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Today's News

  • Man who severed another’s thumb at Jellico bars now behind jail bars
  • Man slashes friend’s face with broken mirror after fight about girl
  • Commission impossible: Absent, abstaining officials rile opponents of proposed coal fly ash dumpsite

     JACKSBORO—Dozens of residents decried an indecision by county commissioners Monday to thwart a proposed landfill that potentially could dump as much as 600 million cubic yards of toxic coal ash on a Duff mountainside.  

    Most wanted to know why commissioners suddenly reversed their seemingly united front against Ketchen Land Company and Davis Creek, when just weeks earlier, Mayor William Baird incorrectly advised them nothing could be done to prevent the South Carolina-based group from operating a dump in Campbell County. 

  • Denied virtual academy could be revived by state officials

     JACKSBORO—Campbell County’s Virtual Academy, which was all but dead in the water in August, could open in January, according to Director of Schools Donnie Poston.

    Poston said late Tuesday that he has been in recent communication with Tennessee Commissioner of Education Kevin Huffman and Deputy Commissioner Dr. Kathleen Airhart about the status of the academy.

    “They’re looking at the possibility of a late opening,” said Poston.

  • State tells Jellico to borrow $1.1 million

    JELLICO—Fiscally troubled Jellico now has a state suggestion on the dollars it will borrow to correct the struggling town — and Nashville says that number is $1.1 million.

    The money will cover all the town’s outstanding debts, an Interstate lighting project, the IRS tax lien and court-ordered payments for fire department officials Nelson Kidd and Gary Troxell’s medical bills. The bond will also provide for a rainy day fund, according to Mayor Les Stiers.

  • Woman convicted of murder loses appeal with supreme court

    CAMPBELL COUNTY—The woman convicted in the 2006 murder of Jonathan Pierce saw no mercy when the state supreme court heard her case.

    On Monday, a judge ruled that Crystal Miranda Kirby will remain in prison after exhausting her appeals and a post conviction relief petition.

  • Man arrested after breaking into home, stealing property

    LaFOLLETTE—A LaFollette man was arrested after police say he broke into a home and stole almost $2,000 worth of property.

    Christopher Anthony Poteet, 22, 212 Middlesboro Rd., LaFollette, reportedly broke into a home on Bridge Water Ln. in LaFollette on Sept. 10. The property manager reported the incident after she noticed a window had been broken at the home.

    Poteet allegedly stole $1,950 worth of unspecified property from the victim.

  • Sheriff's office 'cracking down' on violators

     CAMPBELL COUNTY—Campbell County Sheriff Robbie K. Goins said deputies will be working overtime and will be visible in full force throughout Campbell County in an attempt to prevent fatalities, protect teen drivers by enforcement and education and the immediate arrest of drugged or drunken drivers. 

    Goins has ordered his staff to quickly mobilize the “Sheriff’s DUI Task Force” because he says “that’s what our citizens deserve and demand.”

  • Volunteers needed for reopened shelter

    JACKSBORO—Mike Aiken, director at the Adrion W. Baird Animal Center, says he is blessed by support he has received since taking the helm at the center in August.

    “I have been blessed with wonderful help,” he said.

    The shelter was shuttered for four months earlier this year after allegations of animal mistreatment.

    Last week, Aiken released a statement asking for volunteers to help with cleaning kennels and feeding animals, especially in the morning before the shelter opens.

  • Parade, festivities to kick off homecoming game against Clinton

    LaFOLLETTE—Campbell County High will mark its annual homecoming Friday with a parade and coronation ceremony. 

    District students and staff will be dismissed early Friday afternoon and everyone is encouraged to line the streets of LaFollette for the annual CCHS Homecoming Parade. The parade begins at 1:45 p.m. at the LaFollette Senior Citizen Center and United Methodist Church on Central Avenue. The parade terminates at the junction of Beech Street and Central Avenue just past Sonic Drive-in.