Local News

  • Pair arrested on meth charges

    Reports of a trio walking around with flashlights raised suspicions last week.

    Campbell County Sheriff’s Deputy Matthew Wasson was dispatched to an area near Frontier Road to investigate reports of three people walking with flashlights.

  • Environmental Services committee looks at cuts


  • Council discusses interim police chief, recent meetings

    With LaFollette Police Chief James Lynch stepping down to a Lieutenant position, acting city administrator Cade Sexton said Jack Widener would temporarily fill the position.

    But Sexton was faced with a dilemma after announcing the appointment since Widener plans to retire next month.

    “My intention is to retire in the next few months, but I will stay until you get somebody,” said Widener.

    Sexton wanted Widener to work with the new chief before he leaves the police department.

  • Public Records as of Dec. 30.

     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

    Dec. 20 – Dec. 24


    Linda Sue Lay to Janet Honeycutt, Dist. 5, $4,500.

    Robert L. Morris to Robert W. Kreitzer, Dist. 2, $8,100.

    BC Arnold to Luxus S. Alderman and Lauren W. Alderman, Dist. 1, $9,000.

  • Tractor -trailer flips, kills driver

    Icy road conditions may have been the cause of a fatal accident in the Duff community early Tuesday.

    The driver of a tractor-trailer, Timothy R. Payton, 51, of Kentucky overturned the cargo truck on a steep embankment, according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

    Payton died as a result of injuries sustained in the crash, according to THP Trooper Aaron Evans.

  • Board approves and fails new ordinances in Jellico

    While ordinances affecting residents were approved during the Jellico Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting last Thursday, another affecting beer board members failed to gain support.

    Several fires have left residences hazardous in the community, according to Mayor Les Stiers.

    An ordinance requiring property owners to repair fire damage within 45 days was approved by the Jellico Board.

     “There was no ordinance that makes people clean up their property,” said Stiers. “This puts some teeth in there.”

  • Citizen asks town board to stop neighbor from building garage

    A Caryville citizen claims a building permit was mistakenly issued to his neighbor to build a structure on his land.

    “The inspector inspected it and told the guy he was eight feet off the line,” said Wayne Wilson who represented his father at the meeting. “The issue is that it was okay to build, it’s on our property and they gave them a permit to build it.”

    A garage connected to the house is being constructed on the Wilson property, according to the family.

  • Deputies share battlefront backgrounds

    Jimmy Albertini and Tom Richey know the aspects of war all too well. Both men have been deployed to Iraq. Albertini has gone twice.

    While they didn’t serve in the same unit in Iraq, they serve in the same outfit now- the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department.

    And as the holidays approach, they appreciate being able to spend them with loved ones. It is something neither takes for granted after spending a Christmas on the battlefront.

  • Pursuit ends with arrest in Knoxville

    An early morning pursuit kept officers from a number of agencies busy on Monday.

    Jellico Police Officer Adam Jarbow attempted to stop Travis Davis, 29, of 218 Four Mile Road, Kingston, for speeding and suspicion of driving under the influence.

    When Davis refused to stop the pursuit continued onto I-75 south.

    Records indicate Davis allegedly threw several items from his vehicle as he attempted to evade authorities.

  • State of Tennessee files suit against county mayor

    A lawsuit was filed by the state of Tennessee against all area municipalities and county officials on Dec. 9.

    The state is suing in relation to Dan Murray, director of environmental services as of October 2010. Murray was unable to conduct administrative tasks due to alleged interference by county officials, the suit claims.

    In 1992, county commissioners adopted a single-county municipal solid waste management system. A board of 15 members would oversee the activities of the solid waste region as mandated by the state.