Today's News

  • Meth arrests keep officers busy

    Meth arrests kept officers hopping during the weekend.

    On Friday LaFollette Police Officer Charles Duff allegedly attempted to stop and question Timothy Lee Berry, 25, of 1208 West Forrest Street, about a burglary call in the area.

  • Woman arrested for identity theft

     On Saturday, Detective Sergeant Freddy Walker with the Caryville Police Department went to a woman’s house to investigate a complaint her debit card had been stolen.

    The victim told Walker she had let Kelli Davison stay at her house for a few days, Walker said in his report.

    On Saturday morning, when the victim checked the balance on her card, she noticed charges she did not put on the card, the report said. These charges began on Friday, July 29, the same day Davison allegedly left her house.

  • A Special Time Visiting with Family

    We had a busy enjoyable week July 22 through July 26 with many family members. We had a reunion on July 23. I have written about my dad’s family many times over the years, they are all very special to me. They have chosen the LaFollette area for our gatherings for over 36 years.

  • Man dies after being struck by train

    A LaFollette man met his end early Monday morning.

    According to information from the LaFollette Police Department, officers were dispatched to Gibson Lane after receiving a call that a pedestrian had been struck by a train.

    At the scene CSX Railroad employees notified authorities that the man identified as 57-year-old Ray Pennington was walking on the track when he was hit by the train.

    Pennington was transported to St. Mary’s of Campbell County where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

  • Projector found at Jellico Elementary School allows footage on old films to be viewed

     Interest in Jellico’s past has been sparked by two copies of a 1970s film, “Jellico: Rebirth of a Community.”

    One copy was found in the local planning office, and the other in a safe at the Jellico Municipal building. Both copies have been in the care of Jellico Public Library Director Mark Tidwell. Tidwell could only speculate as to what secrets the footage contained as he waited for a projector to emerge. Last Thursday that changed with a couple of phone calls.

  • Irwin arrested on meth charges

    A case that began in Scott County resulted in an arrest for the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department on Monday.

    Detective Lt. Brandon Elkins and Detective Sgt. John Long went to 110 Fellowship Lane, Caryville to assist Scott County detectives in an ongoing investigation into a meth lab allegedly located in the Stoney Fork community.

    After it was determined the lab was located inside Campbell County Elkins and Long located the basic items needed to manufacture meth outside the house. A child was also found at the residence.

  • Jellico employees given a 3-percent raise

     Towards the end of Jellico’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting, as board members were giving their reports, a motion was passed to give employees of Jellico a three percent raise.

    As the meeting was drawing to an end, Vice Mayor Cissco Johnson recommended giving the town’s employees a raise.

    This started a discussion, because there are stipulations about the process involved in giving raises in the personnel policy the board had passed earlier in the meeting.

  • Girls AAU team completes incredible 6-year run

    The Campbell County Lady Cougars 14-under/9th grade division AAU Basketball Team enjoyed a very successful 20-7 season this year, which included winning five area East Tennessee AAU Tournament championships and finishing as runner-up in two other AAU Tournaments.

    The Lady Cougars AAU organization, which has been based in Jacksboro since 2006 and coached by Randy Brown, has enjoyed an impressive six-year record of 137 victories against only 33 defeats while winning 28 area AAU tournaments and finishing as runner-up in 13 others.

  • Alleged extortion scheme unraveled

    A local man learned the hard way that things are not always as they seem.

    Campbell County Sheriff’s Detective Lt. Brandon Elkins began investigating a case in January 2010 in which a Caryville man was allegedly being bilked out of thousands of dollars under the pretense the money was going to aid an FBI investigation.

    While conducting his investigation Elkins learned from the victim he had been contacted hundreds of times a woman who identified herself as FBI special agent Shelia Wilkins.

  • Campbell County celebrates the history of two union companies

     This week marked the 150th anniversary of the formation of Companies A and B of the First Tennessee Infantry. These companies, formed in Campbell County, were the first federal units organized in Tennessee during the civil war. There were no confederate units formed in Campbell County.

    Southern pride lies deep in the roots of people born south of the Mason Dixon line. This pride still exists for those in East Tennessee whose ancestors fought for the union, but not as confederate pride, Campbell County Historical Society researcher Joe Stephens said.