Local News

  • Meth explosion guts LaFollette residence

    A believed meth lab explosion sent three people to jail and destroyed a Claiborne Road home last week.

    On Nov. 19, LaFollette Police Sgt. Joe Brown responded to a structure fire at 213 Claiborne Road. The residence was fully engulfed in flames when Brown arrived, records indicate.

    At the scene Brown reportedly encountered Eric Alan Spradlin, 30, and Katlynn Jean Willoughby, 21, both of 213 Claiborne Road. The pair allegedly admitted the fire had started in the garage after a chemical reaction from a meth cook caused an explosion.

  • Top Secret Trail to launch Nov. 29-30

     The Top Secret Trail shows the beauty of the highways and byways of East Tennessee to travelers.

    The Tennessee Tourism Department, with the help of local tourism developers, started the Tennessee Trails and Byways program. 

  • Jellico’s leaders watch a film that documents its past

     Jellico’s leaders paused last Thursday to reflect on the past. 

    At the beginning of the board and aldermen meeting last Thursday, Jellico Library Director Mark Tidwell presented “Jellico: Rebirth of a Community,” which portrays Jellico during a time of transition during the 1960s and 1970s.

  • Toys for Tots registers hundreds

    After taking applications for two days last week Campbell County’s third annual Toys for Tots toy drive is ready to undertake the massive effort of making Christmas a little bit brighter for hundreds of local families this year.

    More than 500 children were registered to receive gifts during the Nov. 18 and 19 sign-up days held at the Campbell County Courthouse and Jellico Public Library, according to Deb Mikesell, administrative assistant for County Mayor William Baird.

  • Boshears resignation is official

    It’s official.

    While news of his impending resignation has been on the lips of commissioners and the public alike Monday night third district Commissioner Melvin Boshears made his intentions official.

    After dedicating 17 years of service to the commission during two stints with the group Boshears said a hearing loss has forced him to call it quits in his official capacity.

  • Montclair now working with group from Louisiana

     Montclair Technologies is working with another company in its efforts to put an oil refinery in the Taylor Machine Shop building. 

    Representatives from Montclair and the Louisiana-based Triad Corp. visited community leaders in Campbell County last Tuesday.

  • Jellico Electric and Water System looks at some policy changes

     The Jellico Utility board met in a workshop last Wednesday to discuss possible policy changes in order to save costs.

    At the regular utility meeting on Nov. 8, consultant Chris Mitchell presented the board with some ideas for improvement to the system. The board decided to discuss his recommendations and how to implement some new policies in a workshop. There will be some changes, if the board approves them at its next meeting.

  • Public Records for week of November 17, 2011

      Editor’s note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as or similar to other members of the community.


  • Bargy to spend six months in jail

    In a hearing packed with tears and apologies, Louis Bargy was sentenced to jail on Monday in the death of Michael Jones.

    He will serve six months in jail and five years on probation.

    Bargy was convicted in August of criminally negligent homicide, initiating a false report and tampering with evidence. It took the jury eight hours to come back with the verdict.

    As the hearing began, Teresa Jones, the victim’s mother, took the stand.

    Reading from a prepared that shook as she held it her trembling hands, Jones didn’t mince words.

  • Steve Collette encourages Christians to share the Gospel

    A parking spot was hard to find Friday night at Stanfield Church of God.

    Members of the church directed parking, which overflowed into the lawn of the parsonage next door. Inside the sanctuary, around 300 people filled the pews.

    People from six churches of different denominations were present for the same reason. They came to hear Steve Collett share his testimony of how God delivered him from drug addiction. Stanfield Church of God invited Collett, a former drug dealer featured in Appalachian Dawn, to speak Friday to close out a youth revival.