Local News

  • Commission changes procedure for hearing from the public

    After a great deal of debate commissioners voted to change the way they do business at Monday night's meeting.

    Historically citizens have been allowed to address the commission at workshop and regular monthly sessions, but drawing from the operating procedures of another commission County Mayor William Baird suggested the group make some changes to its meeting agenda.

    One of the proposed changes would allow citizens time during the workshop only to speak to the commission and would limit each address to three minutes.

  • Cash and vehicle seized in drug related incident

    Napping in the parking lot of the Dollar General Store earned Robyn Loudon a weekend trip to jail.

    Campbell County Sheriff’s Department Deputy John Wallen dicovered Loudon allegedly passed out at the wheel of her vehicle. When questioned she denied drinking and said she had taken no prescription drugs in the last 24 hours.

  • Meth lab discovered across from LPD

    Having an outstanding warrant and allegedly cooking meth in an apartment across the street from the LaFollette Police Department proved to be costly for Patrick Chitwood.

    Last Wednesday Sgt. Bill Owens went to the an apartment located at 204 South Tennessee Avenue to arrest Chitwood, 31, of 6273 Stoney Fork Road, on an outstanding warrant for violation of probation.

  • Demolition of dilapidated homes underway

    Earlier this year a number of homes in the LaFollette city limits were determined to be uninhabitable. Now the city is doing something about it.

    According to Jim Mullens, public works director, work began last Monday on the demolition of approximately 25 structures in the area.

    While Mullens' department is providing the manpower for the project the city council voted in favor of allowing the city to foot the bill for the rental of the excavator needed to take down the dilapidated houses.

  • People's Bank robbed at gunpoint; police still searching

    Just after 9 am this morning a man wearing a black ski mask armed with a handgun walked into the Jacksboro branch of People's National Bank and demanded money.

    At the moment local law enforcement is searching for the man who got away with an undisclosed amount of cash.

    Helicopters from the Tennessee Highway Patrol and the Knox County Sheriff's Department are active in the search.

  • Poston named new director of schools

    After months of anticipation about who would replace the embattled Dr. Michael Martin as the next director of schools, the wait is finally over.

    At tonight's special called board meeting Chairman Mike Orick explained to the packed courtroom that each candidate would be voted on separately and the first one to receive seven votes would be Campbell County's next director of schools. Donnie Poston was the first of the three candidates to be voted on.

  • Public Records

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as or similar to other members of the community.



    Campbell County Property Transfers

    April 4- April 8


    Dr. Richard Kaufmann and Betsy Kaufmann to George B. Wright and Tammy Joanne Wright, Dist. 1, $237,000.

  • Gibbs plea doesn’t go unnoticed

    Raymond Gibbs found himself in familiar territory on Monday.

    He was standing before a judge, ready to plead guilty to a sex crime with the victim’s mother declaring he would offend again.

    In October 2009, this same scenario played out but Gibbs wasn’t allowed to plead then. Instead, his case was set for trial. Then it was rescheduled.

    Gibbs was to face a jury this week on charges he molested a six- year-old girl.

  • Caryville makes history

    Glasses will soon be clinking all over town after Caryville granted its first two liquor licenses.

    On Monday evening the board of mayor and aldermen made history when it awarded Mark Hoskins and Jeff Hoskins, along with John Davenport permission to open package stores within the town’s borders.

    The decision came after a lengthy meeting where each candidate’s application was reviewed and scored.

  • Former school officials reject plea

    Dr. Michael Martin and Karen Bundren have opted to face a jury of Campbell Countians to resolve their legal woes.

    While the case has been shuffled around on the docket since the two were indicted late last year, that all ended on Monday. Senior Assistant District Attorney Mike Ripley told Criminal Court Judge Shayne Sexton an offer for a plea had been extended to both defendants but he had yet to get a response from them.