Local News

  • RUSSELL’S AGENDA: evaluations, open-door policy

    LaFOLLETTE— Newly hired City Administrator Billie Russell is unveiling some of her plans for LaFollette—which include employee evaluations and a more open door policy.
    “I think it would be a good business practice,” said Russell, in reference to evaluations, at a recent workshop. “Other cities are doing this now.”
    Evaluations could be used to identify areas that need improvement as well as provide a basis for raises and promotions for city workers.

  • Commission debates animal shelters’ closing

    JACKSBORO—Several are raising the question of when the Adrion W. Baird Animal Center will reopen.
    Among the voices is county resident Jim Slusher.
    “Four weeks ago a commitment was made, the animal shelter would open in two to three weeks,” he said. “This hasn’t happened.”
    Slusher criticized the commission for providing funds for a shelter that currently isn’t operating.
    The shelter closed April 11 after a viral Internet video surfaced alleging several malpractices there.

  • Apparent drowning victim identified

    POWELL VALLEY—The Campbell County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the death of a man whose body was recovered from Norris Lake Thursday afternoon.

    Ralph Ward, 65, of 205 Sharp Lane, LaFollette, is believed to have drowned. His body was spotted floating in a cove off Cliffside Drive near Powell Valley Marina about 3:30 p.m. Thursday, according to reports from the sheriff's office. 

  • Local 4th of July events scheduled for weekend

    Fourth of July events are scheduled into the weekend.

    Jellico will hold an icecream- and hotdog-eating contest. There will be a Miss Fireworks pageant Saturday at 10 a.m. The fireworks display originally scheduled for July 4 was postponed until Saturday night.

  • East Tennessee sends help to ravaged Oklahoma

    EAST TENNESSEE—In the wake of devastating tornadoes in Oklahoma this spring, a team of 12 from East Tennessee helped with disaster relief efforts.
    The Nolachucky Baptist Association—which includes Hamblen, Greene, Grainger and Jefferson counties—sent a 12-person team to Moore, Okla. While the team focused on physical needs, the primary concern was encouraging people in the devastated area.

  • BOE to replace furniture lost in school fire

    JACKSBORO – The Board of Education will pay just more than $18,000 to replace furniture lost in a small fire at Wynn Elementary School last winter.
    School and Office Supply was the low bidder for the contract at $18,402.15.

  • Commission renews lease for Jellico offices

    JACKSBORO—The commission approved a $1,200 lease agreement with Cherry Artis for three satellite offices that provide services in Jellico.
    The commission rejected the lease earlier last month, citing high cost and and unfair division of financial responsibilities between Campbell County Mayor William Baird, County Court Clerk Debbie Wilson and County Property Assessor Brandon Partin—whose divisions rent space there.
    Last month, Commissioner Beverly Hall said Partin wasn’t paying a fair portion of the rent.

  • Benvenuto! Fazoli’s

    Make room for breadsticks.
    Italian eatery Fazoli’s will debut next Wednesday at the former Burger King site on US 25W near Dossett Lane in LaFollette. Signage for the new restaurant has recently been erected and crews were observed Monday morning polishing the interior in anticipation of the July 10 opening.
    The restaurant will be operated by local restauranteur Odus Mundy, who operates three other Fazoli’s franchises in Chattanooga and elsewhere.  

  • Town leaders seek court order to force mayor to ‘uphold official duties’

    JELLICO—Aldermen are asking town attorney Terry Basista to seek a court order calling for Mayor Les Stiers to abide by his oath to execute council decisions.
    During a  meeting last month, Alderman Alvin Evans asked Basista if a letter he drafted was legal.