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Local News

  • LaFollette City Council passes budget 3-0

     Last Thursday, the LaFollette City Council passed the final reading of the next year’s budget three-0. Council member Hansford Hatmaker wasn’t present to cast a vote.

    In order to balance the budget, $366,019 had to be taken from the fund balance. Two hundred and twenty five thousand dollars was transferred into the budget to pay for the capital outlay note and the Lowes payment.

  • JPD arrests man at Rocky Top Shell

     Jellico Police Officer Adam Jarboe arrested Thomas Merrill Helbig Saturday.

    Jarboe allegedly saw Helbig, 23, 739 North Highway 25W, Williamsburg, Ky., drive quickly into the Rocky Top Shell parking lot and allegedly park in a handicapped space. When Helbig came to a stop, he jumped from the car and ran inside the Shell Station, Jarboe said.

  • Faithway Assembly of God to host Mega Sports Camp

     Faithway Assembly of God plans on doing something a little different for vacation Bible school. Instead of hosting arts and crafts and singing songs, Faithway will host a mega sports camp from July 23 to July 27 for prekindergarten through fifth grade children.

    “It’s a good outreach for all kinds of kids,” said Lukas Alderman, whose wife, Whitney, is the children’s pastor at Faithway. “A lot of sports camps for kids, they cost money. But this one is free.”

  • ATV driver arrested near Kentucky line

     Last Thursday, a Jellico man was arrested near the Kentucky line after wrecking his all terrain vehicle.

    Jellico Police Officer Adam Jarboe responded to the Kentucky state line to assist Whitley County Sheriff’s Deputy Brian Lawson in his pursuit of Gary Wayne Douglas, 46, 667 Woolridge Lane, Jellico.

  • Local Arts Grants awarded

     Local groups get a shot of funding.

    On June 22, Sen. Ken Yager announced the Campbell Culture Coalition and Friends of the Cumberland Trail would receive grants from the Tennessee Arts Commission. The Campbell Culture Coalition received a $6,650 grant and the Friends of the Cumberland Trail received a $5,670 grant.

    The grant is a 50-50 matching grant that the CCC applied for and has received in the past, CCC member Joanne Myers said.

    “The TAC always awards match grants,” Myers said. “We apply for it every year.”

  • Local teenager injured in boating accident near Lonas Young Memorial Park

     A teenager was airlifted to U.T. Medical Center with injuries to his back and foot after allegedly jumping from a bridge onto a passing bass boat.

  • The hot, dry weather delays Fourth of July fireworks show in LaFollette

     The past week brought blistering heat and dry weather to Campbell County. Temperatures exceeded 100 degrees during the heat of the day.

    Discomfort and the need for cold drinks weren’t the only result of the weather.

  • Early voting starts next week

     Early voting for the state primary and county general elections will begin in Campbell County July 13. Voters will have until July 28, five days before Election Day, to cast a ballot.  Election Day is Aug. 2.

  • Fireworks show cancelled

    The annual July 4th fireworks show hosted by the city of LaFollette has been cancelled.

    Citing dry weather city officials said the celebration would not take place on Tuesday night as planned. A new date hasn't been announced.

  • Fuel leak shuts down Twin Cove

    A possible fuel leak of an undisclosed origin has shut down operations at Twin Cove Marina in Caryville.

    Currently local fire crews and the EPA are at the marina looking for the source of the leak. Travelers who arrived today looking for a long holiday have been sidelined as crews work to determine what happened.

    For all the details read next week's LaFollette Press.