Today's News

  • Jellico utilities gives Rowe $70,000 annual salary

     General Manager Billy Rowe’s salary will cost Jellico Electric and Water System $30,000 less than the previous manager’s.

    Rowe was hired as general manager at a special called meeting on Feb.1. On Tuesday night, the utility board approved his new annual salary of $70,000.

  • CHET operations now serving public under one roof

     Community Health of East Tennessee’s new facility offers more space for its medical clinic.

    “We are proud of this building,” CHET CEO Teresa Dabney said. “We’re just very honored to have it available to serve our patients in a more effective manner.”

  • Jacksboro couple celebrates 74 years of marriage

     I do.

    Aretha and Luther Cox have come a long way since their wedding vows. On Feb. 5, the couple celebrated their 74th anniversary.

  • Warrant results in thousands in seized cash, vehicles and pills

    It’s been just over a month since local law enforcement agencies’ combined effort led to the seizure of thousands in cash and prescription drugs. And last week last week another search warrant yielded more of the same.

  • Four arrested on meth charges

    A traffic stop for running a red light led to much more serious charges for the driver and three passengers.

    On Feb. 10, LaFollette Police Officer Matthew Sandefur stopped a truck driven by Tabitha Chanin Carroll, 23, of 3416 Cave Springs Road, at around 10 p.m. for failing to stop at a red light at the intersection of First Street and Central Ave.

    Sandefur reported smelling a very strong chemical odor consistent with the production of methamphetamine as he approached the vehicle.

  • Commission makes another run at filling seat

    Hopes of getting the third district commission seat filled this month were dashed at Monday’s workshop meeting.

  • Board recognizes SRO; discusses voting machine

    The Campbell County Board of Education took care of the sometimes mundane tasks needed to run a school system on Tuesday night. With a relatively short agenda before them board members took care of business in relatively quick order and with little debate at their Valentine’s Day meeting.

  • Answers sought in decade old case

    It has been nearly 11 years since David J. Byrge’s family has seen him.

    For years his birthday and holidays have been marked with sadness. While once a reason to celebrate, these days are now just a reminder that he is missing.

    Byrge’s disappearance was initially reported June 18, 2001. From that day the case has been intermittently investigated. Each time officers with the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department looked into Byrge’s vanishing they found nothing to indicate what had happened to the 21 year old.

  • Commission discusses sales tax

    After approving budget amendments with relative ease talk at the commission’s budget and finance committee meeting turned to a more difficult topic – the sales tax referendum.

    On March 6 Campbell County voters will be charged with deciding whether or not they are willing to accept an increase in the local option sales tax from 2.25 percent to 2.75 percent in order to improve county roads.

  • LaFollette City Council rolling the dice for grant

    The LaFollette City Council is taking a chance to repair the Beech Street Bridge.

    At a special called meeting last Thursday, the city council decided to spend around $45,000 to pursue a Tiger grant the city isn’t guaranteed to receive.

    “A lot of people play the lottery,” council member Wayne Kitts said. “I can see us taking a chance. But I think it’s a good chance.”

    The Tiger Grant comes from $500 million of federal stimulus money available for “shovel ready” projects in economically disadvantaged areas.