Local News

  • US 25 Yard Sale runs Thursday through Sunday

     Thousands of bargain seekers are expected to descend along parts of US 25 today through Sunday, as the historic highway plays host to a nearly 250-mile yard sale. The event spans from the Ohio/Kentucky border through East Tennessee and hits several local sites along the way.  

    It’s the second annual event, but the first time Campbell County has participated, said E.L. Morton, executive director for the Chamber of Commerce, who’s been coordinating with business leaders and other officials on the interstate commerce event. 

  • Sharp sentenced to 25 years for attempted sex with minor

     Michael Todd Sharp will spend the next 25 years behind bars after entering his guilty plea in Campbell County criminal court on Monday. 

    In March 2012, the LaFollette Police Department got a tip that Sharp, 35, was living at the Village Apartments. Police reportedly found him there with a minor and his then-girlfriend. The encounter was an automatic violation of the terms of the sexual offender registry because he was living at a home other than where he was registered.

  • NEXAFED could be remedy in fight against meth

     A new allergy drug might be the key to curbing meth abuse in Campbell County. 

    Monday night, District Attorney General Lori Phillips-Jones spoke to the Campbell County Anti-Drug Coalition about Nexafed—a decongestant that has been on the market since the end of last year. 

    Nexafed is an alternative to Sudafed, but is produced in a way that makes it harder to be used in the manufacture of methamphetamine. 

  • Hit-and-run leads to hour-long manhunt

     Four law enforcement agencies responded after a LaFollette man allegedly fled from a hit-and-run accident on Monday afternoon.

    David Norris, 41, 869 Glade Springs Rd., LaFollette, allegedly hit another vehicle in front of the Quik Stop BBQ Market & Deli in Caryville. He then fled the area on foot. 

    The Campbell County Sheriff’s Department, Jacksboro Police Department, Caryville Police Department and Tennessee Highway Patrol all responded to the area to begin the manhunt after a “be on the lookout” advisory was issued.

  • Lawsuit claims bankrupt town breached contract

    A Clinton excavating company is sueing the town of Jellico for more than $80,000, after it said the town failed to render payment for services performed.
    In the three-page complaint filed May 28 in Campbell County Chancery Court, Cozy Excavation & Contracting, LLC claimed it was hired to make improvements to the water treatment facility. The work was completed, according to the suit.

  • Man sentenced to 90 days for violating sex offender registry

    After last month’s motion to dismiss charges, a LaFollette man pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 90 days in the county jail.
    Brian Keith Wilson, 43, was living too close to a park, school, head start and recreation center when he met with his probation officer on Aug. 3, 2012.
    “It came to my attention that the address where Mr. Wilson was living since 2007 was too close to several things,” probation officer Sarah Dunn testified last month.
    Wilson contended he had been given permission to live there by his former probation officer.

  • Man whose dog bit deputy arraigned on multiple charges

    CAMPBELL COUNTY—A LaFollette man was arraigned in Campbell County Criminal Court Monday on multiple charges filed against him during two separate incidents in April.
    Dale Wilson, 629 Grantsboro Rd., LaFollette, answered to nine charges in criminal court where he entered not guilty pleas to each count.

  • EMS to offer training at East LaFollette center

    LaFOLLETTE—The city council will allow the Campbell County EMS to use a room at East LaFollette Community Center. Campbell County EMS hopes to offer first aid, CPR and other training to organizations in the community from the new site at East LaFollette.

  • Council picks Rogers Group for STP projects

    LaFOLLETTE—The city council approved the $479,193 Rogers Group submitted for Surface Transportation Program projects. This bid must be approved by the Tennessee Department of Transportation before the city will receive the STP money. This money will be used to pay Rogers Group to pave South Avenue from Jacksboro Pike to Loop Road, 13th Street from Central Avenue to Beech Street and South Cumberland Avenue from Central Avenue to city limits.

  • City applies for credit limit

    LaFOLLETTE—The city council on Tuesday approved applying for a city credit card. Council member Hansford Hatmaker asked who would be responsible for the card.
    “Billie will be in charge of the credit card,” Mayor Mike Stanfield said, referring to the new city administrator—Billie Russell.
    “Good deal,” Hatmaker said.