Local News

  • 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.”

  • Public records -March 7, 2013


    FEB. 25 – MARCH 1

    Trimbach Properties Limited Partnership to S and R Lake Properties, Dist. 1, $20,000.

    Scottie Wayne Hughes to Robert L. Powell and Glenice Powell, Dist.5, $3500.

    First Century Bank to Randy Testo and Lisa Testo, Dist. 3, $89,000.

    Greg Miller and Verneca N. Miller to Michael Paul Trammell and Tausha N. Trammell, Dist. 1, $40,000.

    Anna Marie Wilson to Avera David Bridges, Dist. 4, $7700.

  • Crews prepare for snow

    With snow in the forecast, the Campbell County Highway Department is keeping an eye on the sky.

    “We’re gonna watch it a little closer and just see what we’re going to get,” said road superintendent Dennis Potter.

    According to the NOAA forecast, Campbell County could see up to two inches of snow in some places between Tuesday night and Wednesday night.

    The rainfall means that the roads can’t be pretreated.

    “If you do any kind of pre-treating other than gravel, it’s gonna wash off,” Potter said.

  • The LaFollette City Council considers changes to drug testing policy

    At the Feb. 25 workshop, the LaFollette City Council discussed making changes to the city’s drug testing policy.

    LaFollette City Council Member Bob Fannon asked who the policy requires be tested for drug use.

    “You’d be a good suspect Bob, since you’re running a drug store,” council member Hansford Hatmaker said.

    Elected officials, the city attorney and the city judge are exempt from the drug testing policy, interim-city administrator Jimmy Jeffries said.

  • Jellico pastor leaves for active duty service

    Jellico pastor Joel Crawford is temporarily leaving the country, and his congregation, for military service in Afghanistan. Crawford is pastor of First Baptist Church of Jellico and a Lieutenant in the Naval Reserves. On Feb. 15, he reported for active duty.
    “The church is real supportive of this,” said Bill Horner, Director of Missions for the Campbell County Baptist Association. “They view it (as) the same as sending out a missionary. In this way First Baptist Church of Jellico can actually touch lives in Afghanistan.”

  • More apply for LaFollette City Administrator position

    Nine additional people have applied for the LaFollette City Administrator position.
    The position was left vacant when former interim city administrator Cade Sexton resigned in January.
    Greg Brackett, William J. Kerley, David A. King, Margarette L. Meeks, Olajuwon Onadipe, Susan Rayburn, Bobby Russell II, Sandra Kay Tucker and Mark A. Wells submitted resumes by Feb. 27.
    Brackett has no current job listed on his resume. He has worked in the banking industry, holding positions of financial services manager and branch manager.

  • LaFollette City Council to consider change order

    Tuesday night, the LaFollette City Council will decide how best to fix city hall’s roof.
    The council discussed options after Mike Malicote, owner of Dixie Roofing, presented specifications for repairing the roof at the Feb. 25 workshop. Malicote had obtained the specifications last year when he, along with Michael Brady Inc., helped the city evaluate the roofs of four city buildings.

  • CASA to host Blue Grass Breakdown and Silent Auction on March 16

    On March 16, Court Appointed Special Advocates will host its 12th annual Blue Grass Breakdown and Silent Auction. The event will be held at Ball Farm from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
    “It’s to raise money to help us to advocate for the children,” CASA Volunteer Coordinator Christine O’Dell said. “We expect it to be bigger than it was last year.”
    Last year 200 people attended, and $7,000 was raised.
    “We’d like to raise $10,000,” O’Dell said.

  • Cemetery sees controversy

    Despite recent controversy, Eddie Taylor remains optimistic about regaining his position as caretaker at Baker’s Forge Memorial Cemetery.

    “We’re still hoping to get our jobs back,” Taylor said. His brother, Kenny Taylor, was also a part-time caretaker at the cemetery.

    Last fall, Taylor was terminated for cause, attorney Kathy Parrott said. Parrott represents the BFMC Board of Trustees.

    “It’s a right to work state, and they will not be rehired,” Parrott said.