Local News

  • 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. 

  • Man jailed after firing shots at assumed child abductor

     PIONEER—A Pioneer man was arrested Tuesday after police say he misidentified an alleged abduction suspect and fired at an innocent man.

    On June 3, Campbell County Sheriff’s Deputy Marty Blackwell responded to a suspicious vehicle call on Melvin Hollow Road.

    A 6-year-old girl told officers a man in a dirty white van stopped and grabbed her hand. The child reportedly pulled away from the man and the van continued down Melvin Hollow Road toward Lowe Branch. 

  • What are the most dangerous roads in Campbell County?

     There’s a back up on the highway again, and it’s in the dead spot where the radio doesn’t come in quite right. The next exit is a mile away, and the shoulder of the road is clogged with drivers trying to get out of the jam.  Semi trucks’ air brakes sigh as the monstrous vehicles grind to a halt. Other drivers give up and place their vehicles in park – or just shut them completely off. 

    It’s going to be a while. 

    There’s been another accident. 

  • Duff arson likely retaliatory

     DUFF—An arson in the Duff community last Wednesday was likely retaliatory in nature, according to the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department. 

    Just before 9 p.m. June 5, Deputy Ty Daugherty was on patrol in the area when he realized the home at 412 Duff Road was on fire. The back of the home was already engulfed, according to the report.

    At the same time, a call came into the Campbell County E-911 center about an alleged drunk driver in LaFollette, who reportedly hit three vehicles, including a LaFollette Police Department cruiser.