Local News

  • Outgoing commissioners take final trip

    Last week a contingency of Campbell County commissioners traveled to Nashville for an orientation program for newly elected officials.
    In addition to the 15 commissioners who won seats in the Aug. 5 elections two others were also in attendance at the two-day conference.
    Despite having lost their bids for re-election former commissioners Lynn Letner and David G. Young made the trip to the state’s capital. Once back, they filed expense reimbursement requests with the county.

  • Jellico passes budget, hikes property taxes

    After several months of conversations and meetings, the Jellico Board of Mayor and Aldermen have approved the 2010-11 fiscal year budget in a special call meeting last week.
    While the conversations between the mayor and aldermen have led to a decision to lower property taxes, they have in fact increased taxes without notification, according to Campbell County Property Assessor Brandon Partin.

  • County officials take oath

    The lower courtroom looked more like a sea of humanity as a capacity crowd packed the courthouse on Tuesday afternoon.
    Family, friends and curious onlookers packed the pews and lined the walls to witness newly elected officials and their staff swear to uphold the duties of their offices.

  • Traffic stop leads to alleged marijuana discovery

    The passenger of a car involved in a traffic stop found himself on the wrong side of the law last Thursday.
    When LaFollette Police Officer Michael Sandefur approached the Ford F250 truck to speak with the driver he observed Casey Lynn Lemar, 20, of 104 Highway 25W, allegedly quickly put something in the glove box and try to close it.  Because the compartment did not close the officer was able to see a baggie containing a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana in plain sight.

  • Traffic stop leads to drug arrest

    Driving without a license led to a laundry list of charges for a LaFollette man last week.
    LaFollette Police Officer Michael Sandefur was on patrol when he observed Lawrence Anthony Lowe, 35, of 409 River Drive, driving north on Claiborne Road.
    Sandefur reported he initiated a traffic stop based on the knowledge that Lowe did not have a driver’s license.

  • County handed lawsuit from injury at dump

    A local man is asking the county to compensate him for an injury he allegedly sustained at one of the area convenience centers.
    In a suit filed last Tuesday in circuit court Carlos Gross, through his attorney David Dunaway, alleges that while he was visiting the convenience center building located near Vasper he “suddenly and unexpectedly encountered a hidden and defective condition” that caused a fall that left him with “serious and disabling injuries” to his left foot.

  • ATV club to host benefit ride

    It’s only September, but the Royal Blue Rangers is already making plans for Christmas.
    On Sept. 18 the ATV club is hosting an off road ride to benefit the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots foundation.
    This is the second year for the event and club members are hoping it will be bigger than ever.
    “We were able to give toys to 650 children in the area last year,” Luther Troutt, Royal Blue Ranger member, said of the success last year’s ride

  • Chamber examines community and politics

  • Long becomes new coordinator

    After spending a year and a half as a case manager with the Eighth Judicial Drug Court, Amy Long is moving up.
    Beginning this week, she became the court’s new program coordinator. It was a position left vacant when Jonathan Finley, the previous coordinator and Long’s mentor, left to assume his role as Campbell County’s new chief deputy.

  • Mine rescue event coming to Caryville

    During the third week in September, mine rescue teams from around the country will converge on Cove Lake State Park.
    While they will enjoy the scenery of the area, this will be anything but a vacation for the 20 teams.
    The groups will be taking part in a mine rescue competition hosted by the Tennessee Division of Mines. It is the first time since 1997 that Campbell County, more specifically Caryville, has hosted the two-day event scheduled for Sept. 22 and 23.