Local News

  • Cougar Day at CCHS prepares students for upcoming school year

    A new school year in a new class means new lockers and schedules for Campbell County High School students.

    In an effort to prepare students prior to registration, CCHS will be welcoming students at Cougar Day on Thursday and Friday.

    Preparation for the students includes school pictures, class schedules, lockers and parking passes for eligible students, according to CCHS bookkeeper Faye Comer.

  • Caryville business sued for allegedly withholding pay

    Twenty-one prior employees of Baird Tree Service Company, Inc., a Caryville company, sued their employer for allegedly violating the Fair Labor Standards Act.

    In response to the allegations, which laborers listed in the lawsuit, Baird Tree Service terminated all the positions that were seeking unpaid wages and liquidated damages. Though the original lawsuit is awaiting judgment in the federal courts, these employees are now seeking an injunction to return to work.

  • Byrge sues Jones

    It’s not business, it’s politics. That is what Roger Byrge is alleging in a lawsuit filed last Friday in circuit court.

    Through his attorney Steve Hurst, Byge alleges that Clifton “Tip” Jones “improperly used his authority” in his capacity as environmental services director to terminate Byrge from his employment on July 23.

    In the filing Byrge claims, Jones did not provide him with any separation papers. But on July 28 he received a letter laying out reasons for his dismissal, which he alleges Jones had never discussed with him.

  • City council confirms business from workshop

    The main item of discussion at the LaFollette City Council meeting Monday night was a salary raise for animal control officer Stan Foust.

    Foust has undertaken the responsibilities as codes enforcement officer for the last two years and recently requested additional money for the added work. The council agreed that Foust should be paid an additional $5,000 for being the codes officer and made the request official at the council meeting.

  • Municipal elections just around the corner

    Just as one election is over, another is on the horizon.

    Towns and cities in Campbell County will be electing a variety of new leaders just as fall sets in.

  • I-75 crash causes fatality

    An accident involving a tractor-trailer resulted in the death of the driver, Gary D. Gabehart last Tuesday.

    At approximately 2:48 p.m. traffic was moving slowly due to an earlier accident on I 75 south bound. Gabehart’s cargo truck was unable to stop with traffic and swerved to the left, striking a Ford F250, according to Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Matthew Chitwood who investigated the accident.

  • Family trying to rebuild after crash

    They promised each other a lifetime.

    What they got was three years.

    But Melissa Podstawka wouldn’t trade those three years with her husband Daniel for 50 years with someone else.

    “I will never find anyone to replace him,” she said as tears threatened to spill down her face. Sitting in a room decorated with family photos, Podstawka is still reeling in the sudden death of her 28- year- old husband.

  • Sheriff’s office arrests burglary suspect

    An ongoing investigation came to a close last week when Campbell County Sheriff’s detectives arrested an alleged burglar.

    Thomas Justin Evans, 29, of Duff, was arrested after an ongoing investigation linked him to two alleged break-ins and burglaries.

    On July 8, an alleged burglary of a Jellico residence resulted in the theft of several guns and jewelry, said sheriff’s detective Mike Perkins.

  • Humane society receives grant

    For the last three years the Campbell County Humane Society has been the recipient of a $10,000 spay/ neuter grant. This year is no different.

    On Thursday, Darlene Boyd, vice president of the CCHS said the group had just been notified of another $10,000 award. The money will be spent to have dogs in the area fixed, she said.

  • Meth lab found in home, child abuse charges filed

    When a mother reported an alleged meth lab being moved into her home by a boyfriend, she also garnered charges of initiation to manufacture methamphetamine and child abuse.

    Last Thursday, the Jellico Police Department responded to a domestic dispute where Christine L. Oliver, 33, told police her boyfriend was allegedly making meth inside the home on 516 Poplar Street.

    Oliver reported the alleged illegal activity but was also charged because she allegedly allowed the process to continue, endangering her two young children, according to the arrest report.