Local News

  • Questions continue regarding director of schools resignation

    Last week Dr. Michael Martin, director of Campbell County schools abruptly resigned from his position. Since that time many questions have begun to surface about practices he and Dr. Karen Bundren, director of federal programs, employed regarding construction contracts.

    For more information see the Oct. 14 edition of the LaFollette Press.

  • Public Records Oct. 7

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



    Campbell County Property Transfers

    Sept. 27 – Oct. 1


    Joseph Patrick Chaffman to Carla King, Michelle Jones and Bonnie King, Dist. 5, $9,500.

    William Baird and Amy B. Baird to JR Kitts, Dist. 1, $10,000.

    Gloria Jean Lee to J R Kitts and JR Kitts, Dist. 5, $2,500.

  • New program for Mothers of Preschoolers begins next week

    Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) meetings are now being offered in LaFollette.

    The first meeting will be held at Cedar Hill Baptist Church on Oct. 12. from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

    In connection with Galilee Bible Camp the program will be a Galilee MOPS ministry offering encouragement and fellowship among mothers of preschool age children.

    Writing a grocery list in crayon and saying ‘bye-bye’ to everyone are the criteria to attend, said MOPS organizer Becky Fladie.

  • LaFollette Council approves new hires

    Three new hires and two promotions were discussed at the LaFollette City Council meeting Tuesday night.

    Promoting Jimmy Pack to a captain in the fire department was approved unanimously. His promotion creates a captain for every shift in the department.

    Bryan Worley and Timothy Moore were also hired in the fire department during the meeting.

  • Sexton requests fewer restrictions on hours

    A request by LaFollette Interim City Administrator Cade Sexton revealed the city has no immediate plans to fill the administrator’s full-time position.

    During the LaFollette City Council workshop last week, Sexton said he has been scrutinized for working less than part-time hours on some occasions.

  • Five arrested in Jacksboro meth bust

    Investigation into reports of a possible meth lab ended with five arrests and the seizure of pills, cash and a weapon.

    Last Saturday Campbell County Sheriff’s Deputy Josh Vann received complaints of a possible meth lab at 186 Midway Circle, Jacksboro.

    Vann reported smelling the strong odor of chemicals coming from the residence when he arrived at the scene.

  • GEAR UP gets the word out about college

    For the past five years Campbell County students have been gearing up for post-secondary studies.

    Thanks in part to dollars from the U.S. Department of Education’s GEAR UP grant both Campbell County High School and Jellico High School have seen significant increases in the number of students attending college or vocational schools following graduation.  Enrollment in dual credit courses is also on the rise.

  • Bingo night honors cancer survivors

    A community of women dressed in pink are coming together for the third year to honor cancer survivors at Bingo for Breast Cancer on Oct. 16.

    In connection with breast cancer awareness month, survivors will be recognized and honored with gifts.

    Organizers Julie Zupancic and Mandy Lasley have received over 200 prizes for the bingo winners. With so many prizes, no one will walk away empty handed, said Zupancic and Lasley.

    Prizes include hundreds of gift cards and decorative items.

  • Events slated to shed light on domestic violence

    Purple ribbons are popping up on businesses around the area.  But these bows are not just window dressing.  Instead, they are reminder of a problem that does not discriminate by age, culture or socioeconomic status.

    October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and Melanie Cordell, Chief Operating Officer of CHET’s Family Service Center violence in the home is a problem that plagues Campbell County.

  • Meth lab discovered during welfare check

    A Friday afternoon incident left one man arrested and a child at the emergency room for examination.

    LaFollette Police Sgt. Joe Brown and Officer Robert Chadwell received a call to assist a Tennessee Department of Children’s Services case manager with a welfare check at 401 East Beech Street.

    When officers and DCS personnel arrived at the scene approximately 15 adults and one child were inside the residence.