Local News

  • Haslam in town

    This afternoon Gov. Bill Haslam will be in town.

    Haslam will swear in new District Attorney General Lori Phillips- Jones at 2:45 p.m. on the courthouse lawn.

    Phillips- Jones’ staff will also be sworn in during the ceremony. And while her staff will be taking an oath of office, two of them will play a part in the program itself.

    Investigator Johnny Vanover will say the opening prayer while child support attorney Todd Longmire will offer the closing prayer.

  • Emerson Properties owner feels tax break given by board of equalizations too small

    Emerson Properties recently received a tax break amounting to just under $42,500 after the Campbell County Board of Equalizations reassessed 241 pieces of its properties. Emerson Properties owner Boog Potter feels this reduction still isn’t enough.

    “It’s still too high,” Potter said. “I bought the property in 2009 for less than $1 million.”

    Potter believes the property was appraised too high by the property assessor’s office.

  • Lowe receives 15 years in starvation case

    A single black-eyed pea.

    That was the contents of Paul Cox’s stomach when he was autopsied.

    Cox died from malnutrition while in the care of his nephew John Lowe in 2010.

    On Friday, Lowe entered a no contest plea to criminally negligent homicide and gross neglect of an impaired adult. Despite Lowe pleading no contest to the charges Criminal Court Judge Shayne Sexton ruled he was guilty of the crimes.

  • Public Records Oct. 4, 2012

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as or similar to other members of the community.




    Claus A. Reinhardt and Faye Reinhardt to Richard Callicoat and Pamela Callicoat, Dist. 2, $40,000.

    Brenda Venable, Dorwood Heck, James Dorwood Heck, and Peggy Heck to Orby Greene and Linda Greene, Dist. 1, $82,900.

    Dale Dalton and Sally Davis to Bobby Goins and Margaret Goins, Dist. 1, $17,000.

  • LaFollette to accept bids for roofing projects

    The LaFollette City Council will accept bids for three roofing projects at its meeting Tuesday. These projects involve repairing the roofs of three city buildings: fire hall three, the West LaFollette Community Center and the East LaFollette Community Center.
    At the meeting Sept. 4, the city council decided to rebid the roofing project because the bids that were opened on Aug. 23 didn’t conform to the minutes of the Aug. 7 meeting. While on Aug. 7, the council decided to bid the three projects separately, the bids were advertised as a package.

  • Jacksboro Elementary School kicks off new reading program

    Friday morning, Jacksboro Elementary School kicked off the accelerated reader program with a parade that celebrated reading.
    “We thought it would be a good day to have a parade since the high school’s having a parade today,” Principal Joan Crutchfield said. “Our theme is ‘elect to read’ since it’s election year.”

  • Dementia support group to begin Monday

    On Monday, a local dementia support group will begin meeting at Indiana Avenue Baptist Church.
    The group, which is affiliated with Alzheimer’s Tennessee, Inc., will meet the first Monday of every month from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. There will be a discussion, information will be distributed, and there will be a time for sharing.
    “Just supporting each other, and giving them information where they can get help,” Charlene Partin, of IABC said.
    The group is open to caregivers, family members, and friends of people afflicted with dementia.

  • Shepherd’s Home Thrift Store to celebrate one-year anniversary

    Beginning today, the Shepherd’s Home Thrift Store will celebrate its one-year anniversary. The celebration is a three-day event, which ends Saturday.
    “We’re (going to) have snacks for everybody,” store manager Barbara Jo Sterrett said.
    There will be finger foods and beverages. The store will be decorated with balloons and signs expressing gratitude for the customers, Sterrett said.

  • Fields of Faith event to be hosted at CCHS

    Wednesday night, the second annual Fields of Faith event will be held at Campbell County High School.
    The Fellowship of Christian Athletes is hosting Fields of Faith in partnership with the Campbell County Youth Leaders Alliance.
    Last year, Fields of Faith was held at the football field at Jacksboro Middle School.
    “Last year we had between 700 and 800,” said Brian Miracle, youth pastor at LaFollette United Methodist Church.

  • Advocates cry out on shelter

    Facebook groups, petitions and emails have popped up in recent weeks with strong allegations against the Adrion Baird Animal Shelter and its director, Betty Crumley. The county mayor calls the allegations “retaliatory” because citizens are made to obey the animal control laws. Some of the advocates maintain there’s a massive cover-up regarding animal control within the county.