Local News

  • Proposed marina issue remains unresolved

    Despite the fact that a year has passed since a proposed 799 slip marina disrupted the calm waters of Norris Lake, a decision has still not been made by the Army Corps of Engineers and Tennessee Valley Authority.

    On March 19 of last year, an application was sent to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Tennessee Valley Authority proposing a commercial marina on Norris Lake, near Heatherly’s Point.  

    This location just happened to lie directly across from the portion of the lake where Camp Galilee laid down its roots over 50 years ago.

  • Old LPO could be deemed historical

    Thanks to efforts and hard work of local representatives, the old LaFollette Post Office has been placed on a list of endangered historic buildings in East Tennessee.

    On Feb. 27, ETPA members announced the 2010 East Tennessee Endangered Heritage list of endangered historic buildings and places in the 16 county region.

    “Each county has something that reflects the culture and heritage of that area and we have so many things here in Campbell County that should be considered for preservation; this organization is a good start,” Myers said.

  • CASA Bluegrass Breakdown scheduled for this week

    It’s bluegrass time again in Campbell County.

    The 9th annual CASA Bluegrass Breakdown is just around the corner. With live music, refreshments and a silent auction all under one roof, CASA’s Bluegrass Breakdown has it all.

    On March 20, at 6 p.m. in the Campbell County High School auditorium, four groups will be performing bluegrass favorites at CASA’s biggest fundraising event.

    Those performing include Larry Gillis and the Hard Driving Bluegrass Band, Shadow Ridge, Eddie Sweat and Thunder Creek, as well as Carl and Mason Capps.

  • Jellico Utilities passes loan approval; discusses TVA Partners agreement

    It was a short agenda at the Jellico Utility board meeting on Tuesday evening, with the main topic of discussion centering on a state revolving fund loan.

    Jellico Utility General Manager Mike Bethurem began the meeting by asking the board to approve a $459,000 increase for the State Revolving Fund (SRF) drinking water loan to aid in the drinking water project.

    The project, which consists of the drilling of two wells, the construction of an elevated storage tank as well as water mains to connect the two wells, was originally estimated to cost approximately $1.3 million.

  • Traffic stop results in DUI; weapon charges

    Driving under the influence, while arguing with your wife with a loaded gun in the car is a sure recipe for jail time.

    On March 12, Caryville Detective Stephanie Smith was on routine patrol when she witnessed a vehicle swerving uncontrollably on Main Street, the arrest report said.

    After stopping Dustin Lee Overbay, 24, of Overbay Lane, Caryville, Smith noted that he had his head slumped over and was allegedly nearly incoherent, according to the police report. As Smith began to speak to him, Overbay acted startled, Smith’s report said.

  • Knoxville Symphony Orchestra entertains kids at Caryville Library

    Toes were tapping, smiles were shining and a whole lot of hokey pokey was going on at the Caryville Library on Friday. A string quartet from the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra played its instruments for Mrs. Wright’s Jacksboro Elementary pre-school class and area children from Caryville as well. Kids and adults danced along as orchestra members performed favorites such as Rocky Top, and the Hokey Pokey.

  • Wallace picks up shoplifting charges

    Tag switching didn’t pay off for a LaFollette woman who was arrested on shoplifting charges last week.

    On March 13, around 9:30 p.m., Jacksboro Police Officer Josh Carroll was dispatched to Wal-Mart on the report of a shoplifter, the arrest report said.

    After arriving on the scene, Carroll learned from a loss prevention agent that Sarah Christian Wallace, 28, of 603 Rose Hill Drive, LaFollette, had allegedly switched tags on merchandise and paid for an item at a false price, the arrest report said.

  • Paul arrested on drug charges

    One trip to the courthouse apparently wasn’t enough for a Jacksboro man who was arrested on drug charges in sessions court last week.

    On March 9, Travis Lynn Paul, 30, of 478 Elkins Road, Jacksboro, was issued a failure to appear warrant for being late for his court date, according to Jacksboro Police Officer Josh Carroll.

  • White Oak teacher under investigation

    While he has not been formally charged with any crimes a White Oak Elementary School teacher will be spending some time off the job until the outcome of a criminal investigation.

    Christopher Neil Perry, of 502 South Indiana Avenue, was suspended without pay after LaFollette Police officers executed a search warrant at the special education teacher’s home last Thursday.

  • Jail project gets green light again

    When County Mayor William Baird exercised his veto power more than a year ago hopes for the construction of a justice center complete with courtrooms and additional prisoner space seemed out of reach.  

    But after months of being off the radar Commissioner Johnny Joe Dower resurrected the discussion during February’s commission meeting.