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Local News

  • Summer reading program makes a splash at local library

    The LaFollette Library summer reading program is all about having fun, and this year is no exception.

    Approximately 136 children of all ages have registered for the “Make A Splash- Read” program this year. As part of the program each child has attempted to read the most books possible from the reading lists at the library.

  • County lacks ordinances for election signs

    As the 2010 election draws closer, candidates are taking their messages to the street. And they are taking them to the roadside, the right of ways and just about any patch of grass not yet covered by a crop of signs.

    In a county where the only regulation regarding the posting of signs is state law, this allows candidates latitude in their poster placement.

  • Time to get your piece of ‘The Rock’

    Anyone who has ever wanted to own a piece of Campbell County history will have their chance next week.

    On July 10, “The Rock” is going on the auction block.

    Joe Human and the heirs of Charlie Duncan currently own the well-known Jacksboro landmark.

  • Campbell County helps launch White Lightning Trail

    The people, scenery and history of Campbell County have always been unique. And now the Discover Tennessee Trails and Byways initiative is drawing visitors to take part in the local charm.

    Campbell is one of the nine counties that make up the White Lightning Trail, a map featuring local eateries, shops and historic sights.

  • Man allegedly assaulted and robber after motel rendezvous

    When a late night at the bar continued to a nearby motel room, a married man from Jacksboro was allegedly assaulted and robbed by his evening companion on June 21.

    The victim checked into a motel with Iris Hill Williams, 40, of Lake City, after meeting her at a local bar, according to Caryville Police Chief Johnny Jones.

  • Armed robbers sought

    Police are asking for help in solving a series of attempted and armed robberies.

    On June 10, a 74-year-old woman told investigators she putting her groceries in the vehicle at Food City when a man, using a white shirt to cover his face, approached her, asking for money. When the victim said she didn’t have any money, the would be robber allegedly grabbed her purse and ran, the LaFollette Police report said. The handbag was later located at Walgreen’s pharmacy with $200 being the only item missing, the report said.

  • Police investigate death of infant

    LaFollette Police are currently investigating the death of a 6- month-old female.

    On Saturday morning, just after 6 a.m., officers along with emergency crews were dispatched to a home on Rose Hill Drive. There they found an unresponsive infant with her parents, police said.

    Information gathered at the scene indicated the infant was sleeping on a couch with her mother as her father slept in the floor on a mattress, said Detective Sgt. Jason Henegar of the LPD. Initial reports indicate that at some point the little girl fell from the couch, he said.

  • Pyro Shows stays busy with shows around the country

    Independence Day is just days away and employees with Pyro Shows, Inc. are in overdrive making ready to light up the skies across the nation.

    “We are in full swing right now and it’s kind of crazy around here,” Mike Walden, vice president of operations said.

    According to Walden, the LaFollette based company is booked for an estimated 150 shows to taking place as far north as the nation’s capitol, down to Orlando, Fl, over to the Outer Banks and Houston, Tx and everywhere in between.

  • Jellico honors dedicated employees

    The Jellico Board of Mayor and Aldermen is honoring past employees who have loyally served the town of Jellico for over 20 years or more.

    Previous Jellico Police Chief Ned Smiddy and assistant police chief Ronnie Lewis were presented with plaques at the June board meeting.

    Smiddy retired after 26 years from police chief in 2004 and Lewis retired in 2009 after 29 years.

    Both employees served the town of Jellico with service and dedication, according to Jellico Mayor Forster Baird who presented them with plaques.

  • Caryville welcomes new police chief

    Johnny E. Jones is living his dream.

    From a seven-year-old boy in a police uniform pretending to arrest his friends to the soon to be new police chief in Caryville, Jones said he always wanted to be a police officer.

    And with 34 years of experience, he may be one of the few to fill a lifetime with a career he loves.

    “My father was a police officer, and I always wanted to be an officer ever since I was little,” said Jones. “I am living my dream and following in my father’s footsteps.”