Local News

  • County court clerk’s office embroiled in turmoil

    Terminations in the county court clerk’s office have set in motion a lawsuit, subsequent rehires and a slew of innuendo.

    The unrest began on Jan. 12 when Campbell County Court Clerk Debbie Wilson fired Alene Baird and Maria Partin. Baird was a 24 year employee with the county while Partin, Baird’s daughter, was in her seventeenth year of employment. In letters written to the two there isn’t an explanation for their firings nor is one provided on the employee add/ change notice used by the county finance department.

  • Officials weigh in on sales tax referendum

      On March 6, Campbell County voters will have some tough choices to make. And while which Republican will get to make a run for the White House in November may be dominating the national airways local voters will also face an issue that’s much closer to home.

  • News laws posed to fight designer drugs

  • Count shows rise in county’s homeless

    Despite torrential rain volunteers trekked out last Thursday in an effort to put a number on the county’s homeless and precariously placed population.

    For the third year Campbell County resident volunteers joined forces with municipality officials and local law enforcement for the national Point In Time Count.

    This year’s count revealed an increase in those people in the county’s borders who are living without unsheltered or in a situation where were it not for the generosity of friends or relatives would be homeless.

  • Dilbeck snoozed in drive-thru, gets arrested

    Jon Travis Dilbeck appeared to be more tired than hungry last week when he allegedly fell asleep several times at a local restaurant’s drive-thru window.

    On Jan. 28, employees at Taco Bell phoned in a report of a possible intoxicated driver in the drive-thru. The caller reported the driver had repeatedly passed out behind the wheel.

  • Wallace arrested in separate incidents

    Loneliness is probably not a good reason to call the police. At least that’s what Kenny Wayne Wallace found out on Jan. 23.

    Campbell County Sheriff’s Deputy Adam Hopper was dispatched to a residence on White Rock Road in Jacksboro to investigate reports of a possible breaking and entering incident.

    Records indicate Wallace, 42, of 326 White Rock Road, Jacksboro, had called 911 reporting that someone was attempting to break into his house. Wallace allegedly gave the dispatcher a false name and address to respond to.

  • Group organizes to meet housing needs

    A group of community members have seen a need and are working toward doing something about it.

    Debra Watts, treasurer of the newly formed Helping Hands of Appalachia, Inc., said the inception of the group came when several people starting talking about the amount of substandard housing in rural counties like Campbell and the need for services to help local families improve their living conditions.

  • Support group aims to bring comfort

    Sheila Falls knows how it feels to fight for her life, lose her peace and find it again. But most importantly she knows how it feels to heal.

    In November 2010 Falls got the news no woman ever wants to hear-“I’m sorry but the news is not good. You have breast cancer.”

    “I remember being in such a state of mind that I didn’t know where to turn first,” Falls said of the day she got the devastating news while sitting in her office at work. “There are so many things to deal with that you don’t even realize.”

  • Public Records Feb. 2, 2012

     Editor’s note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as or similar to other member of the community.



    Jan. 23 – Jan. 27


    Ayers and Campbell, Ginger Campbell Holdredge and Relda Campbell to Edith Pennycuff, Dist. 3, $7,000.

    Mark G. Swetz and Jeannine R. Swetz Gorman to Gilly J. Nichols, Dist. 2, $134,500.

    Mark A. Patrie and Julie M. Patrie to Jerry C. Collins and Margaret Y. Stewart, Dist. 2, $307,500.

  • Four Jellico Police officers honored Thursday

     Members of the Jellico Police Department were recognized for their service last Thursday night at Jellico’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting.

    In 2011, the JPD had a combined 2,585 arrests and citations.