Local News

  • Three Williamsburg men allegedly found with drugs and a weapon

     When three Williamsburg men were stopped in Jellico on Aug. 30, the Jellico Police Department allegedly found drugs and a gun.

  • HMA and Mercy rename St. Mary’s

     St. Mary’s Medical Center of Campbell County will be renamed LaFollette Medical Center in the coming weeks.

    St. Mary’s is among seven hospitals that Health Management Associates acquired from Mercy Health Partners in East Tennessee in a recent $520 million transaction.

  • Jellico looking at annexation

     Last Thursday Jellico Mayor Les Stiers brought plans for annexing parts of Campbell County outside of Jellico before the planning commission.

     “We’re going to go about the process of annexation and growing Jellico,” Stiers said. “It’s a tough issue. Opposition is going to be there.”

    “I think it’s about time for the city to grow,” said Alderman Charles Vermillion, head of the planning commission. “But a lot of this depends on the people, whether they want to be a part of it or not.”

  • Holiday means extra work for law enforcement

    The Labor Day holiday meant a long weekend for much of the area’s workforce. But the three-day weekend was anything but a vacation for the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department.

  • Domestic complaint leads to stand-off


    A Jacksboro man kept authorities busy Tuesday night when he barricaded himself in his home following a domestic situation.

    Campbell County Sheriff’s Deputy Thomas Richey responded to Jane Way Lane in Jacksboro to investigate reports of a domestic altercation.

    At the scene Richey and Jacksboro Police Officer Josh Carroll saw Kevin Lynn Wilson, 33, of 512 Jane Way Lane, Jacksboro, allegedly engaged in a verbal argument with the victim in the driveway.

  • LPD nets arrests in raids

    Last week local law enforcement put the skids on some drug activity in LaFollette.

    On Aug. 31 members of the LaFollette Police Department Narcotics Strike Force simultaneously conducted several raids for illegal drugs. Thanks to information acquired from citizen complaints as well as anonymous tips on the department’s drug hotline this effort was deemed a success.

    According to Chief Jimmie Jeffries, the raids netted a range of narcotics including marijuana plants, pills, drug paraphernalia and a meth lab.

  • Caryville waits to see how much revenue taxes from liquor will generate

    Mayor Robert Stooksbury feels it will take time to determine how much revenue the new liquor industry will generate for Caryville.

  • The one year mark for Goins

    Three hundred sixty five days.

    Fifty two weeks.

    One thousand three hundred sixty four arrests.

    No matter how you slice, it all equals a year for Sheriff Robbie Goins.

    While Goins isn’t relying solely on statistics to measure his work in the last year, he is using them as a yardstick to gauge how far his department has come.

  • Pyro will light the sky

    Fall in East Tennessee is a busy time.

    But none of the activities can start until the bright lights of Boomsday have been lit.

    And without the vision of a local company the skies over Knoxville would remain dark during the Labor Day weekend.

    When the fireworks are ignited this year it will be the 24th time LaFollette based Pyro Shows has lit the fuse.

  • Mountain Heritage Community Club holds its 42nd Festival

    This coming weekend, the Stinking Creek community will welcome people to celebrate the 42nd Mountain Heritage Festival.

    The Mountain Heritage Community Club’s goal for the festival is to provide enough money to maintain its facilities at the field, but also to provide some other services to the community throughout the year.

    Throughout the year there are horse shows, trade days, reunions, church gatherings and sometimes rodeos at Mountain Heritage Field.