Local News

  • Time has come to 'Paint the Town'

    This Saturday, local and visiting artists will converge on Tennessee Avenue in LaFollette to participate in the Paint the Town Festival.

    The first of its kind in LaFollette, festival organizers hope the festival will be a success, turning into a repeat event.

    “This first festival will hopefully become a model for the city to build on in the years to come,” said Campbell Culture Coalition President Jo Anne Myers.

  • CCHS launching homecoming parade after 25 years

    For the last 25 years Campbell County High School has not had a homecoming parade. What was once a tradition rooted as deeply at the school as football is in Tennessee, died out in 1984. That year, the freshman class took top honors with its inaugural float in the annual parade. After that, the parade and its floats were replaced with fence displays on the football field. It was an empty substitution for many who had hailed the parade as a right of passage. However, CCHS Principal and alum Robbie Heatherly is hoping to restore the tradition beginning this year.

  • CPD disturbance call ends with trip to ER

    A domestic disturbance call led to the arrest of Crystal Michelle King, 26, of Clairfield on Sunday.

    On Sept. 20, Caryville Police Officer Ben Marlow and Jacksboro Police Officer Zachary Graves were dispatched to a home on Butter and Egg Road in Caryville.

    After arriving at the residence, officers learned that there had been no physical assault, but King had entered the home and refused to leave, according to Marlow’s report.

  • Ogg charged with sexual battery

    Mark Anthony Ogg, 40, of 136 Perkins Lane, Jacksboro, was charged with sexual battery for a crime he allegedly committed on Sept. 9.

    On that Wednesday, around 5 p.m., Ogg allegedly grabbed a female on her left breast without her permission, according to a Jacksboro Police report.

    The report also stated Ogg knew at the time that he did not have the victim’s permission to touch her, yet he did so anyway, according to Detective Mike Starrett’s.

  • Campbell County-A look back at the beginning

    By 1900, Jellico had grown to a bustling city of over 2,000. This rapid growth was mainly because Jellico had developed along the Tennessee, Kentucky state line. The town was also located in a valley with a river, making it a natural place to congregate and put to use the high quality of coal which had been found in the region. Helped by the coal and lumber companies and coupled with the fact that two railroads operated lines through the area, Jellico was truly booming.

  • Ayers arrested on meth charges

    A traffic stop led to meth manufacture charges for a Jellico man last week.

    During a traffic stop on Sept. 15 LaFollette Police Officer Josh Vann asked Bruce C. Ayers, 243 South Myrtle Avenue, Jellico, to step out of his car.  When Ayers exited the vehicle allegedly with knife in hand Vann conducted a search for his safety.

    During the pat down Vann discovered one corner cut baggie containing an off-white powdered substance and one with a brown substance, the report said.

  • School system rolls out new learning opportunities

    The state’s education standards are ever increasing. And while all but one of Campbell County’s schools made achieved Adequate Yearly Progress for the 2008-09 school year  Dr. Michael Martin, director of schools, and his staff have no intentions of that being a fluke.

  • Cunningham nets drug charges

    Two arrests in as many weeks is where Rebecca Jean Cunningham found herself recently.

    Cunningham, 33, of 502 South 7th Street, Apartment 3, was found by LaFollette Police Officer Josh Vann staggering in the roadway near Indiana Avenue Baptist Church on Sept. 9.

    According to Vann’s report, Cunningham had bloodshot eyes and extremely slurred speech when he made contact with her at the scene.  As a result of her impaired state Vann found her to be a danger to herself and others and placed her under arrest for public intoxication, the warrant said.

  • Committee membership sparks debate for commissioners

    Debate turned lively at Monday’s commission meeting when the make-up of several commission committees was challenged.

    Battle lines were drawn when Commissioner Scott Kitts put motions on the table to change the membership of the Financial Management Systems committee and the Environmental Services committee.

    As he introduced his proposed action Kitts argued while some districts had ample representation on the committees others had none at all.

  • Trespassing incident leads to more charges

    Quarantined property has proven to be toxic for a LaFollette man’s criminal record.

    Last Friday afternoon LaFollette Police Officer John Baker was called to 208 North Massachusetts Avenue in response to a suspicious person trying to enter the property that had been quarantined as a result of the discovery of an active meth lab.

    At the scene Baker allegedly encountered David R. Smith, 45, of 610 East Forrest Street, in a 1987 Ford Bronco II.  A check of the tags revealed they were registered to a Pontiac, the report said.