Local News

  • The city of LaFollette is staffing up, debates salary of city clerk

    The LaFollette City Council filled six vacant positions on Tuesday night. But not without some debate over administrative hires first.

    With the retirement of city recorder Lynda White, an open position in the administrative department needed to be filled. Acting city administrator Cade Sexton reviewed applications for the position and found that Joy Ellison was the most qualified.

  • Alleged burglars face multiple charges

    Two men have been arrested for thefts that occurred at the old East LaFollette School in recent months.

    Randall Wayne Monday, 31, 445 Habersham Road, Duff, and Ronnie Elvis Albertini, 30, 6772 North Highway 25 W, are now facing multiple counts of burglary, theft over $60,000 and vandalism over $60,000.

  • Woman nets possession charges at Goodwill

    Jacksboro police department responded to a call at Goodwill concerning a volunteer possibly taking narcotic in the bathroom of the facility on Sunday.

    Cleda R. McGhee, 28, of Caryville was arrested and charged with possession of scheduled II, IV,VI controlled substances and drug paraphernalia.

    McGhee was working at the store for community service ordered by the Knox County Courts, according to the arrest report.

  • Allen charged with auto burglary

    In the early hours of Monday morning LaFollette Police Officer Josh Vann responded to reports of an auto burglary and theft in progress.

    On his way to the 1308 Loop Road address Vann received information that the suspect’s vehicle was leaving the area.  Records indicate Vann was able to locate the vehicle driven by Timothy Allen, 34 of 770 Jeffers Road, Huntsville, and conducted a traffic stop.

  • Wilson involved in high speed chase

    A LaFollette man kicked off July with a ride that took him straight to jail.

    Last Thursday LaFollette Police Officer William Owens observed a car driven by Dallas Keith Wilson, 21, of 103 Claiborne Road, traveling at speeds of 60 to 70 miles per hour in a residential area, the arrest report said.

  • Heat can affect pocketbook as well as health

     It’s hot outside.

    And with temperatures continuing to skyrocket, stepping out into the scorching heat is not the only dread area residents may be feeling as a result of summer forecast.

    Keeping the stifling heat at bay comes with a price that often translates into higher electric bills and an increased potential for power outages created by a few thousand air conditioners humming in unison.

  • New Glow-in-1 opens in Jacksboro

    From the steamy outdoors, the Jacksboro Red Roof Plaza is a refreshing stop for fun with the Glow-in-1 black light putt putt course. The Glow-in-1 is an indoor course with nine short holes decorated in a Jurassic theme.

    Kyle McDowell and his family envisioned the concept, new to Campbell County, after they struggled to find a renter for the space.

  • 4-H Day camp to be held


  • LaFollette Council overrides mayor’s veto

    LaFollette Mayor Mike Stanfield openly expressed his opposition to a charter change at Tuesday night’s council meeting.

    Stanfield exerted his power of veto to stop the council from allowing LaFollette Utilities to set rate increases for the water and sewer system after the last council meeting.

    However, during the in-session meeting to pass the new budget in the final reading the council again passed the charter revision.

  • Wilson charged with attempted murder

    It only took one buck shot from a shotgun to land a 45-year-old man in the hospital and the alleged assailant, his brother, to be charged with attempted second degree murder.

    Last Friday, at 8:30 p.m. Detective Stephanie Smith, with the Caryville Police Department, arrived at Park Road in response to an alleged shooting. When officers arrived on the scene they observed the victim laying face down in the road bleeding severely, according to Smith.