Today's News

  • New personnel policy put on hold

    Sometimes the cart gets put before the horse. This almost happened at a Jellico Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting last Thursday.

    A resolution to amend the personnel policy for all town employees was proposed by Alderwoman Pamela Jo Carbaugh for approval.

    “When I looked at this I was a little shocked,” said Carbaugh about several things in the existing personnel policy.

  • Walters State signs Jellico High School golfer Cody Byrge

     Jellico High School senior Cody Byrge signed scholarship papers Friday to continue his golf career at Walters State Community College (WSCC).

    Byrge posted a top 10 district individual finish for the Blue Devils in their very first year of competition.

    “We’re proud of Cody and all of his accomplishments,” said Danny Oakes, athletic director at Jellico High School.

    “It’s something special for him to get a scholarship in the first year of our golf program.”

  • Council counts money for upcoming projects

    The City of LaFollette may have more money for projects than actual projects.

    At the monthly workshop on Monday, the council discussed the funds received from the Service Transportation Program (STP). About $400,000 is being provided to the city, which the council thought would be better spent on paving.

    “Since we just want to do paving it takes out all of the EPA stuff,” said Interim City Administrator Cade Sexton. “Otherwise we would have people going to environmental reviews.”

  • New business causes excitement in Jellico

    A visitor to the Jellico Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting brought with him a hopeful industrial prospect.

    The visitor, Michael Williams of Montclair Technology LLC., spoke about his plans to open a oil refinery, located on the property of the old Taylor Machine building.

    “Our company has developed a proprietary process to refine used motor oil,” said Williams. “It’s a valuable resource that can be turned back to a lubricant.”

    The company has six plants around the world in operation, according to Williams.

  • Wild turkey fundraising event set March 12

     The annual fundraising event for the Pine Mountain Longbeards Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation will be held on March 12 at Ball Farm Event Center in LaFollette.For more information, contact Ray and Mitzi Ivey at (423) 562-0522 or Billy and Jamie Ball at 423-871-2200.

  • Baird says his job is in Campbell

    With rumors circulating that he will soon be making the move from local to state government, County Mayor William Baird maintains he is staying put.
    “I am not going anywhere,” Baird said following a meeting of the South Campbell County Rotary Club on Tuesday.  “I have not inquired about a job (in Governor Bill Haslam's administration) and I have not been asked.”

  • Rally will be fun and informative

    Campbell County High School is taking up the baton in educating students, but the lessons being taught this weekend at the school aren’t just for students.

    Everyone is invited to attend the I Hate Meth drug awareness rally on Friday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Music, food and demonstrations will be organized in the cafeteria, auditorium and gymnasium at the high school.

  • Fishing for smallmouth bass improves slightly on Norris

     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, Jan. 21 was 1,000.16 feet and expected to remain steady. Surface temperatures range from 39 degrees on the upper end to 42 degrees at Loyston and Norris Dam. On the coldest days, some of the large, protected hollows may frozen over to a thickness of about an inch. Some sections of the main channels above points 15 and 32 may also be frozen on cold mornings.

  • Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency news

     Commission votes to delay

    Sandhill hunting seasons

    The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Commission (TWRC) has delayed a decision for at least two years to move forward through the regulation process and request the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to establish a hunting season for sandhill cranes in the Volunteer State.

  • Public Records Jan. 27, 2011

     Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as or similar to other members of the community.


    Campbell County Property Transfers

    Jan. 17 – Jan. 21


    Linda Hubbard to Kyle J. McDowell, Dist. 1, $11,682.49.

    Bill Cox to Kancie E. Holman, Dist. 3, $150,600.

    David Sharp and Robin Sharp to Ronald Callahan and Kendra Callahan, Dist. 3, $14,000.