Local News

  • Library preps for symphony visit

    A string quartet from the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra will stop by the Caryville Library on April 4 at 10:30 a.m. for story time. It is the group’s third annual visit to the library.
    “They will read the stories and they provide sound effects,” said librarian Robyn Turner.
    Each year, KSO plans a program that tours area libraries. This year, the theme is “How Many Cats?” a focus on numbers and counting.

  • Hiring officer crushes debate on credentials

    Hiring an officer to fill a vacant position has closed the debate — at least for now, on the education requirements of officers in Caryville.
    “Now what this is, is just a suggested thing to look at for now or later, the possibility of doing something similar to departments that will hire police officers and send them to the academy,” said Caryville Mayor Chris Stanley.
    Last week, the mayor broached the topic of increasing the job requirements for an officer to be hired to include a college degree.

  • Tickets still available for rotary club fundraiser roast

    Tickets are still available for the “This is your life, Tom Stiner,” a fundraiser for the South Campbell County Rotary Club.

    “It’s a roast of Tom, but also a toast to him,” said Jim Dossett, SCC rotary club secretary.

    Stiner was chosen because of his contributions to the community.

  • FCCA seeks short term fosters

    Friends of Campbell County Animals could use all the help they could get.

    “We really need puppy fosters,” said group president Michelle Davis.

    One of FCCA’s many operations is to transport unwanted animals to northern states for adoptions. Before a pet can cross state lines, it must be vaccinated. 

    “To put them on these transports they have to have two sets of shots. We give them one right away and then come back in two weeks and give them the other,” she said.

  • Seven more apply for LaFollette admin position

    Seven last minute applicants submitted resumes for the LaFollette City Administrator position before the March 8 deadline. Gary R. Carver, William C. Comer, Travis Davis, Joseph W. Garrison II, Thomas Hatmaker, Darryl R. Roberts and Edward Stevenson.
    Carver is currently working with the Tennessee Department of Human Services as an eligibility counselor for TennCare. He has also worked as marketing director for East Tennessee State University campus recreation and mentorship with Cocke County Mayor’s office.

  • School system losing $60,000 in cafeteria sales

    The school system has lost $60,000 in cafeteria sales.
    Revenue is down because fewer students are buying lunches, and the cost for food is higher, according to a budget amendment the budget and finance committee considered Monday night.
    “Our new meal regulations have us serving more fruits and vegetables,” Campbell County School Nutrition Supervisor Vickie Woodard said Wednesday. “Our intent is to teach children to choose healthy foods so it will improve their life to be healthier.”

  • Disciple Now to bring area churches and youth together for a weekend of worship, mission work

    This month, over 200 teenagers will gather at LaFollette Church of God for the second annual Disciple Now event. The youth will come from several churches of different denominations.
    “I’m just very excited about the opportunity to get together,” said Shane Carney, youth leader at Indiana Avenue Baptist Church. “With all these churches coming together from different denominations, it’s going to be a great time in the Lord.”

  • Caryville board paves way for business expansion, alderman resigns

    ProImage has the go-ahead to expand after Caryville’s Board of Mayor and Alderman approved abandoning part of a road to make way for the expansion of its business at the John McGhee Industrial Park.

    “I've been in contact with PRO Image who is at our other industrial park,” said Alderperson Vickie Heatherly. “They wanted to expand and that would bring about 25 more employees.”

    Mayor Chris Stanley said Pro Image could eventually add two to three more buildings and as many as 100 jobs.

  • CC Honor Guard provides military funerals for local veterans

    The Campbell County Honor Guard provides local veterans with full military funerals. The CCHG provides this service for veterans in Campbell County, Scott County, Claiborne County and Anderson County. Some funerals have been provided for veterans in Kentucky as well, CCHG Commander Dr. Don Chadwick said.
    The CCHG is one of few full-dress military honor guards in Tennessee consisting of volunteers, Campbell County Veterans Affairs Office Director Kevin Walden said.

  • Caryville mayor pushes for college-educated officers, workshop planned

    Caryville Mayor Chris Stanley asked for the board’s thoughts on hiring an officer without POST training when the applicant has other college experience.

    “We have had some unusual applications that almost exceed what we are asking for here in the city. We do have people starting to apply now that has criminal justice degree but does not have the training,” Stanley said during the meeting Monday.

    In order to become POST certified, individuals must attend the police academy and then take further exams to earn the POST certificate.