Local News

  • Disagreements keep utility board from choosing general manager

    On October 10, Jellico’s utility board fired former general manager Mike Bethurem with a unanimous vote.

    But on Monday, the board couldn’t come to an agreement. At issue was who would replace Bethurem.

    The indecisiveness led the board to postpone the decision for a week.

    Since Bethurem was removed, Billy Rowe and Woody Swafford have been acting as interim managers. Board member Pam Carbaugh wanted it to remain this way.

  • LaFollette offers citizens recycling containers

     Recycling will become easier for LaFollette residents now that the public works department has purchased 784 recycling containers.

  • CCHS alumnus looks to start community band

     From football to band, high school students enjoy different activities, but when graduation comes, sometimes the music stops, literally. 

    Former Campbell County High School students, such as trumpet player Aaron Campbell, often have trouble finding places to indulge their musical appetites.

  • County participates in national homeless count

    Volunteers fanned out in the wee hours of this morning in an effort to put a number on Campbell County's homeless population.

    For the third year running county and municipality officials have joined forces with local law enforcement and volunteers for the national Point In Time count.

    The count is crucial because it allows the county access to funds to be used to aid homeless and precariously placed residents, based on the numbers of this population documented in the count, Deb Mikesell, of the county mayor's office, said.

  • Law enforcement plans to fight crime with texting

     Because text messaging is a primary means for communicating among young people, law enforcement in Campbell County is looking to implement it into its war on crime.

  • Votes to decide on sales tax

    Commissioners have been wrangling with the issue of how to fix the county’s aging infrastructure for years.

    And with no end to the steady stream of residents lobbying the group for road improvements in sight, the commission has decided to let the voters determine if they are willing to shell out more money at the cash register for smoother driving conditions.

  • Children’s center to host open house

    The Campbell County Children’s Center is opening its doors to the public. On Friday the center will host an open house to show off it’s new digs.

    “This has been a community project so we just want everybody to come out an see what they have been involved in,” Tracie Davis, CEO of the children’s center, said.

     In October 2011 the center moved its operation from the house they had been operating in since March 2001 to a new 4,000 square foot building on Independence Lane.

  • Two arrested following high-speed chase

    A high-speed chase on Stinking Creek Road ended with two arrests last week.

     On Jan. 19 just after 1 a.m., Campbell County Sheriff’s Deputy Ty Daugherty was on a routine patrol when he noticed a 2004 Chevy Cavalier cross the double yellow line three times on Stinking Creek Road.

    Records indicate a check of the license plate on the car came back that the vehicle was stolen. When Daugherty attempted to make a stop by activating his lights and sirens, but the driver allegedly refused to stop.

  • Phillips attempts to get new trial at appellate level

    Jerry Phillips is no stranger to legal wrangling. On Tuesday the convicted pedophile’s attorney Keith Hatfield took another stab at getting him a new trial.

    Standing before a panel in the Tennessee Criminal Court of Appeals Hatfield’s argument in Phillips’ bid for a new trial hinged on one element- the victim’s testimony was inconsistent.

    “Given the inconsistent nature of the (victim’s) testimony the decision of the jury cannot be sustained and the verdict should be reversed,” Hatfield told the three justice panel.

  • Marlow picks up multiple charges

    An alleged shoplifting incident at a local grocery store resulted in a foot pursuit and laundry list of charges for a LaFollette man.

    On Jan. 21 LaFollette Police Officer Steve Wallen went to Food Lion to investigate reports of a shoplifting incident at the store. Witnesses reported seeing a male wearing jeans and a fleece jacket leave the store with items he did not purchase.