Local News

  • One time PCUD director caught charging $95k in personal expenses to district

    When auditors opened the books at the Powell Clinch Utility District, they found excessive personal charges and weakness in other areas for the utility.
    Del Roberts, the one time Powell Clinch Utility director, racked up $95,059 in personal expenses he attempted to have PCUD pay for, the report said. The audit, conducted by the state comptroller’s office, was focused in the time between July 1, 2008 and December 31, 2009. However, state officials did note that as needed, that scope was expanded.

  • Public Records

    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. 11 – Oct. 15


    Betty Sue Ammons to Betty Sue Ammons and Hurston Gary Ammons, Dist. 3, $0.

    Ralph Swain to Hickory Creek LLC, Dist. 4, $25,000.

  • Ridenour named interim

    Sharon Ridenour was greeted with a rousing ovation as she took her place next to chairman Mike Orick at Tuesday night’s board of education meeting.

    After a nomination by board member Rector Miller the group voted unanimously to name Ridenour interim director in the wake of former director Dr. Michael Martin’s abrupt departure from the system Friday.

    While Ridenour may be new to the director’s chair she is no stranger to education.

  • Nephew facing murder after uncle starves to death

    A man believed to have starved his uncle to death has been charged with murder.

    John Lowe,40, 455 Meredith Road, Caryville, was indicted for felony murder, second-degree murder, gross negligence of an impaired adult and theft over $10,000 on Friday.

    On Monday he was arrested at his home, said Campbell County Sheriff’s Detective Brandon Elkins.

  • 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.