Local News

  • Grand jury indicts Perkins

    Four months after two local teens were killed in a drag racing incident the driver of the other vehicle has been indicted on criminal charges.

    On Oct. 8 the Campbell County Grand Jury returned a true bill indicting Mark A. Perkins, 18, of Lake City, of two counts of vehicular homicide, reckless endangerment and leaving the scene of an accident involving a death.

    According to Tennessee Highway Patrol officials, Perkins was arrested on Tuesday at his home and is currently being held in the Campbell County jail on $150,000 bond.

  • Commission moves ahead with budget; discusses hiring of environmental services director

    With only one item on the agenda Monday evening’s budget and finance committee meeting went off without much fanfare.

    As commissioners and citizens were given the opportunity to discuss the proposal to raise the certified tax rate by five cents, Commissioner Bobby White was one of the most vocally opposed to the increase.

  • Two arrest for meth manufacture

    Activity at a quarantined home on West Walden Street led police to a meth lab last Thursday.

    LaFollette Police Officer Bill Owens said when he arrived at what should have been an empty home just after midnight, someone was running from the residence.

  • Caryville aldermen approve $20k in expenses

     Over $20,000 in purchases was approved by the Caryville Board of Mayor and Aldermen Monday night.

    Caryville Street Department Director David Muse addressed the board concerning purchases of road salt and a leaf box. The approval to bid for both items last month led to the receipt of several quotes.

    The board approved the purchase of 48 tons of salt at about $76 a ton for the street department. They also approved the purchase of a leaf box to be bought from the state street aid fund for $4,658.

  • Duo facing over 50 criminal counts

    Dead men may tell no tales but police still found out who stole from two cemeteries.

    The Campbell County Sheriff’s Department began investigating the theft of 18 bronze vases from Woodlawn Cemetery after several people noticed them missing from headstones. This was in late September.

    Ten days later, the CCSD received a report that 22 bronze vases had been taken from Campbell County Memorial Gardens.

  • Budget crisis forces layoffs in Jellico

     Jellico Mayor Forster Baird made the call to layoff three officers in the Jellico Police Department earlier this month.

    Budget concerns forced the layoffs, according to Baird.

    “I was able to make the decision for the city without any politics,” said Baird.

    The three officers let go were the last three hired. John Blankenship and Wayne Martin were both removed from full-time positions. Part-time officer Mike Perkins was also terminated.

  • MOPS meetings are off to a good start

    Meeting other mothers is the first step to creating relationships and answering questions about rearing small children.

    That‘s why MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) are forming in LaFollette.

    Despite the different emotions of mothers, the local group is putting mothering into perspective with bi-monthly gatherings.

  • CCSD working to rebuild drug fund

    When Sheriff Robbie Goins took office in September he knew cleaning up Campbell County’s crime would be a tough job. He didn’t know there wasn’t any money to do it with.

  • Public Records Oct. 14

     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. 4 – Oct. 8


    First National Bank of LaFollette to Pioneer Truck Services LLC, Dist. 3, $1,000,000.

    Amy J. Goertemiller and Amy J. Carroll to Jerry T. McBee and Melissa D. McBee, Dist. 1, $100,000.

  • Icicles lined the halls at Jacksboro Middle

    Suspense had been building for students at Jacksboro Middle School. They anticipated snowfall last week. Daily announcements told students to dress warmly on Oct. 7 because it was going to be cold.

    And it was cold as faculty and staff turned down their thermostats for the secret snow day in connection with Read for the Record, a national campaign to promote reading.