Local News

  • LaFollette First Baptist Church begins another chapter

    Dr. Duane Mills may be a new face in town. But it is not his first time around the block.

    Sitting in his office on Tuesday morning the only thing that gave away he is just weeks into his new post as the pastor of First Baptist LaFollette were a few boxes waiting to be unpacked.

    According to the Ringold, Ga native, the easy transition he and his wife Karen have experienced comes from warm reception they have received since their arrival as well as the experience of being in the ministry for nearly 30 years.

  • County hit with lawsuit

    After appearing before the county mayor and commissioners to launch a complaint against his employer a former ambulance service employee took his beef to another level.

    On July 1 David Dunaway filed suit on behalf of his client, Christopher Demott against the Campbell County Government.

  • Commission puts brakes on audit committee

    Commissioners may have made quick work of budget amendments at Monday’s budget and finance meeting. But other issues created substantial debate for the group.

    As a follow-up to Commissioner Beverly Hall’s request for the commission to consider establishing an audit committee, County Mayor William Baird reported he had made some inquiries regarding the issue and had learned from Bryan Burklin of the state audit office that creating such a committee would not eliminate audit findings.

  • Youth group comes to Campbell County on mission trip

     A mission group from St. Laurence Anglican Church in Southlake, Texas will work on various projects in Campbell County from July 17 to July 24.

    The high school youth group from St. Laurence does mission work each year.

    They went to Arizona last year to help a Christian group of Native Americans with construction. They’ve also been to Florida.

  • Parents sue Dollar General over alleged exploding batteries

     Arthur and Julie Daugherty are suing Dollar General after a pack of its batteries allegedly exploded and spewed acid into the eye of their son.

    The complaint was filed in Campbell County Circuit Court on July 7. The complaint asks for $250,000 in damages.

    On July 14, 2010, Arthur and Julie Daugherty bought a set of Dollar General brand AA batteries at the Dollar General Store in Jacksboro, according to information in the complaint. They put the batteries into a battery-operated neck and shoulders massage device.

  • Flaming couch draws CPD attention, police make subsequent arrest

     A burning couch drew police attention last Tuesday. 

    Detective Sergeant Freddy Walker of the Caryville Police Department was on patrol on Loop Road when he heard a noise and found the couch on Shelton Hollower Road.

  • Jellico Electric and Water losing patience with contractor

     At Tuesday’s meeting, utilities general manager Mike Bethurem and consulting engineer Gary McGill talked to the board about the contract Jellico Electric and Water System has with contractor Allen Cozy. 

  • Mountain Heritage Festival honors Stinking Creek Community

     People from all around will gather in Stinking Creek on Labor Day weekend for food, fun, and to celebrate the “old ways” at the Mountain Heritage Festival.

  • Military helicopter crashes

    A National Guard helicopter crashed behind Camel Manufacturing around 6 p.m. this evening. Two are believed to be dead as a result of the accident. The area has been sealed off and an investigation is underway. The Press will continue to update this information as it is made available.

  • Public Records

    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

    June 27 – July 1


    Lloyd Benton Harris II and Linda Harris to Larry Gene Price, Dist. 1, $28,000.

    Ayers LP and Indian Gap Investments Inc. to Wesley Borroughs and Kristen Borroughs, Dist. 2, $49,900