Local News

  • LPD still investigating the case of a man found dead in a creek

    LaFOLLETTE—Detectives are investigating the death of Steven A. Phillips—a 40-year-old man, whose body was found in LaFollette Wednesday.

    “We’re still investigating it thoroughly,” LaFollette Police Chief Jimmy Jeffries said.

    The LaFollette Police Department received a call about Phillips’ body, which was found in a creek, Wednesday afternoon.

    “After the body was recovered, it was sent to the University of Tennessee for an autopsy,” Jeffries said.

  • McDonald's to open Jellico site




    JELLICO—Fast food giant McDonald’s is expected to break ground on an 85-occupancy restaurant here as early as October. Construction is set for a now vacant lot at Fifth Street and Tennessee Avenue near the Days Inn, according to reports from town officials. 

  • SHERIFF SNAPSHOT: 90-day report shows department's progress

     CAMPBELL COUNTY—A 90-day activity report released by the Campbell County Sheriff‘s Department this week shows the agency responded to 111 animal calls since the closing of the Adrion W. Baird Animal Center three months ago. 

    The figure is one of dozens revealed in the agency’s quarterly report, which covers April through June 2013. 

    The 90-day report aims to show progress of the sheriff’s department and is issued to county commissioners from Sheriff Robbie K. Goins each quarter. 

  • Jellico budget still unsettled, property tax still absent

    JELLICO—Bankrupted Jellico is collecting no property tax—and could potentially be losing thousands in potential revenue—after town officials failed to hold two meetings last week to resolve the oversight.
    Special-called meetings set for July 9 and July 12 were cancelled because the board didn’t have enough members to conduct business.
    On July 9, Mayor Les Stiers and Alderman Darrell Byrge were absent. On July 12, Byrge was absent again, but so was Alderwoman Pam Carbaugh.

  • Food Life Service: 20

    LaFOLLETTE—Food Life Services celebrated its 20th anniversary last week. Food Life Services incorporated July 13, 1993, and opened its doors in August that year.
    Food Life Services brings in about 4,000 pounds of food a week and distributes about 2,000 bags of groceries a week.
    “Our purpose is to give free emergency food to any Campbell County resident who feels they are in need,” said Jim Holtslag, FLS treasurer.

  • Animal Advisory Board accomplishes little

    LaFOLLETTE— Campbell County’s Animal Advisory Board chased its tail for most of a meeting Tuesday to rewrite the animal control ordinance.
    In 120 minutes, the board discussed tentative changes to only one page of the ordinance.
    It was the second meeting since the Adrion W. Baird Animal Center closed on April 11, pending a state investigation into questionable practices.  

  • POPPIN’ virtual tags: Facebook thrift shop thrives for county’s Internet entrepreneurs

    CAMPBELL COUNTY—From flip-flops to houses, anything that is “legal” to buy or sell in Campbell County can be found at the Facebook-based “Campbell County Online Thrift Shop.”
    Megan Lashea Skeans started the group about 14 months ago in order to help people in Campbell County come together and sell extra items they no longer need, and assist people who are struggling financially find what they need at “yard sale prices.”

  • DEFENSE: Bartley school shooting trial should be moved

    JACKSBORO—School shooter Kenneth Bartley will get a new trial, but it may not be in Campbell County.
    In a motion filed by defense attorney Greg Isaacs, he maintains a change of venue is needed because of “inflammatory media coverage” of the events surrounding the Nov. 2005 shooting at Campbell County High School that killed Ken Bruce and wounded two others.
    The lengthy motion for a venue change was filed in Campbell County Criminal Court on July 11.

  • County officials approve minimum for schools

    JACKSBORO—The Campbell County Budget and Finance Committee approved the minimum $9 million for schools—requiring no tax increase.
    “The school budget, for the county commission, is a funding issue only,” Campbell County Finance Director Jeff Marlow said. “When the school budget is reviewed, the thing you’re concerned with is how much money you are going to provide for them.”

  • $1.3M worth of marijuana seized

    CAMPBELL COUNTY—During an ongoing East Tennessee marijuana investigation, about $1.3 million worth of marijuana and one meth lab were seized in Campbell County last week.