Local News

  • Jellico to hike taxes; summoned to state comptroller's office for continual issues


    JELLICO—Jellico property owners could soon see a tax increase as leaders in the small town struggle to come up with ways to stay out of the red.

    During Tuesday night’s special-called meeting, the Board of Mayor and Aldermen barely passed the first reading of an ordinance adopting the annual budget and tax rate for fiscal year 2013-14.

  • Clawshank redemption: Shelter worker's testimony damning of practices at Adrion W. Baird Animal Center

     LAFOLLETTE – An hour of sworn testimony about conditions at the Adrion W. Baird Animal Center surfaced earlier this week confirming rumors of kicked cages, trapped cats and improper euthanasia techniques. 

    In April, attorney Terry Basista placed shelter employee Brenda Watkins under oath and allowed her to share details of practices at the shelter. Watkins has worked at the animal shelter since 2006.

    Changes in shelter operations were made at the beginning of Betty Crumley’s tenure as director in 2008.


    JACKSBORO—County officials voted down a $1,200 lease agreement for three satellite offices, which provide vital government services to Jellico, citing high cost and an unfair division of payment obligations.
    The county rents a building in Jellico from Cherry Artis for $900 a month, where it operates several governmental services.  The lease expires June 30.

  • COUNTY COMMISSIONERS: Cuts can be made to pave county roads

    JACKSBORO—At the budget and finance committee discussion Tuesday night, County Commissioner Tom Hatmaker presented $1.16 million in cuts to county operations.
    But Campbell County Finance Director Jeff Marlow said the money can’t be redirected.
    Only five committee members—Hatmaker, Bob Walden, Beverly Hall, Sue Nance and Charles Baird—attended the meeting. Eight members are required for the committee to be able to take official action, but those in attendance decided to discuss the budget.

  • New maps could highlight town, link hikers to services

    LaFOLLETTE—In order to “highlight downtown LaFollette and its rich history,” the Campbell County Chamber of Commerce is producing maps.
    These maps should draw Cumberland Trail hikers to LaFollette, leading to economic development, according to Corey Barbour, Chamber Vista. The maps “give them something to pick up and walk to downtown LaFollette after they’re done hiking.”
    A connector trail links downtown to the Cumberland Trail at Tank Springs.

  • Archery camp shoots off at Jacksboro Middle

    Jacksboro Middle School will host an archery camp, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday.
    The camp is free, and is open to children 11 to 14. Lunch will be provided everyday by the summer feeding program.
    A grant provided archery equipment for Jacksboro Middle School this past year. Teachers were trained to become archery instructors, and the school implemented an after school archery program.
    “It’s been very, very successful so far,” JMS assistant principle Nicki Bumgardner said. “The kids are loving it.”

  • Lake City man arrested for drugs on way to family reunion

    CARYVILLE— A Lake City man was arrested for drug possession in Caryville Sunday evening after he was pulled over for speeding on his way to a family reunion in Scott County.
    Eric Russell, 29, 198 Huckleberry Lane, Lake City, was stopped by Campbell County Sheriff’s Deputy Josh Carroll.
    In the report, Carroll noted Russell was nervous during the stop. When Russell was asked to produce his driver’s license, registration and proof of insurance, Russell reportedly began to cry and said he didn’t want to be in trouble.

  • Jellico Electric & Water Services responds to contractor’s lawsuits

    JELLICO—Jellico Electric & Water System is willing to pay the more than $80,000 Cozy Excavation and Contracting, LLC. says it is owed, but the utility wants to give it to a judge to divvy it out.
    In a response filed in Campbell County Chancery Court, the utility says Cozy Excavation “left three unresolved liability claims against it,” and that the claims should be resolved before Cozy sees any of the money it claims it is owed.
    The utility ultimately asked that the suit against it be dropped and went on to counter sue the excavating company.

  • Mother-daughter duo arrested after solicitating donations in school's name

    A Jacksboro mother and her adult daughter are behind bars after police say they went around Campbell County soliciting donations in the name of Jacksboro Middle School.

    Catherine Agee, 61, and Jennifer Overton, 34, allegedly went to local businesses and citizens to ask for money to help with a school fundraier. The two women reportedly asked that checks be written directly to them without the permission and knowledge of the school. 

  • Bardos buy Twin Cove Marina in $2.3M deal

     CARYVILLE—Norris Dam Marina owner Mark Bardo and son Brad Bardo have finalized a $2.3 million deal to acquire bankrupted Twin Cove Marina from its bank owner. The deal —reached on May 31—includes the marina’s 140 boat slips, a full-service restaurant and approximately five acres where the Bardos eventually hope to develop four eight-unit condos. The two-bedroom floor plans could tentatively list for $220-$280,000, son Brad told the LaFollette Press on Monday.