Local News

  • County attempts to bring in new industry

     Lease agreements, a sales tax referendum and filling a vacant commission seat topped the agenda at Monday’s commission meeting.

    With the constant push to attract industry to the county it seemed surprising there was so much debate over leasing the county owned J Sports building located in the John McGhee Industrial Park.

  • CCSD holds ethics class

     On Monday, the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department hosted a class in ethics.

    “This is a class we have had planned to conduct for several months,” said Sheriff Robbie Goins. “This is part of our on going training initiative.”

    With officers seated around a table at the Campbell County Career Center, Mike Miller, 33 year law enforcement veteran, said the class was a “good refresher.”

  • Storage wars hits local level

    In a case of life imitating art, a TV show has sparked an interest in storage locker auctions.

    The A&E series Storage Wars follows a group of treasure hunters as they make their way through locker auctions in Southern California. Now in its second season the show has spurred on others to play the storage auction game.

  • Paul arrested on multiple charges

    Alleged erratic driving led to the arrest of a Speedwell woman.

    On Nov. 14, Campbell County Sheriff’s Sgt. Jeremy Goins saw a red Geo Metro traveling north on N. Tennessee Ave. Goins reported seeing the car cross over into the southbound lane he was driving in.

    During the traffic stop Goins learned Jody Paul, 30, of 423 Blue Springs Road, Speedwell was driving on a revoked license.

  • Stolen cash returned, pot found

    Reports of stolen cash led to drug charges for a Talbot woman.

    Campbell County Sheriff’s Sgt. Jeremy Goins was called to Marina Lane in the Sugar  Hollow Community on Nov. 14 to investigate reports of stolen money.

    At the scene the homeowner reported he believed Jamie M. Smith of 427 Talbot Kansas Road, Talbot, took cash from his wallet before leaving his residence.

  • Two nabbed for filing false report

    Reports of a burglary landed two women in jail for filing a false report last week.

    LaFollette Police Detective Lt. Monty Miller responded to the Skymart Shell to investigate reports of a clerk being robbed at gunpoint on Nov. 16.

    Michelle Lee Campbell, 24, and Christina Marie Bellino, 33, both of 117 East Gate Drive, reported they were robbed of two bank bags containing $10,000 while attempting to take the money for deposit.

  • Meth explosion guts LaFollette residence

    A believed meth lab explosion sent three people to jail and destroyed a Claiborne Road home last week.

    On Nov. 19, LaFollette Police Sgt. Joe Brown responded to a structure fire at 213 Claiborne Road. The residence was fully engulfed in flames when Brown arrived, records indicate.

    At the scene Brown reportedly encountered Eric Alan Spradlin, 30, and Katlynn Jean Willoughby, 21, both of 213 Claiborne Road. The pair allegedly admitted the fire had started in the garage after a chemical reaction from a meth cook caused an explosion.

  • Top Secret Trail to launch Nov. 29-30

     The Top Secret Trail shows the beauty of the highways and byways of East Tennessee to travelers.

    The Tennessee Tourism Department, with the help of local tourism developers, started the Tennessee Trails and Byways program. 

  • Jellico’s leaders watch a film that documents its past

     Jellico’s leaders paused last Thursday to reflect on the past. 

    At the beginning of the board and aldermen meeting last Thursday, Jellico Library Director Mark Tidwell presented “Jellico: Rebirth of a Community,” which portrays Jellico during a time of transition during the 1960s and 1970s.

  • Toys for Tots registers hundreds

    After taking applications for two days last week Campbell County’s third annual Toys for Tots toy drive is ready to undertake the massive effort of making Christmas a little bit brighter for hundreds of local families this year.

    More than 500 children were registered to receive gifts during the Nov. 18 and 19 sign-up days held at the Campbell County Courthouse and Jellico Public Library, according to Deb Mikesell, administrative assistant for County Mayor William Baird.