Local News

  • State park getting $1.4M in upgrades

    NORRIS DAM—A capital project through the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation will allow for $1.4 million of renovations at Norris Dam State Park.
    The project involves restoring the Tea House, Linen House and 19 cabins that were built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s. The project also involves the Tennessee Historical Commission to ensure structures will be restored to their historical forms, said Rep. Dennis Powers, R- Jacksboro, who is part of the state Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee that approved the project.

  • McDonough to serve as Lions’ District Governor

    CAMPBELL COUNTY—Campbell County residents Mike McDonough and Jayne Raparellli are back after spending the first two weeks of July in Hamburg, Germany attending the Lions clubs International Convention.
    At the start of the convention, McDonough was sworn in as the East Tennessee Lions District Governor for a one-year term of office. In this position, he will oversee the operation of 42 clubs and will host the District Convention in Morristown in February.

  • Jobless benefits expanded

    INDIANAPOLIS—Campbell County auctioneers, Haskel Ayers, Tomi Ayers, JJ Dower and Traci Dower, joined auctioneers from across the world July 16-20, at the National Auctioneers Association’s (NAA) 64th International Auctioneer’s conference and show at the J. W. Marriott in downtown Indianapolis, Ind.
    The conference ended JJ Dower’s reign as president of the National Auctioneers.  JJ and his father in law, Hack Ayers, were the first father-and-son-in-law duo to hold the office.
    Ayers was president 25 years ago.

  • Budget still unsettled, tensions mount

    JELLICO—The tension is palpable in Jellico where the Board of Mayor and Aldermen still haven’t settled a final budget.
    The new fiscal year began on July 1.
    Unrest was evident last Thursday when the board didn’t have an agenda until Mayor Les Stiers arrived at 6:29 p.m. for the 6:30 board meeting.

  • East Tenn. to house first-ever residential recovery court

    WARTBURG—The Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (TDMHSAS) and the Tennessee Department of Correction (TDOC) is opening the first state-wide residential Recovery Court in the nation, effective Aug. 1.

  • Woman nabbed in lot for pills

    UP THE VALLEY—Deputy Christopher Chapman, of the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department, arrested a woman for public intoxication and possession of narcotics at Big O’s on July 13.
    Chapman was dispatched there after customer Jennifer Marie Smith, 26, 521 Hayes Lane, LaFollette allegedly got into her Jeep intoxicated.
    When Chapman arrived, he found Smith slumped over the steering wheel, according to Sheriff’s reports.
    Smith allegedly failed the sobriety tests Chapman asked her to perform.

  • Inmate busted smuggling morphine, other contraband into county jail

    CAMPBELL COUNTY—County jail officials recovered pills, tobacco and an unidentified powder after an inmate allegedly tried to smuggle the contraband into the facility earlier this month.
    While being booked, corrections officer Anita Goins and the nurse reportedly took Jessica Lynn Morgan, 24, 1527 Long Hollow Road, LaFollette, into the bathroom of the county jail July 17 to be searched, records indicated.

  • Speedwell man booked for drugs, forgery for passing checks at grocery

    CAMPBELL COUNTY—Tommy Leon Lamberson III, 22, 673, Powell Valley Shores Circle, Speedwell, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, three counts of forgery, three counts of theft under $500 and violation of probation.
    The charges stem from a July 18 arrest when LaFollette Det. Josh Hill booked Lamberson for possession of drug paraphernalia. LaFollette Police Officer James Farmer transported Lamberson to the Campbell County Jail.

  • Man Tasered after public ruckus, resisting officer’s arrest

    CARYVILLE—A  Campbell County Sheriff’s deputy  Tasered a Caryville man Sunday after he allegedly became combative during an arrest for public intoxication.
    While patrolling the Hill Road area around 9 a.m., Deputy Joshua Jeffers reportedly observed several individulas arguing in the middle of the road. After approaching one of the men—Leon Smith, 55, 381 Hill Lane, Caryville—Jeffers reported he became “belligerent and uncooperative.”