Local News

  • Caryville police discover remnants of meth labs

    Going down by the river has a whole new meaning for culprits cooking methamphetamine.

    Caryville Police responded to Yoakum Circle Friday when street department workers reported suspicious items near the water.

    Lt. Stephanie Smith arrived at 2 p.m. to find a bottle containing a crystallized substance and syringes on the ground behind a hollowed out log, she said. Smith walked to the Caryville dam finding more methamphetamine making components leading to the lake embankment.

  • Pleas resolve criminal cases

    The following criminal cases were resolved last week with the use of plea agreements:

    George Alois Hnlica III- theft of property over $500; judicial diversion for two years, two years probation, court costs, $75 to ECF, $500 restitution to victim.

    Jonathan Terry- ten counts fraudulent use of a debit card under $500, fraudulent use of a credit/debit card over $500; eight years judicial diversion, eight years probation, court costs, $825 to ECF, $5,618.38 restitution to victim.

  • Public Records Feb. 10, 2011

     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

    Jan. 31- Feb. 4


    Larry E. Gunderson, Judy Gunderson, Paul E. Peters and Kathi L. Peters to Ronald Hostetter, Dist. 2, $12,500.

    John Calvin Ward to Donie Byrge, Dist. 1, $3,500.

    Paul Herron to David Herron, Dist. 3, $47,900.

  • TWRA planning controlled burn

    In just over a week, officials with the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency and the Campbell Outdoor Recreation Association will be using a time honored practice to usher in new growth.

  • Jury says Thomas committed reckless endangerment

    Criminal trials can become maze of evidence and testimony.

    David Thomas’ trial last week was no exception.

    At the end, Thomas walked away from felony child abuse charges that if convicted of, he would have serve 100- percent of the sentence for. Instead, a six man, six woman jury said Thomas was guilty of reckless endangerment, a misdemeanor crime.

     As attorneys entered items for the jury to see, the testimony in the case wrapped itself in a web of uncertainty.

  • Town of Caryville to vote on liquor ordinance Monday

    The final reading of the liquor by the drink and package store ordinance brings Caryville one-step closer to bringing in new business.

    A public hearing will be held prior to the Feb. 14 meeting Monday at 6:30 p.m. for the reading and possible approval of the document.

    But Caryville citizens won’t be toasting just yet.

    Following the monumental vote for the town a detailed process will determine the best two applicants to open liquor stores.

  • Sunday beer sales taking county by storm

    For the first Super Bowl in Campbell County history, grocery and convenient stores offered Sunday beer sales.  

    When Caryville citizens voted for the liquor referendum last November, it changed the laws for beer sales throughout the county.

    Caryville and Campbell County are required to change the permissible hours of beer sales, selecting to sell beer at 10 a.m. or noon to midnight. Other than these two municipalities, Jacksboro, LaFollette and Jellico can choose to sell beer on Sundays or opt out completely.

  • Walgreen's bomber enters into plea agreement

    A LaFollette man charged with holding up the Walgreen's pharmacy with a fake bomb had his day in federal court last Thursday.

    According to documents filed in the United States District Court, James Wesley Wells entered into a plea agreement in which he pleaded guilty to two of the three counts he was facing.

  • Rising bills equal rising tempers


    Little yellow slips of paper mailed out with LaFollette Utility bills are like a warning for the unexpected. And citizens around the county are bracing themselves for the unheralded price tag as they open their bills.

    The yellow slips tell customers December and January had some of the coldest temperatures on record. But this realization is not bringing comfort to customers when many see their bills double or triple in price this winter.

  • School system in the midst of several capital projects

    Some recent changes in the county’s landscape are due largely to projects being undertaken by the Campbell County Board of Education.
    With the iconic Caryville Elementary School now completely removed from the scenery Rector Miller, building committee chairman, said the site is now ready for excavation.  Demolition on the old building began in early December. After several months of debate over what to do with the dilapidated building board members determined the land located right next to Interstate 75 would be worth more without the structure.