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Today's News

  • Caryville's attempt to get liquor is meritless

    Two items approved at the last meeting of the Caryville Board of Mayor and Aldermen have very different destinations, according to Campbell County Administer of Elections Dean Sexton.

    The liquor by the drink and package store referendum, which was approved by the Caryville aldermen to be placed on the ballot, is now void.

    The referendum could be placed on the general election ballot for November but not through the actions of the town board. The citizens must submit a petition signed by 10-percent or more of the registered voters, said Sexton.

  • Marlow bound over to grand jury

    A Campbell County man has been bound over to the grand jury on charges he murdered his mother.

    Tuesday afternoon James Richard Marlow, Jr. appeared before General Sessions Judge Joe Ayers for his preliminary hearing.

    After being held in an area outside the courtroom Marlow was brought in, shackled at his waist, ankles and feet.

    Brandon Elkins, a detective for the sheriff’s department, was the only witness to take the stand during the one hour hearing.

  • Stanfield vetoes charter revision, issue to be revisited

    As promised, the LaFollette City Mayor Mike Stanfield vetoed the council’s charter revision to allow LaFollette Utility Board to change water and sewer rates.

    On June 1, at the regular meeting of the LaFollette Council, Councilmen Bob Fannon, Wayne Kitts and Joe Bolinger voted for and approved the charter amendment. Stanfield sent a notice of veto to the council on June 3, just two days later.

    “I hereby veto the passage of said charter ratification,” read the letter provided by Stanfield.

  • County tax rate could be lowered this year

    When reappraisal cards hit mailboxes earlier this year, many people hit the roof. On the heels of the reappraisal process is now the setting of a new certified tax rate.

    These processes go together, according to Campbell County Property Assessor Brandon Partin. State law mandates that every six years these procedures occur.

    Currently the county’s certified tax rate is $2 on every $100 of assessed value. However, with the recent reappraisal process completed, that is going to change, Partin said.

  • Kickin around in the summer time
  • Super sophomore wins state

    Kristin Chapman could hardly believe her good fortune.

    When her final two competitors failed to clear the bar Thursday on their first attempt at 5-6 in the girl’s state Class AAA high jump finals, the Campbell County High School sophomore saw an opportunity to win the event.

    She didn’t hesitate.

    “I didn’t think about it. I didn’t let it get in my head,” said Chapman, who cleared 5-6 on her first attempt to become the youngest CCHS athlete to win a state championship.

  • Local girls make LMU cheerleading squad

    Five Campbell County girls were chosen to the Lincoln Memorial University cheerleading squad following a recent tryout.

    They are Lori Adkins of Caryville, Erica Ayers of Jacksboro, Cheyenne Baker and Hannah Byrge of LaFollette and Shannon Wilder of Jacksboro.

    Adkins, Ayers, Baker and Byrge are recent graduates of Campbell County High School. Wilder is a recent graduate of the J. Frank White Academy.

  • Lady Eagles place 2nd at area meet, third at sectionals

    Jacksboro Middle School’s girls were the toast of Campbell County during regular season track and field meets. The Lady Eagles finished up well in postseason meets, with second place in the Area 2 North Championships and third place at Sectionals.

    At the Area 2 North Championships this year at Oak Ridge, Michaela Smith was a double event winner for the Lady Eagles with first-place finishes in the shot put (25-10) and discus (72-7 1/2). Hannah Owens also won the high jump (4-2) and Emily Byrge the long jump (13-4) for Jacksboro.

  • Louie Bluie Festival draws crowd despite weather

    Scorching heat and monsoon type rains threatened to have organizers of the Louie Bluie Music and Arts Festival singing the blues-literally.  

    But despite the stifling humidity created as soaking downpours collided with high temperatures people from near and far converged on Cove Lake State Park to enjoy the sights and sounds of the fourth annual event.

    In a move to expand the festival into a two-day event worthy of drawing interest from all over the country the festival committee used this year’s event to pilot a Bluegrass and Barbeque pre-festival concert.

  • Siler sent to jail

    It was all over but the crying on Monday when Jenny Siler was sentenced to prison for eight years.

    After going before a jury earlier this year on narcotics charges, and found guilty, Siler and her co-defendant Jamie Jones appeared in court Monday for sentencing.