Today's News

  • Emerald Ash Borer findings spread to neighboring areas

    SCOTT COUNTY—Emerald Ash Borer — an invasive insect that destroys ash trees — has been found in neighboring Scott County.
    The identification was made recently and has been confirmed by the United States Department of Agriculture.
    The county will now be placed under quarantine —  a growing list, which already included Campbell, Knox and 17 other counties in Tennessee.

  • Summer Intern program axed; money diverted at commission’s discretion

    JACKSBORO—County officials will eliminate the long-running Summer Intern Program and use its funding to finance the commission’s discretionary fund.
    Discretionary funding—which gave each of the 15 commissioners $4,000 to distribute to local organizations—was eliminated for the 2012-13 fiscal year to avoid a tax increase.
    Commissioner Sue Nance believes it was a mistake to eliminate the discretionary fund. She said it was the only money commissioners have direct control over.

  • School officials upset by lack of tax revenues to fund operations

    Members of the Campbell County Board of Education are upset about having to use fund-balancing measures to operate the school system this year.
    During Tuesday’s regular monthly board of education meeting, board member Rector Miller opened a dialogue on the lack of local funding by quizzing Campbell County Director of Finance Jeff Marlow.
    Miller was upset that members of the board were either misinformed or did not have enough information before voting to use more than $1 million in fund balance to pass the 2013-14 school budget last month.

  • Jailhouse fight leads to additional assault charge for LaFollette man

    JACKSBORO—A LaFollette man racked up an additional assault charge during his incarceration at the Campbell County Jail.
    Randall Lee McGlade, 26, 507 West Ash St. LaFollette, had been in jail since mid-July for violation of probation and attachment child support when he reportedly got into an altercation with his cellmate on Aug. 1.
    McGlade reportedly hit his victim form behind and knocked him to the ground and continued to hit him.
    McGlade reportedly admitted to the assault and told police it was because his victim was calling his girlfriend.

  • Husband-wife duo charged with manufacturing methamphetamine

    SPEEDWELL—Two Speedwell residents are behind bars after police responded to a call about an alleged burglary.
    Jessica Shown, 19, 1877 Flat Hollow Rd., Speedwell, called police on Aug. 9 to report that she was hiding in her bathroom because there was an intruder in her home.
    When Campbell County Sheriff’s Officer Josh Vann arrived at the scene, he reportedly encountered a “chemical odor commonly associated with meth labs,” the report said.
    Shown had left the bathroom and was sitting on the front walk at the home.

  • East Tennessee escapee named to states ‘Top 10 Most Wanted’ list
  • I-75 exit 141 attracting potential new business

    CARYVILLE —The board is tight-lipped about the newest interest shown in developing Exit 141, but has revealed it’s a retail venture. A formal announcement about the new business and potential job growth is expected within the few weeks.
    In the last year, there has been growth at both of Caryville’s industrial parks and Travel Centers of America announced plans to open a full-service travel center at Exit 141.


  • Budget changed

    CARYVILLE—Town officials unanimously approved a budget amendment to reallocate funds in this year’s budget. State street aid funds have changed from $57,000 to $47,000. The machinery and equipment fund increased from $50,000 to $60,000.
    The amendment passed unanimously, but is pending finalization.

  • Town seeks police vehicle

    CARYVILLE — The Caryville Police Department is looking to expand its fleet. The town is in the market for a sport utility vehicle to be one of the department’s vehicles. A couple of the police cars are currently inoperational, the mayor said.
    The town will take bids on the vehicle and buy it outright to avoid making payments.The board unanimously approved seeking bids.


    The pool at Cove Lake State Park closed Sunday —earlier than anticipated—due to a shortage of lifeguard staff, according to reports from staff via social media networks.