Today's News

  • Eagles are runners-up

    Both Jacksboro Middle School track and field teams finished in second place during a meet at Anderson County on March 30.

    Brooke Bane won first place for the Lady Eagles in the 3,200 meter run. Runners-up included Kaitlyn Ray in the high jump; Hannah Schneider in the 3,200; and the 4x800 meter relay team of Kierra Ward, Patience Seiber, Maria Blackwell and Olivia Brown.

  • Ayers roasted by fellow Rotarians

    In an evening filled with laughter and warm wishes, Haskel “Hack” Ayers’ smile showed his appreciation for the night.

    Last Thursday Ayers was roasted by the South Campbell Rotary Club, of which he has been a long time member.

    The by laws of the club don’t allow members to be honored as the citizen of the year, said Tom Stiner. So the club chose to honor Ayers for his long time philanthropy with a roast.

  • Concern about marina proposal continues; decision left up to TVA, Army Corps

    As the April 18 deadline for submitting public hearing requests  passed, concern continues in regards to a proposed marina near Heatherly’s Point.  

    An outpouring of community comments and hearing requests has all led up to one thing- it’s time for the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) and the Army Corps of Engineers to make a decision.

    Approximately 20 public hearing requests and letters of concern have been received by the Army Corps of Engineers, according to Rueben Hernandez of the Regulatory Branch of the Army Corps of Engineers.

  • Caryville station to pay restitution for price gouging

    A local gas station will be paying restitution and fines for price gouging during a natural disaster.

    The Caryville Amoco/BP is among 27 gas stations that will make restitution following a complaint filed the Tennessee Attorney General Bob Cooper.

    In the filing, submitted in chancery court last week, it was alleged the station, owned  by Wilford Johnson, “unreasonably priced gasoline” in response to Hurricane Ike that struck Texas last September.

  • Relay reception honors survivors

    Diagnosed with breast cancer in 1978, Billie June Guy still feels the affects of the intense radiation she received years ago.

    Guy’s survival has surpassed many expectations. And while she pushed ahead , Guy still suffered losses. Her two daughters and husband died of Cancer.

    “I’m still here and I just don’t understand that,” said Guy.

  • Campbell’s murder conviction stands

    The state court of criminal appeals has upheld Zendall Campbell’s 2006 second-degree murder and aggravated assault conviction.

    The ruling that affirms not only the conviction, but also subsequent sentencing, was handed down last Thursday.

    Campbell is currently serving a 20 year prison sentence for shooting his estranged brother-in-law, Jason Rhodes, and assaulting his friend David Hall. Campbell and Rhodes had argued earlier the evening of March 17, 2005 at the Silver Dollar Bar in Stinking Creek, trial testimony revealed.

  • Shoplifting led to arrest, drug charges

    Felicia Hatmaker, 22, of Duff, was arrested on April 17 for shoplifting women’s hair coloring from Wal-Mart, according to a Jacksboro police report.

    Detective Mike Starrett was dispatched to Wal-Mart and upon arrival found the loss prevention agents already had Hatmaker in custody.

    Starrett received permission to search Hatmaker’s purse and found 25 white oval-shaped pills, which turned out to be “600 milligram Ibuprofen, a water clamp to grate the pills and a cut, two-inch plastic straw to sniff them with,” Starrett said.

  • Jellico working to establish town court by next month

    After a long and costly wait, Jellico may only have to wait another month before town court sessions resume.

    Following a March state court of appeals decision, the town is free to reinstitute a court as entailed in the town charter.

    The board of mayor and aldermen discussed hiring a city judge at last Thursday’s meeting.

    “We need to schedule a workshop where we will look at all the applications,” said Mayor Forster Baird. He then decided to appoint a committee to review the applicants with Police Commissioner Elsie Crawford as chair.

  • Citizens gather to protest taxes and government

    It was cold and windy as citizens gathered with posters and pitchforks at the Campbell County Court House last week.

    Two hundred and thirty-six years after the original Boston Tea Party, the message was the same-change and freedom from unfair taxes or revolution.

    Around 220 people gathered near the Veteran’s Memorial at the courthouse to show their disfavor of recent political actions and especially new tax policies.

  • Jellico does business; sets budget workshop

    Business of all aspects was discussed at Thursday night’s mayor and aldermen meeting in Jellico.

    Aldermen Alvin Evans began the meeting by reporting on the status of the sidewalk cave-in and the prospect of repairs to it.

    “Hopefully by next week Mitch Loomis and the engineer will get started,” Evans said.

    Evans also asked the board ask for bids on the Walker Road and Green Lee Lane paving project. “Those places are in rough shape,” Evans said.