Today's News

  • Jellico leases ball field to BOE; hires part-time police officer

    In a special called meeting Monday night, the Jellico Mayor and Board of Aldermen approved a lease contract between the town of Jellico and the Campbell County Board of Education (BOE).  In the terms of the lease, the BOE has full access to Jellico’s ball field during baseball and softball season.

    During a previous board meeting, Alderman Mike Smith contested the wording of the original contract and asked that certain issues be clarified.

  • Tire shop raid uncovers drugs, guns and fake cash

    Several months of investigating tips and doing leg work paid off for the LaFollette Police Department (LPD) in the form of a raid complete with narcotics, firearms and counterfeit cash.

    Last Thursday members of the LPD Narcotics Strike Force executed a search warrant at Kitt’s Tire Shop located at 1833 Old Jacksboro Pike.

    The warrant came after an exhaustive investigation into the activities of business owner Joseph Ted Kitts, 24, according to Police Chief James Lynch.

  • LaFollette man garners theft charges over a year after crime was committed

    Over a year after the crime was committed, a LaFollette man is finally facing the consequences for his actions.

    Robert W. Cheel, 28, of 539 Wild Wood Circle, LaFollette, was picked up on an outstanding warrant in Jellico on Sunday.

    In April 2008, Cheel allegedly stole five air-conditioning units from a Jellico motel that he was employed at and then sold them to a recycling center in Corbin, Ky, according to the arrest warrant.

    The motel owner valued the air conditioning units at $2,045.

  • WTNQ-FM embraces upgrades

        WTNQ-FM has undergone a complete transformation that involves a new location with a new operating process. The station has been in transition for the past week hitting the air again on Wednesday morning.

    The staff left the old way of playing music with the old station. Previously a song was chosen from a CD but with the new building comes a new procedure. An automation system now allows the DJ’s to make their selections from a stream of songs on the computer’s hard drive.

  • LUB adopts electrical budget; defers on water budget

    The LaFollette Utility Board met last Thursday night to discuss its 2009-10 electric and water budget.

    This fiscal year’s projected budget is based largely on spending and revenue trends from last year, with some exceptions.

    LUB General Manager Kenny Baird said he forecasts a conservative $650,000 net income for next year.

    “I’ve probably projected revenues at less and expenses at higher,” said Baird of his projection.

  • Moses claims wrongful termination; seeks $1 million

    Former Campbell County Animal Control Officer George Moses may have lost his job, but he is not going quietly.

    On Friday, Moses filed a $1 million lawsuit against the county and County Mayor William Baird.

    Moses is claiming he was unjustly terminated in mid- June because he is a “whistleblower.”

  • Owens arrested for burglary and theft

    An alleged would be burglar was caught in the act thanks to the help of concerned citizens.

    When witnesses observed a man enter a Loop Road address they were suspicious.  The suspicions were based on the resident’s request to watch the home while she was gone for the day, according to LaFollette John Baker’s report.

    As Baker and Officers Daniel Terry and Pamela Jarrett responded to the burglary in progress call they observed David W. Owens, 29, of 1308 Loop Road, Apartment 139, exit through the front door.  

  • More Kmart money spent; Parrott gets raise

    School board members and commissioners met in separate meetings Tuesday evening to tie up loose ends on the last day of the 2008-09 budget cycle.

    While board of education members managed to resolve their four budget amendments in short order, commissioners locked horns on a couple of  issues.

    Despite voting to give themselves an additional 92 days to adopt a budget for the 2009-10 fiscal year during a June 11 Budget and Finance committee meeting, commissioners were forced to make a decision about one item immediately.

  • Phillips takes police on chase

    An alleged drunk driver dug a deeper hole when he made the decision to run from the law last week.

    While on patrol last Thursday LaFollette Police Officer Tony Rucker was advised to be on the look out for a possible drunk driver.

    When Rucker spotted the vehicle driven by Marvin Wayne Phillips, 53, of 405 North 9th Street, traveling west in the east bound lane of West Iron Street he activated his lights and siren in an attempt to initiate a traffic stop.

  • Pleas settle criminal cases

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

        Patrick L. Anderson- felony failure to appear, felony evading arrest;  upon successful completion of rehab at Buffalo Valley the remaining two year sentence will be served under supervised probation, court costs.

        Jonathan L. Ausmus- simple possession of a schedule II controlled substance; $750 fine, court costs.

        Lalena Caputo- attempted reckless endangerment; court costs.