Local News

  • Commissioners question Boshears about layoffs

    Commissioners questioned Campbell County Environmental Services Director T. Don Boshears about recent layoffs within the department.
    As a cost-saving measure, Boshears laid off five employees on March 11 in order to reduce hours at nine convenience centers countywide. Previously, the dumping lots operated 10 hours a day, seven days a week. However, nine of the 10 centers will now be closed Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.
    An environmental services committee meeting was Monday where many commissioners not on the committee joined in questioning Boshears.

  • Commission challenges state’s Sunshine Law

    At Monday’s meeting, the Campbell County Commission passed a resolution to join a statewide challenge of the Sunshine Law.
    Bob Barnwell, a Williamson County Commissioner, is sponsoring a resolution to challenge the Sunshine law. The rationale is county officials should be held to the same standard as state officials.
    “I think one of the county commissions passed it a few years ago,” Campbell County Deputy Mayor David Young said Wednesday.

  • Disciple Now to bring churches together

    This weekend, 300 teenagers from churches of different denominations will gather at LaFollette Church of God for the second annual Disciple Now. Disciple Now is a weekend event intended to train teenagers to live according to Christian doctrines.

    “I expect another great experience like we had last year,” said Shane Carney, youth leader at Indiana Avenue Baptist Church. “I think the kids will get on fire for the Lord.”

  • Library preps for symphony visit

    A string quartet from the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra will stop by the Caryville Library on April 4 at 10:30 a.m. for story time. It is the group’s third annual visit to the library.
    “They will read the stories and they provide sound effects,” said librarian Robyn Turner.
    Each year, KSO plans a program that tours area libraries. This year, the theme is “How Many Cats?” a focus on numbers and counting.

  • Hiring officer crushes debate on credentials

    Hiring an officer to fill a vacant position has closed the debate — at least for now, on the education requirements of officers in Caryville.
    “Now what this is, is just a suggested thing to look at for now or later, the possibility of doing something similar to departments that will hire police officers and send them to the academy,” said Caryville Mayor Chris Stanley.
    Last week, the mayor broached the topic of increasing the job requirements for an officer to be hired to include a college degree.

  • Tickets still available for rotary club fundraiser roast

    Tickets are still available for the “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.

    Stiner was chosen because of his contributions to the community.

  • FCCA seeks short term fosters

    Friends of Campbell County Animals could use all the help they could get.

    “We really need puppy fosters,” said group president Michelle Davis.

    One of FCCA’s many operations is to transport unwanted animals to northern states for adoptions. Before a pet can cross state lines, it must be vaccinated. 

    “To put them on these transports they have to have two sets of shots. We give them one right away and then come back in two weeks and give them the other,” she said.

  • Seven more apply for LaFollette admin position

    Seven last minute applicants submitted resumes for the LaFollette City Administrator position before the March 8 deadline. Gary R. Carver, William C. Comer, Travis Davis, Joseph W. Garrison II, Thomas Hatmaker, Darryl R. Roberts and Edward Stevenson.
    Carver is currently working with the Tennessee Department of Human Services as an eligibility counselor for TennCare. He has also worked as marketing director for East Tennessee State University campus recreation and mentorship with Cocke County Mayor’s office.

  • School system losing $60,000 in cafeteria sales

    The school system has lost $60,000 in cafeteria sales.
    Revenue is down because fewer students are buying lunches, and the cost for food is higher, according to a budget amendment the budget and finance committee considered Monday night.
    “Our new meal regulations have us serving more fruits and vegetables,” Campbell County School Nutrition Supervisor Vickie Woodard said Wednesday. “Our intent is to teach children to choose healthy foods so it will improve their life to be healthier.”

  • Disciple Now to bring area churches and youth together for a weekend of worship, mission work

    This month, over 200 teenagers will gather at LaFollette Church of God for the second annual Disciple Now event. The youth will come from several churches of different denominations.
    “I’m just very excited about the opportunity to get together,” said Shane Carney, youth leader at Indiana Avenue Baptist Church. “With all these churches coming together from different denominations, it’s going to be a great time in the Lord.”