Today's News

  • Three strikes your out, four times and he’s back to jail

    Jose Meza is no stranger to being charged with DUI. The violation has been levied against him four times following an arrest last week.

    Caryville Police Officer Ben Marlow observed Meza, 31, of Jacksboro, driving south on Highway 116 last Friday. Meza allegedly crossed the double yellow line and stayed left of the center for approximately 100 feet before being stopped on Little Cove Creek Road.

    “Meza stated that he and a friend had just came from the Big Orange Tavern,” said Marlow.

  • Jellico kicks off I Hate Meth week

    Since the formation of the I Hate Meth organization in Campbell County, the message has become addictive. 

    Hate Meth founders Jonathan Luallen and Toby Young have worked to raise awareness from Caryville to LaFollette with signs along the main thoroughfare. The same message has now spread to Jellico.

    Jellico leaders will recognize the week of March 7, as I Hate Meth week. The Campbell County Anti-Drug Coalition will commence the weeklong awareness effort on Monday at 5 p.m. at town hall.

  • Westside school being built up, eastside school comes down

    As one old school is being demolished another old school undergoes massive updates and improvements.

    LaFollette Recreation Director Johnny Byrge provided the LaFollette City Council with an update of renovations taking place at West LaFollette School. The renovations are being made to permanently transform the previous school into a community center.

    So far in the construction, rooms and office space have been completed. In addition to the offices, Byrge said handicap accessible restrooms have been added.

  • Jeffries takes action as new LaFollette Police Chief

    The search for LaFollette’s new chief of police has been exhaustive.

    City council members narrowed down the applicants and conducted interviews on a select three. Campbell County’s own Jimmy Jeffries was named chief in the January meeting.

    While Jeffries ranked above the other candidates for the position, he has a hard road ahead of him to combat the city’s growing crime rate and drug problem.

    This isn’t an obstacle Jeffries is threatened by, if fact, he is embracing the opportunity to lead the department in a new direction.

  • Murray files second lawsuit against county mayor William Baird

    Director of Environmental Services Dan Murray has filed a lawsuit against county mayor William Baird after being placed on administrative leave without pay.

    Murray’s civil suit, filed in circuit court Feb. 16, says Baird took retaliatory action against him for allegedly refusing to be silent about illegal activities.

    Murray, 59, has worked in various capacities at the environmental services department since 1998. During his employment he was exposed to dust from two limestone quarries, according to the suit.

  • Owls, Eagles fall in Final Four of TMSAA East Sectionals

     The boy’s middle school basketball teams from LaFollette and Jacksboro made it to the East Tennessee Final Four last weekend before being eliminated.

  • Jellico denies Sunday beer sales

     Some citizens were in tears and others appeared angry as the Jellico Board of Mayor and Aldermen prepared to take action on Sunday beer sales last Thursday.

    Following Caryville’s November vote to allow liquor sales Caryville and the county are required to set hours for Sunday beer sales. The remaining municipalities in Campbell County can be included or opt out completely.

    The Jellico board unanimously decided to stay away from selling beer on Sunday after hearing a magnitude of concerns from the community.

  • Crappie, walleye action is improving

     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).

  • Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency news

     Fishing regulations are being distributed

    The 2011 Tennessee Fishing Regulations (effective March 1, 2011 through Feb. 28, 2012) are being distributed to license agents across the state, according to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA).  

    The regulations are available wherever hunting and fishing licenses are sold. They will also be available soon at www.tnwildlife.org.

  • Junior Chamber meets with mentors

     The 2010-11 Campbell County Leadership class has chosen to assist the county’s youth for its service project.

    Each service project is aimed at giving back to the community for growth and development. For leadership member Cindi Reynolds helping the youth is the best way to give back.

    As part of the project the group wrote a grant to Tennessee Association of Community Leaders. The grant awarded $250 to the young group to be used as seed money for more projects.

    “Have to have money to make money,” said Reynolds.