Local News

  • Louie Bluie Festival board seeks sponsors

    Several volunteers with the Louie Bluie Festival planning board addressed the Caryville Board of Mayor and Aldermen on Monday seeking support for this year’s festival.

     “We are going to be back again this year and we are going to be bigger than we’ve been so far,” said festival board member Jocelyn Griffo. “I don’t think there is any argument that Caryville gets the biggest benefit out of this festival.”

  • Meth lab component found at White Bridge

    Meth lab components were discovered at the Campbell County White Bridge over the weekend.

    A call alerted police to the remnants of a lab on the far end of the park area on Sunday, according to Campbell County Sheriff Gary Perkins,

    The find was considered a dumpsite of the complete lab components. Detective Jimmy Jeffries and officer Jason Heatherly reported to the scene prior to the clean up.

    The clean up of the bottles and tubes took about four hours, said Detective Josh Goins,

  • Meth cooks to serve time

    Three of five people arrested in one of the largest labs seized by LaFollette Police have plead guilty.

    Last week, Greg E. Smith, Mary Albright and Shelia Riggs agreed to pleas that put them behind bars.

    Smith will serve the longest sentence netting six years for his part in the lab, his plea agreement said.

    After pleading guilty to the sole count of the attempted initiation of manufacturing meth, Criminal Court Judge Shayne Sexton told the 31- year-old his next six years would be spent in jail. Smith has been in jail since his arrest last month.

  • County officer assaulted during complaint call

    Sheriff’s department officers were caught off guard when a man grabbed the shirt of an officer in protest to being arrested during a response call to a LaFollette residence on Saturday.

    The incident occurred when officers responded to a complaint about narcotics being sold out of house last Saturday around 5:30 p.m., according to Campbell County Sheriff Gary Perkins,

    Incoming complainants stated the defendant was allegedly delivering drugs along the street on a four-wheeler, said Detective Josh Goins,

  • Campbell County Rural Fire Service provides fire safety training to CCHS

    It got a little hot at Campbell County High School last Friday when students received fire safety training from the Campbell County Rural Fire Service (CCRFS.)

    Students from Vocational Teachers Barney Goins’, David Miller’s, John Rhea’s and Teresa Gross’s classes received a demonstration and practical training in using a fire extinguisher.  

  • Caryville board has revenue increase, discusses lengthy agenda

    Caryville city officials were surprised at the upturn in revenues during the Monday night meeting when Alderwoman Vickie Heatherly read the town’s financial statement.

    According to Heatherly, the town had an increase in revenues compared to last year.

    January revenues were $83,580 and the expenditures were $86,950. The total bank balance was $104,953.

  • Humphery’s plea nets jail time

    After pleading guilty to multiple charges, Joshua Humphrey will not only spend time behind bars, he will be on probation.

    The sentence for two counts of aggravated assault, aggravated burglary, theft over $1,000 and illegal possession of big game was handed down last week in criminal court.

    Following six months behind bars, Humphrey will be on probation for eight years also being provided with the judicial diversion option, his plea agreement said. He will also pay court costs and nearly $7,000 in restitution.

  • Jacksboro board discusses revenue, water line extension project

    At the beginning of the Jacksboro Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting last Thursday, Mayor Jack Cannon addressed current revenues.

    “We are down right at $41,000 through the end of February, that takes into account our sales tax through the Christmas season,” said Cannon.

    The mayor further explained the town would suffer another decrease due to the closing of Goody’s Clothing Store.

    “I will keep you all informed as those things happen,” said Cannon.

  • LaFollette Utilities continues switching to digital meters

    In this new age of technology, television isn’t the only thing going digital.  

    The LaFollette Utilities is in the process of switching electric meters over to digital as well.  

    LaFollette Utilities, along with many other utilities throughout the world are switching over to Automated Meter Infrastructure systems (AMI), according to LaFollette Utilities Manager Kenny Baird.

  • Theft provides money for moving

    A theft of over $1,000 in personal belongings resulted in the arrest of James Wallace Davenport last week when he was raising money for moving expenses.

     Davenport, 19, of Knoxville, was living with his stepfather prior to his arrest for theft of his stepfather’s belongings, according to Campbell County Sheriff Gary Perkins

    Davenport entered his stepfather’s house, while in the process of moving, and allegedly took over $1,000 worth of his belongings in early January,  said Detective Brandon Elkins,