Local News

  • Employee retention fluctuates in county offices

    With five county office holders running for re-election in local campaigns, a review of employee retention records shows varying numbers in the offices of mayor, sheriff, county trustee, register of deeds and circuit court clerk.

    While some offices have had no employee turnover larger departments have exponential numbers of resignations and terminations. The information regarding employee retention rates was obtained from the Campbell County Department of Finance through a Freedom of Information request.

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  • CCHS earns recognition

    Once teetering on the brink of state take over Campbell County High School appears to be not only meeting expectations but exceeding them.

    At a recent meeting of the Southern Regional Education Board CCHS earned the title of High Schools That Work Pacesetter School.

    While the SREB represents 1,200 sites across 30 states, CCHS is one of only 30 schools awarded the honor being called a pacesetter school.

  • Marijuana cultivators see jail instead of harvest

    Two alleged marijuana cultivators have been arrested in the past two weeks from tips received from the drug hotline.

    On July 15, the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office received a call about someone possibly growing marijuana in a field near a Jacksboro residence.

  • LaFollette Utilities implement rate increase following charter change

    The widely debated change in the LaFollette City Charter, allowing LaFollette Utilities to set water and sewer rate increases, was approved at the end of June. The immediate result of the charter change was the implementation of a 10-percent rate increase for water and sewer.

    The rate increase was applied on July 1, but the small amount may go unnoticed by many utility customers, according to General Manager Kenny Baird.

  • New playground and gazebo adorn Sergeant Park

    Just in time for the Community Night Out, Dr. Lee Sergeant Park in LaFollette is getting a facelift.

    Recreation and street department employees for the city have been installing a gazebo and playground at the park for the last two weeks. Construction on the new features came to a close this week as workers applied the finishing touches.

  • Council discusses paving projects and codes officer

    Acting city administrator Cade Sexton addressed the LaFollette Council on major issues Monday night, saying certain projects need to be decided now if they are going to be resolved in the future.

    Among the issues facing the city is codes enforcement. Following the energy codes meeting held earlier this month, Sexton said the council has multiple options for inspecting fire, building and electrical codes.

  • Hit and run suspect arrested

    Following the hit and run accident on Old Middlesboro Road last Tuesday night, the Tennessee Highway Patrol has pieced together evidence arresting the driver that allegedly fled the scene.

    Louis Bargy, 29, of Jacksboro, was arrested on July 21, when evidence from the scene was matched to his vehicle, according to the report.

  • Jellico water system faces lost revenue

    A contract with the Whitley County Water System will not be renegotiated, and will result in over $100,000 revenue loss for Jellico Utilities.

    Jellico Utilities General Manager Mike Bethurem has been faced with the challenge of completing projects amidst a lowered revenue stream. In a June meeting of the Whitley County Water System, board members gave notice to stop using water from the Jellico Utilities, said Bethurem about the result of several months of negotiations.

  • LaFollette Police Department scrutinized at council meeting

    Downtown merchants feel they have fallen prey to recent break-ins.

    At Monday night’s LaFollette City Council workshop Nick Thompson, local business owner, brought this problem to the council.

    Thompson said several break ins to his business have resulted in stolen money and damaged property. The most recent break in happened about two weeks ago, he said.

    “Does our town have enough officers for the citizens,” said Thompson. “I feel like we are short handed.”

  • TBI launches investigation into jail

    On Tuesday, officials with Tennessee Bureau of Investigation confirmed they are conducting an on- going investigation at the Campbell County Jail.

    A letter was sent to the TBI in early July by Eight Judicial District Attorney General Paul Phillips asking for the bureau “to look into some improprieties of jailers at the Campbell County jail,” said TBI Spokesperson Kristin Helm. While Helm declined further comment she did confirm the allegations were focused on some employees who work at the jail.