Local News

  • Police Chief applications are stacking up

    Less than two years after reviewing applicants for police chief, the LaFollette City Council is at it again.

    The deadline for resumes is Friday. Earlier this week the council had a stack of seven applicants vying for the job with varying credentials.

    On Monday, Jan. 24, the council will review the applicants at the monthly workshop. It will narrow down the list for interviews or place interim city administrator Cade Sexton in charge of picking the top candidates

  • Campbell County schools make the grade

    After months of speculation regarding student performance for the 2009-10 school year the jury is finally in. 

    And the news is good.

    While Campbell County schools have historically been classified as the underdog with its two high schools teetering on the brink of state intervention at times, this year the system has accomplished something that in previous years seemed unattainable – all 12 schools in the district are in good standing.

  • MLK remembered at town hall event

    Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was the reason for a crowded room at the Jellico Town Hall Monday afternoon.

    Stories evoked both tears and laughter as King’s legacy was intermingled with the history of Jellico.

    “I can remember as a child, reading about what he stood for,” said Jellico Mayor Les Stiers of Martin Luther King Jr., being a fighter who believed in equal justice and non-violence. “I would just marvel at what he was trying to do and how he stood up for what he believed in and ultimately gave his life for it.”

  • Jellico Utility opens bids, plans to hire employees

    After opening three tree-trimming bids at the Jellico Utility Board meeting, members decided to create an in-house tree trimming operation.

    The bids included a large price tag of about $370,000 for 12 months of tree trimming, according to Jellico Utility General Manager Mike Bethurem. Instead of entering into a contract with a company, the board discussed hiring two or three new employees to handle tree trimming.

    The economic advantage of doing it in-house was a main motivation in the board’s decision to decide to hire new employees, said Bethurem.

  • Citizen’s request help for stray dogs

    An influx of citizen complaints took precedent at the Caryville Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting Monday night.

    Several complaints were about stray dogs on Park Road and Bruce Gap.

    “I’m about ready to kill one,” said one citizen. “I’m not going to be run back into my house by anyone’s dog.”

    Caryville Mayor Robert Stooksbury said the town does have a leash law. Stooksbury referred the citizen to animal control, saying the county has done a good job picking up stray animals.

  • Liquor ordinance is passed in the first reading

    Following a workshop on liquor regulations, the town of Caryville was prepared to pass an ordinance for alcoholic beverages and package stores in the first reading on Monday night.

    Town attorney Reid Troutman quickly explained changes made to the ordinance since the last workshop.

    Among the changes made to the ordinance were establishing a $300 application and investigation fee, a limit of two package stores and the placement of package stores in industrial zones C-2 and C-4.

  • St. Mary’s Medical Center signs new lease with city

    Two five-year leases with the city could mean over $750,000 for LaFollette or a new hospital by 2020.

    St. Mary’s Medical Center of Campbell County renewed its lease in 2010, agreeing to pay LaFollette $100,000 a year. The first payment went into an interest bearing account, and the subsequent payments will also go into the account.

    In 2015, the hospital can choose to sign the last five year lease which will convert the agreement to a lease to own agreement for $50,000 a year.

  • Meth fire levels apartment building

    Cooking proved to be the root of a fire that destroyed a Jacksboro apartment building last week. But the flames that ripped through six of the units were not from a typical kitchen fire.

    Around 6 p.m. last Thursday evening crews responded to a fire at Rick's Apartments located at 850 Pinecrest Road, according to Campbell County Sheriff Robbie Goins.

    Detective Sgt. Brandon Elkins said rural fire service was first on the scene to battle the blaze just after 6 p.m.  Deputies with the CCSD also responded to aid in directing traffic in the area.

  • Louie Bluie Festival slated for September

    The town of Caryville is already planning for fall events.

    Jo Anne Myers with the Louie Bluie Festival Board attended the Caryville Board of Mayor and Aldermen Monday night to request a donation for the upcoming festival.

    The town board allocates money for the festival each year, and this year is no different. Approximately $1,000 has been set aside for the festival.

    Myers thanked the board for its continued support. She shared the statistics from the 2010 festival, saying a modest estimate of 8,000 people attended.

  • Nipper to serve time for burglary

    A string of thefts and burglaries mixed with narcotics has resulted in jail time and possible drug rehab for a 19-year-old offender.

    Following his guilty plea last week in criminal court Jonathan Nipper was sentenced to one year in jail.

    Nipper will be spending time in jail after he was arrested for a string of burglaries he committed in the lakefront area of the county.