Local News

  • Commission set to discuss signs, road repairs

    Roads and signs were on everyone’s minds at Monday’s county commission workshop.

    With the election three weeks away Commissioner Rusty Orick asked that his time at next week’s meeting be allocated for the presentation of an ordinance regarding signs. In his door- to- door campaigning Orick said he had repeatedly been told that citizens are “tired of these signs.”

    When Commission Lynn Letner asked Orick to expound on what he was being told, Orick put it back in Letner’s lap asking what he had heard from constituents about the signs.

  • Xtreme Rock Racing returns this weekend

    Action, adventure and a lot of mud are some of the things to be expected by patrons at the upcoming Xtreme Off-Road Rock Race in White Oak this weekend.

    The event will mark the fifth and sixth challenges for racers and the first event to be held this year at the White Oak course, sponsored by XORRA (Xtreme Off-Road Racing Association) based in LaFollette.

  • Caryville Board reviews recent issues

    Discussion about the attempted liquor referendum and approval of the ordinance to raise the sales and use tax in Caryville took place Monday night.

    During the Caryville Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting Ronnie Daugherty questioned why the board could not move the liquor referendum forward. Caryville Mayor Robert Stooksbury took the opportunity to apologize to the citizens for the board’s lack of knowledge on the procedure.

  • Taser ends chase of alleged assailant

    While many people were enjoying the July 4 fireworks, David E. Ball Jr., 27, of Jellico, was allegedly trying to flee police on foot.

    Last week, Jellico Police Officer Joseph Hopson responded to a disturbance at the apartments near Logans Street. Upon arrival Hopson could hear the voices of a male and female arguing, he said.

  • Bernie Gagne arrested for sexual battery

    Bernie Nicholas Gagne, 30, of 707 Grantsboro Road, LaFollette, was arrested for aggravated sexual battery following an incident that allegedly took place on Saturday.

    The 11-year-old victim informed the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department at approximately 4:30 a.m. on Sunday she was the victim of an alleged sexual assault.

  • Lawson charged for burglary

    Shattered glass at the NAPA front entrance alarmed Jellico Police Officer Wayne Barton during patrol earlier this month.

    “Upon approaching the broken door I observed broken glass inside and out and a rock approximately the size of a gallon milk jug inside the building,” said Barton about his first observations at the scene.

  • Fannon raises concern over mayor's spending account

    Councilman Bob Fannon made an addition to the agenda at the start of the LaFollette Council meeting Tuesday night.

    For lack of a second motion the minutes for the June meeting, where the council overturned LaFollette Mayor Mike Stanfield’s veto and passed the budget, were not approved. This prompted Fannon to bring a budget concern to the council’s attention.

    In the history of LaFollette, the mayor has never been given a budgeted amount of money for gas, nor a vehicle for personal use, said Fannon.

  • LaFollette Council overrides mayor's veto

    LaFollette Mayor Mike Stanfield openly expressed his opposition to a charter change at Tuesday night’s council meeting.

    Stanfield exerted his power of veto to stop the council from allowing LaFollette Utilities to set rate increases for the water and sewer system after the last council meeting.

    However, during the in-session meeting to pass the new budget in the final reading the council again passed the charter revision.

  • Police find lab while investigating other crimes

    Three people were arrested last week after allegedly breaking into their neighbor’s home. However, that was only the beginning of their legal problems.

  • Boat sinks, jet ski crashes over holiday weekend

    While many people were enjoying the holiday weekend, officials with the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency had a busy three days.

    From investigating a sinking boat to responding to a serious jet ski accident TWRA authorities saw had a frantic 72 hours. However, they were not the only ones responding to calls for help.