Local News

  • False report causes scare for Caryville man

    A peaceful day turned potentially dangerous when three Campbell County Sheriff’s Department vehicles allegedly pulled into Tommy Ward’s driveway and approached the house with weapons last Thursday.

    A 911 report indicates an employee with Ridgeview contacted emergency services about Ward being barricaded in his house on Shady Cove Road with his 17-year-old son.

  • Jacksboro man charged with solicitation of prostitution

    Early Wednesday morning, Caryville patrolman Ben Marlow witnessed dubious activity in the parking lot of Adult World.

    Marlow observed a man suspiciously standing at a vehicle in the back parking lot, according to the arrest report.

    When Marlow approached the alleged culprit, Mark Allen Chambers, 41, of Bruce Gap Road, Caryville, Chambers fled on foot, said Marlow.

  • Six years plus and still waiting

    Ivey Dale residents are speaking out about the condition of their road after county officials have allegedly made empty promises for six year.

    The drive to up Ivey Dale Road is a bumpy and hazardous trip. Dust from passing vehicles causes limited sight distance and some stretches of road only allow one car to pass at a time.

    But the condition of the road is not a surprise to the 32 residents who struggle with the dust and uneven travel everyday. Their concern is with what they feel are empty promises made by county officials every year.

  • Holiday events planned

    Fireworks will light up the Campbell County sky this weekend.

    Whether traveling by land or by lake, those in search of bright lights and big booms will have several opportunities to catch both.

    The town of Jellico will host a two-day celebration to commemorate the nation’s birthday. Beginning July 2 at 10 a.m. vendors will open their stands in Veteran’s Park. At 5 p.m. live gospel performances will begin and continue until 10 p.m. On Saturday, the music will resume at noon, continuing until the fireworks start at 10 p.m.

  • Summer reading program makes a splash at local library

    The LaFollette Library summer reading program is all about having fun, and this year is no exception.

    Approximately 136 children of all ages have registered for the “Make A Splash- Read” program this year. As part of the program each child has attempted to read the most books possible from the reading lists at the library.

  • County lacks ordinances for election signs

    As the 2010 election draws closer, candidates are taking their messages to the street. And they are taking them to the roadside, the right of ways and just about any patch of grass not yet covered by a crop of signs.

    In a county where the only regulation regarding the posting of signs is state law, this allows candidates latitude in their poster placement.

  • Time to get your piece of ‘The Rock’

    Anyone who has ever wanted to own a piece of Campbell County history will have their chance next week.

    On July 10, “The Rock” is going on the auction block.

    Joe Human and the heirs of Charlie Duncan currently own the well-known Jacksboro landmark.

  • Campbell County helps launch White Lightning Trail

    The people, scenery and history of Campbell County have always been unique. And now the Discover Tennessee Trails and Byways initiative is drawing visitors to take part in the local charm.

    Campbell is one of the nine counties that make up the White Lightning Trail, a map featuring local eateries, shops and historic sights.

  • Man allegedly assaulted and robber after motel rendezvous

    When a late night at the bar continued to a nearby motel room, a married man from Jacksboro was allegedly assaulted and robbed by his evening companion on June 21.

    The victim checked into a motel with Iris Hill Williams, 40, of Lake City, after meeting her at a local bar, according to Caryville Police Chief Johnny Jones.

  • Armed robbers sought

    Police are asking for help in solving a series of attempted and armed robberies.

    On June 10, a 74-year-old woman told investigators she putting her groceries in the vehicle at Food City when a man, using a white shirt to cover his face, approached her, asking for money. When the victim said she didn’t have any money, the would be robber allegedly grabbed her purse and ran, the LaFollette Police report said. The handbag was later located at Walgreen’s pharmacy with $200 being the only item missing, the report said.