Local News

  • Thomas will serve sentence in endangerment conviction

    When David Thomas took his chances with a jury earlier this year he was convicted of reckless endangerment not child abuse.

    On Monday, he was sentenced on the lesser charge. Thomas was also sentenced for multiple thefts in an unrelated case at the same time.

  • Habitat for Humanity dedicating house

    Tonight members of the Davis Chapel community will welcome some new neighbors.

    Tina and Lonnie White, along with their four children, will move into their new home at 768 Coolidge Road.

    While the move is momentous for the family, another group is also excited about it. The White home marks the 27th house Campbell County Habitat for Humanity has completed.

  • Williamson case still in court system

    A question of technicality took Joann Williamson’s case to the state appeals court. A question of technicality also got it kicked back to the Campbell County Criminal Court.

    And in the process Williamson found herself back in jail.

    After the state appeals court denied her case because it hadn’t been filed properly, the justices also set a new $6,500 bond for her. “I think that speaks for itself,” Criminal Court Judge Shayne Sexton said.

    Appearing in court on Monday Williamson was already in police custody.

  • Public Records

    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

    March 14- March 18


    Reece F. Green and Ruby Green to Bruce Koester, Dist. 3, $183,000.

    BC Arnold to Victory F. Wilson and Linda D. Wilson, Dist. 1, $15,000.

    Ralph Smith and Imogene Smith to Greg Miller, Dist. 1, $8,000.

  • County powers act stands despite opposition

    Robert Henson’s appearance before the county commission to argue the perceived evils of the hotly debated county powers act landed somewhere between an inquisition and sermon complete with amen corner.

    As Monday’s meeting kicked off with 12 citizens making a request to address the commission County Mayor William Baird asked Henson, who was first on the list, if he would agree to speak last since he had appeared before the commission on two previous occasions.

    Henson responded “No sir” as he took his place at the microphone.

  • Jones steps down as coach

     Embattled basketball coach Barry Jones has resigned his position as head of the Campbell County High School boy’s program.

    Jones announced his decision Monday night after conferring with his family.

    "My wife and I decided together it was in the best interest of our family for me

    to step down and pursue other opportunities,” said Jones.

  • Caryville reviews package store applications

      Applications came pouring in to Caryville last Thursday for the chance to open a liquor store.

    Five people are vying for the two slots available to open a liquor store in Caryville.

    From LaFollette, Jimmy Arnold has applied. Arnold is the owner of J. B. Arnold Company. He submitted a proposal to construct a building on John McGhee Boulevard and name it Starr Spirits, LLC.

  • Director of schools finalists chosen

       With less than an month until their self-imposed deadline to appoint a director of schools, board members moved ever closer to achieving that goal this week.

    On Tuesday evening the group convened to affirm the three finalists selected by the five member screening committee. Donnie Poston, Eunice Reynolds and Sharon Ridenour were selected from the original pool of 13 applicants to be presented to the full board as finalists for the system’s top spot.

  • Jellico abolishes utility board

    The campaign promise of Jellico Mayor Les Stiers to abolish the utility board came to fruition last Thursday night. The Jellico Board of Mayor and Aldermen eliminated the five-person board controlling the electric and water system, opting to oversee the operation themselves.

    Riotous meetings where utility customers have complained about high bills, brought the talked about subject to a vote. Even prior to the final reading of the ordinance citizens expressed dissatisfaction with meter readings and billing.

  • Murray files third lawsuit against county mayor

    Former Campbell County Environmental Director Dan Murray held the position for just five months before he was terminated at the beginning of March.

    It was enough time for him to file three lawsuits against the county and Mayor William Baird.

    In the most recent lawsuit filed in circuit court March 16, Murray claims his termination was based on physical handicaps. This act is being accused as a violation of his human rights.

    In this suit he is asking for nearly $1 million in damages.