Local News

  • Two arrested for meth manufacture

    A pillow in the back window of a swerving car was only the first sign for deputy Jeremy Myers to make a traffic stop off of Towe String Road.

    John Charles Riggs, 35, of Jacksboro, was sitting in the driver’s seat and acting strangely as the deputy approached, said Campbell County Sheriff Gary Perkins.

    Riggs allegedly told Myers there was no narcotics in the vehicle and gave permission to search, said Perkins.

    The search revealed a container of drug paraphernalia and several items used to manufacture methamphetamine, according to Perkins.

  • LUB extends Baird's contract: adopts new policy

    At Monday night’s LaFollette Utilities Board meeting, LUB General Manager Kenny Baird’s contract came up for review. Board members discussed Baird’s performance as a manager and decided to extend his contract by one year.

    “He’s well respected in the region and I think we should hold on to him as long as we can,” said Howard St. James.

    “I personally feel like the utility is one of the best run entities in LaFollette,” said board member Ken Younce.

  • East Tennessee Quality Growth: looks ahead for the future

    In a world constantly changing and growing, many counties in East Tennessee are beginning to map out a plan for the future; a plan known as quality growth.

    East Tennessee Quality Growth is a new program encompassing the 16 county region that comprises East Tennessee.

    Bill Claiborne and Fred Cole are Campbell County’s representatives on the board.

    After attending a regional workshop to launch the program, Claiborne and Cole brought ideas back to the county in the hopes of spreading the importance of quality growth.

  • Search led to seizure at Caryville motel

    It was a tip that led Caryville Detective Stephanie Smith to a local motel room to investigate the possible selling of drugs in late March.

    When Smith was informed Wanda Faye Odell, 46, of Caryville, was allegedly selling Oxycontin out of a motel room, she went to the hotel room to speak with Odell.

  • Jellico to hold Gem City Trading days on Saturday

    This Saturday, Jellico will host its first Gem City Trading Days in the Veteran’s Park.

    “We’ve got a dead spell with nothing going on right now so we thought it would be a way to get people to come out of the house, come down and bring anything they want to sell,” said Jellico Tourism Director Jake Bennett.

    “As the old saying goes, one person’s junk is another’s treasure,” said Bennett laughing.

  • Mural brightens halls and lives

    With birds jutting out from the walls and seashells lining parts of the floor, downstairs at the LaFollette United Methodist doesn’t seem like brick and mortar.

    On the walls of the section the church reserves for children, Billie Sue Hunter and her band of merry artists have transformed the space. What was once just block and paint now depicts the seven days of creation in a series of murals.

    It is a site that draws oohs and aaws from the children who frequent the halls. It also draws a few of those from the adults as well.

  • Branam suspended; investigation ongoing

    It has been a week since news of a Jacksboro Middle School teacher’s suspension broke.

    Since that time there seems to be more questions than answers.

    Dr. Michael Martin, director of schools, has confirmed that Dean Branam, a 30- year veteran of the Campbell County school system, has been suspended with pay as a result of inappropriate behavior with a student.

    “I suspended him with pay pending the investigation that is being conducted by the Jacksboro Police Department,” Martin said via telephone on Tuesday.

  • Foreclosure numbers in Campbell continue to climb

    As mortgages lapse into foreclosures lenders and homeowners alike have had to prepare for the worst.

    While the fallout from a sub prime lending market has been felt across the country, Campbell County has not been immune to the losses.

    In 2007, 12 local homes were lost due to foreclosures, according to property assessor’s records.

    The next year, 2008, the number grew five times with home losses totaling 69 in the county. And with the figures in for the first three months of 2009, it seems history could repeat itself.

  • Jacksboro election drawing few voters

    With the town of Jacksboro elections less than 10 days away, voters have failed to turn out in large numbers.

    As of Tuesday, only three percent, 39, of Jacksboro’s 1300 registered voters had cast a ballot in early voting, according to Administrator of Elections Dean Sexton.

    “We have had a very, very low turn out,” she said.

    Some days have seen as few as two voters making their selection for the next group of town leaders.

  • LaFollette Police Chief position has 21 applicants

    Applicants for the soon to be vacant LaFollette Police Chief position are from all four corners of the United States.

    Those interested in relocating to LaFollette for the position appear to be many as 21 applicants and presently reside in places such as Alaska, Florida, Colorado and Wisconsin.

    Among those applying for the police chief position, 10 are from East Tennessee with four of the 10 currently living and working in Campbell County.