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Today's News

  • Indiana woman dies in fatal accident

    Inclement weather has been named as the reason for a fatal accident on Interstate 75, last Wednesday.

    Rochelle Kay Lee, 22, of Plainfield, IN., was driving south on I-75 when she allegedly lost control of her 1999 Ford Mustang near mile marker 144.

    Just after 1 p.m. Lee lost control of her vehicle during heavy rain on the interstate near Stinking Creek, according to Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Larry Skeen.

  • Norris Lake Fishing Report

    The following is a weekly summary of the fishing conditions on Norris Lake as reported by creel clerks from the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA).
    Late last week, the lake level was 1,013.3 feet. That’s 2.1 feet lower than the previous week. The water level is expected to continue falling over the next several days.

  • Brutal slaying of neighborhood dog witnessed by many

    Last week the Caryville Police Department responded to a call where a witness stated that Gary Lynn Phillips, 39, had killed his dog.

    Phillips, amid a group of onlookers grabbed a large stick and began to allegedly beat the small dog to death, police said.

    Phillips then dragged the dying dog to the owner’s property, allegedly leaving it in the grass, according to Caryville Police Chief Johnny Jones.

    When questioned, Phillips said the dog was after his daughter and that was why he killed it, the arrest report said.

  • Cougars fall 34-0 at Loudon

    Campbell County High School’s season football opener Friday night looked like a rerun of 2009.
    The Cougars fell 34-0 at Loudon after losing 33-0 to the Redskins a year ago.
    This week, the Cougars hope to get their offense untracked during their home opener against White County. Last week, White County was defeated 52-14 by Franklin County in its season opener.

  • Jellico board debates budget

     The current budget cycle has already begun.

    But Jellico lags behind other municipalities as it continue to debate expenses.

    Last Thursday, the Jellico Board of Mayor and Aldermen should have passed the budget in the second and final reading for the 2010-11 fiscal year beginning July 1. But the board again debated the budget, deciding to meet in a workshop and special call meeting on Wednesday to at last finalize the revenues and expenditures.

  • Every piece of equipment has a story

    The puffing of engines and camaraderie of fellow tractor owners all contributed to the successful tractor/engine show in Jellico on Saturday.

    About 28 machines were lined up next to the stage at Veterans Memorial Park in Jellico. They have tilled lands both large and small and were purchased this year or over 90 years ago.

    The difference in the individual tractors at the show can be equated to those that own them today, some are still used for mowing or tilling but others are just for show.

  • The community shares history of Jellico

    Ronnie Buck has been collecting historic memorabilia for over five years.

    License plates and glass bottles line the shelves above the tools and materials he sells at Buck’s Hardware in Jellico. While Buck has always been a collector of local history, the entire community is now sharing in his passion by contributing to a downtown museum next to the hardware store.

  • Miner's Mile slated for Labor Day

    Three races are being offered at the fourth annual Miner’s Mile at Indian Mountain State Park in Jellico on Monday, Sept. 6.

    The event will feature a two-mile walk, 5K and 10K runs. A total of 14 age groups can participate in the action, making the event a family activity.

    “There is something for everyone,” said spokesperson for the Miner’s Mile Kevin Shelley as he explained that a 90-year-old participant is currently training for the 5K.

  • Mountain Heritage Festival celebrates 40 years

    The Mountain Heritage Festival has been held in the mountains of Stinking Creek for the past four decades. The festival took shape at a kitchen table as friends planned the first event to be held down by the water.

    The community event quickly outgrew the small creek side where it started and moved 10 miles down the road to the Mountain Heritage Field where it is still held annually.

    The 40th anniversary of the Mountain Heritage Festival will take place on Sept. 4, 5. Gates open at 9 a.m. and festivities will begin at 11 a.m. both days.

  • Signatures for liquor petition are openly requested

    Three prominent signs in Caryville are asking for the signatures of residents to place liquor by the drink on the November ballot.
    The signs speculate that if liquor by the drink were voted for in the upcoming election then restaurants would come, creating both jobs and revenue for the town.
    The sign states, “We are asking all registered voters to sign a petition to put liquor by the drink on this November’s ballot,” but the ‘We’ is not the town of Caryville, said City Recorder Cheryl Ivey.