Local News

  • Poston begins work as the new director of schools

    April 15 is traditionally tax day. But this year it marked a different milestone for Donnie Poston.

    It was his first day at a new job. Last Thursday, Poston got the collective nod to become the next director of schools for Campbell County.

    This was his second attempt at obtaining the position. 

  • People's hit by robber Monday

    It was not just another Monday morning at People's Bank of the South.

    According to information released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Knoxville office, a man wearing a hooded camouflage jacket with a dark colored baseball cap, black pants, boots and jacket entered the bank's 2300 Jacksboro Pike branch at around 9:30 a.m. and demanded an undisclosed sum of money.

    The white male, who is described to be approximately six feet tall and 150 pounds displayed a black semi-automatic pistol as he verbally demanded staff turn over cash.

  • Marina moving on to next phase

    The proposed marina at Heatherly’s Point appears to moving forward.

    Details of a Corps of Engineers draft environmental assessment for construction of a proposed marina project on Norris Lake became available to the public this week.

    Local businessman Mark Hoskins applied for a permit to build a 799-slip marina at Heathery’s Point in 2009, and 62 written public comments were collected the same year.

  • Mock crash makes consequences real

    As the students gathered around the mangled cars and saw blood on their classmates it was evident they were moved. Blank stares and looks of fear were painted across the faces of the students standing near the crash site.

    When a white sheet was draped over a young man the teens grew silent.

    Even though the events were a carefully choreographed demonstration designed to show Campbell County High School students the dangers of drinking and driving the impact appeared to resonate with the students.

  • Rains arrested on theft charges

    A trip to a local retail store ended with a trip to jail for Stephanie Ann Rains.

    On April 16, Jacksboro Officer Josh Carroll was called to an area retail store where an employee notice Rains allegedly concealing merchandise and attempting to leave the store without paying for the merchandise, according to Carroll’s report. The merchandise has a value of $223.19.  Also found on Rains were three round white pills believed to be schedule II.

  • Pair arrested on multiple charges

    A call from a concerned business owner led to the arrest of two people on Saturday.

    An employee at a downtown LaFollette business contacted authorities after observing a woman that appeared to be intoxicated holding a child. When Sgt. Jason Marlow arrived on the scene he learned the woman and a man had left the area in a maroon Ford Crown Victoria.

  • Mullins arrested on possession charges

  • Domestic disturbance leads to meth lab discovery

    What started as an investigation into a domestic dispute led to the discovery of a meth lab on Sunday.

    LaFollette Police Officer Brian Tiller went to a Sunshine Circle address at around 11:30 p.m. to inquire about an argument that had occurred less than an hour earlier.

    Records indicate while at the door Tiller allegedly noticed the strong odor of ammonia coming from inside the residence. When Robert E. Penrose, 46, of 113A Sunshine Circle, answered the door the odor intensified, according to Tiller’s report.

  • Job training on wheels; Career Coach comes to CCHS

    Sometimes the mountain truly does come to Mohammad.

    And in today’s society the mountain comes equipped with 10 laptops, a satellite and burns gas.

    It can also assist those searching for a job assess their interests, learn to write a resume and brush up on their interview skills.

    On Monday, that was the scenario at Campbell County High School when the Career Coach was parked and open for business.

  • Deputies come to aid of trapped couple

    A couple narrowly escaped being swept away by swift waters on Catula Road in the early hours of Saturday morning.

    Campbell County Sheriff’s Deputies Shane Wolfenbarger and Joe Marlow were the first to arrive on the scene after the call came in to the 911 dispatch center.