Local News

  • Public records for the week of Dec. 13, 2012

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as or similar to other members of the community.



    DEC. 3 – DEC. 7

    Willie Chadwell to Johnny Smiddy and Judy Smiddy, Dist. 3, $105,000.

    Misty D. Gibson and Larry J. Gibson to Gary Inman, Dist. 1, $200.

    Gary Inman to Elmer L. Kitts and Helen J. Kitts, Dist. 1, $1,000.

    James Larry Ward to Ray Perry, Dist. 1, $4,000.

  • Television studio sets up in shop in Jellico

    The basement of the Jellico Civic Center will be the site of the new Channel 2 studios.

    “We’ve been pursuing this since April of 2011, and they moved in, starting setting up Friday, which would have been Dec. 7,” said Jellico Mayor Les Stiers.

    The channel is owned and operated by brothers Doc Hall and Steve Hall. They’ve been in business in Scott County for 20 years. They also have a channel in Whitley County, Ky.

  • Board of Ed approves solar panels, bread bids, sale of Ridgewood School

    The demise of the Hostess brand has hit home in Campbell County. The school district is now in need of another bread supplier.

    Previously, Merita provided bread to the schools, but Merita was a subsidiary of the now defunct Hostess.

    Sara Lee, who had submitted a bid last year for bread, was unwilling to do business.

    “We have no choice but to go back on the open market and do a solicitation,” said Campbell County Finance Director Jeff Marlow. 

    The motion to advertise for bids for a bread supplier passed unanimously.

  • Caryville approves site plan guidelines, building codes

    Caryville has adopted the international residential building code on its first reading at Monday night’s meeting.

    “This is the order that establishes an international residential building code that all communities has to go by. We’re just getting in compliance with that,” said Alderman Glenn Smith.

    The move means the old building code ordinance will be deleted in full and replaced by the new code.

    The new guidelines are available at the Caryville Municipal Building.

  • Construction on new Family Dollar complete

    Traffic on Jacksboro Pike was forced into one lane as Rogers Group worked to install a deceleration lane for Family Dollar. This work is being completed to accommodate traffic flow to Family Dollar’s new location.
    “What it is is a turn lane for the new dollar store,” LaFollette Street Department Head Jim Mullins said.

  • Burger King to open new LaFollette location today

    Today, Burger King will open a new building where Marsee Motors was previously located.
    “It’s a state of the art store,” said Stan Foust, planner for the LaFollette Planning Commission. “It’s the new creation of Burger King. It’s the proto-type store Burger King has designed.”
    “This is what Burger King calls their 20-20 image,” Operations Manager for the LaFollette Burger King Donnie Carr said.

  • Campbell Co. donates to Operation Christmas Child

    Campbell County prepared over 2,000 gifts for children in other countries through Operation Christmas Child.
    “We collected 2,111 boxes,” said Margaret Faulkner, who volunteered to pack boxes at First Baptist Church of LaFollette. “It’s sure gonna mean a lot to those children who get these boxes.”
    Cedar Hill Baptist Church contributed 602 shoeboxes. Doris Duncan and her granddaughter, Lauren Evans, spearheaded the collection efforts, Faulkner said.

  • Roger’s Group completes Mullis Trail project

    Last week, Roger’s Group finished a project on Mullis Trail that was begun about a month ago. The delay caused residents to have to park in the street for a few weeks.
    Initially, a curb was put on both sides of the street in order to keep drainage from running into the residents’ yards. However, the height of the curb prevented them from parking in their driveways.
    Four Mullis Trail residents came to the LaFollette City Council meeting on Nov. 6 to voice concerns about the project.

  • LaFollette council adjourns in session, discusses insurance

    The LaFollette City Council adjourned in session after its meeting Tuesday night in order to make a more informed decision about employee health insurance. It will reconvene Dec. 14 at 10 a.m. to make a decision.
    An 8 percent increase in the total cost of employee medical insurance was allowed for in the budget. That is $911,000. However, interim city administrator Cade Sexton feels this is too much to spend on insurance.

  • Man arrested for allegedly smoking marijuana in Wendy’s parking lot

    A LaFollette man was arrested for allegedly smoking marijuana in his Acura in the Wendy’s parking lot on Saturday night. Two children were allegedly seated in the passenger seats.
    Sgt. Joe Brown of the LaFollette Police Department went to Wendy’s around 8 p.m. Saturday night in response to a complaint about a man smoking marijuana in the parking lot, the report.
    Patrick Pierce, 21, 334 Farris Circle, LaFollette, had been observed smoking marijuana by Tennessee Highway Patrol officer Mike Heatherly, who was off duty at the time.