Today's News

  • Murray files second lawsuit against county mayor William Baird

    Director of Environmental Services Dan Murray has filed a lawsuit against county mayor William Baird after being placed on administrative leave without pay.

    Murray’s civil suit, filed in circuit court Feb. 16, says Baird took retaliatory action against him for allegedly refusing to be silent about illegal activities.

    Murray, 59, has worked in various capacities at the environmental services department since 1998. During his employment he was exposed to dust from two limestone quarries, according to the suit.

  • Owls, Eagles fall in Final Four of TMSAA East Sectionals

     The boy’s middle school basketball teams from LaFollette and Jacksboro made it to the East Tennessee Final Four last weekend before being eliminated.

  • Jellico denies Sunday beer sales

     Some citizens were in tears and others appeared angry as the Jellico Board of Mayor and Aldermen prepared to take action on Sunday beer sales last Thursday.

    Following Caryville’s November vote to allow liquor sales Caryville and the county are required to set hours for Sunday beer sales. The remaining municipalities in Campbell County can be included or opt out completely.

    The Jellico board unanimously decided to stay away from selling beer on Sunday after hearing a magnitude of concerns from the community.

  • Crappie, walleye action is improving

     The following is a weekly summary of the fishing conditions on Norris Lake as reported by creel clerks from the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA).

  • Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency news

     Fishing regulations are being distributed

    The 2011 Tennessee Fishing Regulations (effective March 1, 2011 through Feb. 28, 2012) are being distributed to license agents across the state, according to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA).  

    The regulations are available wherever hunting and fishing licenses are sold. They will also be available soon at www.tnwildlife.org.

  • Junior Chamber meets with mentors

     The 2010-11 Campbell County Leadership class has chosen to assist the county’s youth for its service project.

    Each service project is aimed at giving back to the community for growth and development. For leadership member Cindi Reynolds helping the youth is the best way to give back.

    As part of the project the group wrote a grant to Tennessee Association of Community Leaders. The grant awarded $250 to the young group to be used as seed money for more projects.

    “Have to have money to make money,” said Reynolds.

  • Arrest made in Subway robbery

    Grabbing a couple of bags of chips on the way out of Walmart's Subway restaurant meant serious charges for a LaFollette man.
    Last Wednesday Jacksboro Police Officer James Skeans went to the restaurant to investigate reports of a robbery. Records indicate the victim said a man came into the store and grabbed two bags of chips before starting to leave. When the victim told the man to stop he allegedly said he would take all her money which put her in fear for her life, the report said.

  • Stagnolia arrested for drugs and weapons

    Drugs and weapons are rarely a good combination. But a LaFollette man was allegedly found with both.
    Last Friday LaFollette Police Officer Matthew Sandefur was dispatched to Wendy's restaurant to investigate reports of a possible drug transaction. Although the vehicle in which Dion Charles Stagnolia, 34, of 1211 West Ash Street, was a passenger had already left the scene when Sandefur arrived, the officer located the truck traveling west on Jacksboro Pike.  

  • Jellico proposing new ordinances and plans


    Jellico Mayor Les Stiers has big plans for Jellico.

    Last Thursday, Stiers suggested the purchase of a 16,000 square foot building and more ordinances to move the town forward.

    Stiers addressed the board about the need for a community center. A rural community development grant would be used to construct a facility or acquire a building, he said.

    “It’s sad when our kids have to go to Williamsburg to have their dances,” said Stiers. “We are trying to change that.”

  • State building permits create local confusion

    The subject of residential building permits has created quite a buzz in recent weeks.  
    Although Campbell County has issued building permits for $11.50 through the county court clerk’s office for years talk of the state’s relatively new building codes enforcement program had even the county’s legislative body stumped at last week’s workshop meeting.