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Today's News

  • Deputies raid drug kingpin twice in five days, take 23 cars

    LaFOLLETTE—Campbell County Sheriff’s Office deputies seized 23 vehicles during two raids on drug “kingpin” Kermit D. York.
    The saga began Aug. 15 when officers converged on 52-year-old York’s home at 711 Ivey Hollow Road.
    An investigation into York’s alleged actions gave officials probable cause to obtain the search warrant.

  • Down in the DUMP

    JACKSBORO—Monday night, the Campbell County Commission voted to oppose a landfill Davis Creek Energy, LLC and Ketchen Land Company, Inc. have proposed operating in the Duff Community.
    “I know we have no control over what Ketchen does,” Commissioner Steve Rutherford said. However, Rutherford said the commission could present a united front against the landfill by voting to not support it.
    Former commissioner Melvin Boshears urged the commission to oppose the landfill if it didn’t benefit Campbell County.

  • Deputies raid drug kingpin twice in five days, take 23 cars

    LaFOLLETTE—Campbell County Sheriff’s Office deputies seized 23 vehicles during two raids on drug “kingpin” Kermit D. York.
    The saga began Aug. 15 when officers converged on 52-year-old York’s home at 711 Ivey Hollow Road.
    An investigation into York’s alleged actions gave officials probable cause to obtain the search warrant.

  • A man and his truck

    We heard the rumbling in the distance, like that of large tires blazing through a dusty trail of gravel. We scampered high to the old porch in anticipation, in an attempt to be the first to catch a glance at our farm mode of transportation.  Barreling around the final curve toward home, with squeaks and sounds of shocks in dire need of replacing, it arrived in glorious splendor — an oversized, somewhat white truck with a few kisses of rust placed here and about.

  • Drug kingpin behind bars after raid

     The Campbell County Sheriff's Office believe they have removed one of the county's most prominent drug dealers following a two-day investigation that uncovered money, narcotics, firearms and 10 vehicles. 

    Kermit D. York, 52, 711 Ivey Hollow Road, LaFollette, has previous felonies and is believed to be the largest distributor of narcotics in the area, police said. 

  • Jellico agrees to comptroller funding bond

    It’s debt consolidation – government style.

    During a marathon three-hour meeting on Thursday night, Jellico’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen decided to put their long-standing financial issues to rest and agree to the comptroller’s last resort offer to put the town back on an even keel.

    “This gives complete control to the comptroller’s office of spending our money, but this allows us to pay the IRS off right now [and] amass all our debts,” said Mayor Les Stiers.

  • Colegrove featured speaker at safety conference

    WILLIAMSBURG, KY.—Dr. Michael B. Colegrove, Vice President for Student Services at University of the Cumberlands (UC) recently served as a featured speaker during the National School Safety Conference held in Las Vegas, Nev.  The conference was sponsored by the School Safety Advocacy Council (SSAC). The SSAC is the recognized leader in school safety based services and training.

  • Hit writers jam

    GATLINBURG—Nashville’s Music Row moves to the mountains today through Sunday, when more than 30 hit singer-songwriters will perform at free concerts there at the second annual Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival.
    Organizer Cyndy Montgomery Reeves, festival founder and director, said the festival will include three luncheon presentations on building a music career.
    For a schedule of free performances by hit writers and workshop times and enrollment costs, see www.smswf.com.
     

  • Rock the Farm Music fest set

    ANDERSON COUNTY—Boyer Farms brings their summer music festival back to East Tennessee for its third year. Situated on 75 acres of rolling farm land — the horse farm takes on its alter ego as a music venue. Ten regional and local bands bring their performances to the stage Friday and Saturday. This year’s headliner includes Foz Rock’s new collaboration, Avenue of The Giants. Foz Rock was a long time member of the group Rehab whose fame includes the songs “Bartender” and “Welcome Home.”  

  • Maiden recognized at national arts banquet

    Campbell County High School Art Club president Shelby Maiden is pictured with her entry in the 2013 Wildlife Forever State Fish Art Competition. Shelby won first place in the state competition and was recognized nationally at the awards banquet held in Perry, Ga.