Local News

  • Drugs discovered during traffic stop

  • Wallet snatched at local store

  • Morton tapped for chamber director position

    After devoting 26-years to his country, Lt. Colonel E.L. Morton will now devote his time to his hometown.

    Morton has retired from the military and accepted the position of Director of the Campbell County Chamber of Commerce.

    Born and raised on a farm in Demory, Morton said he is ready to contribute locally to his community.

    “I’m excited. I didn’t think there would be an opportunity to contribute to my community like this,” said Morton happily.

  • LUB adopts updated policy; continues with upgrades

    Water safety and power expansion topped the agenda at the LaFollette Utilities board meeting on Monday night.

    LaFollette Utilities has long had the practice of certain businesses such as restaurants, funeral homes and hospitals being required to have a back flow prevention device installed to keep contaminants from being back flowed into the potable water system, according to LUB General Manager Kenny Baird.

  • Valley Pizza is under new ownership

    There’s a new pizza man in town.

    Campbell County native David Bolton has purchased Valley Pizza.

    Though the business transaction was completed in November, Bolton has spent the past few months renovating the restaurant and preparing for the grand opening, which was held yesterday.

    “It’s something I’ve always thought about, so when the opportunity arose to purchase the business I jumped on it,” said Bolton, who also owns Dave’s Paint and Service Center.

  • Citizens celebrate the life of King

    On the eve of Barack Obama’s presidential inauguration, the Jellico and Williamsburg communities celebrated the nationally observed birthday of the late Martin Luther King Jr., another man known for firsts.  

    The evening of King’s birthday was spent with hymnal songs about an eternal home in heaven and of love. A group of nearly 80 people stood silent at the end of the program to listen to King when he inspired millions with the “I Have a Dream Speech.”

  • Commission completes donation; spends $215 for parking

    Commissioners managed to resolve two issues that have repeatedly appeared on their agenda.

    During Tuesday’s commission meeting the group voted to bring some clarity and closure to the $200,000 it voted to give to the Children’s Center in November.

    Representatives of the Children’s Center agreed the money would revert back to the county should it ever cease to operate as a child advocacy center. But confusion surfaced when commissioners made a move to place a lien on the property in an effort to protect its interest.

  • Cold Case resolutions recounted in books by one time detective

    The opportunity to write books is a luxury few can afford, but for Richard Foschino that is now a possibility. He has waited years to put his experiences as a detective down on paper.

    Recently retired from the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department, Foschino has compiled court cases from over 30 years of police work.

    “Since I left the sheriff’s office I have been writing feverishly,” said Foschino

  • Altercation end when a rifle is fired

    An alleged domestic dispute between two brothers escalated when a shot was fired last Sunday, officials have said.

    Around 6 p.m. deputies responded to a domestic disturbance in the Long Hollow area at the residence of 887 Marineer Point Road in LaFollette.

    The victim, Robert Douglas, was found with a gunshot wound to the abdomen, according to Campbell County Sheriff Gary Perkins.

    His brother, Kenneth Michael Douglas, 39, of LaFollette, is believed to have been the one who fired the shot and was arrested in the incident, according to Perkins.

  • Plea agreements resolve numerous criminal cases

    The following cases were resolved last week in criminal court using plea agreements:

    Michael Lynn Sweat- aggravated assault- six months to serve with credit for time served, eight years probation, court costs, restitution to be set on Feb. 23

    Shane Kelly Shoupe- aggravated assault, vandalism under $500; five years supervised probation, court costs, $150 restitution