Today's News

  • CCSD detective terminated

    An off duty Campbell County Sheriff’s Detective has been terminated following an off- duty auto accident.

    Jason Henegar, a law enforcement veteran, is alleged to have been involved in a crash that resulted in injury and property damage on Monday evening. He was driving his private vehicle at the time.

    “The TBI and THP (Tennessee Highway Patrol) are investigating this incident and our department is cooperating with them,” said CCSD Sheriff Robbie Goins.

  • Campbell County Remembers

    Our world changed 10 years ago.

    Most people remember where they were when they found out about the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

    Gen. Carl Stiner, retired from the Army as a four star general in 1993, was up before the sun that day.

    “Everyday I get up early and watch the weather forecast,” Stiner said. “I had pulled in to cut a hay field, and was ready to start mowing when I got a call on the cell phone.”

    The call was from his brother, who wanted to know if he had seen the television.

  • Baird sees progress in last year

    The past year was not William Baird’s first in the county mayor’s office.

    But the August 2010 election did mark the beginning of Baird’s first full term in the seat.

    In his office on Tuesday morning Baird said he could see a number of tangible ways the county has improved over the course of the last year.

  • Campbell County Chamber of Commerce prepares for visit from State tourism commissioner

    Tomorrow State Tourism Commissioner Susan Whitaker will visit Campbell County.

    Executive Director for the Campbell County Chamber of Commerce E.L. Morton hopes to show her how the mountain and lake attractions are growing, and to illicit her help in helping them grow.

    “Our intent is to familiarize her with some of these attractions,” Morton said. “We are going to use our time wisely, and teach her a little more than she may know about our local attractions.”

  • Traffic stop leads to five arrests

     What started out as a routine traffic stop led to a meth bust involving five suspects on Aug. 31.

    Around 2:30 p.m., Lt. Stephanie Smith of the Caryville Police Department was traveling on Park Road when she noticed the driver, Tonya Lawson, and front passenger, Betty Cummings, of a gray Toyota Sequoia weren’t wearing seatbelts, her report said. Turning to follow, she turned on her siren and lights.

  • Victim’s shocked, man steals electricity

     Officer Thomas Gentry with the Caryville Police Department went to investigate a breaking and entering around 10 p.m. on Sept. 1.

    He found Thomas Hewitt Jr. at the scene, Gentry’s report said.

    Hewitt explained that the owner’s son had given him permission to plug a cable into the inside of another empty home on the property in order to have electricity, Gentry’s report said. The victim’s grandson told Gentry his grandmother had allowed Hewitt to pay her for the use of electricity from another home she owned.

  • Churches join together to give family a new home

    Times are tough for a lot of people these days. It usually isn’t hard to find them.

    For local bi-vocational pastor Allan Shepherd a divine appointment with one such family during the course of his everyday routine has changed their course for the better.

    According to Shepherd, he was making a delivery to Eva Everson and her daughter Mary Walker, both of whom suffer from a myriad of health issues, when he was struck by their living conditions.

  • LaFollette City Council approves big equipment purchases for public works department

     The LaFollette City Council approved the purchase of a street sweeper and a backhoe for the public works department.

    The decision was put off at the last regular meeting. Public works department head Jim Mullens discussed the prices of the different pieces of equipment and the trade in value of the equipment the city is currently using during the workshop last Monday.

  • Jellico paves roads for the first time in six years

     After six years without street paving in Jellico, parts of 12 streets were paved in one week.

    G Paving was the lowest bidder for the project, and subcontracted to KNK construction, alderman Tommy Bowlin said. Bowlin oversees the street department.

    KNK, based in Kentucky, has completed projects in Campbell County before, at the Rarity Mountain Bridge and at Wal-Mart, Bowlin said.

    “They’re real good at what they do,” Bowlin said.

  • Jellico Housing Authority tears down old Fold dealership

     Last week track hoes tore down the old Ford dealership.

    The Jellico Housing Authority had purchased the abandoned building and the lot next to it.

    “We knew we were going to tear that building down, it was just a matter of when,” JHA Executive Director Crystal Creekmore said. “I know it had a lot of history, but it was a very old building, just in poor condition.”

    This building used to be a Ford dealership, but has been abandoned for years.