Local News

  • Wife gives kidney to save husband’s life

    A miracle.

    That is the description Melinda Jordan uses to describe how she saved her husband’s life. With tears in her eyes Melinda Jordan explained that after 36 years of marriage with Keaton Jordan she would have done whatever she could to help restore his health.

    About 15 years ago Keaton Jordan was diagnosed with Renal Failure. Treatment and medication kept his kidneys functioning for 12 years. Two years ago he was placed on dialysis.

  • Pack of rolling papers get the search started

    Routine patrol led to a traffic stop and ended with possession charges last Friday, according to Sgt. Freddy Walker with the Caryville Police Department.

    While the suspects inside the vehicle allegedly willingly handed over a pack of rolling papers, a more in depth search led officers to find a container with marijuana, said Walker.

    The driver of the vehicle, Carl Aubrey Cook, gave Walker consent to search. In addition to finding the papers and marijuana, Walker discovered a white round pill and a pair of metal knuckles, he said.

  • Judge doesn’t buy Blakenship’s excuses

    Walking into the courtroom wearing a blue blazer and khakis Billy Blankenship didn’t fit the stereotype of a bank robber.

    However, on Monday that is why he was in Campbell County Criminal Court. In July 2009, he held up the Jellico branch of First Volunteer Bank. Taking the stand to testify at his sentencing hearing, Blankenship admitted his crimes. “First of all are you guilty,” his attorney, Michael Hatmaker asked him.

    “Yes I am,” Blankenship said shifting in the witness chair.

  • Hayes receives jail time for abuse

     Jellico man will spend the rest of the year behind bars after admitting to his part in abusing a child.

    Adam Hayes was sentenced to a year in jail on Monday after pleading guilty to aggravated assault and child neglect. He was initially charged with aggravated child abuse and aggravated child neglect.

    Hayes was charged with the crimes on Christmas 2009.

    Along with jail time, Hayes will serve 10 years on probation following his release.

  • Brown arrested on drug charges

    Suspicious activity at an abandoned house led to an arrest last Friday.

    Campbell County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Darrell Mongar and Sgt. Jason Heatherly were dispatched to investigate activity at 328 Oak Run Lane.

    When officers pulled into the driveway they observed MaDonna Marie Brown, 29, of 865 South High Knob Road, in a white Ford Ranger truck.

    According to Mongar’s report, a box of baking soda was observed on the dash of the vehicle and a spoon with residue was also located in plain view on the passenger’s side floor board.

  • Commissioners blow through discretionary funds

    The suggestion to relinquish discretionary monies to assist the highway department brought unexpected news at a recent budget and finance committee workshop.

    When Commissioner Beverly Hall proposed the group relinquish its discretionary funds to foot some of the $96,000 bill, it was learned that wasn’t an option.

  • CHET shares $223k grant

    Two area non-profit agencies are coming together with a sole purpose- to better the lives of three Campbell County families.

  • Bridge bumps business

    Six feet from the front door of Rutherford Motors is an unsightly construction easement for the new bridge on Jacksboro Pike.

    Tommy Rutherford’s father established the business in 1946. In 2003 Rutherford moved the business next to Campbell County High School. But the family operated business is now faced with being condemned because of ongoing bridge construction.

    Rutherford said he was notified about the future of his business via the U.S. Postal System.

  • Jellico plans meeting for third consecutive week

    The Jellico Mayor and Aldermen are handling business in special call meetings before and after the monthly meetings.

    For the third week in a row, Jellico has scheduled an evening meeting. With significant business discussed at the Sept. 8 special called meeting, the regular meeting on Sept. 16 may have seemed obsolete. However, the monthly bills still require payment, an item usually handled during the regular scheduled meetings, said city recorder Linda Douglas.

  • Civil War Council planning annual toy run

    With just over three months left until Christmas, the Caryville Civil War Council (CCWC) is already making its list and checking it twice.

    The all volunteer group is in the middle of planning its annual toy run to benefit needy families during the holiday season.

    This year marks the ninth time engines have roared to raise funds for needy families.

    It is all about helping others, said Larry Collier a founding member of the CCWC.