Today's News

  • Erratic driving leads to drug arrest

    A traffic stop for alleged erratic driving led the discovery of a number of pills on Saturday.

    Campbell County Sheriff’s Deputy John Wallen was on patrol just after 3 p.m. on Saturday at the traffic light at the intersection of North Cumberland Avenue and East Central Avenue when he observed Roger Lee Wilson, 21, of  801 South 8th Street, Apartment 4, cross the double yellow line. Due to this observation Wallen turned around and activated his emergency lights while following Wilson.

  • JMS to host jamboree

    Jacksboro Middle School will host its annual football jamboree tonight (Thurs.).

    LaFollette and Powell will kick off the jamboree at 6:30 p.m.

    Halftime will feature a punt, pass and sprint competition.

    The host Eagles will play Fulton in the nightcap at approximately 7:45 p.m.

  • Audit committee squashed for second month

    Discussion about the creation of an audit committee made an appearance on the county commission’s agenda for a second month in a row.

    After failing to gain enough support for the action during the July meeting Commissioner Tom Hatmaker decided to try his luck again on Monday night.

    Following Hatmaker’s reintroduction of the motion Commission Steve Rutherford questioned the need for such a committee.

    “Don’t all departments get an audit every year?” Rutherford asked.

  • Spawning bluegills caught on flats

    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 Thursday, Aug. 11 was 1,014.28 feet and falling. 

    Bluegills were spawning in advance of the full moon (Aug. 13). 

    Some keepers are being taken from the nesting areas in the flats.

    Shellcrackers are as deep as 25 feet during daylight hours, with some being caught alongside the spawning bluegill. 

  • Local author completes first book

    Books have been a part of Kristi Elaine Ivey’s life for as long as she can remember. And the urge to write them has been there just as long.

    “There’s never been a time that I can remember not reading or wanting to write,” Ivey said.

    Laughing out loud the LaFollette native confessed she probably has the beginnings of more than 50 books on her computer from the ideas she has had warbling around in her head over the years.

  • Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency news

    Wild hog management regulations now in effect

    New regulations regarding wild hog management in Tennessee are now in effect. Changes to wild hog management in Tennessee came as a response to concerns from landowners, the Tennessee Legislature, the Farm Bureau, and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency biologists.

  • Hit and run trial underway

    Facing four criminal charges Louis Bargy faced a jury of his peers yesterday.

    He is accused of striking a man with his vehicle, killing him and attempting to cover up the crime. Officially, Bargy is charged with vehicular homicide by reckless conduct, leaving the scene of an accident with death, filing a false report and tampering with evidence.

    A jury of four men and eight women will decide his fate.

    Prosecutors in the case are arguing that in July 2010 Bargy was traveling on old Highway 63 when he hit Michael Jones, knocking him into a ditch.

  • Chaniott gets diversion; must pay restitution

    What a difference a year makes.

    This time last year Sandra Chaniott was beginning another school year as principal of Jacksboro Elementary School. But on Monday she was learning her fate in criminal court.

  • New utility rate structure causes higher bills at peak times: What should customers expect and what can they do to lower their bills?

    Air conditioning makes 95-degree weather bearable. But with soaring utility bills, is it affordable?

    Electricity is a commodity, and like gasoline, it is paid for based on usage.

    Last August, the Tennessee Valley Authority’s board of directors adopted a renewed vision that relies more on nuclear power and energy efficiency and less on coal, TVA’s website said.

  • Concerns expressed over animal control

    Bobbi Miller woke up to the sound of her dogs barking around 2:30 a.m. Sunday. She found the source for their agitation on her front porch. A mangy, stray dog stood soaking wet before her. It was dragging its hind leg because its hip had been dislocated, Miller said. Miller guessed the dog had been beaten. The dog was amiable, and wanted to come inside Miller’s house, she said.