Local News

  • LaFollette City Council approves big equipment purchases for public works department

     The LaFollette City Council approved the purchase of a street sweeper and a backhoe for the public works department.

    The decision was put off at the last regular meeting. Public works department head Jim Mullens discussed the prices of the different pieces of equipment and the trade in value of the equipment the city is currently using during the workshop last Monday.

  • Jellico paves roads for the first time in six years

     After six years without street paving in Jellico, parts of 12 streets were paved in one week.

    G Paving was the lowest bidder for the project, and subcontracted to KNK construction, alderman Tommy Bowlin said. Bowlin oversees the street department.

    KNK, based in Kentucky, has completed projects in Campbell County before, at the Rarity Mountain Bridge and at Wal-Mart, Bowlin said.

    “They’re real good at what they do,” Bowlin said.

  • Jellico Housing Authority tears down old Fold dealership

     Last week track hoes tore down the old Ford dealership.

    The Jellico Housing Authority had purchased the abandoned building and the lot next to it.

    “We knew we were going to tear that building down, it was just a matter of when,” JHA Executive Director Crystal Creekmore said. “I know it had a lot of history, but it was a very old building, just in poor condition.”

    This building used to be a Ford dealership, but has been abandoned for years.

  • Three Williamsburg men allegedly found with drugs and a weapon

     When three Williamsburg men were stopped in Jellico on Aug. 30, the Jellico Police Department allegedly found drugs and a gun.

  • HMA and Mercy rename St. Mary’s

     St. Mary’s Medical Center of Campbell County will be renamed LaFollette Medical Center in the coming weeks.

    St. Mary’s is among seven hospitals that Health Management Associates acquired from Mercy Health Partners in East Tennessee in a recent $520 million transaction.

  • Jellico looking at annexation

     Last Thursday Jellico Mayor Les Stiers brought plans for annexing parts of Campbell County outside of Jellico before the planning commission.

     “We’re going to go about the process of annexation and growing Jellico,” Stiers said. “It’s a tough issue. Opposition is going to be there.”

    “I think it’s about time for the city to grow,” said Alderman Charles Vermillion, head of the planning commission. “But a lot of this depends on the people, whether they want to be a part of it or not.”

  • Holiday means extra work for law enforcement

    The Labor Day holiday meant a long weekend for much of the area’s workforce. But the three-day weekend was anything but a vacation for the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department.

  • Domestic complaint leads to stand-off


    A Jacksboro man kept authorities busy Tuesday night when he barricaded himself in his home following a domestic situation.

    Campbell County Sheriff’s Deputy Thomas Richey responded to Jane Way Lane in Jacksboro to investigate reports of a domestic altercation.

    At the scene Richey and Jacksboro Police Officer Josh Carroll saw Kevin Lynn Wilson, 33, of 512 Jane Way Lane, Jacksboro, allegedly engaged in a verbal argument with the victim in the driveway.

  • LPD nets arrests in raids

    Last week local law enforcement put the skids on some drug activity in LaFollette.

    On Aug. 31 members of the LaFollette Police Department Narcotics Strike Force simultaneously conducted several raids for illegal drugs. Thanks to information acquired from citizen complaints as well as anonymous tips on the department’s drug hotline this effort was deemed a success.

    According to Chief Jimmie Jeffries, the raids netted a range of narcotics including marijuana plants, pills, drug paraphernalia and a meth lab.

  • Caryville waits to see how much revenue taxes from liquor will generate

    Mayor Robert Stooksbury feels it will take time to determine how much revenue the new liquor industry will generate for Caryville.