Local News

  • Caryville hires new officer

     The Caryville Board of Mayor and Aldermen called a special meeting Tuesday to pass its budget for next year.

    After a second reading the budget was passed as well as an ordinance that added some amendments.

  • Walgreen’s ‘bomber’ pleads guilty

      Less than a year after walking into Walgreen’s Pharmacy claiming to be armed with a bomb, James Wesley Wells has received the punishment for his crime.

  • Jenkins racks up charges

    A LaFollette woman was in the wrong place at the wrong time last week.

    On June 24 LaFollette Police Officer Justin Parrott was called to West Central Avenue to investigate reports of a male and female that were stumbling in and out of the roadway.

    When Parrott arrived at the scene Opal Viola Jenkins, 27, of 507 East Kentucky Avenue, was completely unconscious, records indicate.

  • Two arrested on burglary and assault charges

    Two men are facing burglary and assault charges after allegedly forcing their way into a LaFollette apartment on Monday.

    Brett Doney, 43, of 1512 Back Valley Road, and Jacob Franklin Wening, 53, of 101 Kyle Road, allegedly made a strong armed entry into a Tennessee Avenue apartment just as the victim’s girlfriend was trying to leave the residence.

  • LaFollette using fund balance to avoid fiscal shortfall

     After meeting in workshops to determine the budget, the LaFollette City Council has not been able to avoid a $186,936 deficit in the projected budget for the upcoming fiscal year. On Monday the council voted to adopt the budget for the 2011-12 fiscal year. It decided to use the fund balance to make up the deficit.

  • Hopson training to be a K-9 handler for Jellico PD

     The Jellico Police Department plans to combat the drug problem by training a K-9 officer.

    One in five cars on Interstate 75 is involved in some kind of illegal drug activity, said Jellico Mayor Les Stiers. Jellico plans to combat this problem with a new K-9 unit.

  • Animal shelter case goes to court today

    The Campbell County Animal Shelter is going to the dogs in its decision making department. Or at least that is the claim of a Jacksboro man. And today a jury will decide if he is right.

    On June 28, 2007 J. Timothy Bobo and Curtis W. Isabell filed a complaint in circuit court on behalf of their client Anthony Roberts.

    According to the filing, in October 2006 employees of the animal shelter confiscated an Olde English Bulldog owned by Roberts from the home of Jerome Love.

    The attorneys maintain Roberts had leased the dog to Love for stud services.

  • Charges stack up against Davis

    It didn’t take long for Jeffery Davis to rack up a string of charges last week.

    Early Friday morning Campbell County Sheriff’s Deputy Joe Marlow went to Wooldrige Pike in Jellico and found Davis, 29, of 121 Falls Branch Lane, Jellico standing on the porch.

    When Davis became aware of Marlow’s arrival he allegedly ran from the residence cause a foot pursuit though Douglas Cemetery and a wooded area where he allegedly threw a bottle of pills.

  • Coalition receives grant monies

    Plans for the annual Louie Bluie festival are humming along. And now funding the Oct. 1 event will be a little easier too.

    Last week the offices of Senator Ken Yager and Representative Dennis Powers announced the Campbell Culture Coalition will receive an $8,600 arts grant.

    According to Jo Anne Myers, chairperson of the CCC board of directors, the matching grant will go a long way toward helping pay performers for the festival.

  • CCHS renovations off to a good start

    Campbell County High School students may be taking a break from the books this summer. But activity at the school is still in high gear.

    Before classes were dismissed for the summer a number of projects began to improve both the appearance and functionality of the 35 –year- old school.

    When complaints of cold classrooms began to surface during the winter months upgrading the aging heating and air system became a top priority for board member.