Local News

  • Duo arrested on drug charges in store parking lot

    Suspicious activity translated into a drug arrest in the parking lot of a local grocery store last week.
    On Feb. 26 LaFollette Police Officer Jason Marlow responded to a call regarding two suspicious males at Food Lion.

  • Four charged with assault

    Four on one is not a fair fight. And it can put people in jail.
    This was the result for quartet following an assault on Central Avenue.

  • Meth cuts leave police holding the bag


    As the number of meth labs continue to rise across the county, the money to clean them up is now gone.

    Local law enforcement agencies received this news last week in an email from the Tennessee Methamphetamine Task Force.

    “We were really surprised,” said Campbell County Sheriff Robbie Goins of the loss of funds. Currently the CCSD is seeing three to five meth labs a week.

  • Catching the school bus proved dangerous for young girl

      “It could have been a serious tragedy,” said Brian Hatmaker, the uncle of a young girl hit by a vehicle last Thursday.

    Shortly after 7 a.m.    saw the school bus approaching and allegedly went to cross the road. By the time she saw a car approaching in the other lane, she was already hit on the left side, according to her mother Jennifer Hemmitte.

  • Traffic accident injures three, citations issued

    Three people were airlifted to U.T. Medical Center following a traffic accident last Friday.

    Around 3:30 p.m. two vehicles collided on Highway 63 at the intersection of Cross Valley Road.

    Hattie Jones of LaFollette was traveling north on Cross Valley Road in a 1997 Ford F-150, according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol Report.  Trooper Warren Crumpley said Jones was crossing Highway 63 to get to the other side of the road.

    According to the report, Jones pulled in front of Arlene Slone who was traveling westbound on Highway 63.

  • Search committee meets; receives one application

    The search for a new director of schools is starting to take shape. After holding a number of meetings to determine details including everything from education credentials and county residence of applicants to how, when and where the position would be advertised the director of schools search committee sits poised to review resumes.

  • LaFollette refinancing loan to save $29K

    The LaFollette City Council hashed out the details of recent business in a workshop Monday night leading to a speedy meeting Tuesday.

    It took less than 10 minutes to approve the business previously discussed at the workshop. The council unanimously approved three items on the agenda.

  • Gaylor arrested for vandalism, possession

    A vandalism call turned into a drug arrest last Friday.

    Jellico Police officer Joe Hopson was dispatched to B and D Drive Thru around 10 p.m concerning a vandalism complaint.

    Upon Hopson’s arrival the suspect John David Gaylor, 45, had allegedly fled from the scene. Police located Gaylor inside Joe’s First Stop, based on the description provided by the victim.

  • Three strikes your out, four times and he’s back to jail

    Jose Meza is no stranger to being charged with DUI. The violation has been levied against him four times following an arrest last week.

    Caryville Police Officer Ben Marlow observed Meza, 31, of Jacksboro, driving south on Highway 116 last Friday. Meza allegedly crossed the double yellow line and stayed left of the center for approximately 100 feet before being stopped on Little Cove Creek Road.

    “Meza stated that he and a friend had just came from the Big Orange Tavern,” said Marlow.

  • Jellico kicks off I Hate Meth week

    Since the formation of the I Hate Meth organization in Campbell County, the message has become addictive. 

    Hate Meth founders Jonathan Luallen and Toby Young have worked to raise awareness from Caryville to LaFollette with signs along the main thoroughfare. The same message has now spread to Jellico.

    Jellico leaders will recognize the week of March 7, as I Hate Meth week. The Campbell County Anti-Drug Coalition will commence the weeklong awareness effort on Monday at 5 p.m. at town hall.