Today's News

  • Five convenience center workers laid off Monday

    Five Campbell County Environmental Services employees were laid off Monday. A reduction in the operation hours at convenience centers across the county, except the Towe String Road center, brought the layoffs.
    Previously, convenience centers operated 10 hours a day, seven days a week. Convenience centers will now be closed Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. However, they will remain open for 10 hours on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, Campbell County Finance Director Jeff Marlow said.

  • Board of Ed approves reading curriculum, summer feeding program

    If not for a mid-meeting, 45-minute executive session, the Campbell County Board of Education meeting would have taken less than an hour.

    The board met in its entirety with attorney Dail Cantrell and secondary education supervisor Larry Nidifer. Eventually, both Nidifer and director of schools Donnie Poston left the session.

    The board breezed through its other business.


    Three students won an iPad from Trane after their sticker designs were chosen to appear on their school’s light switch plates.

  • Walden wants to let citizens speak at meetings

    At Monday’s workshop, commissioner Bob Walden proposed allowing citizens a chance to speak during the regular commission meetings. There is currently a time where people are allowed to address the commission at the beginning of each commission’s workshop. However, no time exists during regular meetings. Walden wants to make this change to allow people to address issues commissioners discuss during the workshop. Because citizens speak before the workshop begins, they aren’t allowed to give their input on those issues, Walden said

  • Camp Galilee to host scrapbooking retreat

    Galilee Bible Camp will host scrapbooking retreat this weekend.
    The purpose of the retreat is to be a ministry to Christians and an outreach to people who don’t attend church, said Becky Fladie, coordinator for the event.
    The retreat is “a comfortable place for people who don’t come to church, but we try to encourage Christians who are there,” Fladie said.
    Camp Galilee hosts a scrapbooking retreat in the fall and the spring.

  • CASA to host Blue Grass Breakdown and Silent Auction

    Court Appointed Special Advocates will host its 12th annual Blue Grass Breakdown and Silent Auction Saturday. The event will be held at the Ball Farm from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
    Local bands Shadow Ridge, R and R, Wildwood Boys and New Harvest will play live bluegrass music, CASA Volunteer Coordinator Christine O’Dell said.
    General Sessions Judge Joe Ayers will speak.

  • Grant will provide spay/neuter services

    The Friends of Campbell County Animals group have received a $5,000 grant to help fund its spay and neuter program.

    The grant comes from the Petco Foundation.

    “One hundred percent of it is going to spay and neuter,” said Deborah Pemberton, the group’s grant writer.  

    Pemberton estimates that anywhere between 100 and 150 animals can be spayed or neutered.

  • Bartley getting new trial

    Kenneth Bartley is one step closer to a trial.

    Following Monday’s opinion from the state court of criminal appeals, the convicted school shooter has been green lighted to have his case heard by a jury.

    It is a battle that began before the ink on his plea agreement had dried in 2007.

    Just weeks after the then 15- year- old admitted he was guilty of second-degree murder and two counts of attempted second degree, Bartley began asking for a new trial. Under the terms of his plea agreement, he was to serve 45 years in jail.

  • CCHS school zone named for fallen educator

    The nearly half-mile stretch of school zone in front of Campbell County High School will be renamed thanks to 36th District Rep. Dennis Powers’ efforts in Nashville.

    The portion of the road will be renamed the “Ken Bruce Memorial Highway,” in honor of the assistant principal who died during a 2005 school shooting.

    “Ken was just a great guy and everybody that knew him liked him,” Powers said.

  • Two arrested for assaulting their children

    Last week, two mothers were arrested for assaulting their unborn children.

    The arrests, while not related, come after months of joint investigation between the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department and the Department of Children’s Services.

    Johanna Ogg and Amanda Lynn Lyttle were arrested within hours of each other last week. Both were charged with aggravated assault.

    Ogg, 33, 444 Davenport Road, LaFollette, was arrested last Wednesday.

  • Jellico has change of heart in sanitation additions

    In Jellico, five residential and one commercial customer have had part of their sanitation bill reduced. A second commercial customer opted to contract with a private waste collection service.

    In November, Jellico’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen received a list of 24 residential and 27 commercial customers who weren’t paying sanitation fees.

    In the regularly scheduled December meeting, Mayor Les Stiers said anyone who received utility services paid for sanitation whether they used the garbage pick-up or not.