Local News

  • Caryville seeks planner from the East Tennessee Development District

     The Caryville Board of Mayor and Aldermen approved a resolution to accept $4,700 in grant money to replace the services lost when the local planning office was closed.

    “We need this service,” Alderman Glenn Smith said. “We’re going to need someone who has expertise in planning.”

  • Strange accident kills man

    A Campbell County man died tonight when a tree fell on his car, as he was driving.

    Police were called to Davis Chapel Road just after 6 p.m. tonight to investigate an auto accident.

    Once there it was learned that the man had been driving down the road when a tree, around five feet wide, fell on his vehicle, said Sheriff Robbie Goins. As it fell it took down power lines.

    The LaFollette Utilities Board had to disconnect the power before the lines could be freed from the vehicle.

  • Tax free holiday starts tomorrow

    Tomorrow marks the beginning of a holiday weekend-a tax holiday weekend to be exact.

    With parents and students across the states ramping up for a impending start of the new school year many are likely to be looking to snag a good deal on those back to school essentials.

  • Utility Bills caused discussion at Jellico’s board meeting

    In Jellico last Thursday night, four utility customers stood up to raise complaints about their utility bills to the Board of Mayor and Aldermen.

    The Jellico board of mayor and aldermen took responsibility for the Jellico Electric and Water System board after rates became high for citizens last winter. Lower rates have been a big concern for the new board. But one of the citizens at Thursday’s meeting felt it has not done enough.

    “We try and keep it where our people can maintain,” Mayor Les Stiers said.

  • Trio busted with thousands in stolen items

    A locked storage unit proved to be no match for a trio of alleged thieves.

    On July 11 Campbell County Sheriff’s Detective Lt. Brandon Elkins was called to a storage facility on East Industrial Park Drive to investigate reports of a theft.

    The victim reported a number of items including a rare 1986 Corvette, Elkins said was and Indy pace car and one of only 1,500 made. The car was valued at approximately $34,000. A Suburban was also missing from the unit as well as a long list of car parts and tools, the sum of which was estimated to be $67,000.

  • Campbell County High School prepared for Cougar Day

    As Campbell County High School prepares for school to start on Aug. 15, it will host Cougar Day today and tomorrow for students.

    Cougar day is sort of a pre-registration day, Principal Jamie Wheeler said.

    Juniors and seniors will come today and freshmen and sophomores will come tomorrow. Today, seniors are to come from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., and juniors are slotted from noon to 3 p.m. Tomorrow, sophomores are scheduled from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., and freshmen are to come from noon to 3 p.m.

  • Owens wants relief from sentence

    After being convicted of not only failing to protect his daughter but taking part in her abuse Tommy Owens saw his sentence reduced by a fourth in the state appeals court.

    Now he is coming back to court asking for a new trial. And prosecutors in the case are saying the verdict should stand.

    In his motion asking for post conviction relief a number of issues were cited as grounds for a new trial.

  • Pack pleads to charges

    Settling cases that were three years old and less, Russell Pack is now on six years of probation.

    Last week, Pack agreed he was guilty of theft under $500, promotion of methamphetamine manufacture, possession of marijuana and failing to appear in court.

    After he entered his guilty plea to the myriad of charges, Pack was sentenced to six years of supervised probation. He is also responsible for his court costs.

  • Pleas resolve criminal cases

    The following cases were resolved last week in criminal court with plea agreements:

    *Paul Allen Blevins- felony escape; one year to serve with credit for time served, court costs

    *Keith Allen Wallace- DUI, violation of the HMVO; 10 days to serve with credit for three days, community corrections, courts costs, $350 fine

    *Reginald David Anderson- initiation of the process to manufacture methamphetamine; eight years probation with jail credit for time served, court costs, $2,500 fine

  • Kitts pleads; sentencing set for September

    A man looking at six criminal charges will have to wait for sentencing.

    Last week, Joseph Ted Kitts agreed he was guilty of aggravated burglary, theft over $60,000, criminal simulation, possession of meth and oxycontin for resale and possession of weapon in the commission of a dangerous felony.

    Initially, he had been charged with 10 crimes. However, prosecutors moved to dismiss a firearms charge, a drug paraphernalia charge, and two possession of a controlled substance for resale charge, according to court records.