Local News

  • Board recognizes SRO; discusses voting machine

    The Campbell County Board of Education took care of the sometimes mundane tasks needed to run a school system on Tuesday night. With a relatively short agenda before them board members took care of business in relatively quick order and with little debate at their Valentine’s Day meeting.

  • Answers sought in decade old case

    It has been nearly 11 years since David J. Byrge’s family has seen him.

    For years his birthday and holidays have been marked with sadness. While once a reason to celebrate, these days are now just a reminder that he is missing.

    Byrge’s disappearance was initially reported June 18, 2001. From that day the case has been intermittently investigated. Each time officers with the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department looked into Byrge’s vanishing they found nothing to indicate what had happened to the 21 year old.

  • Commission discusses sales tax

    After approving budget amendments with relative ease talk at the commission’s budget and finance committee meeting turned to a more difficult topic – the sales tax referendum.

    On March 6 Campbell County voters will be charged with deciding whether or not they are willing to accept an increase in the local option sales tax from 2.25 percent to 2.75 percent in order to improve county roads.

  • LaFollette City Council rolling the dice for grant

    The LaFollette City Council is taking a chance to repair the Beech Street Bridge.

    At a special called meeting last Thursday, the city council decided to spend around $45,000 to pursue a Tiger grant the city isn’t guaranteed to receive.

    “A lot of people play the lottery,” council member Wayne Kitts said. “I can see us taking a chance. But I think it’s a good chance.”

    The Tiger Grant comes from $500 million of federal stimulus money available for “shovel ready” projects in economically disadvantaged areas.

  • Anti-drug coalition mobilizes to make a difference

    When it comes to attacking an issue like the county’s daunting drug problem collaboration may be the key. And that is the hope of the Campbell County Anti-Drug Coalition.

    Born three years ago out of the now defunct Weed and Seed Effort started by the U.S. Attorney’s Office the coalition is made up of representatives from the local faith-based community, city, county and town government, law enforcement, school system, area businesses and service organizations.

  • Public Records Feb. 16, 2012

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


    FEB. 6 – FEB. 10

    GG&K Land Partners, Gregory D. Byrd, Garland Byrd, II, and James Keith Clotfelter to Nicholas Riggs and Alisha N. Brady, Dist. 1, $153,000.

    Betty Rose Delk McClanahan to Jennifer Kaye Watkins and Jody K. Watkins, Dist. 5, $8,623.58.

    Jerry Massengill and Ann Massengill to Michael Edwin Shaw and Sarah Elizabeth Shaw, Dist. 1, $5,000.

  • Mendez pleads guilty

     Monday, Hugo Alvirio Mendez, 37, pled guilty to attempted rape in Campbell County Criminal Court.

  • Shepherd’s Home to host Sweetheart Banquet



    The Shepherd’s Home will be hosting its Sweetheart Banquet at Indiana Avenue Baptist Church Saturday night at 6:30 p.m.

  • Jellico Electric and Water System hires Rowe as manager

     At a special called meeting Feb. 1, Billy Rowe was hired as the new manager for Jellico Electric and Water System by a margin of 3-2.

    “Just glad to be here,” Rowe said.

  • Covert gets 10 years

     A child pornography case that began in White Plains, N.Y., ended Monday in Campbell County Criminal Court.

    It ended with Blaine Steven Covert pleading guilty to aggravated sexual exploitation of a minor and sexual exploitation of a minor.