Local News

  • Jellico moves to abolish utility board

       The first reading of an ordinance to abolish the Jellico municipal board of utilities was approved last Thursday.

    The ordinance says the mayor and aldermen are abolishing the board of utilities in the best interest of the citizens of Jellico and customers of the Jellico electric and water system.

  • East LaFollette demolition begins; remaining building to be put to good use



    The walls of the building that was home to East LaFollette Elementary School are coming down - some of them anyway. But unlike its Caryville counterpart, some of the decades old building will remain. 

  • Cooper still fighting conviction

    Greta Cooper may be down but she won’t be counted as out.

    With a conviction and six month sentence looming for 22 criminal charges involving theft, Cooper is still waging a legal battle.

    On Tuesday Brent Gray, her attorney, asked Criminal Court Judge Shayne Sexton for new trial in Cooper’s case. Had the jury been made privy to a tape recording in which the victim said he gave Cooper not only the money but also permission to alter checks he had written to her, a different verdict may have been given, Gray argued.

  • Election commission finds votes; implements new procedures

    An oversight at the county election office is being chalked up to human error.

    As staff at the Campbell County Election Commission began work to archive documents following the November 2010 election, it was determined that nine votes hadn’t been counted. While it had been recorded the nine people had cast their votes, their ballots weren’t found and counted by the absentee board.

  • Phillips wants a new trial; judge says no

    Attempting to have Jerry Phillips’s case delayed for a seventh time Keith Hatfield asked for a continuance in the pedophile’s case on Tuesday.

    It didn’t happen.

  • Ward jailed when judge revokes bail

    A former Campbell County Deputy is behind bars following an appearance in court.

    On Tuesday Daniel Ward, who is facing 16 sex crime charges, was in Campbell County Criminal Court.

  • Unable to say good-bye

    After 36 years of marriage, Karen Harmon never got to say goodbye to the man she loves.

    Don Harmon died on Jan. 27.

    He was cremated and funeral services were held earlier this month. Karen Harmon has been separated from Don Harmon for years, they never planned on getting a divorce, but they each went their separate ways, said Karen Harmon.

    She was out of town when she heard the news and couldn’t get back in time for the services.

  • Controlled burn planned for Saturday

    On Saturday, officials with the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency and the Campbell Outdoor Recreation Association will be using a time honored practice to usher in new growth.

    On Feb. 19 the agencies will work together in a combined effort on a controlled burn. The area around the elk viewing station on Hatmaker Knob and around the Flatwoods Road will be cleared utilizing combustible ping-pong balls, said Danny Akins, the assistant wildlife manager for the North Cumberland Wildlife Management Area. The roads surrounding this area will also be closed beginning at 7 a.m.

  • Couple has Valentines Day shoot out

    When police received a call of gunshots and a man hanging out of a car window they thought the worst.

    But after tracking down the people and vehicle involved officers learned that a marital dispute had escalated.

    On Monday evening just before 7 p.m., Campbell County Deputy Josh Vann responded to call that shots had been fired at the Cedar Creek Bridge.

    When Vann arrived there no one was present. This prompted him to begin a search of the area.

  • Caryville police intercept prescription drug operation

    Caryville Police Officer Ben Marlow never imagined he would be breaking up a prescription drug operation when he was dispatched on a reckless driving call.

    Last week, Marlow conducted a traffic stop on I-75 after reports were made about a white Chevy Monte Carlo driving recklessly.

    Deborah J. Williams, 44, of Lexington, Ky, was taken into custody after several scheduled substances were found in her possession.

    During a search of the vehicle four yellow pills, believed to be a schedule IV controlled substance, were allegedly found, the report said.