug problem.

    This isn’t an obstacle Jeffries is threatened by, if fact, he is embracing the opportunity to lead the department in a new direction.

  • Murray files second lawsuit against county mayor William Baird

    Director of Environmental Services Dan Murray has filed a lawsuit against county mayor William Baird after being placed on administrative leave without pay.

    Murray’s civil suit, filed in circuit court Feb. 16, says Baird took retaliatory action against him for allegedly refusing to be silent about illegal activities.

    Murray, 59, has worked in various capacities at the environmental services department since 1998. During his employment he was exposed to dust from two limestone quarries, according to the suit.

  • Jellico denies Sunday beer sales

     Some citizens were in tears and others appeared angry as the Jellico Board of Mayor and Aldermen prepared to take action on Sunday beer sales last Thursday.

    Following Caryville’s November vote to allow liquor sales Caryville and the county are required to set hours for Sunday beer sales. The remaining municipalities in Campbell County can be included or opt out completely.

    The Jellico board unanimously decided to stay away from selling beer on Sunday after hearing a magnitude of concerns from the community.