Local News

  • Halloween will be celebrated on Saturday in Campbell County

    Those looking for bags of candy or just a fun night out can find it around town on Saturday.

    Every municipality has changed trick or treat times to Saturday, since Halloween falls on a Sunday. Making the evening more convenient for locals, all trick or treating will be held on the same day as many church and city events.

    Halloween will be celebrated on the streets of Caryville, Jellico and Jacksboro from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday. Campbell County and LaFollette neighborhoods will have trick or treating at the same time.

  • Trombley given probation for cemetery thefts

    Less than a month after being arrested on 50 criminal charges, Shane Alan Trombley pled guilty to a multitude of the charges.

    On Monday, he appeared in Campbell County Criminal Court to enter the plea and be sentenced. Trombley plead guilty to seven charges including three counts of desecrating a venerated object.

  • Wanted felon to spend 90 days in CC jail

     Before a man wanted in Colorado, North Carolina and Nebraska can be returned there, he has to spend some time in the Campbell County jail.

    Hiep Xuan Le was sentenced to 90 days by Criminal Court Judge Shayne Sexton for failing to register as a sex offender. At the Monday hearing, Le, through an interpreter, agreed he had failed to register after moving to Tennessee in June 2008.

    Since June 2009, Le had been working at an area nail salon.

  • Botts sentenced for 2002 crimes

    Answering for crimes he committed eight years ago, James Anthony Botts was sentenced to jail on Monday.

    In the summer of 2002, Botts attempted to force himself on a girl who was younger than 13 years old at the time, according to court records.

    As he entered the plea, the victim sat in the courtroom red-faced, obviously fighting tears. Originally charged with sexual battery and indecent exposure, those were the crimes, Botts plead guilty to.

  • Jellico Board attempts several motions at last meeting

    The last meeting for the Jellico Board of Mayor and Aldermen before the election was partially attended. With only two aldermen absent, the town board conducted business.

    Mayor Forster Baird provided an update on the Taylor Machine Building. A lease agreement has been signed, said Baird. Though state permits have not been issued the board was in agreement about moving forward.

    Aldermen Alvin Evans said an additional acre of land in the Jellico Industrial Park would be purchased for $10,000 pending the approval of permits.

  • Cemetery tour tells stories of broken and soaring monuments

    Local history was brought to life last Thursday.  Gathering in the Douglas Cemetery in LaFollette, a large audience learned about the people who made LaFollette great.

    Civil War reenactors told their stories, intermingling descriptions of the city when it was known as Big Creek Gap.

    Dressed in Union Army garb, Mike Sanders told the story of Thomas Rutherford who escaped from the Rebels in 1862 only to die in battle two years later. Sanders raised his voice above a passing train as he explained the dangerous process of loading black powder into his musket.

  • Public Records Oct. 28

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


    Campbell County Property Transfers

    Oct. 18- Oct. 22


    Robert Johnston to Whitney N. Wilson and Toby L. Wilson, Dist. 3, $79,900.

    David K. Zornes and Brenda J. Zornes to Nicholas M. Polazkowyj and Jessica B. Polazkowyj, Dist. 2, $262,000.

  • Three people arrested following complaint

    Answering a complaint call at the Super 8 Motel in Caryville resulted in three arrests last week. The complaint was from local business owners who claimed one of the renters was harassing people for money, said Caryville Police Sgt. Freddy Walker.

    When Caryville Police knocked on the door of room 110 two women answered.  A third suspect was in the bathroom of the room, said Walker.

  • Hall is hauled away for third DUI

     If the slurred speech didn’t give him away then the open beer cans indicated a Caryville man could be driving intoxicated.

    On Saturday, Daniel Boone Hall, 62, was charged with his third DUI. Hall was observed driving on Highway 116, swerving across the yellow lines, said Caryville officer Ben Marlow.

    “From a distance, I observed Hall walk unsteadily to and from his vehicle,” said Marlow about Hall entering a gas station then returning to his vehicle to drive off.

  • Children's Center receives donations in wake of Pepsi grant project

    Campbell County Children’s Center received a monetary donation despite not being chosen to receive $250,000 from the Pepsi Refresh Project.

    The organization recently learned it was were not recipients of a large grant from the Pepsi Refresh Project. But during the process of telling the community to vote for its cause the center garnered approximately $36,000 in private donations.

    Children’s Center CEO Tracie Davis said the project was a success because community awareness was raised about the organization’s services.