Local News

  • 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.

  • Relay for Life event raises funds for American Cancer Society

    Umbrellas, rain ponchos and tarps were as prevalent at this year’s Relay for Life as the event’s signature color of purple. But participants and survivors didn’t let the weather dampen their spirits as funds were raised in the community wide event.

    Home cooked BBQ, hotdogs, and all the fixings along with some down home Bluegrass music made for a fun time despite the rainy weather. People tried their hand at games, put -put golf, climbing a rock wall and other various activities all aimed at raising money for cancer.

  • Financially strapped Caryville hit with lawsuit

    The town of Caryville is facing a $1million lawsuit as a result of an undercover drug sting last May.

    Uless Joe Arnold filed the action last week claiming that when he was arrested in May 2009 it was without probable cause. Along with this, Arnold says the multiple narcotics charges filed against him because of that arrest were later dismissed.

    He has named the town and Caryville Police Detective Stephanie Smith as defendants in the filing.

  • Sneel to undergo testing

    Serving notice his client may have an insanity defense for her attempted murder charges, David Stewart asked the court on Monday to postpone a trial date.

    Stewart, who represents Amanda Sneel, said initial testing had shown the young mother was more than likely to have been suffering from “a serious mental health disease or defect” when she drove her vehicle into Cove Lake with her children in it.

    Further testing should be completed, he said.