Local News

  • ATV ride to benefit domestic violence victims

    Start your engines to support victims of domestic violence.
    Community Health of East Tennessee’s Family Services Center will host an all-terrain vehicle charity ride 10 a.m., April 27. The goal is to raise $5,000 for the Family Services Center, according to Rebecca Herrill from the agency.
    “We’re looking forward to it,” LaFollette Police Chief Jimmy Jeffries said. “We hope it goes real well. Hopefully, this will be a good community building event.”

  • Facebook page creators cite ‘animal warriors’ for exposing shelter problem

    Embattled shelter director Betty Crumley thought it was an April Fool’s joke when she began receiving obscene and threatening phone calls from around the country on April 1.
    The calls came after a Facebook page, Exposing Betty Crumley – Information needed here, went viral.

  • Jellico seeking applicants for town recorder

    JELLICO—The town is accepting applications for town recorder. The position is open after the resignation of previous town recorder, Linda Douglas.
    Sondra Denton, a CMFO from Englewood, has worked with the town on contract since mid-December.
    Job requirements for town recorder now include a college degree and previous office experience. The new recorder could be employed as early as June 1.
    A starting salary is not specified.

  • Educators get boost for out-of-pocket expenditures

    CAMPBELL COUNTY—Traveling educators have a little more breathing room for accommodation expenses when they leave Campbell County for conferences and seminars.
    “When they go to these professional development conferences out of state, they’re having problems being reimbursed for the full hotel-motel fees because our policy limits them to $150 per night,” said Board of Education Chairman Josh Parker.
    In larger metro areas, even the least expensive hotel rooms are $250 per night, he said.

  • Jellico dispatch savings still not on solid ground

    JELLICO—Despite a previous mandate to abolish part-time fire dispatchers positions here, the details to implement the measure are unclear.
    Last Wednesday, Jellico’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen – minus Tommy Bowlin and Darrell Byrge —discussed how to implement the change.

  • Broken brake light leads to drug charges

    A broken brake light caught the attention of Campbell County Sheriff’s Deputy James McCall on April 12.
    After iniatiating a traffic stop, McCall found that Dale Wilson, 51, of 629 Grantsboro Road, was unable to provide proof of insurance and registration for his vehicle.  
    Police also found that Wilson allegedly had a warrant for his arrest. At that point, he was taken into custody, the report said.

  • Jellico officials begin budget talks

    JELLICO— Budgets for three departments are tentatively set after last Wednesday’s special called meeting of the Jellico Board of Mayor and Aldermen.
    The highways and streets department will function on $213,522 for fiscal year 2013-14. The number is based on the amount of revenue generated as of now, which is also $213,522.
    “You don’t want to spend more than you’re going to bring in, and that’s been a problem,” said part time certified municipal finance officer, Sondra Denton.

  • Vigil to raise money for cancer stricken mother

    A mother’s dying wish is for her children to have bedrooms to live in.
    Heather Santana moved back to Campbell County from Greeneville with her two daughters in order to help care for her ailing father.
    Currently, she’s in a nursing facility, diagnosed with terminal cancer. She only has two months to live according to the “Praying for Heather Farmer Santana” Facebook page.
    “This family needs some help,” said Becky Bolton, family friend.

  • Budget workshop set for April 25 in Caryville

    CARYVILLE—The town’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen will meet at 6 p.m. on April 25 to begin hammering out the 2013-14 budget.
    The budget is due in Nashville by the end of June and will require two readings before approval.
    With two and a half months left in the fiscal year, the town has used 68 percent of its budget. According to the monthly financial statement, the town had $387,890 in the bank as of March 31. Expenditures for March were $80,566 while revenue was $98,677.

  • Animal shelter closed pending investigation

    The Adrion W. Baird Animal Center is closed pending an investigation into allegations against shelter director Betty Crumley.

    There is no scheduled date for the shelter to be reopened, according to the Campbell County Mayor's office.

    On Tuesday, an investigator from the Tennessee Department of Health was at the shelter for a tour and to speak with each employee about shelter practices.