Today's News

  • Construction on new jail facility moves ahead

    Overcrowding has been an issue at the Campbell County Jail.

    The 230 extra beds the justice center will offer the county are desperately needed. The current facility only has 92 beds, but Campbell County often houses around 200 inmates there, Jail Committee Chairperson Rusty Orick said. Campbell County’s Jail, built in 2007, is even more overcrowded than the former facility, which had 42 beds, Orick said.

    “We haven’t fixed the problem we was told to fix by the federal judge,” Orick said.

  • Church News for week of March 22, 2012

     The Valley Fellowship Church of God will hold Revival with the Rev. Terry Ayers on March 18 at 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. and March 19 through March 21 starting at 7 p.m. each night along with special singing each night.


    Campbell County Christians United for Change prayer services will be held every Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the West LaFollette Community Center cafeteria. All Campbell County pastors and congregations are encouraged to attend.

  • Spring cleaning comes to Jellico on Saturday

     Volunteers will spend a day on spring cleaning in Jellico. Jellico’s Tourism Office and Beatification Committee are hosting the second annual “Spring Clean Fling” on Saturday.

    “It’s a city-wide cleanup,” Jellico Tourism Director Jake Bennett said. “It’s just a community thing.”

    On Saturday, volunteers from the community will pick up trash off all the streets in Jellico.

    “We have somebody on every street that day,” Bennett said. “They just go out and do it.”

  • Faithful Words for week of March 22, 2012

      Nathaniel: What you see is what you get


    “Jesus saw Nathaniel coming to him and said, ‘Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile!’” (See John 1:45-51, RSV).

    One writer has described Nathaniel as “the absent-minded professor among the 12 . . . the mystic, the other-worldly man….” 

  • Mavericks overpower CCHS, 11-1

    After living on cloud nine most of last week, Campbell County High School’s varsity baseball team was brought back down to earth Monday afternoon by District 3-AAA rival Anderson County.

    The Cougars (1-2 district, 4-2 overall) were run ruled, 11-1, in five innings by the Mavericks after winning four of their first five games of the season.

  • Business owner plans to bring hotel to Caryville

     Hotel owner Jay Patel told town leaders he intends to bring a Holiday Inn Express to Caryville. Patel shared his plans to turn the old Christmas Tree Inn into an active hotel at Caryville’s board of mayor and aldermen meeting on March 12.

  • From the Mountain for week of March 22, 2012e

     From The Mountain

    Mark J. Tidwell


  • Jellico bus driver takes issue with new speed bumps

     During Jellico’s municipal meeting last Thursday, Charles Violet complained about speed bumps Jellico installed on Douglas Lane.

    Violet is a bus driver whose route takes him down Douglas Lane. When he goes over the speed bumps, it “flips” the children into the air, he said.

  • Campbell County athletes qualify for sectionals

    Half a dozen Campbell County High School athletes met sectional qualifying standards last week while opening the season in a track and field meet at the Hardin Valley Academy.

    Leading the way was two-time Class AAA state champion Kristin Chapman, who took 1st place in high jump (5-6) and had the winning triple jump (35-.05) in the very first attempt of her career in that event.

    In fact, Chapman broke Amanda Forrester’s 13-year old school triple jump record while qualifying for sectionals.

  • Residents at Cumberland Village plant seeds of hope

    A rose bush grows at Cumberland Village Care and Rehab. Though short and slight, the red continuous bloom is the only surviving plant from a flower garden the residents used to enjoy.

    That flower garden was torn down in June to make way for additions to Cumberland Village.

    “We were able to salvage their (the residents’) favorite rose bush,” activities director Debbie Vinsant said. “It is living and it is going to make it.”

    Rose bushes are the residents’ favorite plants, Vinsant said.