Local News

  • Town of Caryville to vote on liquor ordinance Monday

    The final reading of the liquor by the drink and package store ordinance brings Caryville one-step closer to bringing in new business.

    A public hearing will be held prior to the Feb. 14 meeting Monday at 6:30 p.m. for the reading and possible approval of the document.

    But Caryville citizens won’t be toasting just yet.

    Following the monumental vote for the town a detailed process will determine the best two applicants to open liquor stores.

  • Sunday beer sales taking county by storm

    For the first Super Bowl in Campbell County history, grocery and convenient stores offered Sunday beer sales.  

    When Caryville citizens voted for the liquor referendum last November, it changed the laws for beer sales throughout the county.

    Caryville and Campbell County are required to change the permissible hours of beer sales, selecting to sell beer at 10 a.m. or noon to midnight. Other than these two municipalities, Jacksboro, LaFollette and Jellico can choose to sell beer on Sundays or opt out completely.

  • Walgreen's bomber enters into plea agreement

    A LaFollette man charged with holding up the Walgreen's pharmacy with a fake bomb had his day in federal court last Thursday.

    According to documents filed in the United States District Court, James Wesley Wells entered into a plea agreement in which he pleaded guilty to two of the three counts he was facing.

  • Rising bills equal rising tempers


    Little yellow slips of paper mailed out with LaFollette Utility bills are like a warning for the unexpected. And citizens around the county are bracing themselves for the unheralded price tag as they open their bills.

    The yellow slips tell customers December and January had some of the coldest temperatures on record. But this realization is not bringing comfort to customers when many see their bills double or triple in price this winter.

  • School system in the midst of several capital projects

    Some recent changes in the county’s landscape are due largely to projects being undertaken by the Campbell County Board of Education.
    With the iconic Caryville Elementary School now completely removed from the scenery Rector Miller, building committee chairman, said the site is now ready for excavation.  Demolition on the old building began in early December. After several months of debate over what to do with the dilapidated building board members determined the land located right next to Interstate 75 would be worth more without the structure.

  • Meth lab discovered; children removed

    Complaints of possible drug activity led to the discovery of a meth lab and the placement of two juveniles in protective custody last Wednesday.
    Campbell County Sheriff’s Deputy Thomas Richey went to 238 River Road, Jacksboro to investigate reports narcotics activity at the residence. After receiving permission from  Jessica Gibson, 32, of 238 River Road, to search the exterior of the home Richey reported seeing partially burned remnants of a methamphetamine lab.  Following this discovery Richey contacted Det. Sgt. John Long for assistance.

  • Count reveals county residents need shelter

    Braving bitter temperatures volunteers fanned out across the county last Thursday to assess the homeless situation in Campbell County.
    The day marked continued participation for Campbell County in the Tennessee Valley Coalition to End Homelessness’ Point In Time Count. According to Debi Mikesell, of the county mayor’s office, a total of 10 teams, two for each municipality, were dispatched to look for signs and make contact with residents who have found themselves without a home.

  • Five nabbed in Little White Oak meth lab

    Reports of a possible meth lab led deputies with the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department to a Little White Oak Road home last week.
    On Friday night Deputies Freddie White and Johnny Blankenship went to 270 Little White Oak Road to investigate the possibility of a methamphetamine lab on the premises.

  • LaFollette firefighter loses life in crash

    The city of LaFollette tragically lost one of its public servants last Thursday evening.
    LaFollette fireman Larry Jarrett, 40, was driving on Old Middlesboro Highway just before 7 p.m. near Stonecrest Lane when the Ford Focus he was driving left the right side of the road and struck a power pole.

  • Meth Rally sends strong message to locals

    A man shackled, wearing a red jumpsuit sent a strong message to the adults and youth attending the anti-meth rally Friday.

    Escorted from the Campbell County Jail to Campbell County High School by corrections officers, Adam Carroll told the audience he was looking at 18 years behind bars for cooking methamphetamine.

    Jacksboro Detective Mike Starrett held the microphone for the shackled man as he explained Carroll was chosen from several inmates at the county jail arrested for manufacturing methamphetamine.