Today's News

  • EXCLUSIVE: No home. No hope. Then they found here.

    Christopher Rodrigue was a professional in Marietta, Ga. He made $45,000 working in quality control for a food processing company. He had a home, professional friends, colleagues and business contacts. His wife, Jerrilynn, ran a professional cleaning business before she was diagnosed with neuropathy—which kept her from working. Christopher looked at homeless people with scorn—he thought they were lazy, dirty, alcoholics or even drug addicts. He didn’t know that he was about to become one of them.

  • TIMBER: Iconic interstate sign on chopping block

    An iconic Caryville landmark seen by millions of travelers along Interstate 75 for the past 38 years will be history by mid June, when associates of Holiday Inn Express & Suites replace it in favor of a sleeker, more modern sign. 

    The approximately 60-foot tall, tree-shaped sign— located at exit 134 —  peaks just above the roofline of the four-story hotel now under renovation at the former Thacker Christmas Inn & Restaurant site.  

  • Weekend fire burns warehouse
  • Help for the homeless

    Homelessness isn’t always the result of drug addiction or laziness.
    Several programs are offered to help homeless people in Campbell County regain stability. Community Health of East Tennessee, the Tennessee Valley Coalition to End Homelessness, the Campbell County Mayor’s Office, the Campbell County Veterans Affairs Office, Ridgeview and the Shepherd’s Home are some of the local organizations working together to help people escape the trap of homelessness.

  • $30k raised at local Children’s Center benefit luncheon

    About $30,000 was raised for the Campbell County Children’s Center at a luncheon April 17 at LaFollette Church of God. With close to 200 people in attendance, it was “the largest luncheon we held so far,” executive director Tracie Davis said.
    “It was truly an amazing event,” Davis said.

  • Sports News 4-25-13

    April 25

    Campbell County Tennis

    The Campbell County High School tennis team will host Central High School on Thursday. The home match is scheduled for 4:30 p.m.


    Jellico Middle School Baseball

    The Jellico Middle School baseball team will travel to Whitley County, Ky. The teams will face off at 5 p.m.


    Campbell County Baseball

  • Powers passes three bills this session

    NASHVILLE—In addition to Lynn’s Law and the Breast Cancer Prevention Act, Rep. Dennis Powers managed to get three bills passed before the end of this years’ legislative session.
    The Cumberland Regional Agribusiness and Marketing Authority bill will allow the eight-county area serviced by Roane State Community College—that includes Campbell County—to apply for grants together. This will allow these rural counties to compete with metropolitan counties, like Knox County, in economic development.

  • New law will penalize those who abandon helpless adults here

    Last week, the Tennessee General Assembly passed Lynn’s Law, named after 19-year-old Lynn Cameron, a mentally disabled Illinois woman who was abandoned in a Caryville bar last summer by her mother, Eva Cameron.
    “It’s something we’ve been working on for a long time,” Rep. Dennis Powers, R-Jacksboro said. “It’s not just a cruel and (inhuman) thing to do to these people...it costs the Tennessee taxpayers.”

  • Explosives assumed to be dynamite identified as road flares


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    The devices assumed to be dynamite turned out to be 35-year-old road flares. A fuse that went to blasting caps is what gave the flares the appearance of dynamite. The KPD bomb squad disposed of the devices. Residents were allowed back into their homes.

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    The Campbell County Sheriff's Department has responded to a home on Ginnie Lane where a woman reportedly found decades-old dynamite in a shed on her property.

  • Ah-choo: Allergies in bloom

     Bless you, allergy sufferers. That sneezing-wheezing-coughing-itching, hard-to-focus-on-anything time of year is back with a vengeance. Symptoms associated with allergies are annoying for most. But for others, allergic reactions may lead to more serious conditions such as asthma and sinus infections. If left untreated, a patient’s quality of life may suffer. An estimated 26 million Americans — roughly 20 percent of the population — are affected by seasonal allergies, according to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.