Local News

  • Car crash leaves Powell woman dead

    A late night car crash in Caryville left a Powell woman dead.

    Around 11:25 p.m., Courtney Ford, 21, of Powell was traveling north on Highway25W when she allegedly lost control of her vehicle for an unknown reason, according to Caryville’s Assistant Police Chief Johnny Jones.

    Witnesses saw Ford’s car strike the guardrail and flip over between the two bridges in front of Cove Lake, officials said.  The car landed on its top in the water right in front of the park, Jones said.

  • CCHS to sell Christmas flowers

    There is a classroom at Campbell County High School in which students talk about things like “water vapor loss” in front of a huge bin full of soil so dark and rich it could be a farmer’s dream.

    E.L. Reynolds’s agriculture class is in session, and his students are learning as they work.

    The class plants and harvests their crops every semester, with tomatoes and other veggies in the spring and flowers in the fall.

    Right now the class is working on growing roses for a local church, and row after row of big red Christmas flowers.

  • Abuse case ends limbo status with trial date

     A case that was derailed just as a plea was about to end, it has now been set for trial. Last month Raymond Gibbs stood before Criminal Court Judge Shayne Sexton ready to plead guilty to indecent exposure and sexual battery. However, Beverly Scarbourgh, the victim’s mother, was not in agreement with the proposed plea.  “The mother (of the victim) wishes to address the court,” Assistant District Attorney Scarlet Ellis said. “I don’t think its right,” Scarbourgh said of the proposed probation sentence Gibbs was about to receive.

  • Crash on Carl Stiner Highway leaves three injured

    An early morning crash left three LaFollette residents injured on Tuesday.

    The crash occurred at the intersection of Cross Valley Road and Carl Stiner Highway at around 8 a.m. when Paul Muse, 66, pulled his 1999 Dodge pickup across the highway directly into the path of a Ford Explorer, the Tennessee Highway Patrol report said.

    Alice Tinch, 38, was traveling westbound on Carl Stiner Highway, when Muse’s truck struck her vehicle, causing it to overturn, coming to rest on its side on the shoulder of the road, the THP report said.

  • County mayor's office participating in Toys for Tots drive

    The county mayor’s office is taking the spirit of giving to heart by participating in the Toys for Tots drive.

    Started by the Marine Corps, this it the first time that the county has actively participated in the Toys for Tots program. The program tries to ensure that needy children receive gifts at Christmas, according to Deputy Mayor Ann Ayers, who is helping County Mayor William Baird with the program.

  • Girl Scouts helping children to have a better Christmas

    It’s the time of year when giving gifts is more important than receiving them and the local girl scouts are taking this to heart once again with their Helping Hands program. But they need a hand from the county in order to meet their goal.

    In its fourth year, the program seeks to provide needy and abused children in Campbell County with Christmas gifts, according to Melissa Stiner, who is the Community Service Director for the Campbell County Girl Scouts.

  • County rallies to help those in need for holidays

    The First Baptist Church of LaFollette is packing more than shoes in shoeboxes this holiday season. They, along with many other churches in the county are once again participating in the Samaritans Purse Operation Christmas Child.

    The program, originally started by Franklin Graham, provides Christmas gifts and supplies to children in poverty and war torn areas.

    John and Margaret Faulkner are the local organizers who have participated in the program for many years.

  • Local company celebrates National Home Care and Hospice month

    November is a time to celebrate the professionals who provide care to those in the community and a time to raise awareness of the quality of care at life’s end. That is why it is National Hospice Month. Sometimes caring for a sick loved one can be too much for one person or family to handle, that is where hospice workers and caregivers are so important.

  • Davis and Rice case settled with plea agreements

    A case involving a slew of boat and lakefront burglaries that took place around mid September has finally come to a close.

    Teddy Ray Rice, Jr. and Joshua R. Davis pled guilty to 29 counts of theft and burglary each, on Monday. The long list of crimes which Rice Jr. and Davis pled guilty to involved the theft of multiple fishing poles, boat radios and speakers from over 15 victims, court records said.

  • Austin arrested for autoburglary and other charges

    A short crime spree landed one man in jail and led to theft charges for a Caryville juvenile.

    The theft of a 2003 BMW on Nov. 10, sparked a two-agency investigation, which led to the arrest of Austin Norman, 18, believed to be of Georgia. Norman allegedly had a 17-year-old female as an accomplice, Campbell County Sheriff’s Department Detective Brandon Elkins said.

    The theft of the BMW, which was allegedly stolen from a Caryville residence, led to a tip, which gave Elkins and Caryville Detective Stephanie Smith a lead on suspects, Elkins said.