Local News

  • Office seekers continue to file petitions

    With the weeks until the election slipping away, the number of people seeking office continues to multiply.

    Incumbent county mayor William Baird now has plenty of competition for his seat. Along with county commissioner Scotty Kitts, Ronnie Murray and former sheriff Ron McClellan, another candidate has joined the race, election commission records said. Chair of the county commission and defunct LaFollette City Administrator David Young has filed his petition to run for the county’s top spot.

  • CASA Bluegrass Breakdown scheduled for this month

    Live bluegrass music, refreshments and the opportunity to participate in a silent auction, while helping area children can only be found in one place-the 9th annual CASA Bluegrass Breakdown.

    On March 20, at 6 p.m. in the Campbell County High School auditorium, four groups will be performing bluegrass favorites at CASA’s biggest fundraising event.

    Those performing include Larry Gillis and the Hard Driving Bluegrass Band, Shadow Ridge, Eddie Sweat and Thunder Creek, as well as Carl and Mason Capps.

  • First Baptist of Jacksboro returns from Guyana mission trip

    No electricity, no running water, outhouse facilities and alligators and anacondas in a rustic South American village may not sound like a good time to most people. But for seven missionaries from First Baptist of Jacksboro, it was a piece of heaven just to be able to help others.

  • Kentucky man facing charges in Jellico after drug arrest

    A routine traffic stop for speeding led to a slew of drug and traffic charges for a Kentucky man last week.

    On March 3, Jellico Police Officer Jeff Ivey clocked Jason Harold Ritchie, 31, of Winchester Road, Lexington, Ky., traveling 83 miles per hour on I-75 in a 70 mile per hour posted zone, according to a Jellico arrest report.

    Ritchie allegedly traveled for a mile and a half before exiting the interstate, swerving several times before coming to a stop, according to Ivey’s report.

  • Zoning issue has scrap yard business owner down in the dumps

    A zoning conflict in LaFollette has Scrappy’s owner Arnold Jones searching for a new location for his business in a competitive scrap or bust industry.

  • Caryville board approves regulation change; pays bills

    In a short agenda meeting, the Caryville Board of Mayor and Aldermen approved an ordinance to adopt wastewater regulations, which would update and bring the town inline with state requirements.

    The new wastewater regulations are nothing major, according to Caryville Town Recorder Cheryl Ivey.

    “Basically, it just upgrades the old ordinance to bring it into compliance with new state regulations,” Ivey said.

  • Scrapping doesn’t pay out for two individuals


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  • LaFollete Fire Chief catches heat at meeting

    It appeared to be open season on the LaFollette Fire Department Tuesday night as citizens kicked off the city council meeting with complaints.

    When Mayor Mike Stanfield asked if any citizens wished to address the council Terri Coffey stood to her feet in hesitation.

    Coffey and her daughter, Brandi Muse, were on hand to protest the proposed action of the council to hire Chief Gary Byrd’s recommendation for an assistant fire chief.