Today's News

  • Powder Mill Bass Tournament Series March 12 winners

     March 12 winners in the Powder Mill Bass Tournament Series were: (1st place)—Brian St. John and Tom Brown, 11.4 lbs; (2nd place)—Jerry McNealy and Jason Elliott, 9.4 lbs; (3rd place)—Rick and Cathy Childs, 8.10 lbs; (big fish)—Rick Childs, 4.12 lbs. Brian Miller was winner of the sponsor bonus $50 from Union Bank of Jellico.

  • County powers act is hot topic for commission


    The county powers act raised questions and tempers at Monday's commission workshop.

    For a second month in a row Robert Henson addressed commissioners about the resolution passed by the group during its December meeting.

    When County Mayor William Baird asked Henson to hold his comments to the five minute time frame provided for citizens wishing to address the court Henson balked arguing that he needed time to interact with commissioners on the issue.

  • Crappies and bass are biting in spite of high, muddy water

     The following is a weekly summary of the fishing conditions on Norris Lake as reported by creel clerks from the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA).

    The lake level on Friday, March 11 was 1,010.73 feet and rapidly rising. The lake level has increased 10.51 feet during the past two weeks because of heavy rains over saturated ground. There is considerable floating debris in the upper reaches of the lake, and boaters need to exercise caution. 

  • State wildlife commission names officers for 2011-12

     The February meeting of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Commission (TWRC) marked the final scheduled meeting for three commissioners, while the commission named its officers for 2011-12.

    Mike Chase of Knoxville, Johnny Coleman of Livingston and Mike Hayes of Hornbeak have their commission appointments conclude at the end of February. Coleman was unable to attend the meeting due to illness. The two outgoing commissioners present were recognized for their service.

  • Fire under investigation

    An early morning house fire in Pioneer that left a woman dead is under investigation

    The Tuesday morning blaze has been deemed "very suspicious" by authorities.

    Just before 2 a.m. on Tuesday officials found the 501 Adam Hollow Lane home "fully engulfed," said Campbell County Chief Deputy Jonathan Finely. Joyce Powers, 45, was found dead inside the home.

    "There were other people in the home at the time of the fire who suffered minor injuries," Finely said. However, police aren't releasing their names.

  • Murder suspect found in Caryville

    A Florida fugitive is continuing his stay at the county jail.

    In the early morning hours of Saturday James T. Carlton was arrested in Campbell County on a Florida warrant charging him with first-degree murder and robbery with a firearm.

    The arrest was the culmination of a four month long investigation that began in Marion County, Fla.

  • Over 100 racers register for 5K

    It’s the Relay season. Teams around Campbell County are kicking off fundraisers to benefit the American Cancer Society.

    For the third year, First Volunteer Bank Relay for Life Team is hosting a race for the cure.

    The annual 5K run/walk will be held Saturday. About 110 racers have already pre-registered for the event, according to team captain Angie Wells.

    The turnout this year is larger than the past two years, said co-organizer of the event Melissa Smith.

  • Much needed police vehicles considered for CPD

    The Caryville Board of Mayor and Aldermen made several progressive decisions for the police department on Monday.

    Police Chief Johnny Jones pleaded with the board to purchase two vehicles for the department. A lengthy discussion took place about the pros and cons of purchasing new cruisers. Jones requested the purchase of an SUV for $23,921 and 2011 Crown Vic for $22,733. Both vehicles come with state contracts. Jones requested an additional $2,000 to outfit the vehicle with safety equipment for a total amount of $48,654.

  • Head Start announces enrollment

    Since 1965 Head Start has been preparing children for school. Four centers in Campbell County will be accepting applications for the upcoming school year.

    Children three-years-old by September can join the head start program. Additional criteria are reviewed said Faye Walden, family service worker for West LaFollette Head Start. The federally funded program provides free early childhood education to pre-school age students.

    Income and number of people in the household are among the criteria, said Walden.

  • Citizen brings complaint about road conditions

    Citizen complaints kicked off the Caryville Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting Monday. The roads off exit 141 are in major disrepair and industrial employees in the area are looking for a permanent fix to ease their work commutes.

    “See what we can do about a permanent fix instead of a gravel repair,” said James Gross concerning the condition of Luther Seibers Blvd.

    Mayor Robert Stooksbury said the roadway is tied to an industrial prospect.