Local News

  • Young ousted from job

    After months of speculation and debate LaFollette City Council members determined the fate of City Administrator David G. Young in around five minutes time.

    The discussion about Young’s position was last item on the agenda of the meeting that concluded in under half an hour.

    Councilman Joe Bolinger wasted no time stating his intention for placing the item on the agenda when he called for Young’s termination.

    Attempting to gain some clarity on the motion Councilman Bob Fannon asked Bolinger to elaborate on his reason for the action.

  • Family Support Program affected by budget cuts


  • Schools closed on Tuesday

    Classes in Campbell County have been canceled for Tuesday.

    Dr. Micheal Martin, director of schools, said today that illness on behalf of teachers and students has prompted the closure.

    With a staff absence rate of 17- percent at Campbell County High School along with multiple teachers missing classes at the LaFollette Elementary School, the decision to close schools on Tuesday was made, Martin said. He hopes the extra day off from school will provide students and staff time to heal.

  • Pit bull attacks girl in Jellico

    An evening at Grandma’s house turned into tragedy for a young girl who was injured in a dog attack late Saturday evening.

    Cheyenne R. Baird, of Pioneer, was severely injured by a pit bull while visiting at her grandparent’s home on Douglas Lane, according to a Jellico Police Department Incident report.

    The girl’s grandmother, Wanda Bruce, went to take the dog some water when Baird began playing with the dog and it licked her in the face, the report said.

  • Schools make plans for swine flu

    Sunny days and warm temperatures makes flu season seem like a distant concern.  But with fears of a swine flu pandemic already swirling Campbell County schools are already on the offensive.

    While Dr. Karen Bundren, federal projects director, said she is not anticipating a problem with the virus the system is taking a “better safe than sorry” approach in planning for the worst.

    Although reports of the swine flu have surfaced in other counties, Bundren said she is unaware of any students in Campbell County that have been diagnosed with the illness.

  • Mountain Heritage Festival scheduled for this weekend

    Take a step back in time at this year’s Mountain Heritage Festival.

    With music and handmade crafts, home cooked meals and a mule pull, the 39th annual Mountain Heritage Festival looks to be a day of good old-fashioned country fun.

    The two-day festival is scheduled for Sept. 5 and 6 and will be held in the Stinking Creek area.  The festivities will kick off on Saturday at 11 a.m.

    There will be blue grass and gospel music both days, along with hand made crafts and crafters on location, according to festival organizer Carolyn Ayers.

  • Davis facing BUI, vehicular assault charges

    A day on the lake will now turn into a day in court.

    On Friday John H. Davis was arrested on a sealed indictment from the February grand jury term.

    In that indictment Davis was charged with vehicular assault, felony reckless endangerment and two counts of BUI.

    The charges stem from an August 2008 boating accident.

    At that time, Tennessee Wildlife Resource Authorities said the 26-foot Sea Ray boat incurred trouble near the Twin Cove area just after 11 p.m.

    The investigation revealed the boat had four occupants when the accident happened.

  • Aggravated child abuse indictment handed down

    A woman accused of abusing her stepdaughter was indicted last week on the single count of aggravated child abuse.

    Samantha Huckaby’s case was presented to the grand jury last week when it convened for its second session this term.

    After hearing evidence presented by LaFollette Police, the grand jury returned the sole count.

    Huckaby stand accused of striking her 6- year- old stepdaughter on the head, shoulders, back, buttocks arms, legs and feet with a hairbrush, the arrest report said.

  • Wilson facing multiple charges

    A 12 count indictment was handed down last week by the grand jury on woman accused of repeatedly writing bad checks.

    Sandra K. Wilson was indicted on three counts of criminal simulation, three counts of forgery, two counts of theft under $500, two counts of passing worthless check under $500, attempting to pass a worthless check over $1,000 and attempted theft over $1,000.

    Among these charges is an incident where Wilson is alleged to have passed a check to the LaFollette Utility Board to pay for utility services for $500, the indictment said.  

  • Third annual Miner's Mile returns to Jellico

    Whether in the mood for a leisure walk or some friendly competition, the third annual Miner’s Mile in Jellico can accommodate.

    Proceeds and donations from this year’s race will go to support the Jellico Fire Department and Rescue Squad, as well as fund the event.

    The event will once again be hosted by the Jellico Community Hospital.

    “We felt a responsibility to find a creative way to enhance our community,” said event chair and Chaplain of the Jellico Community Hospital Kevin Shelley.