Local News

  • Jellico Utility opens bids, plans to hire employees

    After opening three tree-trimming bids at the Jellico Utility Board meeting, members decided to create an in-house tree trimming operation.

    The bids included a large price tag of about $370,000 for 12 months of tree trimming, according to Jellico Utility General Manager Mike Bethurem. Instead of entering into a contract with a company, the board discussed hiring two or three new employees to handle tree trimming.

    The economic advantage of doing it in-house was a main motivation in the board’s decision to decide to hire new employees, said Bethurem.

  • Citizen’s request help for stray dogs

    An influx of citizen complaints took precedent at the Caryville Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting Monday night.

    Several complaints were about stray dogs on Park Road and Bruce Gap.

    “I’m about ready to kill one,” said one citizen. “I’m not going to be run back into my house by anyone’s dog.”

    Caryville Mayor Robert Stooksbury said the town does have a leash law. Stooksbury referred the citizen to animal control, saying the county has done a good job picking up stray animals.

  • Liquor ordinance is passed in the first reading

    Following a workshop on liquor regulations, the town of Caryville was prepared to pass an ordinance for alcoholic beverages and package stores in the first reading on Monday night.

    Town attorney Reid Troutman quickly explained changes made to the ordinance since the last workshop.

    Among the changes made to the ordinance were establishing a $300 application and investigation fee, a limit of two package stores and the placement of package stores in industrial zones C-2 and C-4.

  • St. Mary’s Medical Center signs new lease with city

    Two five-year leases with the city could mean over $750,000 for LaFollette or a new hospital by 2020.

    St. Mary’s Medical Center of Campbell County renewed its lease in 2010, agreeing to pay LaFollette $100,000 a year. The first payment went into an interest bearing account, and the subsequent payments will also go into the account.

    In 2015, the hospital can choose to sign the last five year lease which will convert the agreement to a lease to own agreement for $50,000 a year.

  • Meth fire levels apartment building

    Cooking proved to be the root of a fire that destroyed a Jacksboro apartment building last week. But the flames that ripped through six of the units were not from a typical kitchen fire.

    Around 6 p.m. last Thursday evening crews responded to a fire at Rick's Apartments located at 850 Pinecrest Road, according to Campbell County Sheriff Robbie Goins.

    Detective Sgt. Brandon Elkins said rural fire service was first on the scene to battle the blaze just after 6 p.m.  Deputies with the CCSD also responded to aid in directing traffic in the area.

  • Louie Bluie Festival slated for September

    The town of Caryville is already planning for fall events.

    Jo Anne Myers with the Louie Bluie Festival Board attended the Caryville Board of Mayor and Aldermen Monday night to request a donation for the upcoming festival.

    The town board allocates money for the festival each year, and this year is no different. Approximately $1,000 has been set aside for the festival.

    Myers thanked the board for its continued support. She shared the statistics from the 2010 festival, saying a modest estimate of 8,000 people attended.

  • Nipper to serve time for burglary

    A string of thefts and burglaries mixed with narcotics has resulted in jail time and possible drug rehab for a 19-year-old offender.

    Following his guilty plea last week in criminal court Jonathan Nipper was sentenced to one year in jail.

    Nipper will be spending time in jail after he was arrested for a string of burglaries he committed in the lakefront area of the county.

  • Trio facing charges for credit card use

    Clerks at a local retail store may have thought they were seeing dead people recently when a stolen credit was used.

    Amanda M. Adkins, 246 Water Street, Jacksboro, Clinton Lee Swain, 127 Countryside Circle, Jacksboro and David Allen Adkins, 522 North 23rd Street, LaFollette all stand accused of repeatedly using the credit card of man who committed suicide in December 2010.

    David Adkins faces 23 counts following an investigation by the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department.

  • Trial set in assault case

    Two men are now facing trial for a multitude of charges with one of them accused of harassing a witness in another case. Ronnie Waldroop and Roger Waldroop will stand trial in May for these offenses.

    In August 2010, LaFollette Police were dispatched to East Kentucky Street because of reports of a fight. When officers arrived they not only saw a crowd had formed but one man fleeing the area holding his neck, which was bleeding.

  • Wiley charged with child endangerment

    An unusual call led to serious charges for a LaFollette woman last week.
    On Jan. 14 LaFollette Police Officer Jason Marlow responded to reports of a snake being under a bed where a four-year-old child was sleeping in a residence on South 12th Street.