Today's News

  • The year in review


    As 2012 kicked off a drop in the temperatures had Campbell County residents concerned about the utility costs. LaFollette Utility Board Manager Kenny Baird encouraged customers to economize in order to keep bills manageable.

    An unexpected snow shower turned parts of I-75 into a skating rink on Jan. 2. Caryville and Jellico Elementary Schools became a makeshift shelter for travelers.

    A fight broke out on New Year’s Eve at a local tavern leaving one man with gashes on his face.

  • Jellico accepts Douglas’ resignation, answers questions from pastor

    Jellico’s board of mayor and alderman formally accepted Linda Douglas’s resignation as town recorder at their Dec. 20 meeting.

    “There was a question why we didn’t address this on Dec. 4 and we couldn’t add anything to the agenda, so we have to go ahead and accept the resignation of Ms. Douglas,” said Jellico Mayor Les Stiers.

    The move to accept the resignation passed with only vice mayor Venita “Cissco” Johnson dissenting.

    Alderpersons Pam Carbaugh and Darrell Byrge were absent.

  • Driver station set to close tomorrow

    Beginning Monday, all driver’s tests will have to be taken at the Clinton driver’s station. The LaFollette office will cease operations tomorrow and merge with the Clinton office. No jobs will be lost.

    The move was announced late last month by the Tennessee Department of Safety.

    According to Jennifer Donnals, communications director for the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security, the state will save $62,000 per year by merging the LaFollette and Clinton stations.

  • Christmas Eve accident leaves three dead, three injured

    A fiery crash took the lives three Campbell Countians on Monday night.

    The crash occurred at 5:24 p.m. at the intersection of Angel Lane and Highway 63 in LaFollette.

    According to the report, a 1985 Chevrolet S10 pick-up, driven by 19-year-old Joshua Peavley, was traveling westbound on Highway 63 when it allegedly crossed the center line and struck a 1997 Buick LaSabre.

    The pick-up reportedly caught fire after the impact.

  • Jellico New Year Celebration set for Monday

    Veterans park might look like Times Square when the town converges on it for the third annual New Years Rock ‘n’ Eve on Monday night.

    “Everybody wants to go out on New Years Eve,” said Doris Stiers, one of the event organizers.

    The electric company is going to erect a pole for Jellico to drop a ball at midnight. 

    Besides the midnight countdown, DJ Brian Voyles, also known as “Killer B,” will spin the top 100 musical hits for attendees.

  • Local public defender to retire at year’s end

    After serving 22 years in the public defender’s office, Charles Herman is planning to retire. He is retiring as assistant public defender on Dec. 31.
    While Herman doesn’t have any definite plans for his retirement, he looks forward to relaxing, spending time with his grandchildren and participating in volunteer work.
    Herman has also been the municipal judge in Jellico for about three years.
    “I plan on continuing there,” Herman said.

  • Letter from Blue Cross Blue Shield causes confusion

    A letter from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee caused confusion earlier this month. A number of Campbell County residents who subscribe to BCBST received misinformation by way of a letter that was sent on Dec. 5. Many thought they were no longer able to use their local pharmacies, such as Riggs Drug Store and Terry’s Pharmacy.

  • 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.