Today's News

  • Hatmaker takes issue with procedure at council meeting

    The LaFollette City Council didn’t appoint department heads Tuesday night when council member Hansford Hatmaker said doing so would violate rules.
    While the agenda for Tuesday night’s meeting included appointing department heads, Hatmaker felt it wasn’t appropriate for the council to take action.
    “It shouldn’t have been put on the agenda in the first place because we didn’t discuss it in the workshop,” Hatmaker said.
    The council had discussed it as Hatmaker was leaving the workshop, Mayor Mike Stanfield said.

  • LaFollette City Council appoints Police Chief Jeffries interim city administrator

    At Tuesday night’s meeting, the LaFollette City Council appointed Police Chief Jimmy Jeffries interim city administrator.
    “I talked to the police chief the other day,” council member Joe Bolinger said. “He’s in here every day. He said he’d consider it.”
    Bolinger made the motion to appoint Jeffries interim city administrator. Council member Stephanie Grimm seconded the motion. Grimm, Bolinger and council member Bob Fannon voted yes. Council member Hansford Hatmaker voted no.

  • Sheriff’s department arrests two adult students at Campbell County High School

    Two Campbell County High School students ended up in jail within four days of each other.
    On Jan. 31, there was a loud explosion in the hallway near the front office, according to Campbell County Sheriff’s Deputy Shane Wolfenbarger. Students ran in different directions, and people screamed because it sounded like gunfire, Wolfenbarger said.

  • CC sees light snowfall over the weekend

    A week after storms dropped ice onto East Tennessee, Campbell County received light snow showers. Snow fell on Friday, Saturday and Sunday morning.
    There was some accumulation on roads, but there weren’t any major accidents during the weekend, Campbell County 911 Director Charlie Hutson said.
    Neither LaFollette Utilities Board or Jellico Electric and Water System reported any weather related power outages in Campbell County over the weekend.

  • Police search for home invasion suspect

    The Campbell County Sheriff's Department is currently looking for a home invasion suspect. The would be burglar attempted to break into a home off Highway 25W. However, his plans were foiled and police are now searching for him.

  • One of two plead on Monday

    On Monday one of two brothers charged with similar crimes plead guilty in criminal court.

    Jerry Wayne Sills agreed he was guilty of sexual battery and resisting arrest. These were the crimes he was initially charged with last month.

    Following his plea he was placed on probation for two years and ordered to register as a sexual offender, according to the plea form. Jerry Sills was also prohibited from having contact the victim.

  • Church vandal goes to prison

    The lone adult member of a trio that vandalized Campbell County churches last fall has been sentenced to prison.

    On Monday, Walter John Meachum plead guilty to four counts of burglary, one count of attempted burglary, two counts of theft over $1,000, one count of desecrating a venerated object, three counts of aggravated burglary, one count of vandalism over $1,000 and two counts of auto burglary.

    He was sentenced to six years in prison and assessed court costs along with restitution and other fines.

  • Hatmaker loses right to make bonds

    It was a question of legalities on Monday when Phillip Hatmaker had his license as a bail bondsman revoked.

    The question at the core of the case was if Phillip Hatmaker had the ability to issue bonds given his status as a convicted felon.

    His attorney, Wes Hatmaker contended that because his client had his citizenship rights restored the issue was irrelevant.

    Senior Assistant District Attorney General Mike Ripley disagreed.

  • Students list other concerns about Ivey’s classroom

    Documents detailing student accounts of their days in Jason Ivey’s class have been released by the Campbell County Board of Education. Ivey resigned last week amid allegations of using inappropriate language in the classroom.

  • Special call meeting ends after agenda approval fails

    A discussion of the search process for a new director of schools ended before it began at a special called meeting by the board of education last Thursday.

    The meeting, requested by board members Johnny Byrge, Johnny Creekmore, J.L. “Sarge” Collins, Eugene Lawson, Rector Miller and Danny Wilson, was slated to begin at 6 p.m., though the courtroom was overflowing by 5:25.