Local News

  • Statements reveal bank blunders for Jellico

     The town of Jellico spent nearly two weeks in the red last summer as finance problems slowly came to a head.

    It was May when the town first became overdrawn, according to bank statements obtained by the LaFollette Press. 

    The statements are records of only some of the town’s accounts according to Mayor Les Stiers.

    “That’s for most of the accounts, not all of them,” he said. 

  • TEACHER SURVEY: Parents just don't understand

     CAMPBELL COUNTY—Nearly half of district teachers say parents and guardians aren’t doing enough to promote academic success for their students. That’s according to one finding of a recent statewide TELL survey. 

  • Improvements to sewer planned

    LaFOLLETTE—On Monday, the LaFollette Utilities Board awarded Improved Technologies Group a contract for sewer rehabilitation. Improved Technologies Group placed a bid of $305,403. LUB will use money from a Community Development Block Grant to finance the project. LUB applies for the grant every two years and has been using the money for sewer rehabilitation.
    The utilities board also approved a one-year extension to General Manager Kenny Baird’s five-year contract and approved the purchase of the Loby Blox property for $115,000.

  • Third annual golf tourney benefits Shepherd’s Home

    It’s not too late to sign up for the Shepherd’s Home’s third annual golf tournament. People can sponsor four-member teams for $300 until tee time 1 p.m. May 15 at the Greens of Deerfield.
    “It’s a fun event,” said Larry Tanis, president of the Shepherd’s Home Board of Directors.
    The tournament is an 18-hole, four-man scramble with a shotgun start. This means each team will begin at a different hole so teams can begin at the same time. After each stroke, players will choose the best ball hit.

  • Russell chosen as LaFollette City Administrator

    At Tuesday night’s meeting, the LaFollette City Council chose Billie Russell as the new full-time city administrator.

    “This is history,” council member Joe Bolinger said. “As far as I know, there’s never been a woman city administrator before.”

  • Briceville man dies in Friday logging accident

    Calvin L Daugherty, 60, died Friday.
    Daugherty received a head injury during a logging accident in the Vasper Community, according to a report from Campbell County Sheriff's Deputy Travis Bostic. Daughterty was cutting a series of trees off Sharp Lane. These trees were falling slow, according to a witness, Bostic said. One tree fell into a smaller tree, dislodged the tree top, and caused it to spin towards Daugherty. Daugherty was knocked to the ground by the falling tree top.

  • Dog bites deputy

    Sheriff’s deputy Ty Daugherty is recovering from an April 26 dog bite after he and Deputy Cody Chapman served a warrant on Dale Wilson, 629 Grantsboro Rd.
    Wilson was most recently arrested on April 12 when he was allegedly found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia and a schedule II drug believed to be methamphetamine.

  • ROAD RAGE REPORT: Readers identify worst conditions in county

    EDITOR’S NOTE: The LaFollette Press asked its more than 1,800 Facebook fans to identify the worst road conditions in Campbell County. Your responses were overwhelming. From Elkins Road; to Highway 229 in Jellico; to Stinking Creek Road near Interstate 75 exit 144; to parts of Demory Road — dozens complained about potholes, cracks and unsafe conditions along corridors in the county. It’s not just a problem unique to Campbell County. In Tennessee alone, there are 93,251 miles of public roads and 38 percent fail to meet adequate standards, according to a recent report issued by automobile club AAA. This report takes a closer look at a growing problem and aims to provide a solution to the county’s cracked infrastructure. (Spoiler alert: It involves higher taxes.)

    — Brent Schanding, editor, LaFollette Press

  • School official’s plan would cut top staff to hire SROs

    School board member Rector Miller sees the passage of a state bill as a chance to assign school resource officers to eight currently unmanned schools in the district.
    Under Miller’s plan, the district would eliminate the safety and athletic director position at the central office. Currently, Johnny Bruce holds that position with an annual salary of $65,842. Eliminating that position and combining the salary with the $206,000 already designated for school resource officers would provide funds for contracting with retired officers to patrol the schools.