Local News

  • TBI releases annual crime report

       As law enforcement departments across the state work to combat crime, they are being watched.

    The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation watches local law enforcement, tracking their progress on investigations through the Tennessee Incident Based Reporting System known as TIBRS.

    Each year the data supplied to the TBI by law enforcement is compiled into an annual report that reveals what type of crime is on the rise and the decline across Tennessee.

  • Paul Begley quits as project manager at new library

    Delays. Incompetence. Micromanagement. Contractors not receiving pay for services rendered. These are a few of the reasons Paul Begley gave for quitting as project manager at the new LaFollette library building.

    As project manager, Begley has overseen the renovation of the new library.

    “We would not be where we are at that library if it were not for Paul,” librarian Nancy Green said. “He has been fabulous.”

  • Children’s center to host child abuse awareness luncheon

    On April 27, the Campbell County Children’s Center will host a child abuse awareness luncheon at the LaFollette Church of God.
    Bob Kesling will be the keynote speaker at the luncheon.
    The purpose of the luncheon is to raise money for the children’s center, which helps abused children in Campbell County, Claiborne County and Union County, children’s center CEO Tracie Davis said.

  • Children’s advocacy center offered training on talking to children

    Local child protection workers gathered at Cedar Hill Baptist Church Monday and Tuesday to learn how to talk to children.
    Tennessee Children’s Advocacy Centers Training Coordinator Emily Cecil taught child protection workers from the department of children’s services, local law enforcement, child and health specialists, child mental health specialists, CASA workers and staff from the Campbell County Children’s Center about communicating with children. The training covered such topics as child development and interviewing skills.

  • Southern Sons host benefit for local teenager

    Local motorcyclists will rally together to help raise money for a teenager’s medical expenses.
    Like many 15 year olds, Bradley Turner enjoys playing guitar, listening to music and going to church. But lately, he has been in and out of the intensive care unit at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, where doctors are attempting to increase his body weight so that he can go to a hospital in St. Louis for a lung transplant.

  • Races slated for April

    Campbell County will host three races this month.
    On Saturday, First Volunteer Bank will host a five-kilometer race in Jacksboro, and TELCO Coal Corp. will host a five-kilometer race at Indian Mountain State Park in Jellico.
    First Volunteer will begin registration at 7:30 a.m., and the race begins at 8 a.m. Participants must pay $20, and they will receive a T-shirt.
    The money FVB raises will benefit Relay for Life.

  • Chamber and Rotary to host golf tournament

    On May 2, the Campbell County Chamber of Commerce and Rotary Club will be teeing off at the Greens at Deerfield.
    This is one of the Chamber’s major fundraisers. The tournament presents the chamber with an opportunity to develop (local business) and for Rotary to have a global impact, chamber director E. L. Morton said. The chamber will direct the funds raised to business development and Rotary will use them to help provide clean water and eradicate polio around the world.

  • Floating homeowners to see property taxes in 2013

    Following a mandate from the Tennessee General Assembly and the office of the Attorney General, Campbell County Property Assessor Brandon Partin broke some news to the county commission at its Monday meeting.
    Beginning in 2013 floating homes would be subject to a property tax, he said.

  • Family opens heart and home to little ones

    Saying no would have been easy.
    But it would not have been right.
     When Tabitha Metcalf was called by the Department of Children’s Services in November there wasn’t a doubt in her mind about doing the right thing.
    It was family DCS was calling about.

  • Relay for Life set for May 4

    On May 4, different teams from Campbell County will assemble at Jacksboro Middle School’s track for the annual Relay for Life event.
    Relay for Life is a national event, and Campbell County has participated for about nine years, said Cynthia Russell, media chair for the Relay committee.
    About 17 teams have agreed to participate in Relay for Life this year. There were 19 teams last year.
    “We’re a couple teams down this year,” Russell said.