Local News

  • Campbell County-A look back at the beginning

    By 1900, Jellico had grown to a bustling city of over 2,000. This rapid growth was mainly because Jellico had developed along the Tennessee, Kentucky state line. The town was also located in a valley with a river, making it a natural place to congregate and put to use the high quality of coal which had been found in the region. Helped by the coal and lumber companies and coupled with the fact that two railroads operated lines through the area, Jellico was truly booming.

  • Ayers arrested on meth charges

    A traffic stop led to meth manufacture charges for a Jellico man last week.

    During a traffic stop on Sept. 15 LaFollette Police Officer Josh Vann asked Bruce C. Ayers, 243 South Myrtle Avenue, Jellico, to step out of his car.  When Ayers exited the vehicle allegedly with knife in hand Vann conducted a search for his safety.

    During the pat down Vann discovered one corner cut baggie containing an off-white powdered substance and one with a brown substance, the report said.

  • School system rolls out new learning opportunities

    The state’s education standards are ever increasing. And while all but one of Campbell County’s schools made achieved Adequate Yearly Progress for the 2008-09 school year  Dr. Michael Martin, director of schools, and his staff have no intentions of that being a fluke.

  • Cunningham nets drug charges

    Two arrests in as many weeks is where Rebecca Jean Cunningham found herself recently.

    Cunningham, 33, of 502 South 7th Street, Apartment 3, was found by LaFollette Police Officer Josh Vann staggering in the roadway near Indiana Avenue Baptist Church on Sept. 9.

    According to Vann’s report, Cunningham had bloodshot eyes and extremely slurred speech when he made contact with her at the scene.  As a result of her impaired state Vann found her to be a danger to herself and others and placed her under arrest for public intoxication, the warrant said.

  • Committee membership sparks debate for commissioners

    Debate turned lively at Monday’s commission meeting when the make-up of several commission committees was challenged.

    Battle lines were drawn when Commissioner Scott Kitts put motions on the table to change the membership of the Financial Management Systems committee and the Environmental Services committee.

    As he introduced his proposed action Kitts argued while some districts had ample representation on the committees others had none at all.

  • Trespassing incident leads to more charges

    Quarantined property has proven to be toxic for a LaFollette man’s criminal record.

    Last Friday afternoon LaFollette Police Officer John Baker was called to 208 North Massachusetts Avenue in response to a suspicious person trying to enter the property that had been quarantined as a result of the discovery of an active meth lab.

    At the scene Baker allegedly encountered David R. Smith, 45, of 610 East Forrest Street, in a 1987 Ford Bronco II.  A check of the tags revealed they were registered to a Pontiac, the report said.

  • Citizens raise concerns; agenda contains familiar items

    Several local citizens took the opportunity to air concerns about issues ranging from the condition of area roads to funding of the volunteer fire departments during Monday evening’s commission workshop. Stinking Creek resident James England used his time at the microphone to inform commissioners about the quickly deteriorating condition of Stinking Creek Road. According to England, the 17 mile stretch of road that runs from Exit 144 on Interstate 75 to Highway 25 is riddled with large potholes and drop offs that create a hazard for those who travel it.

  • Committee continues to discuss commercial garbage fee

      When it comes to the proposed implementation of commercial garbage dumping fees, some local dock owners smell a rat. After recessing the meeting that began last Tuesday, members of the environmental services committee reconvened on Thursday afternoon to continue discussion on how to proceed with assessing a $31 per ton dump fee to local businesses including Flat Hollow Marina, Waste Connections, Fast Freddie’s, Whitman Hollow Boat Dock, Springs Dock and several others. During Tuesday’s meeting Flat Hollow Marina owner Gary Farwick

  • Marijuana plants found growing in South Tennessee residence

      A LaFollette woman’s gardening abilities earned her a trip to jail recently. On Sept.

  • TWRA shares plan for Norris Lake