Local News

  • Westside school being built up, eastside school comes down

    As one old school is being demolished another old school undergoes massive updates and improvements.

    LaFollette Recreation Director Johnny Byrge provided the LaFollette City Council with an update of renovations taking place at West LaFollette School. The renovations are being made to permanently transform the previous school into a community center.

    So far in the construction, rooms and office space have been completed. In addition to the offices, Byrge said handicap accessible restrooms have been added.

  • Jeffries takes action as new LaFollette Police Chief

    The search for LaFollette’s new chief of police has been exhaustive.

    City council members narrowed down the applicants and conducted interviews on a select three. Campbell County’s own Jimmy Jeffries was named chief in the January meeting.

    While Jeffries ranked above the other candidates for the position, he has a hard road ahead of him to combat the city’s growing crime rate and drug problem.

    This isn’t an obstacle Jeffries is threatened by, if fact, he is embracing the opportunity to lead the department in a new direction.

  • Murray files second lawsuit against county mayor William Baird

    Director of Environmental Services Dan Murray has filed a lawsuit against county mayor William Baird after being placed on administrative leave without pay.

    Murray’s civil suit, filed in circuit court Feb. 16, says Baird took retaliatory action against him for allegedly refusing to be silent about illegal activities.

    Murray, 59, has worked in various capacities at the environmental services department since 1998. During his employment he was exposed to dust from two limestone quarries, according to the suit.

  • Jellico denies Sunday beer sales

     Some citizens were in tears and others appeared angry as the Jellico Board of Mayor and Aldermen prepared to take action on Sunday beer sales last Thursday.

    Following Caryville’s November vote to allow liquor sales Caryville and the county are required to set hours for Sunday beer sales. The remaining municipalities in Campbell County can be included or opt out completely.

    The Jellico board unanimously decided to stay away from selling beer on Sunday after hearing a magnitude of concerns from the community.

  • Junior Chamber meets with mentors

     The 2010-11 Campbell County Leadership class has chosen to assist the county’s youth for its service project.

    Each service project is aimed at giving back to the community for growth and development. For leadership member Cindi Reynolds helping the youth is the best way to give back.

    As part of the project the group wrote a grant to Tennessee Association of Community Leaders. The grant awarded $250 to the young group to be used as seed money for more projects.

    “Have to have money to make money,” said Reynolds.

  • Arrest made in Subway robbery

    Grabbing a couple of bags of chips on the way out of Walmart's Subway restaurant meant serious charges for a LaFollette man.
    Last Wednesday Jacksboro Police Officer James Skeans went to the restaurant to investigate reports of a robbery. Records indicate the victim said a man came into the store and grabbed two bags of chips before starting to leave. When the victim told the man to stop he allegedly said he would take all her money which put her in fear for her life, the report said.

  • Stagnolia arrested for drugs and weapons

    Drugs and weapons are rarely a good combination. But a LaFollette man was allegedly found with both.
    Last Friday LaFollette Police Officer Matthew Sandefur was dispatched to Wendy's restaurant to investigate reports of a possible drug transaction. Although the vehicle in which Dion Charles Stagnolia, 34, of 1211 West Ash Street, was a passenger had already left the scene when Sandefur arrived, the officer located the truck traveling west on Jacksboro Pike.  

  • Jellico proposing new ordinances and plans


    Jellico Mayor Les Stiers has big plans for Jellico.

    Last Thursday, Stiers suggested the purchase of a 16,000 square foot building and more ordinances to move the town forward.

    Stiers addressed the board about the need for a community center. A rural community development grant would be used to construct a facility or acquire a building, he said.

    “It’s sad when our kids have to go to Williamsburg to have their dances,” said Stiers. “We are trying to change that.”

  • State building permits create local confusion

    The subject of residential building permits has created quite a buzz in recent weeks.  
    Although Campbell County has issued building permits for $11.50 through the county court clerk’s office for years talk of the state’s relatively new building codes enforcement program had even the county’s legislative body stumped at last week’s workshop meeting.

  • FMS drops business license requirement for vendors

    After taking care of some run of the mill bid approvals members of the FMS committee took on a more complicated agenda item.
    When committee members were asked to consider approving the amended business license section of the county’s current purchasing policy Dennis Potter, road superintendent, was the first to speak up in opposition.