Local News

  • Traffic light on Hwy. 63 appears to be a go

    County Mayor William Baird provided a much anticipated update on the traffic light proposed for the intersection of Highway 63 and Old Middlesboro Highway at Monday’s commission workshop.

    Despite the occurrence of several serious and even fatal accidents along this stretch of road area residents have remained divided about whether the installation of a traffic light could be a solution.

  • Reynolds honored with trip to Washington D.C.

    Decades after his service to the country, local World War II veteran Jim Reynolds received a trip to Washington D.C. to see the National World War II Memorial as well as other sites in the area. It was in his own words, “one of the most thrilling” moments of his life. And after living for nearly 94 years, and surviving a world war, that’s got to be a pretty big thrill. The only thing that’s ever topped it was his wedding day, 72 years ago, Reynolds said.

  • Victory School Reunion slated for next month

    School days, school days, dear old golden rule days are back, if only for a day.

  • Revenue problems plauge Caryville; police chief retires

    With the economy still in a slump, and a deficit of $11,282 in this month’s financial report, the town of Caryville continues to face revenue problems as the budget cycle nears an end.

    The lack of cash cast a shadow on Monday night’ s mayor and aldermen meeting, but the town continued on with business despite a lackluster economy.

    Citizen input from Ronnie Daugherty regarding the possibility of a property tax dominated the discussion, with Mayor Bobby Stooksbury using the opportunity to clear up an issue.

  • Jellico Utilities discusses TVA rate changes; handles business

    Though TVA’s wholesale rates will not change until October, discussion centered on the topic of which rate schedule to choose at Tuesday’s utility workshop and meeting.

    TVA is asking utility boards to decide between two wholesale rate structures-nearly flat demand of energy or nearly flat time of use.

    The board is faced with a decision, according to Jellico Utility Manager Mike Bethurem. While both rate structures have pros and cons, the utility must decide which one will impact its customers the least.

  • Williamsburg pair picked up on drug charges in Jellico

    Passing out while eating a chicken sandwich at the gas pumps landed a Williamsburg pair in jail last week.

    On May 8 Jellico Police Officer Johnny Blankenship was dispatched to the Rocky Top Shell in Jellico on the report that two people were passed out inside a vehicle, the arrest report said.

  • Chapman arrested on drug charges


  • Pack gets 25 years in murder case

    The brashness Phillip Pack displayed at his trial in February was gone on Monday.

    Sitting again at the defendant’s table but this time with his feet shackled, Pack waited for his sentence to be announced. Earlier this year a jury convicted him of second-degree murder in the death of Jayne Love. While his attorney, Keith Hatfield, had attempted to persuade the jury that Pack’s actions may have been callous, they didn’t rise to the level of criminal. However, the judge took a different view.

  • Terry sentenced for threats

    On the same day his sister’s killer was sentenced, Paul Terry learned his fate for a charge he acquired as her murder case moved through the courts.

    Terry was charged with multiple counts of retaliation against the judicial system and unlawful possession of a weapon with intent to go armed in late January. These charges came after Terry’s mental health therapist contacted law enforcement because of threats he had made.

  • Phillips going to jail for solicitation

    A man convicted of attempting to solicit sex from a minor will spend six months in county jail for his crimes.

    On Monday, Denny Phillips was sentenced to jail time and a four-year probation stint for his June 2009 crime.

    Assistant District Attorney General Scarlet Ellis asked the court to consider a five year probation term while Charles Herman, Phillips’ attorney countered with a probation term of four years with no jail time. Imposing jail time would jeopardize his client’s job, Herman said.