Local News

  • High school senior gets involved in shoebox ministry

     Churches in Campbell County are trying to reach children, one shoebox at a time. One 17 year old leads the way at her local congregation. Lauren Evans, a senior at Campbell County High School has helped her church assemble around 500 shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child this year. 

  • LaFollette Recreation Department looks to expand splash park

     The LaFollette Splash Park may become a little more exciting next summer.

  • LUB helps community through Operation Round Up

     For 99 cents or less a month, LaFollette Utilities Board Customers have the opportunity to contribute to different organizations in the community through Operation Round Up.

  • Dr. Sergeant dies at 95

     Dr. Lee Jess Seargeant, Jr., 95, died last Thursday.

    “He has been (real) instrumental in the practice of medicine in this county,” Dr. Burgin H. Wood said Monday. “Wasn’t anything spectacular he did, but he did his job and he did it well.”

  • Five arrested on meth charges

    An investigation at an abandoned house led to the arrest of five on meth charges last Wednesday.

    On Nov. 2 LaFollette Police Officers Pam Jarrett, Matthew Sandefur and Sgt. Jason Marlow responded to tips  meth was being cooked in an empty house located at 401 E. Walden Street.

    At the abandoned residence officers found Harold Daniel Bell, 47, 316 N. 4th Street; Tammy Leah Perry, 46, 725 Duff Road; Scott Elliott Roberts, 40, 414 N. 5th Street; Karin Grace Servier, 48, 103 E. Central Ave. and Elisha Michelle Wilson, 29, 708 New Clear Branch Road, inside.

  • Bailey nabbed after running from officers

    Running from police did not bode well for a LaFollette man last week.

    Ricky Lynn Bailey, Jr., 27, 708 S. 15th Street, was speaking with LaFollette Police Officer Matthew Sandefur on Nov. 4 when he suddenly turned and started walking away from the officer.

    When he was ordered to stop, Bailey allegedly ran toward a trailer located at the intersection of 8thand Beech Streets. As he ran into the trailer officers allegedly observed something in his hands.

  • BOE dumps junior board program

    After abandoning the junior school board member program for several years board members revisited the issue at Tuesday’s meeting.

    Board member Josh Parker broached the subject at the September board meeting and agreed to come back with more solid information the following month.

    Parker made a motion to reinstate the program with students from each high school submitting applications. According to the guidelines Parker presented, applications would be reviewed by board members and one representative from each district would be selected.

  • Veteran’s Day event to be held throughout county

    Freedom isn’t free.

    And to honor the men and women that have sacrificed for this country’s freedom, many with their very lives, Campbell County will mark Veteran’s Day with a number of events across the area.

    Kevin Walden, veteran’s affairs administrator, said the local observance is important not only to recognize those who have served, but also to impact the ones that may serve in the future.

  • County dodges bullet with HUB Zone status

    Campbell County recently narrowly avoided losing a designation that could have meant the loss of a significant number of jobs.

    Just weeks before the Sept. 30 deadline the county mayor’s office became aware the county would be losing its HUB Zone status, according to Billie Russell, economic and community coordinator for Campbell County Mayor William Baird’s office.

    This standing allows qualifying local industry preferential access to federal contracts because they are located in a Historically Underutilized Business Zone.

  • Toys for Tots campaign underway

    Thanksgiving is still weeks away. But it is not too early to be making plans for Christmas.

    Deb Mikesell, administrative assistant to Campbell County Mayor William Baird, said the county’s third annual Toys for Tots toy drive is currently under way.

    According to Mikesell, collection boxes are available at all area banks, Food City, Edward Jones Investments, CVS, Walgreens and Wal-Mart.