Local News

  • November elections starting to take shape

    Today is the final day to qualify for the November municipal elections.

    On the ballot for the fall elections are seats in the LaFollette and Caryville governments.

    LaFollette citizens will elect a mayor when they go to the polls.

  • Delinquent motel taxes top discussion at Caryville meeting

    The Motel 8 in Caryville owes at least four months worth of taxes to the town, according to town recorder Cheryl Ivey and attorney Reid Troutman.

    “We have limited avenues in order to collect those, and I think the only thing we can do is issue a distress warrant,” Troutman said.

    A distress warrant could allow the town to execute seizures on assets of the motel.

    The dollar amount of taxes is difficult to pinpoint because the amount owed depends on the motel’s income per month. $2000 per month is a good estimate, Ivey said.

  • Board of Education discusses attendance, bullying

    After a 30-minute executive session delay, the board of education zipped through the remaining agenda items at Tuesday night’s meeting.


    The board voted unanimously to award the 2012-13 custodial supply contract to Ellison Supply after a bid of $21,768.85.

    “Recommendation for the award is Ellison Supply,” said Karen Henegar. Jeff Marlow was absent.

  • Grand jury returns indictments

     The Campbell County Grand Jury convened Aug. 10 and returned the following indictments:

    Glenn Howard- DUI over .20 BAC, DUI without BAC, violation HMVO, violation registration, and violation light law.

    Willis York- DUI, violation of financial responsibility.

    Linda Ward- possession of drug paraphernalia, violation of open container.

    Kevin Greene- felony possession of drug paraphernalia, initiation of the process to manufacture meth.

    Russell Stothers- DUI.

  • Public records Aug. 16, 2012

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



    AUG. 6  – AUG. 10

    James Anderson to Randal Butler, Dist. 1, $2,000.

    Bobby Wilson to Bobby Wilson and Amanda Lee Wilson, Dist. 3.

    Donald Ferguson and Kathy V. Ferguson to Angelika Lowery and Kenneth R. Lowery, Dist. 3, $6500.

    Morgan Smith to Regina Blankenship and David Blankenship, Dist. 4, $2,000.

  • Local girl’s family finds support from Oley Foundation

     At 8 years old, Ally Winter has overcome many obstacles.

  • LaFollette Church of God to celebrate 95 year this Sunday

     Sunday, LaFollette Church of God will celebrate its 95th anniversary.

    “It will be a homecoming,” LaFollette Church of God member Hack Ayers said.

  • Council steps back from plan to appoint liaisons to departments

     Monday night, the LaFollette City Council took a step back from a proposed plan to appoint council members as liaisons to departments.

  • Arrest made for streaking

    Oh yes, they call him the streak.

    That was what the Jacksboro Police Department may have been thinking when they arrested Charles Blankenship, 58, of 243 Liberty Street after a year of telephone calls about an allegedly nude man.

    “The first report that we got, that I actually received, it’s been well over a year ago,” said Jacksboro detective Mike Starrett. The first call came in from a clerk in the circuit court clerk’s office.

  • Kitts to run for mayor of LaFollette

     LaFollette City Council member Wayne Kitts has higher political aspirations. On Monday night he expressed his intentions of running for mayor this fall.

    “My council term’s up,” Kitts said after the meeting Monday night. “I was going to have to run for council, I just decided to run for mayor.”