Local News

  • Commissioner raises concern about School travel

    When members of the commission’s education committee met last week the sole agenda item was discussion of the Jellico Elementary School lighting project.  But conversation quickly turned concern about the travel habits of school system personnel.

    The Board of Education had previously voted to upgrade Jellico Elementary’s lighting using capital outlay dollars.  The initial cost of the project was approximately $65,000. However, the number of fixtures needing replacement was miscalculated.  

    When the project was rebid the new price was $106,696.

  • Talks of jail addition back on

    After a veto by County Mayor William Baird in late 2008, talks about a proposed justice center were silenced.  

    That is until Monday when the jail committee resurrected the notion of expanding the current jail facility.

    Plagued with fires and other structural problems the kitchen and laundry facility, located in what is known as the “old jail,” has long been discussed as a liability rather than asset for the county.

  • Wilson arrested for bad check

    A trip to court on similar charges meant more trouble for a LaFollette woman this week.

    Last Tuesday in general sessions court Sandra K. Wilson, 43, of 184 Sandy Hill Road, was arrested by LaFollette Police officers on an outstanding warrant stemming from a February incident.

    On Feb. 9 Det. Lt. Monty Miller and Officer Pam Jarrett investigated criminal activity that occurred at LaFollette Utilities.  

  • Play depicting the life of Howard “Louie Bluie” Armstrong to show at LaFollette Middle

    A play paying homage to Campbell County’s famous son Howard “Louie Bluie” Armstrong will be performed at the LaFollette Middle School auditorium tomorrow night at 7 p.m.

    Completed just last year, it is a musical work paying respect to Armstrong and his place in American String Band history.  The play will be performed by The Carpet Bag Theatre ensemble based out of Knoxville.

  • Caryville deals with business big and small

    At Monday night’s mayor and aldermen meeting board members discussed various aspects of town business both big and small.  

    The topics ranged from cutting hay, to listening to a presentation on the prevention of child abuse, to donating funding to the Louie Bluie Festival.

    The council began by voting to once again allow Jerry Foust to cut hay at the industrial park.

    “He cut it last year and it saves our guys from having to do it,” said Mayor Bobby Stooksbury.  

  • CCHS Agriculture students to receive certificate of merit

    Students in Campbell County High School (CCHS) Agriculture classes have been taught the importance of agriculture and conservation and have reflected those teachings onto those around them.  

    As a result, Tennessee Senator Bob Corker has recognized the CCHS Agriculture students and their efforts.

    Corker’s representative David Leaberton will be at CCHS March 17 at 10.a.m., to award the agriculture students with a certificate of merit recognizing their efforts to educate others in agriculture and conservation.

  • Meth lab dumpsite found in Caryville

    Though the number of active meth labs in Caryville is down from last month, the problem is not gone.

    A meth lab dumpsite was found on the side of Bruce’s Gap Road on Feb. 18.

    Caryville Detective Stephanie Smith was dispatched to the fire department in reference to the possible dumpsite.

  • LMS to host second annual fashion show for Relay



    A night out with fashion and food will benefit the American Cancer Society on April 2.

  • Q-County makes improvements to better the area


     Cindi and Jeff Alpert can be seen around Campbell County taking part in the South Campbell County Rotary, Relay for Life and even singing the national anthem at Cougars basketball games.

    However, the couple considers the WTNQ radio station their greatest connection with the community.

    The Alperts purchased the FM station last May. They have been working to make the station better since the purchase and shared some of their accomplishments thus far.

  • After two nights, Shoupes taken into custody on multiple charges



    Multiple alleged crimes in the Pinecrest area led to the arrest of Terry Lee Shoupes, 32, of Jacksboro on Monday.

    Shoupes had allegedly gone door-to-door in the Glade Springs and Pinecrest areas terrorizing residents, according to Campbell County Sheriff’s deputy Dustin Hatfield.