Today's News

  • Schools make plans for swine flu

    Sunny days and warm temperatures makes flu season seem like a distant concern.  But with fears of a swine flu pandemic already swirling Campbell County schools are already on the offensive.

    While Dr. Karen Bundren, federal projects director, said she is not anticipating a problem with the virus the system is taking a “better safe than sorry” approach in planning for the worst.

    Although reports of the swine flu have surfaced in other counties, Bundren said she is unaware of any students in Campbell County that have been diagnosed with the illness.

  • Mountain Heritage Festival scheduled for this weekend

    Take a step back in time at this year’s Mountain Heritage Festival.

    With music and handmade crafts, home cooked meals and a mule pull, the 39th annual Mountain Heritage Festival looks to be a day of good old-fashioned country fun.

    The two-day festival is scheduled for Sept. 5 and 6 and will be held in the Stinking Creek area.  The festivities will kick off on Saturday at 11 a.m.

    There will be blue grass and gospel music both days, along with hand made crafts and crafters on location, according to festival organizer Carolyn Ayers.

  • Davis facing BUI, vehicular assault charges

    A day on the lake will now turn into a day in court.

    On Friday John H. Davis was arrested on a sealed indictment from the February grand jury term.

    In that indictment Davis was charged with vehicular assault, felony reckless endangerment and two counts of BUI.

    The charges stem from an August 2008 boating accident.

    At that time, Tennessee Wildlife Resource Authorities said the 26-foot Sea Ray boat incurred trouble near the Twin Cove area just after 11 p.m.

    The investigation revealed the boat had four occupants when the accident happened.

  • Aggravated child abuse indictment handed down

    A woman accused of abusing her stepdaughter was indicted last week on the single count of aggravated child abuse.

    Samantha Huckaby’s case was presented to the grand jury last week when it convened for its second session this term.

    After hearing evidence presented by LaFollette Police, the grand jury returned the sole count.

    Huckaby stand accused of striking her 6- year- old stepdaughter on the head, shoulders, back, buttocks arms, legs and feet with a hairbrush, the arrest report said.

  • Wilson facing multiple charges

    A 12 count indictment was handed down last week by the grand jury on woman accused of repeatedly writing bad checks.

    Sandra K. Wilson was indicted on three counts of criminal simulation, three counts of forgery, two counts of theft under $500, two counts of passing worthless check under $500, attempting to pass a worthless check over $1,000 and attempted theft over $1,000.

    Among these charges is an incident where Wilson is alleged to have passed a check to the LaFollette Utility Board to pay for utility services for $500, the indictment said.  

  • Third annual Miner's Mile returns to Jellico

    Whether in the mood for a leisure walk or some friendly competition, the third annual Miner’s Mile in Jellico can accommodate.

    Proceeds and donations from this year’s race will go to support the Jellico Fire Department and Rescue Squad, as well as fund the event.

    The event will once again be hosted by the Jellico Community Hospital.

    “We felt a responsibility to find a creative way to enhance our community,” said event chair and Chaplain of the Jellico Community Hospital Kevin Shelley.

  • Jellico passes balanced budget for 2009-10

    The Jellico Mayor and Aldermen passed a balanced budget for the 2009-10 year in a brief special called meeting on Tuesday night.

    The budget was passed quickly and with little discussion, as there were not many changes from last year’s budget.

    No increases or extra costs were passed onto the citizens of Jellico. There had been some discussion about raising the property tax by 5 cents, but the mayor and aldermen did not want to raise rates on the citizens, they said.

    The property tax rate will remain at $1.20.

  • TVA raises base rate; decreases fuel cost

    Despite an eight-percent increase in the Tennessee Valley Authority’s base electrical rate, electric bills are likely to drop this fall as a result of the fuel cost adjustment.

  • LUB approves water and sewage rate increase proposal

    Water and wastewater rates were on the top of the agenda at Monday night’s LaFollette Utilities Board (LUB) meeting.

    “This is something that we needed to do a couple years ago,” said LUB General Manager Kenny Baird as he began the discussion of the rate proposal and increasing the water and sewage rates.

    The current rate structure has been in place since July 2005 and is in need of an update, according to Baird.

  • Duo arrested at Wal-Mart

    A shoplifting report led to the arrest of Carrie E. Brock, 23, of LaFollette, on Aug. 26.

    Jacksboro Police Officer Josh Carroll responded to a shoplifting call from Wal-Mart around 6.p,m., on Aug. 26, according to a Jacksboro Police report.

    Upon arriving at the store, Carroll was informed Brock had allegedly concealed merchandise totaling $21.64 and passed the last point of sale without paying.