Local News

  • Dozens of Vacation Bible schools planned

    During summer break, many children spend their days swimming in pools, jumping on trampolines and sleeping in. Churches use this time to teach children about God through Vacation Bible School.
    “We share what the Bible says with them about Jesus and Christianity,” said Eric Wright, music director at First Baptist Church of Caryville. “(VBS)’s main focus is to share the love of Christ with them.”

  • Third annual Summer Health Celebration set for weekend

    Various organizations will host the Third Annual Summer Health Celebration and Carnival at the Dewey Hunter Center in LaFollette Saturday from noon to 3 p.m.
    “It’s just to raise awareness about what kind of organizations are in this town,” said Christine O’Dell, Court Appointed Special Advocates volunteer coordinator. “To raise awareness about health.”
    Health professionals will provide free blood pressure checks, hearing exams, body mass index screenings and visions exams.

  • Town abandons mayor’s dispatch plans; fire issues still looming in Jellico

    Four months after approving fire dispatch changes, Jellico’s board of aldermen reverted to the schedule used prior to the February vote.
    During a May 22 meeting, the board abandoned Mayor Les Stiers’ plan, as well as Alderwoman Pam Carbaugh’s plan.
    “Everybody was so happy about that, so much encouragement,” she said Tuesday.  
    Stiers was not present at the meeting, according to Carbaugh, when the decision was made.

  • Marine who lost legs in Afghanistan honored for service


    A large crowd gathered at Elm Grove Baptist Church Sunday to honor Marine Lance Cpl. Cody Evans.

    Evans, 29, lost his legs after he sustained injuries from an IED explosion when he was on a foot patrol in Afghanistan in December 2011. He spent 11 months recovering at a hospital in Bethesda, Md. before he was able to come home to the Speedwell area. His mother, Regina, left her job to be with him at the hospital during his recovery.

  • Police chase leads to wreck, arrest of driver


    A Clinton man was jailed after a pre-dawn police chase Tuesday morning. 

  • Mobile Hotspots: A look at accessibility in the county for those with mobility impairments


    Patricia Myers is a temporary resident at Cumberland Village — a short- and long-term care facility for seniors in LaFollette—where she’s been undergoing physical and occupational rehabilitation for the past month.

  • Budget workshop scheduled for Tuesday

    LaFOLLETTE—Following the regular meeting Tuesday night 6 p.m., the city council will have a budget workshop.

  • State to pave 4-lane Friday

    LaFOLLETTE—Friday night, the state will pave a portion of the westbound lanes of Jacksboro Pike (US 25W) —from around IGA to the Episcopal Church. The state will use leftover money it had budgeted for salting roads during the winter.


    The second annual Celebrate Recovery Rally will be in downtown LaFollette, behind city hall from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. It is called the “Celebration of Hope.”
    “The reason for that is because we want to create a positive atmosphere at the rally that will show people that there is hope,” said Stacy Bosch, from Celebrate Recovery.
    The rally aims to bring people in the community together so they can have a good time and learn about Celebrate Recovery, Bosch said.


    School is now out, and local teenagers have already had their prom. Now it’s the senior citizens’ turn. The Campbell County Senior Citizens Center will host a Senior Prom 6 p.m. Saturday.
    “Some of these seniors have never been to a prom,” Delight said.
    Woodsmen of the World is sponsoring the prom, which is free for everyone. Close to 100 people are signed up.
    “It’ll be dressy,” Delight said.
    The men will dress up in tuxes and suits, and the women in gowns.