Today's News

  • Campbell’s murder conviction stands

    The state court of criminal appeals has upheld Zendall Campbell’s 2006 second-degree murder and aggravated assault conviction.

    The ruling that affirms not only the conviction, but also subsequent sentencing, was handed down last Thursday.

    Campbell is currently serving a 20 year prison sentence for shooting his estranged brother-in-law, Jason Rhodes, and assaulting his friend David Hall. Campbell and Rhodes had argued earlier the evening of March 17, 2005 at the Silver Dollar Bar in Stinking Creek, trial testimony revealed.

  • Shoplifting led to arrest, drug charges

    Felicia Hatmaker, 22, of Duff, was arrested on April 17 for shoplifting women’s hair coloring from Wal-Mart, according to a Jacksboro police report.

    Detective Mike Starrett was dispatched to Wal-Mart and upon arrival found the loss prevention agents already had Hatmaker in custody.

    Starrett received permission to search Hatmaker’s purse and found 25 white oval-shaped pills, which turned out to be “600 milligram Ibuprofen, a water clamp to grate the pills and a cut, two-inch plastic straw to sniff them with,” Starrett said.

  • Jellico working to establish town court by next month

    After a long and costly wait, Jellico may only have to wait another month before town court sessions resume.

    Following a March state court of appeals decision, the town is free to reinstitute a court as entailed in the town charter.

    The board of mayor and aldermen discussed hiring a city judge at last Thursday’s meeting.

    “We need to schedule a workshop where we will look at all the applications,” said Mayor Forster Baird. He then decided to appoint a committee to review the applicants with Police Commissioner Elsie Crawford as chair.

  • Citizens gather to protest taxes and government

    It was cold and windy as citizens gathered with posters and pitchforks at the Campbell County Court House last week.

    Two hundred and thirty-six years after the original Boston Tea Party, the message was the same-change and freedom from unfair taxes or revolution.

    Around 220 people gathered near the Veteran’s Memorial at the courthouse to show their disfavor of recent political actions and especially new tax policies.

  • Jellico does business; sets budget workshop

    Business of all aspects was discussed at Thursday night’s mayor and aldermen meeting in Jellico.

    Aldermen Alvin Evans began the meeting by reporting on the status of the sidewalk cave-in and the prospect of repairs to it.

    “Hopefully by next week Mitch Loomis and the engineer will get started,” Evans said.

    Evans also asked the board ask for bids on the Walker Road and Green Lee Lane paving project. “Those places are in rough shape,” Evans said.

  • Cove Lake continues to have stream of visitors

    Despite an unsure economy and consumers tightening their financial belts, Cove Lake State Park reports that visitors continue to camp and take advantage of park facilities.

    When high gas prices had many vacationing close to home or not at all, East Tennessee’s State Parks continued to maintain a steady number of visitors, with numbers dropping only slightly, according to Murray Crow, Regional Manager for Tennessee State Parks.

  • Council has interviews with police chief applicants



    From over 25 applicants to six interviews, the LaFollette City Council is narrowing down the list of possible police chiefs.

    Each councilman and mayor drafted a list of seven names from the many applicants. From those names the most popular six were chosen for interviews.

    In an informal setting the mayor, four councilmen and city administrator conducted interviews with the selected applicants on Tuesday.

  • Lions Club essay contest yields winners



    After many months of writing and judging, the Lions Club of Campbell County has chosen winners from the Diabetes awareness essay contest.

  • Earth Day celebrations slated



    Multiple Earth Day celebrations are slated for this week and next.

    The nationally celebrated holiday was April 22, but schools and agencies have scheduled alternative dates to bring recognition to the day.

    This Saturday, the Clearfork Community Institute will hold its annual Earth Day celebration in Eagan. The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Participants can enjoy the day by the river with a picnic, kite flying and fishing.

  • Valley View Nature Center vandalized



    Public access to a fitness park, nature center, playground and trails could come to an end because of continued vandalism at the property.

    With construction taking place at the school, gates are left open in the evenings, according to Valley View Elementary School Principal Steve Rutherford.

    The most recent act of vandals was benches and a filing cabinet being destroyed at the nature center pavilion.