Local News

  • Family indicted for selling drugs in school zone

     After an eight-month investigation by the Jellico Police Department, three family members were arrested last week for allegedly selling drugs. Jellico Assistant Police Chief J. J. Hatmaker began this investigation in 2010 and sought indictments in May.

  • Mine Rescue Contest comes to Cove Lake State Park

     If you’ve ever thought about getting in a tight spot, this might be the week to do it. Nearly 300 mine rescue experts are in town for a mine safety competition.

    The miners began arriving Monday to participate in the Tennessee Mine Rescue Committee’s mine rescue contest. Twenty-nine teams from Kentucky, Alabama, West Virginia, Tennessee, Illinois, Virginia and Indiana converged on Cove Lake State Park to participate in competitions that integrate skills and knowledge related to mine rescue and mine safety.

  • Visitor saves local man from drowning in Norris Lake

     Mark Credlebaugh’s afternoon at Norris Lake started with boat rides and grilling. By the end of the day he had saved a local man from drowning.

    “We were in the right place at the right time,” Credlebaugh said.

    Between 6 and 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 13, Credlebaugh and his friends had gotten back from a boat ride and started to grill.

    “All at once a woman started yelling out,” Credlebaugh said.

  • Chief Deputy Named

    Sheriff Robbie Goins has named a new chief deputy. Aaron Evans will serve as Goins' number two man at the Campbell County Sheriff's Department. Evans has held this position before. In 2006, then Sheriff Gary Perkins gave Evans the same position. Three months later, Evans left the CCSD, returning to the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

    Goins' decision comes just a little over a week after he terminated Chief Deputy Jonathon Finley and Detective Jason Henegar in the wake of a car crash. For more information, read next week's issue of the LaFollette Press.

  • Events lead to dismissal

    The dismissal of Chief Deputy Jonathan Finley and Detective Sgt. Jason Henegar, a veteran child abuse investigator, was the toughest decision Sheriff Robbie Goins says he has made in the first year of his administration.

    “My priority was to rectify this situation,” Goins said.

  • Crash remains under investigation

    Last week Sheriff Robbie Goins terminated two of his top officers.

    The action, taken within 36 hours of the accident that precipitated the firings, was made independent of the ongoing criminal investigation, said Goins on Monday.

  • Homecoming parade returns to LaFollette

    Students at CCHS are doing homecoming old school this year.

    With two years of successful parades in downtown Jacksboro under their belts Brandon Johnson, student council president, said the event has gotten too large the venue.

    “It (Jacksboro parade) was great but we just outgrew it,” Johnson explained.

    To remedy the situation Johnson said the homecoming parade is returning to the downtown LaFollette streets tomorrow complete with floats designed by each class.

  • Commission hears complaints about animal control

    Campbell County is going to the dogs-again. After being absent for several months from the commission’s agenda citizen complaints about the county’s animal control department emerged again on Monday night.

    When Johnny Bruce, commission vice chairman, gave citizens time to address the group a well-prepared Crystal Wilson wasted no time laying out her issue.

    Armed with graphic color photographs and DVDs for commissioners to view Wilson reported on Sept. 4 a pack of dogs attacked her herd of cattle in the Pleasant Ridge Community.

  • Campbell Culture Coalition to host fifth annual Louie Bluie Festival

    The Louie Bluie Festival is coming back for the fifth year, and will again be held at Cove Lake State Park on Oct. 1.

    The Louie Bluie Festival is organized by the Campbell Culture Coalition, and features music and art honoring Howard “Louie Bluie” Armstrong.

    “This is just a festival celebrating the culture and the arts in Campbell County and its surrounding area,” CCC Treasurer and Festival Co-Chair Jocelyn Griffo said.

  • TVA increases rates by three percent




    The Jellico Electric and Water System board approved passing a three percent Tennessee Valley Authority base rate increase to customers.

    Jellico Electric and Water System purchases electricity from TVA. TVA has begun charging Jellico Electric and Water System three percent more for the electricity. The board discussed the prospect of passing a rate increase to customers. Town attorney Terry Basista advised them they didn’t have much of a choice.