Local News

  • Shots fired in Jellico resulted in attempted murder charges

    An alleged altercation at Joe’s Bar in Jellico landed Therman Gregory Baird, 28, of Jellico, in jail, charged with attempted murder.

    On July 9, at approximately 10:40 p.m., Jellico Police Officers responded to Joe’s Bar on 5th Street in response to an alleged altercation. Baird had allegedly broken two pool cues and damaged a telephone, said Jellico Patrolman David Douglas.

  • Multi- million dollar lawsuit against BOE dropped

    A $3.3 million lawsuit filed against the Campbell County School System and several of its employees has been dropped.

  • Cumberland Village grants wish for resident

    At 74-years-old, Eleanor Daugherty knows what she likes.

    And when the staff of Cumberland Village Care and Rehabilitation provided an opportunity for her to receive a wish, seeing a live wrestling match with her favorite wrestler John Cena was the obvious response.

  • Couple assaulted and robbed in their home

    Two men face charges after breaking into a Caryville home and allegedly assaulting a man and woman.

    Jessie D. Spurling, 27, and Derek Lee Gibbs, 26, allegedly covered their faces as they broke down the door and assaulted two victims with a bat and knife, according to Caryville Police Chief Johnny Jones.

  • Jellico police track stolen motorcycle

    An ongoing investigation dating back to November 2009 recently came to a close when Jellico Detective J.J. Hatmaker located a missing 2006 Suzuki motorcycle.

    The Whitley County Sheriff’s Department contacted the JPD concerning the victim’s report about the motorcycle that was allegedly stolen.  Hatmaker was able to locate the missing property at Fast Cash Pawn Shop in Caryville.

  • Body found in county, investigation continues

    An early morning driver on Old Middlesboro Highway was surprised to find a dead body on the side of the road on Wednesday.

    The witness stopped to make sure what he saw was true and continued to Judy’s Grocery with the startling news, said Angela Johnson who contacted 911 to report the body at 6:55 a.m.

    “This is not a good way to start the day,” said Johnson who was more than surprised by the discovery.

  • Early voting sees large attendance

    The courthouse parking lot is packed with political hopefuls with their signs placed just behind the 100-foot barrier. That can only mean one thing- early voting has begun.

    With a ballot holding over 100 names, voters may expect to spend more time in line than in the polling booth.

    However, Dean Sexton, administrator of elections, says that has not been the case.

    “The lines have gone real well,” Sexton said. While citizens can anticipate standing in line, she said the longest wait has been around 15 minutes.

  • Families reconnect with a common historic bond

    In a story published by the LaFollette Press on April 25, 1957, a historic friendship formed in a prison during the Civil War was made public. That friendship was recently celebrated as two families shared the legacy of a bond formed over 150 years ago.

    The Civil War created two armies that were firm in their loyalties; the men and women who witnessed the conflict were no exception. Lewis M. Baird, though he was not a soldier for the federal army, had a strong loyalty to the north. Maybe it was because four of his 11 sons were fighting in the war.

  • Rock racing returns

    Cars raced to the finish line during the Extreme Off-Road Racing event on Saturday and Sunday. Racers flew down straight-aways and climbed up massive boulders in order to get the best race times.

    Though several competitors were within seconds of each other, Shannon Campbell, who ranked first in the first four races, claimed the best times for races five and six and remains undefeated.

  • Commission wants overtime issue resolved

    In a letter presented to county commissioners Monday night, Joe Coker, county attorney, let the group know he was working on an issue of concern for them.

    In August 2009, Coker filed a petition for Chancellor Billy Joe White to settle a dispute regarding what makes for an administrative employee versus a non- administrative employee and who gets to decide the classification.