Today's News

  • LaFollette approves plan for 2013 employee health insurance

    At a special called meeting on Dec. 14, the LaFollette City Council approved a new plan with Blue Cross Blue Shield for employee health insurance. While the new plan will allow all employees to stay on the preferred network, the employees will not be able to keep all the same benefits they had last year.

  • Fincastle Church of God deemed arson

    “It has become a crime scene now.”

    Words that should never be spoken about a church are now what leave Pastor Mike Smith heartbroken.

    The Fincastle Church of God fire was deemed arson last week. 

    A determination that the fire was a crime was made within a week of the investigation beginning.

    “Tennessee Bomb and Arson came out and collected evidence. Once they did some work at the scene, it became obvious it was arson,” said Campbell County Sheriff Robbie Goins.

  • Lack of cash, trash closes Stony Fork Convenience Center

    Last week the Stony Fork Convenience Center was shut down because of its lack of volume and money.
    “That is the status right now until something else is decided,” said Walter Sutton, assistant director for the Campbell County Environmental Services Department. “It’s our decision.”
    At the Dec. 17 commission meeting, county commissioners Sue Nance, Rusty Orick and Steve Rutherford spoke about the convenience center’s closing.
    Stony Fork was the only convenience center in the county that wasn’t licensed.

  • Campbell County Schools, Sheriff’s Dept., revisit safety in wake of Conn. shooting

    School resource officers are present at the county’s elementary schools after a Dec. 14 shooting at a Connecticut elementary school.

    “We know now it’s not just a middle school/high school issue,” said Campbell County Director of Schools Donnie Poston.

    Beginning Monday, Campbell County Sheriff Robbie Goins posted extra officers at all schools without a designated school resource officer.

  • Hatmaker asks about non-local company’s use of facilities

    Campbell County Commissioner Tom Hatmaker believes a county policy has been violated. The policy requires people to have Campbell County tags in order to use the convenience centers. Hatmaker raised the issue at the Dec. 17 county commission meeting.
    “It (the policy) states you have to have a county tag to use our facilities,” Hatmaker said. “We got an out of town company (Wolf Tree) that’s hauling brush up the hill. The taxpayers are footing the bill.”

  • Jellico finds part-time CMFO help, Fuelman discrepancies

    A certified municipal finance officer is spending time in Jellico to help sort out the books after the resignation of former town recorder Linda Douglas on Dec. 4.

    The CMFO, Sondra Denton, is from Englewood in McMinn County. She worked two days last week and two days this week, according to Jellico Mayor Les Stiers.

    “She found out there has been no journal entries at all and none of the bookkeeping is up to date,” he said. “Fiscal year 2011 hasn’t been closed out and fiscal year 2012 hasn’t been opened.”

  • Campbell County, Caryville officers awarded as officers of the year

    Three officers received awards for their service after their supervisors nominated them for awards given by the Governor’s Highway Safety Office.

    In Caryville, patrolman Albert Kidwell received three awards in the municipal division. Officers at the CPD haven’t received any awards in the 25 years that Chief Johnny Jones has been at work in Caryville.

    “I’ve given them little certificates of appreciation, but nothing like that,” Jones said.

  • County to negotiate with Montclair

    Campbell County will continue negotiations with Montclair. On Dec. 17, the county commission passed a motion limiting negotiations to the parameters set by county mayor William Baird.

  • Little travel reported at Campbell County Highway Department

    There are 31 employees at the highway department, but only the road superintendent, Dennis Potter, travels.

    “I’ve tried to be more efficient,” he said of his time in office.

    The county highway department is responsible for mowing right of ways, paving, snow plowing, debris clearing and general highway safety.

    Since August 2011, the county has spent $2,338.38 to send Potter to one auction, two conferences, and to Florida to buy a dump truck.

  • Riggs Pharmacy robbed at gunpoint

    Police are investigating the robbery of a LaFollette pharmacy.

    Last Thursday around 5:30 p.m., an armed man entered the hospital branch of Rigg’s Pharmacy demanding oxycontins, according to the LaFollette Police report. Holding the nickel-plated snub-nosed revolver sideways, the man allegedly made his demand at least three times. After being told by the pharmacist there were no oxycontins in stock, the thief then changed his plan.