Today's News

  • Jellico tree lighting to be held

    The city of Jellico will host its Christmas tree lighting ceremony on Nov. 18. The ceremony will be held at 6 p.m. in the Veteran's Park. The event will offer hot chocolate and cookies, Christmas carols will be led by Carbide Warman. The ceremony will be concluded in time for church service.

  • CCHS Basketball Alumni Tournament planned for November

    A Campbell County High School Basketball Alumni Weekend is being planned for Nov. 13-14 at John R.W. Brown Gymnasium.

    The list of activities includes an alumni basketball tournament for former players. Players who register will be assigned to one of four teams based on the era they played: 1975-1990, 1991-99, 2000-04, 2005-09.

    The tournament will begin on Friday, Nov. 13 and conclude with championship and consolation games on Saturday, Nov. 14. There will also be a slam dunk contest for former players as well as a 3-point shootout.

  • Mother of abused child remains in jail on $250,000 bond


    Last week, Joseph Smith faced a judge accused of severely abusing Peyton Douglas.

    On Tuesday, Michelle Ann Mae Douglas, Peyton’s mother, appeared in court under the same cloud of suspicion.

    But she didn’t opt for General Sessions Judge Joe Ayers to weigh the evidence in her case. Instead 23-year-old Douglas waived her preliminary hearing sending her case straight to the grand jury. However she did have one request.

  • CCHS gets second SRO

    On the heels of a gun related incident at Campbell County High School board members took action to provide an extra measure of security for students.

    Asking for an amendment to the evening’s agenda Board Member Johnny Byrge asked for the addition of a School Resource Officer position to the staff at CCHS.  With no opposition to the measure, Byrge took the opportunity to state his reasoning for the request.

    “I think it’s something everybody knows we need,” Byge said candidly regarding his motion to hire another SRO.

  • Martin stands by decisions made in gun incident

    In the days following Nov. 3 school officials and law enforcement have taken a hard look at the procedures in place for a gun being discovered on school property.

    Last week’s incident at Campbell County High School left one student in custody.

    And while Dr. Michael Martin, director of schools, believes there were parts of the plan that needed clarification, the response of administrators and law enforcement is to be commended.

  • Lack of quorum hinders business

    You can’t conduct business if you’re not there; that’s the conundrum that the Jellico Mayor and Aldermen have found themselves in.

    The Jellico Board of Mayor and Aldermen have held 10 meetings since mid August, with seven of those meetings being specially called.  Of those seven, there have been six meetings where a quorum was not met due to lack of attendance.

    Specifically, the last three meetings that have been special called by Mayor Forrester Baird have not taken place.

  • Overtime pay to be held until court issues ruling

    While the county finance department waits for clarification on what constitutes an administrative employee versus a non- administrative employee, a court order has been issued in the matter.

    In August county attorney Joe Coker filed the question in Campbell County Chancery Court.

    That filing asked Chancellor Billy Joe White to decide what the decisive element is between the two classifications. Currently, the distinction is overtime pay. Any county employee who receives overtime compensation may not be categorized as administrative, according to earlier court filings.

  • Caryville wants free speech suit dismissed

    In what has become a battle of court filings the town of Caryville has requested the current civil action filed against them by Steve Hale be dismissed.

    Hale, the owner of Adult World, LLC., recently asked the court to rule that his business not be held to the Caryville ordinances that regulate adult orientated businesses. He claimed the ordinances were unconstitutional and prohibited free speech. Nude dancing is a form of free speech, Hale’s previous filings said.

  • Jellico detective denies allegations of using excessive force

    A Nov. 3 incident has left one man dead and a Jellico detective denying allegations he used unneeded force.

    Last Tuesday, Jimmy Smith, of Jellico, allegedly lost control of his vehicle and drove into an air conditioning unit outside of Billy’s Motel, according to Jellico Detective J.J. Hatmaker. Hatmaker is also the detective being accused using excessive force when responding to the incident.

    The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is investigating the issue.

  • Public intoxication leads to drug arrest

    Suspicion of public intoxication led to the drug arrest of Chuckie Dewayne Elkins, 35, of 506 E. Fir Street, LaFollette on Halloween.

    Jellico Police Officer Joe Hopson saw Elkins exit the Jellico Community Hospital allegedly appearing to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol as he staggered to the parking lot, the Jellico Police report said.