Today's News

  • Commission still says no to audit committee

    Development of an audit committee dominated discussion among commissioners for a second week.

    At last week’s workshop meeting County Mayor William Baird presented the group with information about the necessary steps needed to assemble an audit committee for the county. While some commissioners were under the impression creating such a committee would more effectively help prevent fraudulent activity within county offices Jeff Marlow, finance director, pointed out this was not the case.

  • Caryville festival fails to launch

     This past weekend, instead of vendors, games, music and the roadblock for the Main Street Festival in Caryville, the street was empty and it was business as usual. After the American Tribal Council backed out as vendors, Alderman Michael Miller decided to cancel the event.

    The festival was supposed to run all day Saturday, and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Instead there was no festival.

    The American Tribal Council was to set up at the depot, which was to be the main hub for the festival.

  • New zoning laws in Jellico aimed to fight illegal pill distribution

     The Jellico Board of Mayor and Aldermen passed two ordinances designed to regulate pain clinics last Thursday night.

    “I’m just glad it was passed to keep pain clinics out,” vice mayor Cissco Johnson said. “We’ve got enough drugs in our city, especially with people coming off the interstate.”

    With pain clinics in LaFollette, the board wanted to have a way to deal with them. The only way to fight them is through zoning, mayor Les Stiers said as these ordinances were discussed at last month’s meeting.

  • Caryville property sold; board pleased with result

    The Campbell County Board of Education closed the books on a piece of school system history on Saturday.

    At 10:30 a.m. the old Caryville Elementary School property was sold in two parcels to the highest bidders. The larger tract sold to Steve Kirkham, president of Rocky Top Market, LLC for $475,000 and the smaller tract to local businessman John Davenport for $90,000 for a total of $565,000.

  • LPD gets two K-9s

    Criminals in LaFollette will soon have two more reasons to think twice before breaking the law. Their names are Dino and Blaz.

    The K-9s are the department’s most recent addition and Chief Jimmy Jeffries is excited about the prospect of a new dimension to LPD’s crime fighting repertoire.

    “They will do a great deal to help with officer safety as well as vehicle and building searches,” Jeffries said explaining during the K-9s initial implementation they will be used to ferret out narcotics.

  • Spiritually Speaking

    God, our refuge and strength


    Here on this Earth if you are alive and breathing you will suffer afflictions.

    Things that can cause pain or distress, has no respect of persons. This comes to Christians and non-Christians. Personally I am so glad we don’t have to go through them alone.

    The outcome of our afflictions are so much better if we trust in God. Our prayers and the prayers of others on our behalf, can literally move mountains. I have seen many miracles in my lifetime for me, for my family, and many others.

  • Reunions

    The Jerry and Parthenia Boshears Family reunion will be held at The Willows Lodge at Mountain Lake Marina and RV Resort on July 16. Plans are to eat at 1 p.m. Please bring your favorite covered dish and drink. Call Vietta at 865-548-2736 for directions.


    The 41st annual Milburn Conrad Brewer and Reecy Elizabeth Lyons Family Reunion will be held at the Fountain City Park in the Lions Club building on July 17 at noon. Please bring a covered dish.


  • Public Records

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as or similar to other members of the community.



    Campbell County Property Transfers

    July 4- July 8


    Ayers LP and Indian Gap Investments LLC to Resham Singh Saini and Surendar Kaur Saini, Dist. 2, $69,900.

    Ayers LP and Indian Gap Investments LLC to Michael John Ongkiko and Cynthia Marie Ongkiko, Dist. 2, $59,900.

  • vacation bible school news

    Cedar Hill Baptist Church will have vacation Bible school on July 16 from 9:45 a.m. to 5:45 p.m., ages kindergarten through fifth grade. For transportation, please call church office at 562-9318.


    Coolidge Ridge Baptist Church vacation Bible school will be July 18- 22 at 7 p.m.


    Fincastle Church of God vacation Bible school will be Aug. 1- 5 from 6:30 – 8 p.m.

  • Park to open

    The grand opening Campbell County newest park, The Lonas Young Memorial Park will be held July 16 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 950 Demory Road, LaFollette. The grand opening ceremony will be held at noon with light refreshments.

    The park will feature a walking path around Norris Lake, playground for children, beach area, little league baseball diamond, soccer field, tennis and basketball courts.