Local News

  • Council says no to sewer/water rate increase and city administrator

    Though a water/sewer rate increase and the hiring of a city administrator topped the agenda at Tuesday night’s LaFollette City Council Meeting, no decisions were actually made on these issues for lack of votes.

  • Employees chase alleged thief

    Employees at a local auto parts store went the extra mile, literally, to make sure an alleged thief didn’t get away.

    When Cody Evans, 32, of 904 Pleasant Ridge, allegedly attempted to make off with merchandise from Auto Zone, employees along with LaFollette Police Det. Lt. Monty Miller were able to chase him down near Mac Daddy’s Barbeque last Tuesday.

    When Officer Stephen Wallen arrived at Auto Zone it was determined that Evans had a approximately $89 in stolen items belonging to the store in his possession, Wallen’s report said.

  • Garren arrested on multiple charges

    Running a red light meant big trouble for a LaFollette man on Sunday.

    LaFollette Police Officer Odell Bailey was on patrol when he observed Scott A. Garren, 45, of 307 North 16th Street allegedly run a red light as he was traveling east on Central Avenue.

    Upon making contact with Garren, Bailey observed him to have a strong odor of alcohol on his breath, the arrest report said.  A battery of field sobriety tests was administered, which he was unable to perform to satisfaction.

  • Peoples get unwanted remodel

    Saturday afternoon a Jacksboro driver gave new meaning to drive through banking.

    On Saturday afternoon while much of the town was preparing for Halloween activities, LaFollette Police Officers were attempting to sort out an accident that ended with one car inside the newly renovated bank.

    According to the LPD accident report, David P. Spradlin, 26, of 161 East Street, Apartment 107, Jacksboro, was traveling east in the turning lane at the intersection of Jacksboro Pike and Ridenour Lane.

  • Domestic disturbance leads to drug arrest

    A domestic disturbance took police to a South Tennessee address last week.

    On Wednesday LaFollette Police Officer Daniel Smith was dispatched to 511 South Tennessee Avenue in response to a domestic incident.

    At the scene the victim reported that her boyfriend, Andrew Robert Womble, 42, of 511 South Tennessee Avenue, had allegedly come into the house and threatened her before leaving on foot.

  • Hopkins charged with burglary


  • Carringer Arrested


  • Nance to serve for 64 years for child rape

     With a convicted man still proclaiming his innocence, the district attorney asking the court to sentence him to 130 years and a statement from the child victim, the stakes were high when Joseph Nance was sentenced on Monday. In August, Nance was convicted by a jury of six counts of child rape and one count of aggravated sexual battery. The 130 years was close to the maximum sentence he could have been given. Instead, Criminal Court Judge Shayne Sexton told Nance he would spend the next 64 years behind bars.

  • Breaking news---Gun found at Campbell County High School

    Authorities are reporting that a gun has been found at Campbell County High School.

    Dr. Micheal Martin, director of schools, said the handgun was found this morning in an empty locker. Students were not evacuated and procedures of the safety plan were followed resulting in no injuries, he said. The student was taken into custody.

    Sheriff Gary Perkins said the incident was still under investigation and more details will be released later.

    Follow www.lafollettepress.com for more details and read Thursday's Press for complete coverage.



  • Mays given probation in shooting case

     Just over a month ago, a jury said Bobby Mays was not guilty of attempted murder. It did however agree Mays had committed reckless endangerment in August 2008. That is when he shot Jody Currier in the face at the Rooster Scratch Tavern. On Monday, Mays appeared in criminal court for sentencing on his conviction. Just before noon, Assistant District Attorney General Leif Jeffers told the court that he and Mays’ attorney had reached an agreement in the case.