Today's News

  • Marlow and Perkins hit impasse; court to rule

    While standoffs can be common in law enforcement, they usually occur between police and criminals not between police and the people who cut their paychecks.

    However, a Friday chancery court filing has revealed that Campbell County Sheriff Gary Perkins and Campbell County Finance Director Jeff Marlow are at odds.

    The lightning rod issue is what defines an administrative employee versus a non- administrative employee and who gets to decide the classification.

    That is an issue Joe Coker, county attorney, has asked the court to rule on in the petition he filed.

  • Proposed lake restrictions spark debate

    There is little doubt Norris Lake is the jewel in Campbell County’s crown.

     Surrounded by scenic mountain vistas, its waters have become a tourist destination for many from the north as well as the south.

    And while visitors often choose the spot for its tranquil setting the peace has too often been marred by tragedy, many of which some feel were preventable.

    Although it is apparent that some steps should be taken to reduce the number of boater related injuries and fatalities, there appears to be no simple solution to the dilemma.

  • Town hall meeting draws a big crowd

    In the capacity crowd Knoxville resident Rob Flowers was able to share perhaps the most unique perspective of any who stepped to the microphone for a word with Congressman Lincoln Davis at last Friday’s town hall meeting.

    Originally from Canada, but now a naturalized United States citizen, Flowers told Davis he had recently seen the result of government imposed healthcare in the treatment of his grandparents.

  • Young files petition to return to work

    David Young is claiming city officials violated their own procedures manual when they placed him on administrative leave earlier this month.

    On Friday, he filed a petition in chancery court asking Chancellor Billy Joe White to return him to his position as LaFollette City Administrator.

    In the petition, Young, through his attorney, David Dunaway, says Mayor Mike Stanfield and the four-man council didn’t follow the guidelines of LaFollette’s personnel policy when they suspended him.

  • Coopers, Harness to appear in court next month

    It appears three women charged with taking thousands of dollars from a man they befriended won’t see a resolution in their case yet.

    Last week, prosecutors and attorneys agreed that for Bonnie Cooper, Greta Cooper and Tamara Harness a trial held the best solution to resolving the case.

    “This could be very difficult to resolve in any reasonable amount of time without a fixed trial date,” Senior Assistant District Attorney General Mike Ripley said.

  • Catholic Church remodeled : dedication for addition to be held

    Our Lady of Perpetual Help has seen a complete remodel thanks to the help and dedication of its parishioners.

    The church began as 3,700 square feet. The addition has added another 9,100 for a total of 12, 800 square feet, according to building chair LaQuita Ingle.

    Since the groundbreaking in October 2008, church members have spent around 20,000 hours laboring on the addition. Even more amazing is that the average age of the parishioner working on the remodel fell between 65 and 75.

  • I-75 wreck results in fatality

    A recreational trip to the races in Bristol ended in death for an Indianapolis man.

    Keith Smith, 52, of Indianapolis, Ind., was fatally injured after an I-75 car crash on Aug. 21.

    Smith was the passenger in a 2003 Chevy Tahoe, which overturned near mile marker 145 while traveling southbound on I-75 heading to the races in Bristol, according to a Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) report.

  • Shoplifter nets drug charges

    A shoplifting call led to a drug arrest for a LaFollette man.

    On Aug. 23, around 6:30 p.m., Jacksboro Officer Josh Carroll was dispatched to Wal-Mart on the report of someone shoplifting, according to Carroll’s report.

    Upon arrival, Carroll found that Adam Christopher Kitts, 19, of Cedar Creek Road, LaFollette, had allegedly taken $58.39 worth of merchandise concealed on his person and passed the last point of sale without paying, according to a Wal-Mart employee.

  • Paint the Town street fair to be held in Lafollette

    The LaFollette Recreation Department and the Campbell Culture Coalition (CCC) are inviting the public to come paint the town-literally.

    On Sept. 26, a Paint the Town street festival will be held in LaFollette.

    The one -day street festival will include music, food vendors and story telling, but the main attraction will be the vivid and colorful street paintings, according to CCC President Jo Anne Myers.

    This first festival will hopefully become a model for the city to build on in the years to come, Myers said.

  • Routine traffic stop leads to multiple arrests

    A routine traffic stop in Caryville led to the arrest of a LaFollette man and a Jacksboro woman on multiple charges.

    Horace Wallace, 32, of LaFollette, was arrested on Aug. 17, after he allegedly gave false information to Caryville Police Officer Freddy Walker, according to Walker’s report.