Local News

  • Relay for Life slated for May 1

    It’s relay time in Campbell County.

    After months of preparation, teams are gearing up for the finale on May 1. But things may be a little different this year, according to Relay for Life Committee Member Traci Dower. One of the changes organizers are implementing is an earlier start to the Relay itself.

    The event will start at noon this year and continue until 6 a.m. the following day.

    “We want to begin earlier during the day so there will be more fundraising opportunities, but we still plan on having it all night as well,” Dower said.

  • Candidates disclose amounts spent

    April 12 brought another deadline for candidates in the 2010 election.

    They were asked to file another round of financial disclosures.

    While this stack was heftier than the previous filing, the reports indicate many candidates are still spending below $1,000 per quarter.

    The forms asked candidates to disclose any expenditure of their campaigns that exceed $1,000. Along with this, candidates are required to reveal any financial obligations exceeding $1,000, according to state campaign law.

  • Bolton arrested for possession

    A Speedwell man got a police style wake-up call last week when he was found passed out in a basement.

    On April 13 LaFollette Police Officer Pamela Jarrett went to a Rose Hill Drive residence in search of a male with outstanding felony warrants.

    Upon her arrival, Jarrett discovered the door to the home’s walk-in basement was open allowing her to observe a male laying on a bed.

    The man, identified as Jeremy E. Bolton, 28, of 5857 Old Highway 63, allegedly appeared to be under the influence of a narcotic, according to Jarrett’s report.

  • Coker arrested on multiple charges

    A trip to a local convenience store turned into a trip to jail for Wayne Curtis Coker.  

    Last Wednesday off-duty LaFollette Police Officer Jason Marlow was inside the downtown Shell station when Coker, 24, of 1180 Whitman Hollow Road, entered the store and allegedly appeared to be unsteady on his feet.

    Marlow reported observing Coker taking an item from the store and placing it inside his shorts before attempting to exit the business.

  • Jellico discusses paving projects and skate park; waits on other business

    Paving projects topped the agenda at Thursday night’s mayor and aldermen meeting in Jellico.

    Though there were several other items on the agenda, most of the issues were placed on hold until other members of the board could be present, according to Jellico Mayor Forster Baird.

    “We’re going to hold off on these other items until Mike (Johnson) can be here,” Baird said.  After marking several items on hold, Baird launched into a brief discussion on upcoming paving projects.

  • Free Red Cross classes slated for May and June

    Disaster is all around.

    With reports of calamity both natural and manmade invading the news daily learning how to prepare for what seems to be the inevitable seems to make good sense.

    Fortunately Campbell County has not been the recent victim of catastrophe, but in the wake of a winter filled with snow, treacherous driving conditions and power outages a group of area residents is working to make sure the county has resources in place should disaster strike here.

  • Board says yes to land swap

    In contrast to the commission’s lengthy debate over a real estate swap with the school system the evening before, the board of education made quick work of the same issue at Tuesday’s meeting.

  • Commission holds lengthy debate on land deal

    Commissioners breezed through their packet of regular budget amendments during Monday’s budget and finance committee meeting with virtually no debate.  But when it came time to discuss the possibility of a land swap with the board of education any hope for a quick resolution to the issue flew out the window.

  • Campbell County Chamber of Commerce to host business Expo

    If business is in your blood, then the Campbell County Chamber of Commerce’s Business Expo is the place to be on May 21.

    Beginning at 9 a.m. at Roane State Community College, the event, which is about displaying and promoting local businesses, will further provide an opportunity for growth as well, according to Campbell County Chamber of Commerce Administrative Assistant Cindi Reynolds.

  • Bill regarding water and sewer rates continues on legislative path

    The legislation that would grant the LaFollette Utility Board power to set its own rates has been moved from the house state and local government committee to the house calendar and rules committee, according to LaFollette Utilities General Manager Kenny Baird. Once it moves out of that committee, the bill will go to the House floor and if it passes in the House, it will then move on through to the senate, Baird said. After the bill leaves the senate, then it has to be signed by the governor before being sent back to the LaFollette City Council for ratification.