Local News

  • Meet the people who make Jellico gel

    JELLICO—Despite its present-day reputation as a financially-struggling (and oftentimes dysfunctional) mountain town, Jellico is a place steeped in history and Appalachian culture. From its early coal and lumber roots, to its mid-century reputation as the “marriage capital of Tennessee,” to its future plans to become a destination for recreational enthusiasts and green business enterprises, there’s a lot more to Jellico than meets the eye.

  • Citizen calls for Stiers’ immediate resignation

    JELLICO—A resident of Jellico called for Mayor Les Stiers to resign immediately during last Thursday’s regularly scheduled town meeting.

    Reading from a four-page typed statement, Carolyn Leach levied several accusations at Stiers — including “official oppression,” disregard for the board’s votes, reckless spending, lying and sexism.

    Stiers took notes during the lengthy statement.

  • Jacksboro Elementary named rewards school

    JACKSBORO—The Tennessee Department of Education has released 2012-13 TCAP data, and the results are largely positive for Campbell County’s school district.

    Jacksboro Elementary School received the designation of Reward School for the 2012-13 year. Reward schools are those in the top 5 percent for performance or progress as measured over the previous year. It’s Jacksboro’s progress that landed them a spot on the reward list.

  • Local man had audience for burglary

    An alleged burglar didn’t know he had an audience.

    Campbell County Sheriff’s  Deputy Travis Bostic was dispatched to 191 East Industrial Park in regards to a possible burglary and theft. A witness at the scene reportedly advised Bostic that Christopher Anthony Poteet, 22, 212 Middlesboro Rd., LaFollette, parked a gold Mazda near a storage shed and began loading it with equipment.

    Poteet allegedly took a conduit, water pipe, jet pump and metal culvert before leaving the scene at a high rate of speed, the reports said.

  • LaFollette woman arrested for DUI after wreck on Patty Hill

    CARYVILLE—A LaFollette woman was jailed after she reportedly wrecked her vehicle while driving under the influence.

    Campbell County Sheriff’s Deputy Franklin Ayers was dispatched to Patty Hill Road in response to a car accident. When he arrived, Ayers reportedly found a maroon van with damage parked in the yard at 334 Patty Hill Road.

    Teresa Ann Nelson, 34, 585 Glade Springs Road, LaFollette, was reportedly “staggering around” in the back of the van and nearly fell when she stepped out of the vehicle, according to police.

  • Comptroller takes over

    JELLICO—It took four months, more than a dozen meetings and one trip to Nashville for Jellico’s Board of Mayor and Alderman to make a final decision about the town’s troubled coffers.
    During a marathon three-hour meeting last Thursday night, the board agreed to the comptroller’s last resort offer to put the town back on an even keel.
    “This gives complete control to the comptroller’s office of spending our money, but this allows us to pay the IRS off right now [and] amass all our debts,” said Mayor Les Stiers.

  • Man arrested at convenience store carrying brass knuckles

    LaFOLLETTE—Last Friday, LaFollette Police Officer Jimmy Albertini was assisting Officer Douglas on a suspicious persons report at a LaFollette convenience store.

    Albertini reportedly observed a male matching the description of the suspicious person run across East Central Avenue, according LPD records.

    Albertini made contact with Lowell Wayne Ladd, 32, 153 Chapel View Drive, LaFollette, across the street from the convenience store where he was originally spotted, according to the report.

  • Williamsburg man jailed for disorderly conduct, prostitution

    CARYVILLE—A Williamsburg man urinating on the sidewalk at the Exit 141 Shell station was jailed after several citizens called 911 to report him.

    Johnny J. Phillips, 47, 1955 Pruitt Ben Rd., Williamsburg, Ky., was approached by a Tennessee Highway Patrol officer around 8:30 a.m. on Aug. 15, according to a highway patrol spokesperson.

    Further investigation revealed Phillips had an active warrant for prostitution in Campbell County, authorities said.

  • Deputies raid drug kingpin twice in five days, take 23 cars

    LaFOLLETTE—Campbell County Sheriff’s Office deputies seized 23 vehicles during two raids on drug “kingpin” Kermit D. York.
    The saga began Aug. 15 when officers converged on 52-year-old York’s home at 711 Ivey Hollow Road.
    An investigation into York’s alleged actions gave officials probable cause to obtain the search warrant.

  • Down in the DUMP

    JACKSBORO—Monday night, the Campbell County Commission voted to oppose a landfill Davis Creek Energy, LLC and Ketchen Land Company, Inc. have proposed operating in the Duff Community.
    “I know we have no control over what Ketchen does,” Commissioner Steve Rutherford said. However, Rutherford said the commission could present a united front against the landfill by voting to not support it.
    Former commissioner Melvin Boshears urged the commission to oppose the landfill if it didn’t benefit Campbell County.