Local News

  • Lawuit filed by adult store business owner

    Claiming his constitutional rights are being violated, Steve Hale, president of Adult World, LLC, has sued the town of Caryville.

    Last week, a 45 page complaint filed on Hale’s behalf by attorney Michael Hatmaker alleges Caryville and its officials are trampling Hale’s rights with its municipal code.

    The case was set to be heard Tuesday morning in chancery court. However, late Monday afternoon, Robert Watson, who is representing the town, filed a notice to have the case moved to federal court.

  • Freedom to be celebrated with fireworks

        Independence Day is typically associated with barbeques, parades, picnics and everyone’s favorite—fireworks.

    And there will be a slew of opportunities to see some fireworks in Campbell County this weekend.

        Spring’s Dock will kick off the celebration with a fireworks show tomorrow night. The Pyro Shows’ display can be viewed free of charge thanks to “a bunch of sponsors,” according to dock owner Brian Costello.

  • Park Dedication held in Snodderly’s honor

    “Kids first…Always.”  

    Ken Snodderly’s words will never be forgotten as they now adorn the entrance sign of the new Ken Snodderly Park in LaFollette.

     “Our God is so good, surely Ken is up there watching as well,” said his wife Betty Snodderly to the numerous officials, friends and family in attendance.

    Around $600,000 went into building the park, with most of the funding coming from donations.  The city ended up spending only around $100,000, according to City Administrator David Young.

  • Valley View Elementary gets $190,000 library grant

    Valley View Elementary School is getting an extreme makeover.  

    For months the months dirt has been moved, concrete poured and walls set as part of the building’s long awaited renovation.  And while students and staff alike anticipate beginning the 2009-10 school year in a revamped facility there is an additional change that will be a welcome albeit unexpected surprise.

  • Missing teen found in Kentucky

    While most parents fear a middle of the night phone call from police, B.J. and Susan Bowman found relief in theirs.

    It was around 1 a.m. Tuesday morning when Susan Bowman received her phone call from police in London, Ky.

    Officers had located the Bowmans’ 16- year-old daughter, Tabitha, who had been missing eight days.

    “We just ran up there and picked her up,” Susan Bowman said Tuesday afternoon.

  • Domestic call leads to long list of charges

    LaFollette Police officers got a run for their money when they encountered a suicidal woman.

    On June 11 Officers John Baker Pam Jarrett, Susan Sowder, Det. Lt. Jeff Allen and Det. Sgt. Jason Henegar responded to a call of a domestic disturbance at a West Chestnut address.

    The complainant informed officers Doris Kay Brooks, 45 of 114 West Chestnut Street, had allegedly become enraged when she couldn’t find some papers at the home and threatened to kill residents of the home as well as the family dog.

  • Two month old forgery case resolved

    LaFollette police were able to close the books on a two month old forgery case.

    On April 23 Det. Lt. Jeff Allen began an investigation into a check forgery at First National Bank.

    According to Allen’s report, Samantha S. Clark, 31, of 1123 Pinecrest Road, went to First National Bank and deposited a check in the amount of $3,750 into her personal checking account. The check was allegedly issued from a business called Solutions Tech Staffing but came back as fraudulent from Wachovia Bank.  

  • Jellico leases ball field to BOE; hires part-time police officer

    In a special called meeting Monday night, the Jellico Mayor and Board of Aldermen approved a lease contract between the town of Jellico and the Campbell County Board of Education (BOE).  In the terms of the lease, the BOE has full access to Jellico’s ball field during baseball and softball season.

    During a previous board meeting, Alderman Mike Smith contested the wording of the original contract and asked that certain issues be clarified.

  • Tire shop raid uncovers drugs, guns and fake cash

    Several months of investigating tips and doing leg work paid off for the LaFollette Police Department (LPD) in the form of a raid complete with narcotics, firearms and counterfeit cash.

    Last Thursday members of the LPD Narcotics Strike Force executed a search warrant at Kitt’s Tire Shop located at 1833 Old Jacksboro Pike.

    The warrant came after an exhaustive investigation into the activities of business owner Joseph Ted Kitts, 24, according to Police Chief James Lynch.

  • LaFollette man garners theft charges over a year after crime was committed

    Over a year after the crime was committed, a LaFollette man is finally facing the consequences for his actions.

    Robert W. Cheel, 28, of 539 Wild Wood Circle, LaFollette, was picked up on an outstanding warrant in Jellico on Sunday.

    In April 2008, Cheel allegedly stole five air-conditioning units from a Jellico motel that he was employed at and then sold them to a recycling center in Corbin, Ky, according to the arrest warrant.

    The motel owner valued the air conditioning units at $2,045.