Local News

  • Mother facing attempted murder charge

    Last week, a Campbell County Grand Jury indicted yet another mother for intentionally placing her children at risk.

    This time an attempted second-degree murder charged was levied on Amanda C. Snell. She is also charged with attempted felony murder, attempted aggravated child abuse in a child under 8 years of age and attempted aggravated child abuse.

    Authorities believe that Snell purposely drove her 1996 Honda into the lake in October of last year. Her children, ages 4 and 9 with her at the time, according to police.

  • Caryville's Hampton Inn is among the nation's top performers

    Hard work, pride and a little Southern charm have earned Hampton Inn of Caryville the national honor of the Lighthouse Award.

    “It’s really an honor for us to get this award,” said Hampton Inn General Manager Sherry Muse.

    She explained that out of more than 1,600 Hampton Inns, Caryville’s was in the top 5-percent, making it number six in the nation.

    “For us being a little place in East Tennessee it’s an honor; we’re real tickled with the results,” Muse said.

  • Cupp arrested on child abuse and drug charges

    A child abuse investigation led to additional drug charges being filed on a Caryville woman last week.

    On March 17, Department of Children’s Services Case Manager Kelli French contacted Caryville Detective Stephanie Smith regarding an alleged child abuse and neglect/molestation incident, which occurred at 156 Flamingo Drive, the arrest report said.

    During an interview, the victim allegedly told Smith and French her mother and stepfather were selling and using drugs, the report said.

  • Knoxville man arrested on theft in Jacksboro

    A stolen vehicle left a Knoxville man in Campbell County Jail last week.

    On March 22, Jacksboro Police Officer Zachary Graves observed a yellow Nissan Xterra sitting on the shoulder of the road of Main Street, just off of Highway 25W, the arrest report said.

    As Graves approached the vehicle, he noticed the driver’s side window was busted out, glass in the driver’s seat, a shirt was over the window and the other windows were fogged up, the arrest report said. It was at this point that Graves noticed someone was lying in the back seat of the vehicle.

  • Michigan woman arrested on drug charges

    A speeding violation left a Michigan woman in jail after drugs were found inside the vehicle she was a passenger in.

    On March 17, Jellico Police Officer J. Hopson clocked a 2008 Dodge Magnum traveling at 79 miles per hour in a 70 MPH zone on Interstate 75, the arrest report said.

    After stopping the vehicle, Hopson allegedly smelled a strong odor of what appeared to be marijuana, the arrest report said.

  • Miller arrested for aggravated criminal trespassing and possession of a prohibited weapon

    A LaFollette man garnered multiple charges after trespassing at a Caryville residence.

    On March 18, Caryville Police Officer Ben Marlow arrived at Bruce Gap Road to check on the report of a prowler, according to the police report.

    After arriving on the scene, Marlow learned that Lewis Henry Miller Jr., 26, of 107 Wheeler Lane, LaFollette, had allegedly knocked on the door of a Bruce Gap resident, screaming and shouting as well, the arrest report said.

  • Big plans being made for upcoming Louie Bluie Festival

    Spring is only faintly in the air, yet preparations for this year’s Louie Bluie Music and Arts Festival are well underway.

    Louie Bluie Festival Organizers are projecting a large turnout of locals and visitors alike as the festival celebrates its fourth year and commemorates the life of Howard “Louie Bluie” Armstrong.

    A native of LaFollette, Armstrong grew up during the coal boom days, learning the musical traditions of the many ethnicities striving to carve out an existence in the east Tennessee hills.

  • Multiple agenda items discussed at Jellico Mayor and Aldermen meeting

    Rules of the road, court summons from the town-building inspector and taxpayers topped the agenda at Thursday’s mayor and aldermen meeting in Jellico.

    Assistant Police Chief J.J Hatmaker informed the board that every city in Tennessee needed to have something passed by ordinance or resolution to enforce the rules of the road on the interstate if it went through the town’s jurisdiction.

    “This is to allow us to go up and assist or if we see anything that is in violation we can act on it,” Hatmaker explained.

  • Pack gets guilty verdict

    Despite a late start caused by defense witnesses who failed to show up on time, day two of the Phillip Pack’s murder trial was over by lunchtime jury deliberations and all.

    After hearing testimony from the witnesses as well as closing arguments from both sides Criminal Court Judge Shayne Sexton dismissed the jury to deliberate the case.

  • City’s battle with Young rages on

    It seemed that headway was being made last month in David Young’s seemingly never ending case against the city of LaFollette.  But with new action being filed earlier this week it now seems to be a case of one step forward and two steps back.

    In February Young’s attorney David Dunaway declared another victory in his battle against the city when Chancellor Billy Joe White said Young was entitled to severance pay and discretionary costs associated with his ouster from the LaFollette city administrator position.