Today's News

  • Construction causes brief power outage Monday

    Due to some work at the site of the new justice center, the power at the Campbell County courthouse had to be temporarily shut down Monday afternoon.
     “They’ve got to cut the power off,” Deputy Mayor David Young said Monday afternoon. “They told us 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., but it may not take that long.”
    While county employees were initially told the power would be out for two hours, it was only out for a matter of a few minutes.

  • Commission to consider agreement with Montclair

    At Monday’s meeting, the county commission will decide whether to approve an agreement with Montclair Technologies.

  • Grant to help the chronically homeless in LaFollette

    A Department of Housing and Urban Development grant will offer help to the chronically homeless in LaFollette.
    “We just have some serious needs in this community,” said Phyllis Clinger, from Community Health of East Tennessee.
    “People get stuck in situations they didn’t plan on getting into,” said Pastor Anthony Gibson, from Word of Life Church. “I don’t know any homeless person who planned on being homeless. Things just happen.”

  • Commemorative wall to be dedicated Tuesday

    The Educator Commemorative Wall will be dedicated at Campbell County High School Tuesday night. The dedication will take place at halftime of the Campbell County High School boys basketball game against Powell High School.
    The wall is located outside the gym, and is part of a Campbell County High School Relief Fund campaign to raise money for scholarships, CCHSRF president Logan Hickman said. Lindsay’s Carpet donated the installation of the materials and labor of the wall for free, Hickman said.

  • LPD and JPD arrest forgery suspects

    Last Thursday, Jacksboro Police Department arrested two Knoxville men for attempting to cash forged checks.
    Around 4:30 p.m., Chief Danny Chapman, Detective Mike Starrett and Officer Mike Caudill responded to a call about two men who had attempted to cash forged checks. Edward McGee, 40, 39, 418 N. Broadway St. / 1100 Town View Dr. 8114, Knoxville, was spotted in the McDonalds parking lot, Starrett said.

  • Relay for Life committee to host kick off dinner for team captains

    Relay for Life team captains have been invited to a kickoff event at Roane State Community College tonight at 6 p.m.
    “Any team who is not signed up already, we can do that there,” said Lindsey Lawson, publicity chair for the Relay for Life committee. “We will also be discussing the event.”
    The purpose of the event is to provide captains with information. Any group such as a church, business, or organization can form a team.
    “We’re going to be serving dinner for everyone who comes,” Lawson said.

  • LaFollette City Council to consider consequences of West Tennessee wreck

    The LaFollette City Council will consider possible consequences of the West Tennessee accident that occurred Jan. 4 involving interim city administrator Cade Sexton and city council member Hansford Hatmaker.

    “I’m friends with everybody involved,” LaFollette Mayor Mike Stanfield said. “We’re not trying to cover up anything.”

    Stanfield met with Eighth Judicial District Attorney General Lori Phillips-Jones Tuesday.

  • Board votes down extension to Poston’s contract

    The Campbell County Board of Education could be searching for a new director of schools.

    On Tuesday, the board voted 4-4 against extending Director of School’s Donnie Poston’s contract. Board Chairman Josh Parker, and board members Scott Hill, Mike Orick and Danny Wilson voted in favor of the extension. Johnny Creekmore, Johnny Byrge, Eugene Lawson and Rector Miller cast dissenting votes. J.L. “Sarge” Collins abstained, and Homer Rutherford was absent.

    The motion would have needed a supermajority of seven to pass.

  • Sills brothers face charges

    Last week, the LaFollette Police Department arrested a man for rape of a child.

    Last Thursday, his brother was arrested on similar charges.

    LPD Detective Monty Miller arrested Jerry Wayne Sills, 44, 209 W. Chestnut St. Apt. 304, LaFollette, on a 2 year old warrant, according to reports.

    In 2010, Jerry Sills allegedly had inappropriate physical contact with a 12 year old female, police records indicated.

    After doing this, Jerry Sills allegedly attempted to engage the child in further inappropriate contact, the report said.

  • County to sell solar energy to TVA

    Clean energy may soon come to Campbell County.

    Monday night, members of the budget and finance committee discussed plans to harness solar energy at 18 buildings in Campbell County. The energy could be sold back to the Tennessee Valley Authority.

    “We now have the ability to do solar panel projects,” Campbell County Finance Director Jeff Marlow said.