Local News

  • Free Red Cross classes slated for May and June

    Disaster is all around.

    With reports of calamity both natural and manmade invading the news daily learning how to prepare for what seems to be the inevitable seems to make good sense.

    Fortunately Campbell County has not been the recent victim of catastrophe, but in the wake of a winter filled with snow, treacherous driving conditions and power outages a group of area residents is working to make sure the county has resources in place should disaster strike here.

  • Board says yes to land swap

    In contrast to the commission’s lengthy debate over a real estate swap with the school system the evening before, the board of education made quick work of the same issue at Tuesday’s meeting.

  • Commission holds lengthy debate on land deal

    Commissioners breezed through their packet of regular budget amendments during Monday’s budget and finance committee meeting with virtually no debate.  But when it came time to discuss the possibility of a land swap with the board of education any hope for a quick resolution to the issue flew out the window.

  • Campbell County Chamber of Commerce to host business Expo

    If business is in your blood, then the Campbell County Chamber of Commerce’s Business Expo is the place to be on May 21.

    Beginning at 9 a.m. at Roane State Community College, the event, which is about displaying and promoting local businesses, will further provide an opportunity for growth as well, according to Campbell County Chamber of Commerce Administrative Assistant Cindi Reynolds.

  • Bill regarding water and sewer rates continues on legislative path

    The legislation that would grant the LaFollette Utility Board power to set its own rates has been moved from the house state and local government committee to the house calendar and rules committee, according to LaFollette Utilities General Manager Kenny Baird. Once it moves out of that committee, the bill will go to the House floor and if it passes in the House, it will then move on through to the senate, Baird said. After the bill leaves the senate, then it has to be signed by the governor before being sent back to the LaFollette City Council for ratification.

  • CCHS Greenhouse set to open

    It’s planting time in Campbell County.

    This year the Campbell County High School Greenhouse is more ready than ever to meet the local gardening demands.

    The greenhouse will officially open for business on April 19.

    “I’ve got a bunch of tomatoes that are ready to go out the door now, others that are smaller and others that will be ready around the first of May,” said CCHS agriculture teacher Eric Reynolds.

  • A dream come true

    A chauffeured limousine.

    A shopping trip without a budget.

    A night on the town.

    Sound like a dream come true?

    It was just that for Mariah Gagaris last week.

    The LaFollette Middle School student received rock star treatment last Thursday thanks to The Dream Connection.

  • Motorcyle event deemed a success; CASA gets needed funds

    Thunder rumbled and chrome shone when over 100 motorcycles turned out for CASA’s benefit ride on Saturday, raising awareness and money for a good cause.

    With a line of motorcycles that stretched over a mile, the dedication to this cause was evident. Over $1,100 was raised with funds going directly back into the county, according to CASA Director Renee Tackett.

    “It was wonderful; I think we made a big splash and really raised a lot of awareness for CASA since we were right there on the main highway,” Tackett said.

  • Caryville facing severe revenue losses; decreases employee’s hours to compensate

    A lackluster economy and no source of reliable revenue has landed the town of Caryville in a financial crisis, according to Mayor Bobby Stooksbury.

    With little recourse available, the mayor and aldermen met for approximately half an hour in executive session on Monday night to discuss possible solutions to the financial straits the town is in.

    When the doors reopened, the mood was a somber one in the Caryville Town Hall.

    It didn’t improve when the mayor announced the course of action that had been discussed.

  • Buckert to spend a year behind bars

    After pleading guilty to harming her child, Erica Buckert will spend a year in jail.

    On Monday, the young woman stood before Criminal Court Judge Shayne Sexton both confessing her guilt and learning her fate in the case.

    After agreeing she was guilty of child neglect/endangerment and aggravated assault, Buckert was sentenced to the jail term. She will be given credit for the 30 days she spent in jail following her arrest.

    Once the year’s sentence is finished, Buckert will be on probation for nine years, according to court documents.