Local News

  • Dixie Youth baseball sign ups to begin next week

    Baseball is just around the corner. Dixie Youth League sign ups will be held on Feb. 16, Feb. 23 and March 2, Dixie Youth Board Member Wade Lawson said.
    “We had over 500 kids last year,” Lawson said. “Which was really good for us.”

  • Summit Medical to host classes for senior citizens

    Summit Medical Group is offering free congestive heart failure and diabetes classes to its patients.
    Registered nurses and registered dieticians from the Health Education Department will teach the classes, Health Education Manager Suzanne Kieltyka said.

  • Board of education approves solar panels at three additional schools

    Three additional sides will see solar panels installed after the board unanimously agreed to the project.

    The schools, Jellico High School, Jellico Elementary and Elk Valley Elementary School, weren’t originally included in the initial approval due to cost with Jellico Electric System. The utility company wanted $1,000 for each application for solar panels, but Robbie Thomas with Efficient Energy of Tennessee were able to get those panels at a cost low enough to offset the application fees.

  • BOE approves next year’s calendar, plans to lower ceiling

    Next year’s school calendar is official, with slight changes as compared to this year’s calendar. For the 2013-14 school year, students will return from summer vacation on Aug. 9 for registration and attend their first full day of class on Aug. 12. Veterans Day, Nov. 11, will be a holiday. An adjusted Christmas break will ensure that students will return on Jan. 6, 2014, a Monday.

    “Christmas break will go through, we won’t go back on a Friday,” said Board Chairman Josh Parker.

  • Smith charged with violation of parole

    Earlier this week, Jacksboro Police Officer Joe Marlow was using radar when he noticed a Black Sabb speeding in a school zone.

    Marlow allegedly clocked the car at 49 miles per hour in a 25 mile per hour zone, records indicated.

    Upon stopping the vehicle, Marlow found the driver, Joseph Scott Smith, 47, 295 Myers Street, Jacksboro, didn’t have tags or insurance on the vehicle, according to the report.

    Smith allegedly appeared very nervous, had dilated pupils, and slurred speech, according to JPD records.

  • Allen Smith appointed to Caryville board, officer to be hired

    Caryville’s Board of Mayor and Alderman is back to seven members. The board unanimously approved the appointment of Allen Smith to the seat left vacant after Chris Stanley was elected as mayor in November. Smith ran against Vickie Heatherly in the election and was defeated.

    “We make the recommendation that Allen take the position,” the mayor said.

    Smith was sworn in by town recorder Cheryl Ivey.

    New officer

  • Caryville Elementary sees heightened security measures

    Parents may find the rules a little tighter at the county’s elementary schools.

    “We’ve tightened down on a lot of the morning entrances. Some of the students at some schools report to one central location, like in the gym for some. Some go in the cafeteria and then they’re escorted to the classrooms when the teachers get there,” said director of schools, Donnie Poston.

  • BOE has change of heart; former dissenters now support Poston

    After an emotionally charged special call meeting on Jan. 31, board of education members who originally voted down an extension for the director of school’s contract have changed their minds.

    “I voted no last month because I was concerned and I wasn’t clear, but you’ve expressed a lot of things to me that has opened my eyes,” said board member Rector Miller to the board and audience at Tuesday night’s regularly scheduled board of education meeting.

  • Animal shelter trains four volunteers

    Four new people will be among those who help care for Campbell County’s shelter pets.

    On Monday, shelter director Betty Crumley led an orientation session for those interested in helping out.

    “I think it went fine,” Crumley said on Monday.

    Potential volunteers were asked to pay $5 for a training manual and familiarize themselves with the material prior to the Monday orientation. The manual contained information about volunteer duties and shelter practices, as well as a questionnaire for the potential volunteers. 

  • Commission considers installation of solar panels on five county buildings

    An opportunity for Campbell County to go green and save utility costs sparked questions at a lengthy special called commission meeting Feb. 11.