Today's News

  • Jellico budget still unsettled, property tax still absent

    JELLICO—Bankrupted Jellico is collecting no property tax—and could potentially be losing thousands in potential revenue—after town officials failed to hold two meetings last week to resolve the oversight.
    Special-called meetings set for July 9 and July 12 were cancelled because the board didn’t have enough members to conduct business.
    On July 9, Mayor Les Stiers and Alderman Darrell Byrge were absent. On July 12, Byrge was absent again, but so was Alderwoman Pam Carbaugh.

  • Taking the long way home

    When I was little, my father never drove the interstate to Knoxville.
    Or, if we planned a trip to visit family for the day in Clinton, we would drive Tenn. 116 into Lake City.
    Rarely ever did we see the green dragon or the (now removed) Thacker Christmas Inn tree sign, as we were always on the other side of the dusty trail. My brother and I would cruise along in the backseat of our silver Dodge Dynasty, singing along to the latest hits on the weekly top 40 and enjoy the commentary provided by DJ Casey Kasem.

  • Food Life Service: 20

    LaFOLLETTE—Food Life Services celebrated its 20th anniversary last week. Food Life Services incorporated July 13, 1993, and opened its doors in August that year.
    Food Life Services brings in about 4,000 pounds of food a week and distributes about 2,000 bags of groceries a week.
    “Our purpose is to give free emergency food to any Campbell County resident who feels they are in need,” said Jim Holtslag, FLS treasurer.

  • Animal Advisory Board accomplishes little

    LaFOLLETTE— Campbell County’s Animal Advisory Board chased its tail for most of a meeting Tuesday to rewrite the animal control ordinance.
    In 120 minutes, the board discussed tentative changes to only one page of the ordinance.
    It was the second meeting since the Adrion W. Baird Animal Center closed on April 11, pending a state investigation into questionable practices.  

  • POPPIN’ virtual tags: Facebook thrift shop thrives for county’s Internet entrepreneurs

    CAMPBELL COUNTY—From flip-flops to houses, anything that is “legal” to buy or sell in Campbell County can be found at the Facebook-based “Campbell County Online Thrift Shop.”
    Megan Lashea Skeans started the group about 14 months ago in order to help people in Campbell County come together and sell extra items they no longer need, and assist people who are struggling financially find what they need at “yard sale prices.”

  • DEFENSE: Bartley school shooting trial should be moved

    JACKSBORO—School shooter Kenneth Bartley will get a new trial, but it may not be in Campbell County.
    In a motion filed by defense attorney Greg Isaacs, he maintains a change of venue is needed because of “inflammatory media coverage” of the events surrounding the Nov. 2005 shooting at Campbell County High School that killed Ken Bruce and wounded two others.
    The lengthy motion for a venue change was filed in Campbell County Criminal Court on July 11.

  • County officials approve minimum for schools

    JACKSBORO—The Campbell County Budget and Finance Committee approved the minimum $9 million for schools—requiring no tax increase.
    “The school budget, for the county commission, is a funding issue only,” Campbell County Finance Director Jeff Marlow said. “When the school budget is reviewed, the thing you’re concerned with is how much money you are going to provide for them.”

  • $1.3M worth of marijuana seized

    CAMPBELL COUNTY—During an ongoing East Tennessee marijuana investigation, about $1.3 million worth of marijuana and one meth lab were seized in Campbell County last week.

  • 'Tough as nails'



    MARYVILLE—On Tuesday night, Campbell County coaches explained what a great player is.

    Head coach Justin Price told his team during the huddle what a great player had: ‘great effort,’ ‘mental and physical toughness’ and ‘self-motivation.’

    Two of those, Campbell County has down, as Price said the team gives everything they have, while being ‘tough as nails.’

    However, self-motivation is something the team needs among the ranks.

  • Farris signs with Carson-Newman University



    JACKSBORO—On Wednesday evening, Bo Farris’ dream came true.

    The Campbell County catcher signed with Carson-Newman University under head coach Tom Griffin.

    “I started going there my freshman year,” Farris said. “They had a catching camp, and that’s when I met Coach Griffin for the first time. We’ve stayed in touch throughout high school, and he’s watched me. He came up here for a visit, and that’s when they offered me.”