Today's News

  • Inmate busted smuggling morphine, other contraband into county jail

    CAMPBELL COUNTY—County jail officials recovered pills, tobacco and an unidentified powder after an inmate allegedly tried to smuggle the contraband into the facility earlier this month.
    While being booked, corrections officer Anita Goins and the nurse reportedly took Jessica Lynn Morgan, 24, 1527 Long Hollow Road, LaFollette, into the bathroom of the county jail July 17 to be searched, records indicated.

  • Speedwell man booked for drugs, forgery for passing checks at grocery

    CAMPBELL COUNTY—Tommy Leon Lamberson III, 22, 673, Powell Valley Shores Circle, Speedwell, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, three counts of forgery, three counts of theft under $500 and violation of probation.
    The charges stem from a July 18 arrest when LaFollette Det. Josh Hill booked Lamberson for possession of drug paraphernalia. LaFollette Police Officer James Farmer transported Lamberson to the Campbell County Jail.

  • Man Tasered after public ruckus, resisting officer’s arrest

    CARYVILLE—A  Campbell County Sheriff’s deputy  Tasered a Caryville man Sunday after he allegedly became combative during an arrest for public intoxication.
    While patrolling the Hill Road area around 9 a.m., Deputy Joshua Jeffers reportedly observed several individulas arguing in the middle of the road. After approaching one of the men—Leon Smith, 55, 381 Hill Lane, Caryville—Jeffers reported he became “belligerent and uncooperative.”

  • Deputies work to ‘Fill the Van’ with supplies for needy children

    JACKSBORO—The Campbell County Sherriff’s Department collected school supplies donations at the Jacksboro Walmart last Friday as part of its “Fill the Van” event.
    The supplies will be given to families that can’t afford school supplies. The CCSD will again accept donations tomorrow night (Friday) from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Jacksboro Walmart. School begins in Campbell County Aug. 12.

  • Foster parents needed in area

    LaFOLLETTE—For those looking to make a difference in the lives of children, becoming a foster parent provides a rewarding opportunity to help a child in need. Youth Villages is currently in need of caring adults in the LaFollette area to open their hearts and homes to children who have suffered abuse, neglect or abandonment. These children need families who will care for them until they can return to their birth families or an adoptive family is found for them.

  • LPD still investigating the case of a man found dead in a creek

    LaFOLLETTE—Detectives are investigating the death of Steven A. Phillips—a 40-year-old man, whose body was found in LaFollette Wednesday.

    “We’re still investigating it thoroughly,” LaFollette Police Chief Jimmy Jeffries said.

    The LaFollette Police Department received a call about Phillips’ body, which was found in a creek, Wednesday afternoon.

    “After the body was recovered, it was sent to the University of Tennessee for an autopsy,” Jeffries said.

  • McDonald's to open Jellico site




    JELLICO—Fast food giant McDonald’s is expected to break ground on an 85-occupancy restaurant here as early as October. Construction is set for a now vacant lot at Fifth Street and Tennessee Avenue near the Days Inn, according to reports from town officials. 

  • SHERIFF SNAPSHOT: 90-day report shows department's progress

     CAMPBELL COUNTY—A 90-day activity report released by the Campbell County Sheriff‘s Department this week shows the agency responded to 111 animal calls since the closing of the Adrion W. Baird Animal Center three months ago. 

    The figure is one of dozens revealed in the agency’s quarterly report, which covers April through June 2013. 

    The 90-day report aims to show progress of the sheriff’s department and is issued to county commissioners from Sheriff Robbie K. Goins each quarter. 

  • Jellico budget still unsettled, property tax still absent

    JELLICO—Bankrupted Jellico is collecting no property tax—and could potentially be losing thousands in potential revenue—after town officials failed to hold two meetings last week to resolve the oversight.
    Special-called meetings set for July 9 and July 12 were cancelled because the board didn’t have enough members to conduct business.
    On July 9, Mayor Les Stiers and Alderman Darrell Byrge were absent. On July 12, Byrge was absent again, but so was Alderwoman Pam Carbaugh.

  • Taking the long way home

    When I was little, my father never drove the interstate to Knoxville.
    Or, if we planned a trip to visit family for the day in Clinton, we would drive Tenn. 116 into Lake City.
    Rarely ever did we see the green dragon or the (now removed) Thacker Christmas Inn tree sign, as we were always on the other side of the dusty trail. My brother and I would cruise along in the backseat of our silver Dodge Dynasty, singing along to the latest hits on the weekly top 40 and enjoy the commentary provided by DJ Casey Kasem.