Local News

  • Standoff at gas station leads to string of charges

    Some guys just can't stay out of trouble. And Johnny Morris seems to be one of them.

    Within four days Morris, 45, had allegedly assaulted a sheriff's deputy, had a standoff with police at a Jellico gas station and was allegedly found in possession of meth.

    Morris' bad run of luck began on June 6 when CCSD Deputy Gary Jeffers saw Morris walking along Pine Mountain Road.

  • Summer program gives Jellico teens the opportunity to work

     This year the Jellico Board of Mayor and Aldermen created an eight-week summer work program for teens.

    While the Tennessee Career Center recruited students at Jellico High School to work for different industries, the Town’s program gave them the alternative of working outdoor jobs. Jobs were only offered to rising and graduating seniors who live in Jellico.

    “I’d love to work everybody, but we have to take care of the kids from Jellico,” Jellico Mayor Les Stiers said.

  • K-9 officer killed in Caryville

    A Knoxville City K-9 officer was killed in Campbell County last week after he allegedly bit a woman.

    Police reports indicate the woman was in her garage when she noticed Elko, a Belgian Malinois, standing in the doorway. Her first inclination was to attempt to chase the dog from the garage by yelling and clapping her hands, the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department report said. Instead of Elko leaving the garage, he allegedly advanced towards the 71-year-old woman biting her on the right arm, pulling her to the ground.

  • Commission to vote on several items next week

    The county’s fiscal year is coming to an end. While commissioners have been meeting for months to discuss the particulars of the upcoming budget, Jeff Marlow, finance director, took time during Monday’s budget and finance meeting to brief the group on some items it will be required to vote on at next week’s meeting.

  • CCSD seizes meth labs

    In a series of arrests, the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department destroyed eight meth labs in five days.

    Last Tuesday, Deputy Cody Chapman began the arrests when he went to a home on Pleasant Lane in LaFollette. He had received information that a meth lab was at the home, said CCSD Chief Deputy Jonathan Finley.

    Once at the home, Chapman’s investigation allegedly revealed an active lab under the front porch of the home, Finley said. Also allegedly found was two other labs  that had recently been used and discarded.

  • CCSD investigating shooting

    Police are investigating a late night shooting that took place last week.

    On Friday night, the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department was dispatched to the emergency room at St. Mary’s Hospital.

    It was there that Deputy Cody Chapman spoke with a 37- year old male who had been shot.

    “He had been shot once in the shoulder and once in the side,” said CCSD Chief Deputy Jonathan Finely.

  • LaFollette Public Library waits to move to bigger facility

     “When are you moving?” LaFollette Librarian Nancy Green said she is asked this question every day. People are ready for the library to move to its new location.

    “It’s going to be a while,” Green said. The new facility would probably not be ready until around the first of next year, she said.

  • Commission hears from several citizens


    Commissioners spent time hearing the concerns and proposals of a number of citizens during Monday’s workshop meeting.

    Controversy continued to swirl around Danny Sheckles, EMS director, and his department when a former employee took to the microphone to question Sheckles’ decision to terminate him from the department.

    According to Chris Demott, Sheckles terminated his employment on May 11 without providing reasons for the move.

  • Classic car show comes to Jellico

     This Saturday, First Volunteer National Bank will sponsor the 11th annual “Jellico’s Classic Car Show.” The show will be held at Veteran’s Park from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

    People who want to display their classic cars can pre-register for $10 at the tourism office. Registration will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, and will cost $12.

  • Board says 'yes' to raises

    Employees of the school system's maintenance department will soon be getting a nominal pay increase thanks to the vote of board members Tuesday evening.

    Scott Hill, board member and chairman of the finance committee proposed the 50 cent an hour increase the 11 employees.

    According to Hill, the pay for classified positions within the school department is grossly out of line when compared with the same jobs in neighboring counties.