Today's News

  • County powers act stands despite opposition

    Robert Henson’s appearance before the county commission to argue the perceived evils of the hotly debated county powers act landed somewhere between an inquisition and sermon complete with amen corner.

    As Monday’s meeting kicked off with 12 citizens making a request to address the commission County Mayor William Baird asked Henson, who was first on the list, if he would agree to speak last since he had appeared before the commission on two previous occasions.

    Henson responded “No sir” as he took his place at the microphone.

  • Jones steps down as coach

     Embattled basketball coach Barry Jones has resigned his position as head of the Campbell County High School boy’s program.

    Jones announced his decision Monday night after conferring with his family.

    "My wife and I decided together it was in the best interest of our family for me

    to step down and pursue other opportunities,” said Jones.

  • Caryville reviews package store applications

      Applications came pouring in to Caryville last Thursday for the chance to open a liquor store.

    Five people are vying for the two slots available to open a liquor store in Caryville.

    From LaFollette, Jimmy Arnold has applied. Arnold is the owner of J. B. Arnold Company. He submitted a proposal to construct a building on John McGhee Boulevard and name it Starr Spirits, LLC.

  • Director of schools finalists chosen

       With less than an month until their self-imposed deadline to appoint a director of schools, board members moved ever closer to achieving that goal this week.

    On Tuesday evening the group convened to affirm the three finalists selected by the five member screening committee. Donnie Poston, Eunice Reynolds and Sharon Ridenour were selected from the original pool of 13 applicants to be presented to the full board as finalists for the system’s top spot.

  • Jellico abolishes utility board

    The campaign promise of Jellico Mayor Les Stiers to abolish the utility board came to fruition last Thursday night. The Jellico Board of Mayor and Aldermen eliminated the five-person board controlling the electric and water system, opting to oversee the operation themselves.

    Riotous meetings where utility customers have complained about high bills, brought the talked about subject to a vote. Even prior to the final reading of the ordinance citizens expressed dissatisfaction with meter readings and billing.

  • Murray files third lawsuit against county mayor

    Former Campbell County Environmental Director Dan Murray held the position for just five months before he was terminated at the beginning of March.

    It was enough time for him to file three lawsuits against the county and Mayor William Baird.

    In the most recent lawsuit filed in circuit court March 16, Murray claims his termination was based on physical handicaps. This act is being accused as a violation of his human rights.

    In this suit he is asking for nearly $1 million in damages.

  • Internal strife confronted at town hall meeting

    An attachment to the agenda brought up mixed emotions at the Jellico Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting last Thursday. The city recorder’s report was prepared for the board’s approval but additional concerns were addressed.

    City Recorder Linda Douglas said negative remarks about the audit and bookkeeping habits need to be addressed with the mayor or attorney and not with her.

    “Who do I complain to? We’ve got an audit that we should’ve had a year ago and we still haven’t got it,” said Alderman Alvin Evans.

  • Jellico lowers electricity rates

    The people have been heard in Jellico.

    Following numerous customer complaints about high utility bills the board of mayor and aldermen have abolished the utility board and set out to lower the rates themselves.

    Just five days after the utility board was abolished, the municipal board organized a special called meeting to lower electricity rates. The same two percent rate decrease not considered by the utility board earlier this month was approved by the new board of mayor and aldermen Tuesday.

  • CASA fundraiser has record support

    Crowds trickled in and out during Saturday afternoon as country and bluegrass music boomed from the gym at West LaFollette. The annual Bluegrass Breakdown is CASA’s largest fundraiser of the year, and this year was no exception.

    The Court Appointed Special Advocates raised over $12,000 with the help of corporate donations.

    Local businesses gave about $8,000 to the organization. The event auction and sales brought in close to $4,500.

    “This is fantastic,” said CASA of Campbell County Executive Director Renee Tackett.

  • Upcoming wedding announced March 17