Local News

  • Spring brings increase in wildfires

    Spring has sprung.  

    Seemingly overnight trees have become full of white and pink blossoms and budding leaves.  Unfortunately, accompanying the blooming foliage that signals the end of one of the dreariest winters in years are fires that threaten the beauty that just arrived.

    The drier weather and increased winds across the East Tennessee region made conditions right for wildfires, according to a statement issued by the Tennessee Department of Agriculture, Forestry Division.

  • Officials working to end abuse

    With the onset of April come blue skies accompanied by bright blooming flowers. Everything seems to be refreshed and ready for a new season.

    However, April also marks a time where a very dark problem is put in the spotlight. It is Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness month.

    For those working in the field it is a chance to share with the public the grave dangers that many children are living in.

  • Water and sewer debate is settled

    A resolution allowing LaFollette Utilities control to set its water and sewer rates has returned from the state legislature.

    This meant the LaFollette City Council could vote on Tuesday night. And despite the fact that it once raised much contention, the resolution finally passed with a three to one vote. Councilman Hansford Hatmaker was the only dissenter on the issue.

  • Election season heats up

    The 2010 election is here.

    As last Thursday passed 119 candidates had placed their names on the ballot. With local and state races to be run, the election season is just beginning to heat up.

    Among the many races, the local ones are garnering the bulk of the candidates is the county commission contest, said Dean Sexton administrator of elections.

    “Our office has been incredibly busy during this portion of the election,” she said.

  • Republican tradition to continue on April 22

    The annual Lincoln- Reagan dinner is just around the corner.

    This year’s gathering on April 22 will mark the 25th anniversary of the local Republican party’s yearly gathering.

    On the agenda as guests at this year’s dinner is the Republican gubernatorial candidates and their congressional counterparts, according to Ann Ayers, president of the Campbell County Republican Women’s Club. Local office holders and candidates are also invited.

  • Earth Day event held at LaFollette Middle School

    What do solar powered hotdog cookers, exploding sodas and apple batteries all have in common?

    Each one represents a different kind of energy and could be found at this year’s Earth Day event at LaFollette Middle School Friday.

  • LaFollette continues search for city administrator

    With 21 applicants throwing their hats into the ring to be the next city administrator for LaFollette, council members will have plenty of candidates to choose from when the time comes. Though there is no hurry to hire anyone, the elimination process is set to begin in around a month, according to LaFollette Mayor Mike Stanfield.

  • Laws arrested on multiple charges

    April Fool’s Day turned out to be no laughing matter for a LaFollette woman who is facing multiple charges.

    Last Thursday, Mollie K Laws, 24, 113 Nevada Avenue, LaFollette, was located inside of Wal-Mart by Jacksboro Police Officer Josh Carroll. Carroll knew that Laws had two outstanding warrants for her arrest, according to the arrest report.

  • Alleged thieves caught

     Four local men have found out that theft doesn’t pay.

  • Jacksboro to have new park