Local News

  • Man arrested after clocked speeding 100mph in 45mph zone

    JELLICO—A Jellico man was booked into the Campbell County Jail after police said he sped through town at speeds in excess of 100 m.p.h.
    Officer Joseph Hopson was on patrol in the early morning hours of June 14 when he reportedly saw a vehicle make an illegal U-turn near Creekmore-Housely Drive. Hopson reportedly recognized the defendant as George Clayton Douglas, 42, 1349 Greenlee Lane, and had prior knowledge Douglas’s driver’s license was allegedly revoked.

  • Adult ed supervisor sues BOE, board member for $1.5M

    JACKSBORO—Campbell County’s Board of Education and one of its members have been named in a lawsuit by adult education supervisor Rita Goins.
    The suit alleges Eugene Lawson harassed Goins beginning July 30, 2012, and continuing through 2013. It was unclear if the harassment is still happening today.
    On July 30, 2012, Goins learned Lawson had been allegedly making false statements about her performance “in a continuing pattern of intimidating, bullying and otherwise berating the plaintiff,” according to the suit.

  • Law enforcement launches sting to collect unpaid child support
  • Trooper hit by trucker on I-75

    PIONEER —A Tennessee Highway Patrol officer is recovering after he was struck while working a vehicle fire near the 152 mile marker on Interstate 75 on Sunday.
    Trooper Joe Lindsay suffered a fractured vertebrae, fractured rib and arm injuries when a tractor-trailer struck his patrol car and then a tow truck. Lindsay reportedly had his emergency lights on during the incident.
    The truck driver, Steward Snedeker, left the scene, but was detained at exit 141 by the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department.

  • Meeting with comptroller postponed until July

    JELLICO – The Board of Mayor and Alderman need not pack its bags just yet; the meeting with the comptroller’s office has been postponed by at least a week.

    On June 14, Mayor Les Stiers and the board members received a scathing letter from the comptroller informing them they must raise taxes and complete a budget.

    “If you do not adopt a budget and tax rate, I will submit a budget and tax rate for you,” wrote Comptroller Justin P. Wilson.

    The board was summoned to appear before the comptroller on June 26.

  • Caryville's $1M projecting higher revenues

    CARYVILLE—Officials here approved a $1 million operating budget Monday night that earmarks an estimated $59,000 in state road-paving projects. 

    Nearly $436,000 of the funds are allocated to cover salaries and expenses for 13 government workers employed by the town. 

    The budget, effective July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014, was passed 6-1 without any last-minute comment from the public or town officials.  

  • Several cite need for quality homeownership

    CAMPBELL COUNTY—Homeownership. It used to be the American dream.

    But with a soured economy, a wave of foreclosures and escalating costs associated with owning a home — the dream seems out of reach for many. 

    According to statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau, Campbell County boasts a 71 percent homeownership rate — slightly higher than the national average.

  • 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.