Today's News

  • Jellico changes beer restrictions

    In a scramble to save revenue, Jellico’s leaders have loosened the town’s restrictions on the sale of beer.

    Monday night, the atmosphere at Jellico’s municipal building was tense. When the board of mayor and aldermen sat for the final reading of two beer ordinances, there was standing room only. Some members of the crowd called for the mayor’s attention while the ordinances were being discussed. They were instructed to be silent.

  • Southern Sons ride for a wounded veteran

      On April 7, local motorcyclists will ride to raise money for a wounded veteran.

    Marine Lance Corporal Cody Evans lost both his legs in Afghanistan when he stepped on an IED on Dec. 15, 2011. He is currently undergoing occupational and physical therapy in Bethesda, Md. to learn how to walk with prosthetics. Meanwhile, people from the area have helped his family remodel his house to make it more handicapped accessible. The Southern Sons motorcycle club has also taken up his family’s cause.

  • Community rallies behind wounded Marine and his family


    From Maryville to Northern Kentucky, veterans, businesses and churches have rallied behind the family of a Speedwell Marine who lost his legs in Afghanistan.

    Lance Corporal Cody Evans, 27, has been in the Marine Corps for two years. A combat engineer, he was sweeping for IEDs on Dec. 15 2011, when one exploded.

    “He lost both his legs,” Angie Evans, Cody Evans’ aunt, said.

  • Cooper receives jail date



    After exhausting the appeal process Greta Cooper now has a date to report to jail. Cooper, who appeared in criminal court on Monday, will begin her six-month jail sentence on April 20. However, her attorney Brent Gray indicated he might not be finished pleading her case.

    During court he asked Judge Shayne Sexton to allow Cooper 30 days before reporting to jail. He then indicated he might take Cooper’s case to the state supreme court.

  • Candidates for August election file petitions




    As the county prepares for the general election in August, politicos are already lining up for the paperwork to run for office.

    On the ballot this year are the county road superintendent, county property assessor, a third district county commission seat, five school board seats and the Tennessee House of Representative 36 th District seat.

  • Hatfields sue; allege cover up




    A LaFollette couple has launched a lawsuit against the county and its top law enforcement agency.

    Last week, Robert and Janice Hatfield filed the suit that alleges negligence, emotional distress and an attempted cover up in Campbell County Circuit Court. Their attorney, Greg Isaacs, had previously said he would file suit in federal court.

  • Plea agreements close criminal cases

    The following cases were resolved in criminal court on Monday with the use of plea agreements:

    Sean Allen Smith- felony evading arrest, DSL (first offense); two years supervised probation, judicial diversion, court costs.

    Wendy M. Long- theft of property $1,000 - $10,000; four years supervised probation, judicial diversion, court costs, $75 to ECF, $3,351.14 restitution.

    Robbie Sue Roberts- forgery; two years with credit for time served, court costs, $1,340 restitution.

  • Public Records March 29, 2012

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as or similar to other members of the community.


    MARCH 19 – MARCH 23

    Owen Irwin to Owen Irwin and Glenna R. Irwin, Dist. 1, $0.

    David Taylor to Zachary Benshoff, Dist. 3, $73,900.

    Odeva Bailey, Jr. TR, Bertha Elizabeth Bailey RTR, Odeva Bailey, Jr. EX, Bertha Elizabeth Bailey Estate, to Barry Nelson and Debra Nelson, Dist. 3, $20,000.

  • Campbell County baseball off to fast start

    If not for a 6-4 loss in the first game of a home doubleheader with Knoxville Central on Saturday, the Campbell County High School varsity baseball would’ve been unbeaten heading into Monday’s big district showdown against rival Anderson County.

    Nevertheless, the Cougars are off to their best start in recent memory following a 6-5 victory over Central in Saturday’s nightcap.

    Andy Hickman (2-0) got the win for Campbell County. He struck out seven batters in six innings on the mound.

  • Town leaders in Jellico divided over packaged beer

    Jellico’s town leaders were divided this week over changing an ordinance regulating who can sell beer.

    Last Thursday the board passed the first reading of an amendment to a 1968 ordinance that would ease some of the restrictions for businesses that sell beer in Jellico. The current ordinance prohibits businesses within 2,000 feet of churches or schools from selling beer. The proposed amendment would reduce this restriction to 300 feet. The changes won’t take affect until a second reading is passed.