Local News

  • Council debates new holiday

    An otherwise smooth meeting hit a few bumps when councilmen debated a request to honor Columbus Day.

    Interim City Administrator Cade Sexton said he disagreed with the city being off for another holiday.

    “The county doesn’t give Columbus Day off. It’s going to cost you some money if you do this,” said Sexton.

    Police and fire services will remain open on the holiday and would normally receive holiday pay, said Sexton.

  • Interim director to decide benefits question

    Still attempting to sort out the details of Dr. Michael Martin, former director of schools, and his right hand, Karen Bundren, board members met in special session on Tuesday evening to discuss their next move.

    Though only two items made up the evening’s agenda board attorney Dail Cantrell explained there were many things to consider when making a decision on granting retirement to the embattled former employees as well as beginning the search for Martin’s replacement.

  • Secretary of State visits Campbell County

    With visits throughout the county, Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett was given a warm welcome at the LaFollette Public Library Tuesday morning.

    In the midst of LaFollette’s woes over building a new library facility, Hargett seemed to spread hope to personnel during his visit.

    “I am a cheerleader for rural libraries,” said Hargett. “At rural libraries its not just the place to check out books anymore, its so much more.”

  • Wilson headed to prison following plea

    When Randy Alan Wilson came to court on Monday he was a free man. However, by noon he was a convicted felon with an eight-year prison sentence in front of him.

  • Mother receives 10 years for her role in abuse

    Opting to face a judge instead of a jury, Michelle Anna Mae Douglas plead guilty on Monday to allowing her child to be abused.

    Dressed in electric pink jail garb, Douglas stood before Criminal Court Judge Shayne Sexton and admitted her role in the abuse of her son, Peyton Douglas.

    The child was only 17 months old when officials discovered him badly bruised, burned and beaten, previous testimony indicated.

    He also had a broken arm.

  • Halloween will be celebrated on Saturday in Campbell County

    Those looking for bags of candy or just a fun night out can find it around town on Saturday.

    Every municipality has changed trick or treat times to Saturday, since Halloween falls on a Sunday. Making the evening more convenient for locals, all trick or treating will be held on the same day as many church and city events.

    Halloween will be celebrated on the streets of Caryville, Jellico and Jacksboro from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday. Campbell County and LaFollette neighborhoods will have trick or treating at the same time.

  • Trombley given probation for cemetery thefts

    Less than a month after being arrested on 50 criminal charges, Shane Alan Trombley pled guilty to a multitude of the charges.

    On Monday, he appeared in Campbell County Criminal Court to enter the plea and be sentenced. Trombley plead guilty to seven charges including three counts of desecrating a venerated object.

  • Wanted felon to spend 90 days in CC jail

     Before a man wanted in Colorado, North Carolina and Nebraska can be returned there, he has to spend some time in the Campbell County jail.

    Hiep Xuan Le was sentenced to 90 days by Criminal Court Judge Shayne Sexton for failing to register as a sex offender. At the Monday hearing, Le, through an interpreter, agreed he had failed to register after moving to Tennessee in June 2008.

    Since June 2009, Le had been working at an area nail salon.

  • Botts sentenced for 2002 crimes

    Answering for crimes he committed eight years ago, James Anthony Botts was sentenced to jail on Monday.

    In the summer of 2002, Botts attempted to force himself on a girl who was younger than 13 years old at the time, according to court records.

    As he entered the plea, the victim sat in the courtroom red-faced, obviously fighting tears. Originally charged with sexual battery and indecent exposure, those were the crimes, Botts plead guilty to.

  • Jellico Board attempts several motions at last meeting

    The last meeting for the Jellico Board of Mayor and Aldermen before the election was partially attended. With only two aldermen absent, the town board conducted business.

    Mayor Forster Baird provided an update on the Taylor Machine Building. A lease agreement has been signed, said Baird. Though state permits have not been issued the board was in agreement about moving forward.

    Aldermen Alvin Evans said an additional acre of land in the Jellico Industrial Park would be purchased for $10,000 pending the approval of permits.