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Today's News

  • Explosives assumed to be dynamite identified as road flares

    UPDATE

    1:19 p.m.

    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.
     

    Previous story

    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. 

  • 'Dog gone' mess

     The Adrion W. Baird Animal Center is closed indefinitely and all animals have been removed after allegations about poor euthanasia practices surfaced about shelter director Betty Crumley. 

    On Tuesday, a joint press release from the Campbell County Mayor’s Office, the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department and District Attorney General Lori Phillips-Jones called for a Tennessee Bureau of Investigation probe into the matter. 

  • Pinecrest fire coverage could be expanded

    Monday night, the Campbell County Commission unanimously approved the EMS committee’s decision to allow the Campbell County Rural Fire Service to assume responsibility for the Pinecrest community. For the past five months, no fire department has officially covered Pinecrest, but The CCRFS and Jacksboro Fire Department offered some fire protection to Pinecrest.
    Some residents complained about rising homeowners’ insurance rates. While many factors may have caused this, it could be a result of not having official coverage, CCRFS Chief Don McGuire said.

  • Pinecrest fire coverage could be expanded

    Monday night, the Campbell County Commission unanimously approved the EMS committee’s decision to allow the Campbell County Rural Fire Service to assume responsibility for the Pinecrest community. For the past five months, no fire department has officially covered Pinecrest, but The CCRFS and Jacksboro Fire Department offered some fire protection to Pinecrest.
    Some residents complained about rising homeowners’ insurance rates. While many factors may have caused this, it could be a result of not having official coverage, CCRFS Chief Don McGuire said.

  • ATV ride to benefit domestic violence victims

    Start your engines to support victims of domestic violence.
    Community Health of East Tennessee’s Family Services Center will host an all-terrain vehicle charity ride 10 a.m., April 27. The goal is to raise $5,000 for the Family Services Center, according to Rebecca Herrill from the agency.
    “We’re looking forward to it,” LaFollette Police Chief Jimmy Jeffries said. “We hope it goes real well. Hopefully, this will be a good community building event.”

  • Facebook page creators cite ‘animal warriors’ for exposing shelter problem

    Embattled shelter director Betty Crumley thought it was an April Fool’s joke when she began receiving obscene and threatening phone calls from around the country on April 1.
    The calls came after a Facebook page, Exposing Betty Crumley – Information needed here, went viral.

  • Jellico seeking applicants for town recorder

    JELLICO—The town is accepting applications for town recorder. The position is open after the resignation of previous town recorder, Linda Douglas.
    Sondra Denton, a CMFO from Englewood, has worked with the town on contract since mid-December.
    Job requirements for town recorder now include a college degree and previous office experience. The new recorder could be employed as early as June 1.
    A starting salary is not specified.

  • Educators get boost for out-of-pocket expenditures

    CAMPBELL COUNTY—Traveling educators have a little more breathing room for accommodation expenses when they leave Campbell County for conferences and seminars.
    “When they go to these professional development conferences out of state, they’re having problems being reimbursed for the full hotel-motel fees because our policy limits them to $150 per night,” said Board of Education Chairman Josh Parker.
    In larger metro areas, even the least expensive hotel rooms are $250 per night, he said.

  • Jellico dispatch savings still not on solid ground

    JELLICO—Despite a previous mandate to abolish part-time fire dispatchers positions here, the details to implement the measure are unclear.
    Last Wednesday, Jellico’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen – minus Tommy Bowlin and Darrell Byrge —discussed how to implement the change.