Local News

  • Holiday fracas ends with arrest

    A Christmas Day food fight put the skids on the holiday cheer for a LaFollette family.

    Deputies with the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department were called to 1631 Loop Road to investigate reports of a domestic disturbance.

    Records indicate Shannon Allen Beaty, 41, of 1631 Loop Road, was at his grandmother’s home with a number of other relatives when he allegedly started throwing food and became irate.

  • Greer arrested for shoplifting

    Curtis Greer got a pre-Christmas trip to jail after being charged with theft last week.

    On Dec. 23, LaFollette Police Officers Robert Foxx and Odell Bailey were dispatched to Big Creek Market to investigate reports of a shoplifting incident.

    A store employee described the offender as a black male with a shaved head. The man identified as Greer, of 508 Rose Hill, allegedly fled south on foot on Tennessee Ave.

    A short time later Foxx found Greer walking on Rose Hill. A warrants check revealed Greer had two bench warrants.

  • Ran stop sign and slow speed draw authorities’ suspicions to alleged drug dealer

     Running a stop sign and traveling too slow drew the suspicions of a police officer last Thursday night.

    Jacksboro Police Officer Zachary Graves saw Michael Justin Estep, 445 Spruce Lane Apt. 7, Caryville, allegedly pull onto Highway 25-W from Mt. Perkins Lane without stopping at the sign. Estep was also traveling 20 miles per hour slower than the posted 45 miles an hour speed limit, Graves said in his report.

  • Mayor Robert Stooksbury looks forward to 2012

     As New Year’s Day approaches, Caryville Mayor Robert Stooksbury looks at what he hopes to see done in 2012.

    “I hope we have a good year,” Stooksbury said. “Mostly just hope everything just keeps looking up.”

    Stooksbury feels jobs are the biggest issue right now, and wants Caryville to attract more business. The board of mayor and aldermen is going to have to keep working with the county and state to promote industry, Stooksbury said.

    “We hope we can attract some industry for our people,” Stooksbury said.

  • Mayor Mike Stanfield looks at what the future holds

     LaFollette Mayor Mike Stanfield is looking optimistically to the upcoming year.

    “(It)2011 was a great year for the city of LaFollette,” Stanfield said. “Hopefully 2012 will be better. You can always hope for the best in the new year.”

    While Stanfield feels the city has achieved quite a bit this year, without raising taxes, he has some ideas about what he’d like to see accomplished this upcoming year.

  • Mayor Les Stiers looks at “to do” list for 2012

     Jellico Mayor Les Stiers believes the board of mayor and aldermen got a lot accomplished this year.

    But he is looking ahead at what he wants completed in 2012.

    “A lot on the plate for 2012,” Stiers said.

    While Stiers’ New Year’s wish list contains many items, he is most concerned with projects that will provide citizens with jobs. This includes finalizing the deal with Montclair technologies and the summer work program for teens.

  • Jacksboro Mayor Jack Cannon hopes for economic improvement in 2012

     Jacksboro Mayor Jack Cannon hopes the traffic and economy will improve in Jacksboro in 2012.

    “(This year)2011 was better than anticipated,” Cannon said. “The economy kind of stabilized.”

    This helped town leaders in Jacksboro meet some of their goals.

    “We hope everything will continue to improve,” Cannon said. “I hope everybody has a good year, the economy picks up, and we get more jobs here.”

    Jacksboro doesn’t have a property tax, business tax or usage fees.

  • Jellico tourism hosts New Year’s Rock-n Eve at Veterans’ Park

     Jellico will ring in the New Year at Veteran’s Park Saturday night at the New Years Rock-n Eve celebration.

    The Jellico Tourism Office has invited everyone to attend.

    “We’re expecting a large crowd,” tourism director Jake Bennett said. “Going to make a big thing out of it. It’s going to be exciting. Good way to spend an inexpensive evening.”

  • Board says yes to graduation venue change

    Oh, the times they are changing. At least when it comes to graduation at Campbell Campbell County High School they are.

    Student council representatives showed up in force at the Dec. 8 school board meeting to lobby the board to say yes to a change of venue for the event that has traditionally been held at the school’s football field.

  • Former teacher busted with drugs in JMS parking lot

    A retired teacher’s decision to go back to school on Monday resulted in trip to jail.

    At around 3:30 p.m. on Dec. 19, Jacksboro Middle School SRO Shane Wolfenbarger reported noticing two people sitting in a parked car near the school’s football field.

    When the officer approached the 1996 Buick Regal he saw Stephen L. Pebley, 62, of 155 Lake Lane, Caryville in driver’s seat with a tourniquet allegedly around his left arm, records indicate.