Local News

  • Youth Arts Program will begin on March 25

    The Campbell Culture Coalition’s Youth Arts Program will start a new project March 25.
    “We’ve got a new program gearing up here,” said Manuel Mesa, member of the Campbell Culture Coalition. “Basically, the theme is ‘My Campbell County. They will be painting tiles.”
    The tiles will be assembled to form both a mural and the top of a picnic table. The tabletop mural will display either a lake, a combination of a lake and mountains or a train trestle, Mesa said.

  • Bolinger appointed vice mayor, dept. heads reappointed

    At Tuesday night’s meeting, the LaFollette City Council elected council member Joe Bolinger to serve as vice mayor. Council member Bob Fannon nominated Bolinger. Council members Hansford Hatmaker, Bolinger and Fannon voted yes. Council Member Stephanie Grimm was absent.
    Hatmaker made a motion “that we approve all department heads.”
    The present council member unanimously approved his motion.
    Drug Policy
    The council passed the first reading of an ordinance that will amend the city’s drug testing policy.

  • Text-a-Tip now in place in high schools, middle schools to follow soon

    High school students are able to text their concerns to an officer after the implementation of the Text-a-Tip program.

    “We actually rolled it out in February at both the high schools,” said Alexis Keiser, coordinator for coordinated school health in Campbell County.

    Text-a-Tip allows students to anonymously text law enforcement any information they have about drug use, potential crimes, fights, and concerns about the safety or welfare of classmates.

  • Poston’s contract extended by one year

    The debate regarding the director of schools’ contract is over. The four-month discussion was put to rest in less than five minutes last Thursday evening.

    In a series of meetings that began in November, the board had voted both no and yes to extend the contract. At the end of January, a special called meeting to begin a director of school’s search failed to happen because a majority of the board didn’t approve the agenda.

  • ATV ride to raise money for domestic violence program

    A cruise through the mountains will help raise money for domestic violence victims at Community Health of East Tennessee. It’s the first fundraiser of its kind for CHET.

    “We of course have done many other fundraisers, but never this one,” said Rebecca Herrell, chief operating officer of the domestic violence program.

    On April 27, ATV and four-wheeler riders can begin registering for the event at LaFollette City Hall at 8:30 that morning. There is a cost of $25 per vehicle.

  • Christian Academy open for prospective students

    The Christian Academy of Campbell County will open its doors tonight for anyone interested in sending their children to the private, non-denominational school.

    “The teachers will be in their classrooms and they’ll have their curriculum laid out so they can discuss one on one with any parent,” said principal Ollie Medley. Test scores will also be available for parents to view.

  • Teacher says board member threatened her via telephone

    A Valley View Elementary School teacher filed an incident report following an after-hours phone call from first district board of education member Rector Miller.

    Kindergarten teacher Amanda Ayers told police she received a phone call from Miller on Feb. 22 around 7 p.m, and he “berated her for 10 minutes,” the report said.

    Miller reportedly called regarding Ayers’ friendship with his wife, Karla.

  • Proposed plan could move Anderson County into Eighth Judicial District

    A proposal to redistrict the judicial regions across the state is drawing criticism from the legal community.

    Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey has proposed the state’s 31 districts be reexamined and potentially remapped for the first time since 1982.

    While several options have been floated around the state as to what the new districts would look like, a final map has not yet been presented.

    Interested parties have until March 8 to submit their proposals for new district boundaries, according to 36th District State Rep. Dennis Powers.

  • County sees third bomb threat; what are the costs?

    Last week’s bomb threat at Campbell County High School marked the third threat in six weeks at a county school.

    Once again teenagers looking “to see what would happen” were the culprits.

    Authorities were notified of the threat via the Text-a-Tip program.

    “We were notified of a note claiming there was a bomb through this program,” said Sheriff Robbie Goins. The tip told police a note had been left in a classroom explaining that a bomb at the school would detonate, court records said.

  • Questions come from family about cemetery

    A Campbell County resident is concerned about the alleged business practices at Baker’s Forge Memorial Cemetery. Agents of the cemetery sold plots that belonged to Terry Sweat’s cousins, he said last week.

    The belief that the BFMC sells lots is false, said local attorney Kathy Parrott, who represents the BFMC board of trustees.

    “Baker’s Forge Cemetery sells burial rights,” Parrott said. “They don’t sell lots.”