Local News

  • Up to 16 families will be eligible for home grants

    Home grants for families in Jellico, LaFollette, Caryville and Campbell County amount to $750,000 for home rehabilitation.

    These municipalities have been awarded the 2010 Home Grant from the Tennessee Housing Development Agency (THDA), a federal funding community program.

    In the midst of accepting funds, these municipalities will soon begin the application process eligible for low-income families. Graded on a point structure for age, income and number of people in household, the grant administrator will determine which families have the most need.

  • A dream comes true for Tatum

    It was a year ago when Tatum Croft was diagnosed with leukemia. She was only three-years-old when she started to receive treatment twice a week, a process that is draining for an adult and twice as much for a child.

    During those initial treatments she signed up for the Dream Connection, a non-profit organization granting wishes to children in East Tennessee.

    The group behind the Dream Connection believes a dream come true to a child can give back, in some small way, that which disease and illness have taken away.

  • Debate sparks over selling industrial property

    A prospective buyer of industrial property in Jellico has the board buzzing about what to do next.

    During a special call meeting of the Jellico Board of Mayor and Aldermen last Wednesday, there was a discussion about how to keep the Taylor Machine Building from being tied up in legal transfer.

    While many of the board members were eager to sell the property for the asking price of $350,000, Mayor Forster Baird was reluctant to sell the property for a variety of reasons.

  • Dance class awaits participants


    An organization devoted to improving the lives of people with intellectual disabilities is preparing to offer services in Campbell County.

    The Sunshine Ambassadors are shaking and grooving their way to LaFollette, with plans to offer weekly dance classes for the disabled.

    Classes are currently offered in six locations across four counties. But the program is reaching out to allow more people to take part in the classes.

  • Plea agreements filed in criminal court

    The following criminal cases were resolved last week with the use of plea agreements:

    •Tiffany Rose LeMarr- six counts forgery, six counts theft under $500; six years probation, court costs, $450 to ECF, $747.42 restitution to victims.

    •Joshua C. Leffel- theft over $1,000; split confinement of 32 days with a jail credit since Aug. 5, four years probation, court costs, $75 to ECF, $936 restitution to victims.

  • Public Records for Sept. 16

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


    Campbell County Property Transfers

    Sept. 6 – Sept. 10


    N Marie Ayers to Deborah R. Newcomb, $38,000.

    Charles Junior Blankenship to Billy Ray Blankenship, Dist. 5, $8,600.

    Edward L. Woolum and Mary R. Woolum to Ray Commodora Burress and Sheldia Lee Burress, Dist. 1, $165,000.

  • Caryville handed two resignations at Monday meeting

    The resignation of Caryville Street Department Director David Muse caught the board of mayor and aldermen by surprise Monday night.

    A discussion between the board and Muse about replacing two positions in the department led to the impromptu delivery of Muse’s own resignation.

    The evening’s agenda listed the need for a street department employee because Freddy Stagnolia has given a two-week notice.

  • Cordova mixes humor with message

    Gene Cordova, of Cordova Creative, is a ventriloquist by trade and an evangelist by calling.

    In its 25th year of operation, Cordova Creative appeals to any kind of audience. Gene Cordova and his wife Fawn relocated to LaFollette six years ago from Seattle, Wash. They wanted to be more centrally located. They have since made the area a restful place to stay in between traveling the United States.

    “I was never called to pastor a church,” said Cordova about his ministry. “We are all made for different things.”

  • Commission narrowly passes highway department budget

    In a budget cycle when Jeff Marlow, county finance director, is recommending a 13 cent tax increase just to maintain last year’s level of operation county commissioners were asked to consider increasing one department’s budget on Monday night.

    Now knee deep in the budget development process, the group met in a budget and finance session early this week to discuss and vote on the 2010-11 budget for the county’s highway department.

  • Tire shop owner treated and released after alleged stabbing

    An alleged attempt to collect a debt led to attempted second-degree murder charges.

    On Tuesday afternoon Bobby Carl Hamblin, 53, of 214 Sawmill Circle, allegedly went to Tracy’s Tires on Old Jackboro Highway in an attempt to collect money from the business’ owner Tracy Hill.

    According to LaFollette Police Det. Lt. Jeff Allen, when Hamblin was unsuccessful at getting the money he allegedly pulled a knife stabbing Hill twice in the left side of his chest and once in the right side of his chest. Hamblin also allegedly cut Hill on the left arm.