Local News

  • Movement seen at county jail

    As work begins on the new justice center, staff at the jail has been able to lessen the overcrowding at the current facility.

    Since Sept. 5, 2010, 64 inmates have been moved into state prison beds, said Sheriff Robbie Goins. “Anytime we can alleviate the overcrowding in our current jail, we take the opportunity,” the sheriff said.

  • Sale of hospital moves forward

    A familiar face will soon be getting a new name.

    On July 1 Health Management Associates, Inc. announced that one of its subsidiaries has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the assets of Mercy Health Partners.

    The recently inked deal will result in the acquisition or lease of all seven Mercy hospitals, including St. Mary’s of Campbell County, that are part of the Knoxville based East Tennessee health system.

  • Pleasant Ridge Bridge costs more than originally planned

    LaFollette City Councilman Hansford Hatmaker sat in for Mayor Mike Stanfield for Tuesday night’s meeting.

  • VFW Post Commander seeks members in Campbell County

    Sergeant Aaron Williams with the 278th Armored Calvary Unit for the Army National Guard is calling on Campbell County veterans to join the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6494.

    Williams was recently made commander of Post 6494. While the majority of Post 6494’s activity is in Lake City, 52- percent of the members are from Campbell County, where there is no VFW post.

    “I know it’s a pro-veteran community, and I want to build on that,” Williams said. “Use that to the county’s advantage.”

  • McDowell arrested on drug charges

    Reports of an intoxicated driver led to a significant drug arrest on Saturday.

    LaFollette Police Officer Josh Hill went to the Big Creek Market to check the condition of Lana McDowell, 47, of 100 Pleasant Ridge Road.

    When he arrived Hill reported allegedly finding McDowell  asleep.  Although McDowell did not appear to be intoxicated when she was awakened, Hill gained consent to search her person and handbag.

  • LUMC to open new outreach program

    Churches often have several types of outreach programs. From those that touch the spirit to those that reach the heart churches provide healing. However, one area church is starting an outreach program that serves a much more concrete need- caring for children.

    In the fall, the LaFollette United Methodist Church will open a daycare. Its target age group is six months to 5 –years- old, said Billie Hunter, who has been the driving force behind the program.

  • Jellico Utilities renews insurance policy at special board meeting

    Jellico Electric and Water System called a special board meeting last Wednesday night to discuss proposals for property, liability and worker’s compensation insurance. The board approved the renewal of its insurance policy with the Tennessee Municipal League.

  • Jellico considers the possibility of an LMU satellite campus

    Jellico residents posed questions to Lincoln Memorial University Vice President of Academic Affairs Clayton Hess at an open board meeting last Thursday night.

    The Jellico Board of Mayor and Aldermen called this special meeting to allow people to discuss interest in the possibility of bringing an LMU satellite campus to town. Jellico has a 23-year lease that enables it to use the Jellico Wesleyan Church facilities for $1 a year.

    “I don’t want to just accept a building if we don’t have a suitor,” Mayor Les Stiers said.

  • Investigations end with arrests

    The books were closed on several investigations last week thanks to the diligent work of officers.

    On June 29 Joseph James Lloyd, 38, of 702 South Cumberland Avenue was arrested for crimes dating back to October of last year.

    According to LaFollette Police Detective Lt. Monty Miller’s report, Lloyd entered the property of a victim and allegedly took a four-wheeler valued at more than $1,000 without the victim’s consent. After allegedly cutting the chain and altering the ignition Lloyd allegedly sold the four-wheeler.

  • County to build little league field in Jellico

    The County Commissioners set aside $55,000 in their budget to build a little league field in Jellico.

    “I received enough support from the county commissioners to receive that money to build this field that we drastically need,” Jellico alderman and Campbell County commissioner Alvin Evans said. “

    Jellico’s City Ball Park has a busy schedule as it is used by the school system, T-ball, coach’s pitch and little league.

    “There’s not enough room and not enough time,” Evan’s said.