Local News

  • Commission still says no to audit committee

    Development of an audit committee dominated discussion among commissioners for a second week.

    At last week’s workshop meeting County Mayor William Baird presented the group with information about the necessary steps needed to assemble an audit committee for the county. While some commissioners were under the impression creating such a committee would more effectively help prevent fraudulent activity within county offices Jeff Marlow, finance director, pointed out this was not the case.

  • Caryville festival fails to launch

     This past weekend, instead of vendors, games, music and the roadblock for the Main Street Festival in Caryville, the street was empty and it was business as usual. After the American Tribal Council backed out as vendors, Alderman Michael Miller decided to cancel the event.

    The festival was supposed to run all day Saturday, and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Instead there was no festival.

    The American Tribal Council was to set up at the depot, which was to be the main hub for the festival.

  • New zoning laws in Jellico aimed to fight illegal pill distribution

     The Jellico Board of Mayor and Aldermen passed two ordinances designed to regulate pain clinics last Thursday night.

    “I’m just glad it was passed to keep pain clinics out,” vice mayor Cissco Johnson said. “We’ve got enough drugs in our city, especially with people coming off the interstate.”

    With pain clinics in LaFollette, the board wanted to have a way to deal with them. The only way to fight them is through zoning, mayor Les Stiers said as these ordinances were discussed at last month’s meeting.

  • Caryville property sold; board pleased with result

    The Campbell County Board of Education closed the books on a piece of school system history on Saturday.

    At 10:30 a.m. the old Caryville Elementary School property was sold in two parcels to the highest bidders. The larger tract sold to Steve Kirkham, president of Rocky Top Market, LLC for $475,000 and the smaller tract to local businessman John Davenport for $90,000 for a total of $565,000.

  • LPD gets two K-9s

    Criminals in LaFollette will soon have two more reasons to think twice before breaking the law. Their names are Dino and Blaz.

    The K-9s are the department’s most recent addition and Chief Jimmy Jeffries is excited about the prospect of a new dimension to LPD’s crime fighting repertoire.

    “They will do a great deal to help with officer safety as well as vehicle and building searches,” Jeffries said explaining during the K-9s initial implementation they will be used to ferret out narcotics.

  • Public Records

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    Campbell County Property Transfers

    July 4- July 8


    Ayers LP and Indian Gap Investments LLC to Resham Singh Saini and Surendar Kaur Saini, Dist. 2, $69,900.

    Ayers LP and Indian Gap Investments LLC to Michael John Ongkiko and Cynthia Marie Ongkiko, Dist. 2, $59,900.

  • Park to open

    The grand opening Campbell County newest park, The Lonas Young Memorial Park will be held July 16 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 950 Demory Road, LaFollette. The grand opening ceremony will be held at noon with light refreshments.

    The park will feature a walking path around Norris Lake, playground for children, beach area, little league baseball diamond, soccer field, tennis and basketball courts.

  • Area church builds ramps

    In the hallway of the LaFollette United Methodist Church, a bulletin board is covered with announcements. There are notices of meetings and mission work being done through out the world. However, in the upper right hand corner is a small thank you card with a sizeable message.

    “Without the help of four wonderful guys I would have never have had the joy of getting in our backyard,” Lynda Barnes penned on the inside of the card.

  • SmartSource coupons coming back to the paper

       Few products offer individuals the opportunity to save more than they spend. Starting July 21, the LaFollette Press will give readers this opportunity with the return of SmartSource coupons.

    Inside the The Press each week, readers will find a coupon package regularly valued at approximately $75 or more in savings through manufacturer, retail and restaurant coupons. Subscribers will usually find they can recoup the cost of a subscription in just one week of coupon savings.

  • Chopper crash kills two

    A routine training flight had a tragic end for two Tennessee Army National Guardsmen Saturday evening.