Local News

  • New playground and gazebo adorn Sergeant Park

    Just in time for the Community Night Out, Dr. Lee Sergeant Park in LaFollette is getting a facelift.

    Recreation and street department employees for the city have been installing a gazebo and playground at the park for the last two weeks. Construction on the new features came to a close this week as workers applied the finishing touches.

  • Council discusses paving projects and codes officer

    Acting city administrator Cade Sexton addressed the LaFollette Council on major issues Monday night, saying certain projects need to be decided now if they are going to be resolved in the future.

    Among the issues facing the city is codes enforcement. Following the energy codes meeting held earlier this month, Sexton said the council has multiple options for inspecting fire, building and electrical codes.

  • Hit and run suspect arrested

    Following the hit and run accident on Old Middlesboro Road last Tuesday night, the Tennessee Highway Patrol has pieced together evidence arresting the driver that allegedly fled the scene.

    Louis Bargy, 29, of Jacksboro, was arrested on July 21, when evidence from the scene was matched to his vehicle, according to the report.

  • Jellico water system faces lost revenue

    A contract with the Whitley County Water System will not be renegotiated, and will result in over $100,000 revenue loss for Jellico Utilities.

    Jellico Utilities General Manager Mike Bethurem has been faced with the challenge of completing projects amidst a lowered revenue stream. In a June meeting of the Whitley County Water System, board members gave notice to stop using water from the Jellico Utilities, said Bethurem about the result of several months of negotiations.

  • LaFollette Police Department scrutinized at council meeting

    Downtown merchants feel they have fallen prey to recent break-ins.

    At Monday night’s LaFollette City Council workshop Nick Thompson, local business owner, brought this problem to the council.

    Thompson said several break ins to his business have resulted in stolen money and damaged property. The most recent break in happened about two weeks ago, he said.

    “Does our town have enough officers for the citizens,” said Thompson. “I feel like we are short handed.”

  • TBI launches investigation into jail

    On Tuesday, officials with Tennessee Bureau of Investigation confirmed they are conducting an on- going investigation at the Campbell County Jail.

    A letter was sent to the TBI in early July by Eight Judicial District Attorney General Paul Phillips asking for the bureau “to look into some improprieties of jailers at the Campbell County jail,” said TBI Spokesperson Kristin Helm. While Helm declined further comment she did confirm the allegations were focused on some employees who work at the jail.

  • CCHS earns recognition

    Once teetering on the brink of state take over Campbell County High School appears to be not only meeting expectations but exceeding them.

    At a recent meeting of the Southern Regional Education Board CCHS earned the title of High Schools That Work Pacesetter School.

    While the SREB represents 1,200 sites across 30 states, CCHS is one of only 30 schools awarded the honor being called a pacesetter school.

  • Plea ends mother’s case in abuse indictment

    A mother charged with abusing her daughter has accepted a plea instead of going to trial. In the agreement, Lindsay Norris acquiesced to testify against her co-defendant, David C. Thomas when he goes before a jury in January 2011.

    The pair was arrested in January after Norris’ 13-month-old daughter was found to have severe burns on her face and feet. The toddler also had bruises and cigarette burns on various parts of her body as well, police said.

  • Band tells story of addiction, salvation and recovery

      Addiction seems to have a hold on the country and Campbell County is no exception.

    The results of the ever increasing accessibility of drugs, both prescription and illegal, are brought to bear in the devastation of families, the destruction of individual lives and the skyrocketing crime rate.

    But there is hope. Doug Hallock and Broken are proof of it. And they are coming with a message for Campbell County in the form of a free concert tonight at First Baptist Jacksboro.

  • Morning crash claims one life

      A LaFollette man lost his life in a single car accident Monday morning on Interstate 75.

    Daniel Podstawka, 28, was traveling north bound near mile marker 137 when his 1998 Ford Explorer was involved in the accident that killed him.

    According to Tennessee Highway Patrol Officer Aaron Evans, Podstawka hydroplaned on the water soaked roadway.

    The vehicle left the road and went into the median then struck the guardrail twice before overturning and coming to rest in the median.