Local News

  • Martin announces personnel changes

    Dr. Michael Martin is no stranger to implementing personnel changes.  

    In his first days on the job as Campbell County’s director of schools, Martin was forced to make some tough reassignments in administration.  

    Now with just a little more than a month before the start of school Martin is once again faced with making changes in leadership he feels is best for individual schools and the system as a whole.

  • Rarity Mountain facing lawsuit

    Herz Equipment Rental Corp (HERC), based out of New Jersey, has filed a lien on part of the Rarity Mountain Golf Course property in an attempt to recoup money owed to them by Rarity Mountain LLC.  

  • Relay for Life luncheon held at Roane State

    This year’s Relay for Life was a huge success, with teams meeting the American Cancer Association’s fundraising goal.

    The 28 teams, which participated in Campbell County, actually exceeded that goal by $13, raising a total of $63,013, according to co-chair Tracy Powers.

    “We were real pleased with the overall event; we had a great turnout and the weather wasn’t too bad either,” Powers said.

  • Shoplifting call led to meth lab arrest in Jacksboro

    When Jacksboro Chief Danny Chapman responded to a shoplifting call, he didn’t expect to uncover a mobile meth lab in the parking lot of Wal-Mart.

    Around 7:30 p.m., Monday night, Chapman responded to a shoplifting call and found Dennis Carl Rosenbalm, 37, of Clinton to allegdly be in possession of stolen Coleman fuel, which is a common component used in the manufacture of meth, according to Chapman.  

  • Attorney Webb named as defendant in lawsuit

    Timothy Webb may have the spent the last few years asking the courts to grant judgments on behalf of his clients, but that is not the case currently.

    Webb has now found himself named as a defendant in a $4 million lawsuit that is alleging he intentionally deceived clients.

    In June, Billy and Shirley Powell filed the lawsuit against Webb and his now defunct legal practice.

    Earlier this year, the Tennessee Supreme Court placed Webb on disability inactive status, halting him from practicing law.

  • Now on stands

    The latest edition of Norris Life, a magazine highlighting Norris Lake and its people is now on news stands. Also, The Best Mountain and Lake Real Estate guide is available. Both publications can be viewed under the Special Sections tab of www.lafollettepress.com

  • Arnett takes plea in murder case

    Robert Brian Arnett could have faced a jury of his peers, attempting to explain his actions of December 1, 2008.

    He could have tried to tell the jury his version of what happened in the moments just before he fatally wounded Billy Mardis, Jr.

    But he didn’t.

    Instead Arnett stood in court on Monday and admitted he was guilty of voluntary manslaughter- a killing that occurs “in a state of passion” under state law.

  • Family searching for missing teen

    B.J. and Susan Bowman are living a parent’s worst nightmare.

    They have no idea where their 16-year-old daughter Tabitha is.

    “I can’t take it,” B.J. Bowman said 26 hours after it was discovered his daughter was gone.

    With tears brimming in his eyes, Bowman said his family didn’t fight, was involved in church and was a close-knit family. “That was my goal,” he said.

    Retracing the last hours his daughter spent at the family’s Glade Springs home, Bowman said it was a normal night.

  • 'Shield and sword'- Role of the grand jury in justice system

    Words like grand jury and indictment often cause people to take notice. However, take notice is the most they can do because this group is the exception to the open court rule.

    Grand juries, who are impaneled by criminal court judges in Tennessee, conduct business behind closed doors. These bodies exist to uncover if crimes have been committed. They are the first stop for defendants who could eventually face a jury.

    What goes on in a grand jury room is meant to stay there. The public is not allowed and state prosecutors can be asked to leave.

  • Park dedication to be held in honor of Ken Snodderly

    Ken Snodderly was a man who loved both the city of LaFollette and children.

    So it is only fitting that a park be dedicated in his honor, his wife Betty Snodderly said.

    The City of LaFollette Parks and Recreation is dedicating a new soccer field as the Ken Snodderly Park tomorrow at 10 a.m.

    “It’s long overdue,” said LaFollette Parks and Recreation Director Johnny Byrge.

    He said Snodderly was instrumental in getting the park started.