Local News

  • Heat can affect pocketbook as well as health

     It’s hot outside.

    And with temperatures continuing to skyrocket, stepping out into the scorching heat is not the only dread area residents may be feeling as a result of summer forecast.

    Keeping the stifling heat at bay comes with a price that often translates into higher electric bills and an increased potential for power outages created by a few thousand air conditioners humming in unison.

  • New Glow-in-1 opens in Jacksboro

    From the steamy outdoors, the Jacksboro Red Roof Plaza is a refreshing stop for fun with the Glow-in-1 black light putt putt course. The Glow-in-1 is an indoor course with nine short holes decorated in a Jurassic theme.

    Kyle McDowell and his family envisioned the concept, new to Campbell County, after they struggled to find a renter for the space.

  • 4-H Day camp to be held


  • LaFollette Council overrides mayor’s veto

    LaFollette Mayor Mike Stanfield openly expressed his opposition to a charter change at Tuesday night’s council meeting.

    Stanfield exerted his power of veto to stop the council from allowing LaFollette Utilities to set rate increases for the water and sewer system after the last council meeting.

    However, during the in-session meeting to pass the new budget in the final reading the council again passed the charter revision.

  • Wilson charged with attempted murder

    It only took one buck shot from a shotgun to land a 45-year-old man in the hospital and the alleged assailant, his brother, to be charged with attempted second degree murder.

    Last Friday, at 8:30 p.m. Detective Stephanie Smith, with the Caryville Police Department, arrived at Park Road in response to an alleged shooting. When officers arrived on the scene they observed the victim laying face down in the road bleeding severely, according to Smith.

  • False report causes scare for Caryville man

    A peaceful day turned potentially dangerous when three Campbell County Sheriff’s Department vehicles allegedly pulled into Tommy Ward’s driveway and approached the house with weapons last Thursday.

    A 911 report indicates an employee with Ridgeview contacted emergency services about Ward being barricaded in his house on Shady Cove Road with his 17-year-old son.

  • Jacksboro man charged with solicitation of prostitution

    Early Wednesday morning, Caryville patrolman Ben Marlow witnessed dubious activity in the parking lot of Adult World.

    Marlow observed a man suspiciously standing at a vehicle in the back parking lot, according to the arrest report.

    When Marlow approached the alleged culprit, Mark Allen Chambers, 41, of Bruce Gap Road, Caryville, Chambers fled on foot, said Marlow.

  • Six years plus and still waiting

    Ivey Dale residents are speaking out about the condition of their road after county officials have allegedly made empty promises for six year.

    The drive to up Ivey Dale Road is a bumpy and hazardous trip. Dust from passing vehicles causes limited sight distance and some stretches of road only allow one car to pass at a time.

    But the condition of the road is not a surprise to the 32 residents who struggle with the dust and uneven travel everyday. Their concern is with what they feel are empty promises made by county officials every year.

  • Holiday events planned

    Fireworks will light up the Campbell County sky this weekend.

    Whether traveling by land or by lake, those in search of bright lights and big booms will have several opportunities to catch both.

    The town of Jellico will host a two-day celebration to commemorate the nation’s birthday. Beginning July 2 at 10 a.m. vendors will open their stands in Veteran’s Park. At 5 p.m. live gospel performances will begin and continue until 10 p.m. On Saturday, the music will resume at noon, continuing until the fireworks start at 10 p.m.

  • Summer reading program makes a splash at local library

    The LaFollette Library summer reading program is all about having fun, and this year is no exception.

    Approximately 136 children of all ages have registered for the “Make A Splash- Read” program this year. As part of the program each child has attempted to read the most books possible from the reading lists at the library.