Today's News

  • Hospital and employee named in sexual battery suit

    Alleged inappropriate contact with a patient recently landed St. Mary’s Medical Center of Campbell County and one of its employees in the center of a court action.
    On Aug. 24 Earnest A. Rouse filed a complaint in circuit court alleging that while he was a patient at the hospital, employee Roger Leach committed sexual battery against him.
    Rouse’s attorney Richard Baker asserts that while Rouse was a patient at SMMC in August 2009 on “repeated occasions” Leach attempted to sexually molest him.

  • July unemployment rate is 9.8 percent

    Tennessee Commissioner of Labor and Workforce Development James Neeley announced Tennessee’s unemployment rate for July was 9.8 percent, down two-tenths of a percentage point from the revised June rate of 10.0 percent.  The July 2009 rate was 10.9 percent.  The national unemployment rate for July 2010 was 9.5 percent, unchanged from the June rate of 9.5 percent.

  • Sanitation department discovers meth lab

    Taking out the trash landed a Caryville man in jail this week.

    Early Monday morning, sanitation workers observed smoke rising from trash bags at a Caryville home that were destined for disposal.

    The Caryville Police Department responded to the call around 7:30 a.m. and discovered several meth components sizzling inside the bags caused by a chemical reaction, said Caryville Police Chief Johnny Jones.

  • Car shows are coming to LaFollette

    An overwhelming response to the car show last weekend has sparked a line up of more shows to come.

    Jr Ogg, president of LA Cruizer Car Club, approached the LaFollette City Council about holding a car show twice a month in LaFollette. The council gave its blessing of the events, which will draw crowds to downtown to enjoy music, food and classic automobiles.

  • Reunions Sept. 2

    John and Sally Sexton Sparks family reunion will be held Sept. 4 at Cove Lake State Park, shelter #4. Covered dish luncheon begins at 11:30 a.m.

    The class of 1960 and 1961 from Wynn High School will have a reunion on Sept. 4 at the Mountain Heritage Field. Attendees are encouraged to bring old pictures. For more information contact Venia at 562-3253 or Shirley at 562-1627.

  • Mountain Heritage Festival celebrates 40 years

    Good times filled with music, crafts, laughter and games will be held this weekend at the Mountain Heritage Festival.

    The annual event has been held in the mountains of Stinking Creek for the past four decades. Originally taking shape at a kitchen table as friends planned the first event to be held down by the water.

    The community event quickly outgrew the small creek side where it started and moved 10 miles down the road to the Mountain Heritage Field where it is still held annually.

  • A neglected garden does not produce

    Did you ever do much garden work? Whether a flower garden or a vegetable garden it takes a great amount of work.
    It means preparing the soil, getting rid of the weeds, as you work with the soil you make it fallow so you can plant.
    It reminds me that we must feed and take care of and give our souls nourishment.

  • LaFollette Council discusses upcoming agenda

    A workshop for the LaFollette City Council uncovered a basket full of items to approve at the next meeting.

    Discussion on the capital outlay note and the library grant took place during the workshop. Acting City Administrator Cade Sexton reported the library grant worth over $200,000 might be awarded to the city. Sexton will be notified by the end of September about the grant.

  • Labor Day is race day in Jellico

    On Monday, the fourth annual Miners Mile will take place at Indian Mountain State Park. The Jellico event will feature a two-mile walk, 5K and 10K races. A total of 14 age groups can participate in the action, making the event a family activity, said spokesperson for the Miner’s Mile Kevin Shelley.

    “There is something for everyone,” said Shelley. “I am always interested to see the places people are coming from.”

  • News Notes for Sept. 2

    The regular meeting of the Caryville Municipal Planning Commission will be held at 6 p.m. on Sept. 2 in the Caryville City Hall.

    The East Tennessee Human Resource Agency (ETHRA) will be distributing USDA commodities on Sept. 3 at the community center, old West LaFollette School, from 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 -2 p.m. Please bring a box and someone to carry the food out for you. For more information call ETHRA at 562-2948.