Local News

  • Martin stands by decisions made in gun incident

    In the days following Nov. 3 school officials and law enforcement have taken a hard look at the procedures in place for a gun being discovered on school property.

    Last week’s incident at Campbell County High School left one student in custody.

    And while Dr. Michael Martin, director of schools, believes there were parts of the plan that needed clarification, the response of administrators and law enforcement is to be commended.

  • Lack of quorum hinders business

    You can’t conduct business if you’re not there; that’s the conundrum that the Jellico Mayor and Aldermen have found themselves in.

    The Jellico Board of Mayor and Aldermen have held 10 meetings since mid August, with seven of those meetings being specially called.  Of those seven, there have been six meetings where a quorum was not met due to lack of attendance.

    Specifically, the last three meetings that have been special called by Mayor Forrester Baird have not taken place.

  • Overtime pay to be held until court issues ruling

    While the county finance department waits for clarification on what constitutes an administrative employee versus a non- administrative employee, a court order has been issued in the matter.

    In August county attorney Joe Coker filed the question in Campbell County Chancery Court.

    That filing asked Chancellor Billy Joe White to decide what the decisive element is between the two classifications. Currently, the distinction is overtime pay. Any county employee who receives overtime compensation may not be categorized as administrative, according to earlier court filings.

  • Caryville wants free speech suit dismissed

    In what has become a battle of court filings the town of Caryville has requested the current civil action filed against them by Steve Hale be dismissed.

    Hale, the owner of Adult World, LLC., recently asked the court to rule that his business not be held to the Caryville ordinances that regulate adult orientated businesses. He claimed the ordinances were unconstitutional and prohibited free speech. Nude dancing is a form of free speech, Hale’s previous filings said.

  • Jellico detective denies allegations of using excessive force

    A Nov. 3 incident has left one man dead and a Jellico detective denying allegations he used unneeded force.

    Last Tuesday, Jimmy Smith, of Jellico, allegedly lost control of his vehicle and drove into an air conditioning unit outside of Billy’s Motel, according to Jellico Detective J.J. Hatmaker. Hatmaker is also the detective being accused using excessive force when responding to the incident.

    The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is investigating the issue.

  • Public intoxication leads to drug arrest

    Suspicion of public intoxication led to the drug arrest of Chuckie Dewayne Elkins, 35, of 506 E. Fir Street, LaFollette on Halloween.

    Jellico Police Officer Joe Hopson saw Elkins exit the Jellico Community Hospital allegedly appearing to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol as he staggered to the parking lot, the Jellico Police report said.

  • O'dell arrested on auto burglary charges

    Stealing a pack of cigarettes may end up costing a LaFollette man more than he bargained for.

    On Nov. 2, Jacksboro Officer Daniel Terry was dispatched to the Wal-Mart parking lot on the report of a theft, the Jacksboro Police report said. Upon arrival, Terry made contact with the victim who told him that she had allegedly witnessed Christopher Scott O’dell, 20, of N. First Street, LaFollette, steal a pack of cigarettes from her car.

    Terry then spoke with O’dell who verbally admitted to stealing the cigarettes, the report said.

  • Field trip gives insight into old west

    Students from Valley View will get a special treat on Nov. 19.

    Next Thursday, they will go on a field trip to The Stables to see a wild west history show put on by Marshal Andy.

    The 270 first through fourth graders will make the short trip to The Stables to be treated to Marshal Andy’s show.

    “It’s a great thing,” said Valley View Principal Steve Rutherford. The only cost to the school will be the cost of bus transportation, which will be covered by a small $1 fee.

  • Shelton faces drug charges

    Losing control of his vehicle in school traffic garnered drug charges for a Jacksboro man after police searched his vehicle and found pills.

    Marcus Keith Shelton, 36, of Island Ford Road, Jacksboro, was arrested on Nov. 6 after he lost control of his GMC sport utility vehicle and slid through the median while traveling in school traffic, the Jacksboro arrest report said.

    When Shelton’s vehicle was searched, seven blue pills believed to be schedule IV was allegedly found inside the cup holder of the SUV, the report said.

  • Campbell County-A look back at the beginning: Jacksboro

    Designated as the county seat for Campbell County in 1808, Jacksboro has a long and illustrious history. It was once known as Walnut Cove for the vast number of Black Walnut trees that grew in the area.

    Before white settlers moved into the area, the land was used by the Native Americans for hunting and camping purposes. Attracted by the multitude of wild game and fresh water, the pre-Cherokee race traveled and hunted extensively throughout the county. It was these same characteristics which also made the area popular with early white settlers.