Local News

  • Mongar files suit against city of LaFollette

    The city of LaFollette’s appointment book is filling up quickly.  

    With the filing of another lawsuit it looks as if the municipality may have a court date in its future.

    Last Tuesday David Dunaway filed a $100,000 complaint in circuit court on behalf of his client, Darrell Mongar.

    In the legal document Mongar alleges the LaFollette City Council recently passed on hiring him for a position with the LaFollette Police Department due to his age and handicap.

  • Alleged meat thieves arrested in Jellico

    Two people were arrested for stealing meat products in Jellico on Monday.

    Jellico Police Detective JJ Hatmaker was called to investigate a shoplifting at Douglas Market when the alleged crime was discovered.

    Ernest Ralph Muse, 64, of 362 Corington Lane, LaFollette, and Rebecca Jean Cunningham, 33, of 502 South 7th Street, LaFollette, allegedly stole $100 of meat products from the Jellico store and then fled in a blue truck, according to the store owner D. Douglas Jr.

  • Antique appraisal fair to be held


  • Four individuals charged with arson


  • Grand jury hands down indictments


  • Trio commits theft


  • Washam Charged


  • Pyro Shows gears up for holiday event

    The economy may be in a down turn, but there are still some things that are operating business as usual.

    While many businesses are scaling back to cut costs, Boomsday, the event that has become synonymous with East Tennessee Labor Day celebrations, is not one of them.

    “Boomsday has not been affected by the economy,” Michael Walden, vice president of Pyro Shows, Inc., said during an interview on Tuesday morning.

  • Alleged drug deal in progress foiled by police

    The element of surprise proved to be advantageous when LaFollette Police Officer Justin Lowe happened upon what appeared to be a drug deal in progress last Tuesday.

    Lowe was on patrol in the Village Apartments area when he observed Paul E. Cowans, 23, of 243 Lake Drive Lane standing at the window of a vehicle.

    According to Lowe’s report, the driver of the vehicle and Cowans were attempting a hand to hand narcotics exchange when they spotted his patrol car.

  • Stabbing send one to hospital; emergency surgery required

    A stabbing incident sent one man to the hospital and another to jail on Monday night.

    LaFollette Police Sgt. Rick Ford along with Officers Daniel Smith and Dennis Chadwell responded to a report of a stabbing at 502 East Walden Street around 11 p.m. on Aug. 24.

    At the scene the officers found Kyle Shively had been stabbed an undetermined about of times.

    Lt. Jeff Allen became involved in the investigation and was able to determine Shively’s wounds had allegedly been inflicted by David Nelson, of 313 East Hemlock Street, a LPD press release said.