Local News

  • City council candidate arrested for driving under the influence


    A recent LaFollette City Council hopeful had a brush with authorities just days after his bid for a seat on the city’s governing body came to an end.

    LaFollette Police Officer Pam Jarrett was traveling on 7th Street in the early hours of Saturday morning when she observed Andrew J. Huddleston, 51, of 610 South 13th Street, traveling on Fir Street on the wrong side of the road with two flat tires.

    According to Jarrett’s report, Huddleston allegedly almost struck her patrol car when he attempted to make a turn onto South 7th Street.

  • Haitian children will have home

     The decision of two Campbell County men to ride out a hurricane has brought hope to 35 Haitian orphans.

    When the New Life Ministries mission team left for Haiti, there were no reports of potentially hazardous weather. Instead the men were prepared to work in stifling 97-degree heat for a week.

  • Cash, drugs and guns seized during search

    A month long investigation led to the discovery of thousands in cash as well as drugs and weapons.

    According to Campbell County Sheriff’s Det. Lt. Brandon Elkins, a number of citizen complaints prompted a joint investigation by the CCSD and the Eighth Judicial Drug Task Force into a residence located at 426 Ivey Hollow Road.

    On Monday morning officers made forced entry into the home that was surrounded by an eight-foot hire chain link fence topped with barbed wire.

  • CASA requests support from commission

    When CASA representatives made an appeal for funds at the commission workshop their request was met with unexpected opposition.

    During her presentation Renee Tackett, CASA director, informed the group a pot of money known as the victim’s assistance assessment, which is made up of specific fines collected through the circuit court clerk’s office, is currently being divided between the Campbell County Children’s Center and CHET’s domestic violence shelter.

  • Free batteries available for home smoke detectors

      Free nine- volt batteries will be distributed by the Campbell County Rural Fire Service tomorrow evening.




    While the recent time change means less daylight hours, it also signifies something else. It is a reminder to change the batteries in home smoke detectors.

    The Campbell County Rural Fire Service is prepared to help homeowners with the task by providing free nine-volt batteries.

  • Jellico alternative school location creates debate


  • Two arrested following attack

    Mary Sue Smith, 31, was charged with domestic assault after allegedly attacking her uncle on Oct. 25.

    At approximately 7:30 p.m. Caryville Police Department dispatched Sgt. Stephanie Smith to the victim’s residence in reference to a domestic dispute.

    Upon Stephanie Smith’s arrival she spoke with the victim who was bleeding from his head, according to the report.

    “Victim stated that he had come back to his residence and observed that Stephen Austin was at his home and Stephen is a meth cook,” said Sgt. Stephanie Smith.

  • Caryville aldermen are sworn in, dive into business

    Four aldermen took the oath of office Monday night in front of a standing room only crowd.

    Raising their right hands they promised to uphold the constitution and the interest of Caryville citizens.

    The Caryville Board of Mayor and Aldermen promptly discussed business following the swearing in ceremony of retuning aldermen Vickie Heatherly, Chris Stanley and Mark Stanley. New board member Mike Miller eagerly repeated the oath then claimed his seat at the table.

  • Pleas

    The following criminal cases were resolved last week with the use of plea agreements:

    Shane Alan Trombley- three counts theft of property under $10,000, two counts desecration of venerated objects, auto burglary, domestic assault; split confinement of time served since Oct. 5 to Nov. 15, seven years probation, court costs, $750 to ECF, $16,020 restitution to victims.

    Randy Alan Wilson- sexual exploitation of a minor; eight years TDOC, court costs.

  • Disgruntled employee found lingering after termination

    Travis D. Williams, 27, was observed outside his prior place of business last week after being told not to return by his previous employers.

    Caryville Sgt. Freddy Walker was on patrol when he observed a 1992 black Chevy truck. The vacant vehicle was parked at the cul-de-sac of McGhee Lane with the windows down, said Walker.

    Walker called for back up as he began looking for the driver, he said.

    “At this time a white male walks up the bank,” said Walker.