Today's News

  • Jellico chooses finance auditor

    JELLICO – The board of mayor and aldermen unanimously approved Daniels, Uselton and Clay to be the town’s auditor for the next three years.
    It will cost $14,500 per year for the services.
    Previously, the town used Craine, Thompson and Jones for auditing services, but it was reportedly discovered the firm was helping former town recorder Linda Douglas maintain the books and then auditing its own work at the end of the year. By auditing its own work, the firm was unable to provide proper checks and balances for public fund oversight.

  • Commission renews health insurance for county workers

    CAMPBELL COUNTY—The County Commission renewed a policy with Blue Cross Blue Shield for employee health insurance at a six percent cost increase.
    Campbell County employees experienced an increase in medical insurance claims, which made it hard to get competitive health insurance quotes, according to Debi Samples.
    “Because your claims have gone up so drastically, none of (the) other carriers were willing to quote you this year,” Samples said. “I have no competitive bids to bring you.”

  • Gov.Haslams signs Lynn's Law in Caryville



    CARYVILLE — On Tuesday, Gov. Bill Haslam appeared briefly at the Caryville Municipal Building to sign Lynn’s Law — which provides greater power to prosecute those who abandon the disabled. The signing of the law occurred just over one mile from the site of its tragic inspiration.

  • VA clinic coming to CC

    A Veterans Affairs outpatient clinic—for veterans with low income or service-connected disabilities will open in Campbell County. This will shorten trips for veterans who travel to Knoxville for services.
    “We’re excited (it is) coming,” said Kevin Walden, director for the Campbell County Veterans Affairs Office. “It’s not a whether of if, it’s a whether of when. And it’s coming to Campbell County.”

  • MARKING MEMORIAL DAY: A tribute to those lost

     If you’re out for a scenic drive this holiday weekend, head a few miles north of Caryville on Tenn. 116 near the intersection with Old Vasper Road. 

    There, the otherwise curvy stretch of two-lane highway straightens out temporarily, before ducking under an aging railroad bridge.  

    A weathered concrete wall meets a patch of grass planted with colorful silk flowers, small crosses and other lawn ornaments.  

    Scrawled on the wall in white, spray-painted capital letters is a three-deck message: 

  • DERAILED: Montclair’s fourth investor backs out; Jellico rail spur project on hold

    Two years and four investment groups have failed to put an oil refinery in the former Taylor Machine Shop in Jellico. But Michael Williams, CEO of Montclair Technology, LLC, wants to bring an oil refinery to Campbell County—and by doing so employ up to 50 people. He likes the people in Campbell County, he said, “I’m excited about working with them. They’ve laid out the red carpet for me.”

  • District eyes opening enrollment to Internet-based learning

    It’s public school without the cafeteria food, smoking in the boy’s room and dressing out for physical education.
    Virtual school could soon be up for a vote within the Campbell County School District.
    “School districts are taking advantage of it and they will continue to take advantage of it,” said Karen Ghidotti, vice president of the southern region of K12, Inc.

  • 2 arrested on forgery, theft charges

    Two Oneida residents spent time in the Campbell County Jail after police say they were using forged checks to steal from Walmart in Jacksboro.
    On May 20, Campbell County Sheriff’s Department Capt. Brandon Elkins was investigating a forgery that originally occurred on March 7. During his investigation, he reportedly saw Heather Harness, 6226 Buffalo Rd., Oneida, and Dustin A. Laxton, 137 Dean Lane, Oneida, purchasing jewelry at Walmart and immediately returning it for cash.

  • Town’s fired fire chief reinstated to post

    Jellico’s aldermen reinstated Fire Chief Gary Troxell after Mayor Les Stiers fired him last month.
    Troxell was fired last month, shortly after documents revealed the town carried no workers’ compensation insurance the day he was injured on the job.

  • Holiday weekend offers events for all

    This Memorial Day holiday weekend locals will enjoy vacations or time off work.  
    Fans on Facebook told us they’ll spend the three-day weekend camping, grilling hamburgers and hotdogs or roasting s’mores. Others plan to hit Norris Lake, as peak season for the popular local waterway starts this weekend.