Local News

  • TDOT opens two northbound lanes on I-75; projected to finish project by Sept. 28

     Monday morning, the Tennessee Department of Transportation opened two northbound lanes from mile marker 141 to 144. 

    Since May 21, only one northbound lane and one southbound crossover lane had been open along this stretch of I-75.

  • Camp Galilee hosting service Sunday

     Sunday at 2 p.m., Galilee Bible Camp will host a dedication service. Camp Galilee will dedicate the Sam Casada Memorial Trail, the Hoffman Campground RV park and the J. W. Wright Chapel. There will be ribbon cuttings at each location.

  • Lake residents protect themselves from property crimes

     Now that the Tennessee Valley Authority has stopped patrolling Norris Lake, property crimes are on the rise.

  • Audit questions Jellico's line of credit

    A letter issued from the state comptroller’s office on Monday scrutinizes Jellico’s use of a line of credit used in purchasing its convention center and financing street paving.

  • Begley is back

    Tuesday night, the LaFollette City Council voted to rehire Paul Begley, the former project manager for the library.

    The council also agreed to pay him $2,000 to oversee the completion of the new library.

    “I’m real pleased to be back,” Begley said Wednesday morning.

    Begley had quit as project manager in late April. At the workshop on May 29, while interim city administrator Cade Sexton was reviewing the library project, Begley handed him a list of items needing completion.

  • Phillips leaving DA’s office

    After 33 years as district attorney general for the Eighth Judicial District Paul Phillips has decided to retire.

    “I want to leave at a point where I still have the health to do something else,” Phillips said on Tuesday. He said he hopes whatever that something is would be “useful.” But he doubts his new path will be practicing law.

  • Governor visits Campbell County for third time

       Governor Bill Haslam spoke to a receptive crowd at The Stables last Thursday night. It was his third visit to Campbell County since he was elected. The Stables was crowded with people from Campbell County and surrounding areas, along with politicians such as State Rep. Dennis Powers, Senator Ken Yager and Secretary of State Tre Hargett.

    Yager gave Haslam an enthusiastic introduction.

  • Public Records June 7, 2012

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as or similar to other members of the community.


    MAY 28 – JUNE 4

    Darren Rutherford, Christal Rutherford, Crystal to Joseph H. Rhoden and Vernie Diane Rhoden, District 5, $15,000.

    Daniel Hopkins to Roger W. Ruehl and Susan D. Ruehl, District 2, $450,000.

    Anthony Neal Sharp and Melissa Sharp to James L. Savage and Melissa A. Savage, District 3, $190,000.

  • New scholarship opportunity available to Campbell Co. students

    Over 100 students have taken advantage of a new scholarship program in Campbell County.
    Tennessee Achieves is active in 126 schools across Tennessee.
    “Our target student is the first generation, lower income student,” Tennessee Achieves Executive Director Krissy DeAlejandro said.
    But the program is available to all Tennessee public high school graduates, DeAlejandro said.
    “We launched in Knox County in 2008,” DeAlejandro said. “Our main focus is at the community college level.”

  • Local woodworker builds 24-unit purple martin house

    Local woodworker Lee “Doc” Friemoth has fashioned a home for 24 purple martins.
    Friemoth, 83, is originally from Wisconsin, but moved to LaFollette about 13 years ago.
    He spends much of his free time cabinet making and fashioning various things out of wood.
    “It’s my hobby,” Friemoth said. “I do it to enjoy myself. I do it to make a little money, but not a lot. As long as I get my expenses back (that’s enough).”
    One of his most recent projects was the purple martin house.