Local News

  • Evans drops intern elimination

    Fifth district county commissioner Alvin Evans reconsidered his proposal to eliminate the summer intern program. The issue wasn’t even discussed at Tuesday night’s commission meeting.
    At the Feb. 11 commission workshop, Evans suggested eliminating the summer intern program in order to reestablish the commission’s discretionary funds.
    District one commissioner David Adkins asked how much money was budgeted for the summer intern program. Evans told him $70,000.

  • Commission approved HVAC repairs at J Sports Building

    The commission has approved spending $1,385 for HVAC repairs at the J Sports Building.
    This isn’t the first time the county has paid expenses for Trail Manor, the business that currently occupies the J Sports Building. Trail Manor has already avoided $54,000 in rent payments through its lease agreement and a reprieve it was granted in October.
    The Campbell County Commission granted Trail Manor a six-month delay from paying rent at the October 2012 meeting.

  • Local youth Leaders to host Disciple Now for teens

    The third weekend in March, 100s of teenagers will gather for the second annual Disciple Now event.
    “The whole gist of the weekend is to give them (youth) three services,” said Shane Carney, youth pastor at Indiana Avenue Baptist Church. “It’s really to help grow the kids that are in the local (churches), help them grow deeper in their walk with Christ.”

  • Nashville talks could mean resource officers in each school

    Several bills circulating in the state legislature could help provide school resource officers in elementary and middle schools across the state.

    Five bills sponsored by three state representatives could ensure the increased police presence.  District 26 Rep. Dennis Powers said the changes would be welcome.

    “I think it’s a great idea. I’ve said from the very beginning that we need to have at least one [school resource officer] from every school,” he said.

  • CCHS sees bomb threat

    A bomb threat caused the delay of District 3-AAA championship games and led to Campbell County High School being evacuated on Tuesday evening.

    “Around mid-day on Tuesday we learned of a possible threat,” said Sheriff Robbie Goins. “Our school resource officers Shane Wolfenbarger and  Jamyi Prater became aware that the threats had been made through a social media outlet.”

    This prompted a two-county investigation because the student resides in Anderson County.

  • Four apply for LaFollette City Administrator position

    At the Feb. 5 meeting, the LaFollette City Council voted to advertise for a full-time city administrator.

    The city administrator position was left vacant when former interim city administrator Cade Sexton resigned in January. B. Shane Burris, Jack E. Miller, Billie Jean Russell and James “Andy” Wallace had applied for the position as of Monday.


    Burris currently works as a machinist and inspector for Aisin Automotive Casting Tennessee, Inc. in Clinton.

  • Board of Ed members could be required to have post-high school education

    A bill sponsored by district 36 state Rep. Dennis Powers could require school board members to have at least an associate’s degree in order to serve on a board.

    The move would require “members of boards of education to have at least two years of postsecondary education, provided, however, that current members may fulfill their terms,” according to the Tennessee legislature website. Powers sponsors the bill for the house while state Sen. Jim Summerville of Dickson sponsors the bill for the senate.

  • Tickets still available for rotary club fundraiser roast

    It’s not too late to purchase tickets for “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 and one of the event organizers. Stiner was chosen because of his contributions to the community.

  • Commission approves BOE solar panels; tables county panels

    At Tuesday night’s meeting, the county commission narrowly approved a Campbell County Board of Education project involving the installation of solar panels at three schools.

    The commission might also have barely avoided a lawsuit, according to comments made by commissioner Rusty Orick and Campbell County Finance Director Jeff Marlow at last week’s budget and finance committee meeting.

  • Three left to select from for chancellor's position

    The governor now has a field of three candidates to choose from to fill the Eighth Judicial District Chancellor’s seat. The position became open when Chancellor Billy Joe White died in November 2012. He had served as chancellor for more than 30 years.

    Following a public hearing in February, Scott County General Sessions Judge Jamie Cotton, Charles Sexton, a private practice attorney, and Andrew Tillman, a senior law clerk at the Tennessee Court of Appeals are the final three contenders.

    Charles P. Sexton