Today's News

  • LaFollette to accept bids for roofing projects

    The LaFollette City Council will accept bids for three roofing projects at its meeting Tuesday. These projects involve repairing the roofs of three city buildings: fire hall three, the West LaFollette Community Center and the East LaFollette Community Center.
    At the meeting Sept. 4, the city council decided to rebid the roofing project because the bids that were opened on Aug. 23 didn’t conform to the minutes of the Aug. 7 meeting. While on Aug. 7, the council decided to bid the three projects separately, the bids were advertised as a package.

  • Jacksboro Elementary School kicks off new reading program

    Friday morning, Jacksboro Elementary School kicked off the accelerated reader program with a parade that celebrated reading.
    “We thought it would be a good day to have a parade since the high school’s having a parade today,” Principal Joan Crutchfield said. “Our theme is ‘elect to read’ since it’s election year.”

  • Dementia support group to begin Monday

    On Monday, a local dementia support group will begin meeting at Indiana Avenue Baptist Church.
    The group, which is affiliated with Alzheimer’s Tennessee, Inc., will meet the first Monday of every month from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. There will be a discussion, information will be distributed, and there will be a time for sharing.
    “Just supporting each other, and giving them information where they can get help,” Charlene Partin, of IABC said.
    The group is open to caregivers, family members, and friends of people afflicted with dementia.

  • Shepherd’s Home Thrift Store to celebrate one-year anniversary

    Beginning today, the Shepherd’s Home Thrift Store will celebrate its one-year anniversary. The celebration is a three-day event, which ends Saturday.
    “We’re (going to) have snacks for everybody,” store manager Barbara Jo Sterrett said.
    There will be finger foods and beverages. The store will be decorated with balloons and signs expressing gratitude for the customers, Sterrett said.

  • Fields of Faith event to be hosted at CCHS

    Wednesday night, the second annual Fields of Faith event will be held at Campbell County High School.
    The Fellowship of Christian Athletes is hosting Fields of Faith in partnership with the Campbell County Youth Leaders Alliance.
    Last year, Fields of Faith was held at the football field at Jacksboro Middle School.
    “Last year we had between 700 and 800,” said Brian Miracle, youth pastor at LaFollette United Methodist Church.

  • Advocates cry out on shelter

    Facebook groups, petitions and emails have popped up in recent weeks with strong allegations against the Adrion Baird Animal Shelter and its director, Betty Crumley. The county mayor calls the allegations “retaliatory” because citizens are made to obey the animal control laws. Some of the advocates maintain there’s a massive cover-up regarding animal control within the county.

  • Sales tax back on the ballot

    On Nov. 6, voters will decide if improving county roads is worth a sales tax increase.

    A resolution to increase the local option sales tax rate from 2.25 percent to 2.75 percent will be on the ballot again.

    The commission’s intention for the referendum is to generate more money to increase the highway department’s budget, so it can pave more roads.

    “We hear almost every month, complaints about the condition of the roads,” commissioner David Adkins said.

  • Citizen files Ouster suit

    Clarence Beck thinks Jellico Mayor Les Stiers needs to be fired.

    Beck, a Jellico resident, filed the Ouster suit in Campbell County Chancery Court last week.

    In  the suit Beck claims Stiers has repeatedly overstepped his authority as mayor. From buying property to awarding work without going through the proper channels Stiers has repeatedly subverted the town’s charter, according to Beck.

  • Festival honoring Armstrong is Saturday

    The Campbell Culture Coalition will host the sixth annual Louie Bluie Music and Arts Festival this Saturday at Cove Lake State Park.

    Festivalgoers will enjoy quality music, arts and crafts, a quilt show and an art show, festival spokesperson Lisa McCloud said.

  • Grants will provide more patrol, special DUI prosecutor

    Area law enforcement agencies are seeing an influx of funds.

    The Governor’s Highway Safety Office awarded over $200,000 in grants to Campbell County last week.

    The monies will be used to fund overtime, provide training and prosecute DUI offenders across the county.

    In the Eighth Judicial District, $153,156 has been provided for a special DUI prosecutor.