Today's News

  • Woman fights off police

    The property owners told Natasha Sierra Bright to leave several times before calling the police for help.

    But Bright refused to leave for the property owners and put up a fight with Caryville police. The homeowners met the police outside, saying Bright was in their house and they wanted her removed, according to the report.

    “They had asked the defendant to leave several times before calling dispatch,” said officer Ben Marlow.

  • Store clerk reports suspicious activity

    The store clerk at the Pilot Travel Center in Caryville noticed when a woman walked out wearing a pair of sunglasses on her head the tags were still attached.

    The clerk told Caryville Police Sgt. Freddy Walker that she was watching a possible shoplifter, according to the report.

    “The two suspects were found to be acting in a suspicious manner,” said Walker.

  • Jellico heats things up with chili cook-off

    Hot chili sounds good on these cold days.

    And Jellico is getting ready to serve up some hot plates with the Mayor’s Chilly Best Cook-Off being held for the first time.

    On Jan. 22, at Veterans Park, the public is invited to cook up their best chili and have it judged. Participants can register at city hall prior to the event.

  • Malicoat, Devils defeat Coalfield in District 4-A boy’s basketball

    Cody Malicoat scored 27 points and grabbed a dozen rebounds last week to lead the Jellico High School boy’s basketball team past Coalfield, 71-64, for a regular season sweep of the Yellowjackets.
    Lee England chipped in 12 points for the Blue Devils, followed by Michael Smith with 11 points and 10 rebounds, Ethan Shelley 8 points, Dustin Smiddy 7, Brent Ayers 4 and Devin Oakes 2.
    Cody Hill paced Coalfield with 22 points and 10 rebounds.

  • Humane Society receives money for spay and neuter program

    Local animal clinics say the Campbell County Humane Society spay and neuter program is helpful for residences.

    A Wal-Mart grant for $1,000 was awarded to the Humane Society in December. The money provides $50 for cats and $75 for dogs less than 40 pounds to be spayed/ neutered.

    “The money from Wal-Mart goes to help Campbell County residents spay and neuter their pets,” said Humane Society Vice President and grant writer Darlene Boyd.

  • Caryville residence turned into meth house

    It was a family home where kids played, but now it sits vacant with quarantine signs posted.

    David S. McKinney was arrested from 207 Hollow Lane in August when methamphetamine components were found in an outbuilding. After his arrest, McKinney allegedly moved the operation inside. That’s when the house was quarantined, and McKinney arrested for the second time.

    Still there remained anonymous tips of suspicious activity at the Caryville residence leading Lt. Stephanie Smith to keep watch over the property.

  • Jacksboro Middle sweeps rival LaFollette in varsity basketball

    Jacksboro Middle swept a varsity basketball doubleheader from rival LaFollette last week.
    The Lady Eagles won going away, 46-16, as Krista Williams shot the lights out with a game-high 15 points. Whitney Williamson and Courtney Charles chipped in 7 each for Jacksboro; while Olivia Brown, McKenzie Seiber and Aubrey Cahill had 5 each; McKayla Smith and Riley Oakes 1 each.

  • Freezing weather depletes resources

    So much snow, not enough hours in the day to clear it.

    That’s what several road department directors are saying after two days of non-stop work.

    LaFollette Street Department crews started clearing roads at 5 a.m. Monday. The next day they continued their efforts touching up rough spots as the snow continued to fall.

    “By this afternoon the streets should be in good condition,” said LaFollette Street Department Director Jim Mullens on Tuesday.

  • Humane society lobbies for dangerous animal ordinance

    Members of the local Humane Society are trying to keep the county from going to the dogs. 

    With the number of animal bite cases nearing 100 in the last year Betty Crumley, animal shelter director, said Campbell County is in desperate need of dangerous animal regulations that have some teeth.

  • Martin makes court appearance; declared indigent

    It has been nearly three months since Dr. Michael Martin and Karen Bundren abruptly resigned their positions with the Campbell County Board of Education. Both had their first day in court on Monday morning.

    While Bundren, former federal programs director, waived her appearance at the arraignment allowing attorney Mike Hatmaker speak on her behalf, Martin appeared sans representation for the hearing.