Local News

  • Wallace arrested in separate incidents

    Loneliness is probably not a good reason to call the police. At least that’s what Kenny Wayne Wallace found out on Jan. 23.

    Campbell County Sheriff’s Deputy Adam Hopper was dispatched to a residence on White Rock Road in Jacksboro to investigate reports of a possible breaking and entering incident.

    Records indicate Wallace, 42, of 326 White Rock Road, Jacksboro, had called 911 reporting that someone was attempting to break into his house. Wallace allegedly gave the dispatcher a false name and address to respond to.

  • Group organizes to meet housing needs

    A group of community members have seen a need and are working toward doing something about it.

    Debra Watts, treasurer of the newly formed Helping Hands of Appalachia, Inc., said the inception of the group came when several people starting talking about the amount of substandard housing in rural counties like Campbell and the need for services to help local families improve their living conditions.

  • Support group aims to bring comfort

    Sheila Falls knows how it feels to fight for her life, lose her peace and find it again. But most importantly she knows how it feels to heal.

    In November 2010 Falls got the news no woman ever wants to hear-“I’m sorry but the news is not good. You have breast cancer.”

    “I remember being in such a state of mind that I didn’t know where to turn first,” Falls said of the day she got the devastating news while sitting in her office at work. “There are so many things to deal with that you don’t even realize.”

  • Public Records Feb. 2, 2012

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



    Jan. 23 – Jan. 27


    Ayers and Campbell, Ginger Campbell Holdredge and Relda Campbell to Edith Pennycuff, Dist. 3, $7,000.

    Mark G. Swetz and Jeannine R. Swetz Gorman to Gilly J. Nichols, Dist. 2, $134,500.

    Mark A. Patrie and Julie M. Patrie to Jerry C. Collins and Margaret Y. Stewart, Dist. 2, $307,500.

  • Four Jellico Police officers honored Thursday

     Members of the Jellico Police Department were recognized for their service last Thursday night at Jellico’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting.

    In 2011, the JPD had a combined 2,585 arrests and citations. 

  • Store employee allegedly caught with drugs and stolen property

     Friday, a camera at Wal-Mart allegedly caught an employee, Sonya Lynn Lee, 33, 822 W. Hemlock Street, LaFollette, stealing shoes from the store.

    The loss prevention agent observed her on the camera prompting an investigation. 

  • Caryville convenience store caught selling new drug

     The Caryville Police Department found 20 packets containing naphthoylindole at the BP Station on Main Street in Caryville after the clerk allegedly sold one to a confidential informant.

  • Disagreements keep utility board from choosing general manager

    On October 10, Jellico’s utility board fired former general manager Mike Bethurem with a unanimous vote.

    But on Monday, the board couldn’t come to an agreement. At issue was who would replace Bethurem.

    The indecisiveness led the board to postpone the decision for a week.

    Since Bethurem was removed, Billy Rowe and Woody Swafford have been acting as interim managers. Board member Pam Carbaugh wanted it to remain this way.

  • LaFollette offers citizens recycling containers

     Recycling will become easier for LaFollette residents now that the public works department has purchased 784 recycling containers.

  • CCHS alumnus looks to start community band

     From football to band, high school students enjoy different activities, but when graduation comes, sometimes the music stops, literally. 

    Former Campbell County High School students, such as trumpet player Aaron Campbell, often have trouble finding places to indulge their musical appetites.