Today's News

  • Tax free holiday starts tomorrow

    Tomorrow marks the beginning of a holiday weekend-a tax holiday weekend to be exact.

    With parents and students across the states ramping up for a impending start of the new school year many are likely to be looking to snag a good deal on those back to school essentials.

  • Utility Bills caused discussion at Jellico’s board meeting

    In Jellico last Thursday night, four utility customers stood up to raise complaints about their utility bills to the Board of Mayor and Aldermen.

    The Jellico board of mayor and aldermen took responsibility for the Jellico Electric and Water System board after rates became high for citizens last winter. Lower rates have been a big concern for the new board. But one of the citizens at Thursday’s meeting felt it has not done enough.

    “We try and keep it where our people can maintain,” Mayor Les Stiers said.

  • Trio busted with thousands in stolen items

    A locked storage unit proved to be no match for a trio of alleged thieves.

    On July 11 Campbell County Sheriff’s Detective Lt. Brandon Elkins was called to a storage facility on East Industrial Park Drive to investigate reports of a theft.

    The victim reported a number of items including a rare 1986 Corvette, Elkins said was and Indy pace car and one of only 1,500 made. The car was valued at approximately $34,000. A Suburban was also missing from the unit as well as a long list of car parts and tools, the sum of which was estimated to be $67,000.

  • Campbell County High School prepared for Cougar Day

    As Campbell County High School prepares for school to start on Aug. 15, it will host Cougar Day today and tomorrow for students.

    Cougar day is sort of a pre-registration day, Principal Jamie Wheeler said.

    Juniors and seniors will come today and freshmen and sophomores will come tomorrow. Today, seniors are to come from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., and juniors are slotted from noon to 3 p.m. Tomorrow, sophomores are scheduled from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., and freshmen are to come from noon to 3 p.m.

  • Owens wants relief from sentence

    After being convicted of not only failing to protect his daughter but taking part in her abuse Tommy Owens saw his sentence reduced by a fourth in the state appeals court.

    Now he is coming back to court asking for a new trial. And prosecutors in the case are saying the verdict should stand.

    In his motion asking for post conviction relief a number of issues were cited as grounds for a new trial.

  • JAKES Day introduces kids to the outdoors

    Area youngsters flocked to the inaugural JAKES Day hosted last weekend by Billy and Jamie Ball at the family farm just outside of LaFollette.

    Over 350 people attended the event, including 108 children and youths ages 17-and-under.

    “We were shooting for 100 the first year,” said Jamie Ball.

    “We already have people interested in coming next year.”

    JAKES Day is a community outreach program of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF). JAKES is an acronym for Juniors Acquiring Knowledge, Ethics and Sportsmanship.

  • Pack pleads to charges

    Settling cases that were three years old and less, Russell Pack is now on six years of probation.

    Last week, Pack agreed he was guilty of theft under $500, promotion of methamphetamine manufacture, possession of marijuana and failing to appear in court.

    After he entered his guilty plea to the myriad of charges, Pack was sentenced to six years of supervised probation. He is also responsible for his court costs.

  • Pleas resolve criminal cases

    The following cases were resolved last week in criminal court with plea agreements:

    *Paul Allen Blevins- felony escape; one year to serve with credit for time served, court costs

    *Keith Allen Wallace- DUI, violation of the HMVO; 10 days to serve with credit for three days, community corrections, courts costs, $350 fine

    *Reginald David Anderson- initiation of the process to manufacture methamphetamine; eight years probation with jail credit for time served, court costs, $2,500 fine

  • Kitts pleads; sentencing set for September

    A man looking at six criminal charges will have to wait for sentencing.

    Last week, Joseph Ted Kitts agreed he was guilty of aggravated burglary, theft over $60,000, criminal simulation, possession of meth and oxycontin for resale and possession of weapon in the commission of a dangerous felony.

    Initially, he had been charged with 10 crimes. However, prosecutors moved to dismiss a firearms charge, a drug paraphernalia charge, and two possession of a controlled substance for resale charge, according to court records.

  • CACC to start new year with new leadership

    When Donnie Poston was hired as Campbell County’s director of schools in April the Christian Academy of Campbell County found itself in transition.

    With just a little more than a month left in the school year veteran CACC teacher Ollie Medley stepped up to fill in some of the administrative gaps left by Poston’s departure.

    Now armed the support of the board of directors and the teachers, many of whom she has taught alongside for years, Medley is making the leap from second grade teacher to CACC head master.