Local News

  • Office seekers continue to file petitions

    With the August election drawing closer, those hoping to garner an elected office are continuing to file their petitions.

    The race for sheriff is now up to a field of five candidates. The incumbent sheriff, Gary Perkins, Robbie Goins, a one-time sheriff’s deputy, and Robert Higginbotham, a LaFollette city police officer, have submitted petitions as have two other local police officers, election commission records said.

    Jacksboro Detective Mike Starrett and former Caryville Police Officer Freddie Stagnolia have officially joined the race.

  • LaFollette City Council and BOE hold joint workshop

    The LaFollette City Council and the Campbell County Board of Education (BOE) are looking to swap land again.

    In a joint workshop on Monday night the two bodies met to explore if another property trade would be beneficial.

    Board of education member Eugene Lawson began the discussion regarding the BOE’s proposal of exchanging the former East LaFollette School for the ball field adjacent to the school. This land was previously traded to the city in a land swap, along with the former West LaFollette School.

  • I-75 car crash claims two lives

    A two vehicle crash on Interstate-75 left two dead on Saturday.

    Around 6:52 p.m., Earl B. Laymance, 80, of Jellico, was traveling north on I-75, near mile marker 156, when he allegedly crossed the median, hitting the left driver side of Mark Donald Gibson, 46, of Greenville, S.C., according to Tennessee Highway Patrol Director of Public Affairs Mike Browning.

    Laymance was driving a 2003 Mitsubishi Montero, while Gibson was driving a GMC Denali. Despite the fact that both men were wearing seatbelts, Laymance and Gibson were killed in the accident.

  • Norris and Powers arrested on meth charges in Caryville

    Thanks to a tip, an active meth lab was found at a Caryville motel on Sunday.

    James Franklin Norris, 38, of Summers Road, LaFollette and Della M. Powers, 39, of Glade Springs, LaFollette were arrested after an active meth lab was discovered in their hotel room at Motel 6, the Caryville Police report said.

    Caryville Police Officer Ben Marlow and Jacksboro Officer Zachary Graves went to Motel 6 to conduct a consented search of room 210, the Caryville Police report said.

  • Knoxville woman arrested on drug charges

    Everybody knows that falling asleep at the breakfast table is bad manners. But it landed a Knoxville woman in jail last Thursday morning on public intoxication charges.

    Jacksboro Police Chief Danny Chapman responded to a possible publicly intoxicated person and found Christa L. Roaden, 31, of 3014 Forrest Gell Road, Knoxville, sleeping in the seat at the table of the local McDonald’s restaurant, the Jacksboro Police report said.

  • Cook and Marlow arrested on burglary charges last week

    Two Caryville men found themselves behind bars after allegedly stealing tools from a Dogwood Road residence, then attempting to run from the police.

  • Stiner named Good Scout at annual ceremony

    Inspirational words like leadership and patriotism were bandied about at the Boy Scout Dinner on Thursday night. But no words were as strong as the action of Good Scout recipient Col. Tom Stiner as he concluded his speech with a salute to the area boy scouts.

    According to award committee member Logan Hickman, award winners are selected based on their contributions to both the community and the scouts. In the committee’s estimation Stiner fit the bill well, Hickman said.

  • Caryville approves resolution to apply for federally funded home grant

    Business was short on Monday night at Caryville’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting.

    A resolution authorizing the application for a federally funded home grant was the main topic of discussion at the meeting. Board members heard a brief presentation from Gwendolyn Brown, of Brown, Pearman Russell LLC, which is a professional planning and project development business.

    Brown has worked with the town before on grant writing and project identification on similar low-income housing rehabilitation projects in the past.

  • Trio facing meth charges


  • Franz being sought by CCSD