Local News

  • Mayor Mike Stanfield looks at what the future holds

     LaFollette Mayor Mike Stanfield is looking optimistically to the upcoming year.

    “(It)2011 was a great year for the city of LaFollette,” Stanfield said. “Hopefully 2012 will be better. You can always hope for the best in the new year.”

    While Stanfield feels the city has achieved quite a bit this year, without raising taxes, he has some ideas about what he’d like to see accomplished this upcoming year.

  • Mayor Les Stiers looks at “to do” list for 2012

     Jellico Mayor Les Stiers believes the board of mayor and aldermen got a lot accomplished this year.

    But he is looking ahead at what he wants completed in 2012.

    “A lot on the plate for 2012,” Stiers said.

    While Stiers’ New Year’s wish list contains many items, he is most concerned with projects that will provide citizens with jobs. This includes finalizing the deal with Montclair technologies and the summer work program for teens.

  • Jacksboro Mayor Jack Cannon hopes for economic improvement in 2012

     Jacksboro Mayor Jack Cannon hopes the traffic and economy will improve in Jacksboro in 2012.

    “(This year)2011 was better than anticipated,” Cannon said. “The economy kind of stabilized.”

    This helped town leaders in Jacksboro meet some of their goals.

    “We hope everything will continue to improve,” Cannon said. “I hope everybody has a good year, the economy picks up, and we get more jobs here.”

    Jacksboro doesn’t have a property tax, business tax or usage fees.

  • Jellico tourism hosts New Year’s Rock-n Eve at Veterans’ Park

     Jellico will ring in the New Year at Veteran’s Park Saturday night at the New Years Rock-n Eve celebration.

    The Jellico Tourism Office has invited everyone to attend.

    “We’re expecting a large crowd,” tourism director Jake Bennett said. “Going to make a big thing out of it. It’s going to be exciting. Good way to spend an inexpensive evening.”

  • Board says yes to graduation venue change

    Oh, the times they are changing. At least when it comes to graduation at Campbell Campbell County High School they are.

    Student council representatives showed up in force at the Dec. 8 school board meeting to lobby the board to say yes to a change of venue for the event that has traditionally been held at the school’s football field.

  • Former teacher busted with drugs in JMS parking lot

    A retired teacher’s decision to go back to school on Monday resulted in trip to jail.

    At around 3:30 p.m. on Dec. 19, Jacksboro Middle School SRO Shane Wolfenbarger reported noticing two people sitting in a parked car near the school’s football field.

    When the officer approached the 1996 Buick Regal he saw Stephen L. Pebley, 62, of 155 Lake Lane, Caryville in driver’s seat with a tourniquet allegedly around his left arm, records indicate.

  • Store falls victim to robbery

    Shoppers and employees at a local discount store got more than the bargained for last Friday.

    When Campbell County Sheriff’s Deputy Roger Goins arrived at the Dollar General Store located at 115 Calhoun Road on Dec. 16 a store employee and witnesses reported they were the victims of an armed robbery.

  • LPD makes multiple arrests

    Officers kept busy with drug arrests and an alleged robbery last week.

    On Dec. 14, LaFollette Police Officer Dustin Parrott came in contact with Jennifer Williams, 29, of 113 Sunshine Circle, on N. 15th Street, at around 12:30 a.m. When Parrott checked Williams for outstanding warrants he discovered she had several in Anderson County.

  • Hatfield wanted by LPD and CCSD

    After a high-speed chase more than a week ago Dustin Hatfield is still on the lam.

    On Dec. 14 at around 7 a.m. LaFollette Police Officer Jason Marlow stopped Hatfield, 25, of 6193 Highway 90, Clairfield, at the Big Creek Market for driving with his high beam lights on.

    During the traffic stop Hatfield accelerated onto S. Tennessee Ave and failed to stop at the stop sign at Beech Street. Records indicate Hatfield continued on failing to stop at red lights on E. Central Ave. and Indiana Ave. before turning onto Highway 25W.

  • CCSD makes drug arrests

    Officers with the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department kept busy making drug related arrests last week.

    On Dec. 11 Deputy Brian Nelson was dispatched to Melvin Hollow Road in the Stinking area to investigate reports of a suspicious person on private property. Nelson allegedly found Robert C. Birgholtz, 29, of 139 Brennan Lane, asleep just off the roadway.  Upon contact with Birgholtz, Nelson reported smelling a strong odor of marijuana. A pipe with what Nelson believed to be marijuana residue was also found in Birgholtz possession, records indicate.