Today's News

  • Cantrell says board is following the law

    At a meeting earlier this month school board members learned they may have to tweak their regular meeting agendas going forward to comply with an obscure law that currently only applies to four states.
    During the Jan. 11 meeting board attorney Dail Cantrell said Tennessee along with Indiana, Michigan and Ohio make up the 6th Judicial District which does not allow school boards to have prayer after the meeting begins.

  • LaFollette looking at 10 candidates for chief's position

    The suspense is building as the LaFollette City Council reviews 10 police chief applicants this week. Each councilman and mayor will choose one applicant; they could all choose the same applicant or five different ones.

    A total of 10 people applied for the position.

  • Pierce and Partin arrested in Georgia following crash

    A convicted felon with a LaFollette address found himself on the wrong side of the law in another state last week.
    On Jan. 21 Kenneth Pierce, 42, of 904 West Walden, and Tammy R. Partin, 33, of 120 Reagan Lane, were traveling on Highway 211 North West in Winder, Ga. When a Deputy Adam Hunter with the Barrow County Sheriff's Department observed the pair traveling 61 miles per hour in a posted 45 mile per hour zone. Records indicate when he attempted to conduct a traffic stop Pierce sped away.  

  • Jellico Library to expand

    Jellico Mayor Les Stiers, with less than three months in office, is making big changes. And the Jellico Public Library is looking at a large extension as a result. The mayor wants to extend the library and move the tourism office to town hall.

    A regional library board meeting held at the Jellico public library, prompted Stiers to announce a plan to extend the library.

  • Good Scout dinner slated for next week

    Exceptional people are the backbone of Campbell County. And while the good deeds of these often unsung heroes are sometimes overshadowed by reports of high crime and other unsettling news the local Boy Scouts organization is doing its part to bring the accomplishments of the unsung heros to the forefront.
    On Tuesday the Boy Scouts will host the fourth annual Campbell County Good Scout award dinner.

  • Point In Time Count starts this morning

    Volunteers across a variety of different professions and areas of the county are mobilizing for a specific cause.
    Today marks the third year of participation for Campbell County in the Tennessee Valley Coalition to End Homelessness’ Point In Time Count.
    According to Debi Mikesell, of the county mayor’s office, some of the approximately 25 volunteers for the count began their work well before daylight taking the 5 a.m. to 7 a.m. shift to help determine the number of people in the county who are without a home or who are precariously placed.

  • Contract extended for new Jellico business

    After hearing the plans for a new business in Jellico, the town board approved a contract extension for Montclair Technology LLC.

    The company plans to purchase the Taylor Machine building for $350,000. It has been in negotiations with the town of Jellico for about six months.

    Previous Mayor Forster Baird recommended a 90-day contract to insure the property isn’t tied up in legal transfer. The contract expired in December, leading the new administration to draft an extension for the company.

  • Jacksboro holding April election

    In April Jacksboro residents will be electing two new aldermen.

    These will be the only seats on the spring ballot.

    As of this week, incumbents Ray Green and Mattie Lou Nance are squaring off against Jerri Starrett.

    “The top two vote getters will be elected,” said Administrator of Elections Dean Sexton. “We are hoping for a good turn out for the election.”

    The candidates will have until noon today to withdraw from the race under election guidelines.

  • Communities will have chance to fight crime

    Nobody knows a community better than the people who live in it.

    That is what the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department is banking on in instituting a community crime watch.

    Beginning Feb. 3, the CCSD will host community watch organizational meetings. “We will be making the rounds through the county to get these up and going,” said Sheriff Robbie Goins.

  • Bomb threat shuts down courthouse

    An anonymous call to the Campbell County Circuit Court office last Thursday prompted a courthouse evacuation.

    Shortly after the county’s child support and juvenile courts had convened for the day a man called informing the staff there was a bomb in the courtroom, according to Circuit Court Clerk Bobby Vann. That was all the man said before he quickly hung up the phone, according to Vann. He didn’t specify which courtroom.