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  • Committee membership sparks debate for commissioners

    Debate turned lively at Monday’s commission meeting when the make-up of several commission committees was challenged.

    Battle lines were drawn when Commissioner Scott Kitts put motions on the table to change the membership of the Financial Management Systems committee and the Environmental Services committee.

    As he introduced his proposed action Kitts argued while some districts had ample representation on the committees others had none at all.

  • Trespassing incident leads to more charges

    Quarantined property has proven to be toxic for a LaFollette man’s criminal record.

    Last Friday afternoon LaFollette Police Officer John Baker was called to 208 North Massachusetts Avenue in response to a suspicious person trying to enter the property that had been quarantined as a result of the discovery of an active meth lab.

    At the scene Baker allegedly encountered David R. Smith, 45, of 610 East Forrest Street, in a 1987 Ford Bronco II.  A check of the tags revealed they were registered to a Pontiac, the report said.

  • Citizens raise concerns; agenda contains familiar items

    Several local citizens took the opportunity to air concerns about issues ranging from the condition of area roads to funding of the volunteer fire departments during Monday evening’s commission workshop. Stinking Creek resident James England used his time at the microphone to inform commissioners about the quickly deteriorating condition of Stinking Creek Road. According to England, the 17 mile stretch of road that runs from Exit 144 on Interstate 75 to Highway 25 is riddled with large potholes and drop offs that create a hazard for those who travel it.

  • Committee continues to discuss commercial garbage fee

      When it comes to the proposed implementation of commercial garbage dumping fees, some local dock owners smell a rat. After recessing the meeting that began last Tuesday, members of the environmental services committee reconvened on Thursday afternoon to continue discussion on how to proceed with assessing a $31 per ton dump fee to local businesses including Flat Hollow Marina, Waste Connections, Fast Freddie’s, Whitman Hollow Boat Dock, Springs Dock and several others. During Tuesday’s meeting Flat Hollow Marina owner Gary Farwick

  • Marijuana plants found growing in South Tennessee residence

      A LaFollette woman’s gardening abilities earned her a trip to jail recently. On Sept.

  • TWRA shares plan for Norris Lake


  • Vandagriff arrested on multiple drug charges

        Despite alleged attempts to send evidence down the tubes a LaFollette man still took a trip to jail Sunday afternoon. In response to a domestic altercation LaFollette Police Officer John Baker paid a visit to a Wheeler Lane apartment. At the scene Baker was advised by a witness that Bobby Vandagriff, 33, of 107 Wheeler Lane, Apartment E-2 had locked himself into the bathroom.  According to Baker’s report, while behind the locked door Vandagriff allegedly flushed the toilet several times and ran water in the sink b

  • Radio station knocked off the air; employee allegedly to blame

      A local radio station temporarily lost transmission last week thanks to an alleged disgruntled employee. WTNQ station owner Jeff Alpert said when he spoke with then station employee Linda K. Rippy, 40, of 904 East Ash, at 5:35 p.m. last Friday he requested she not come onto radio station property until the Monday morning meeting that was scheduled to discuss performance issues. Although Rippy had been given no indication she would be dismissed, Alpert said he suspects Rippy believed she would be fired during the scheduled meeting.

  • Jury votes for lesser included offense in Mays’ trial

    Was it attempted murder, a reckless act or self-defense?

  • One of state's largest marijuana crops found in Jellico

    It has long been a tradition that in the fall, people would harvest their crops.

    But a group of marijuana growers in Jellico recently found that someone had done it for them.

    Last Wednesday, their crops were found and harvested for them by the Marijuana Eradication Task Force. The task force harvested 151,250 plants in two days last week in the Jellico area. The plants averaged about five feet in height, according to the task force.