Local News

  • Utility companies approve wholesale rate change

    LaFollette Utilities has little control over the TVA rate change effective April 1. The nearly flat time-of-use wholesale rate change will replace the end use rate structure used since 1992.

    “This is not a local decision,” said LaFollette Utilities General Manager Kenny Baird. “This is TVA generated.”

  • Country music festival headed this way

    A festival drawing a possible crowd of over 10,000 people is coming to the shores of Norris Lake this May.

    SuperTwang is a festival with southern personality, according to its producers.

    Festival Producer of United Festival Company Hal Royce has been searching for a venue in Tennessee to plan a large rustic style country music festival for over 20 years.

    His search finally ended in Claiborne County.

  • Advertising starts for police chief; city makes plans to demolish houses

    At the end of the LaFollette Council meeting Tuesday night, interim city administrator Cade Sexton said advertising for a new police chief begins this week.

    The city will accept applications for the position for two weeks, starting immediately and continuing through Jan. 21.

    Also in the police department the council approved to increase interim Police Chief Jack Widener’s salary by $500 per month for two months.

    The council also addressed plans to demolish dilapidated houses.

  • City presses forward with plans for a new library, other projects

    Proposals for a new LaFollette Public Library have had their ups and downs. The council’s plans to construct a new library over the past few years have been recycled and reworked. Though USDA grant money was offered with steep stipulations, the council presses forward to renovate the recreation center with city employees doing the work.

  • Jellico plans Rockin' New Year's Eve Party

    The town of Jellico is celebrating the New Year in style with the first ever Jellico New Year’s Rockin’ Eve Party.

    On Friday, the town of Jellico will be open late as they gather in front of the stage at Veterans Memorial Park. From 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., a DJ will be playing music for partygoers to listen, visit or dance to, said Jellico Tourism Director Jake Bennett

    Hats and noisemakers will be abundant while a balloon slowly drops on the midnight hour.

  • City of LaFollette plans to demolish 20 houses

    During discussion on projects for the city, Mullens announced the street departments plans to demolish almost 20 dilapidated houses.

    In order to demolish the burned and severely damaged houses, the street department has to rent a track hoe. Mullens said approximately $15,000 is in the budget for city sidewalks. The money can’t all be used for sidewalk concrete during the budget cycle and could be re-budgeted toward renting equipment for demolition.

  • ATV accident claims life over holiday

    On the day after Christmas, slippery snow-covered roadways were a dangerous factor for holiday travelers. David Leonard, 38, of Duff fell victim to the inclement conditions when he lost control of his ATV while negotiating a curve in the road.

    Leonard was pronounced dead at the scene after he left the roadway and traveled 70 feet over an embankment, according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

    Driving a red 2008 Arctic CAT 400 ATV southbound on Hwy 25W near the intersection of Dripping Rock, Leonard lost control of the vehicle, according to the THP report.

  • Wells gets reprieve in sexual harassment suit


    Christmas came early for former school member Mark A. Wells this year.  Last week the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee dismissed from a lawsuit in which he was accused of sexually harassing a board of education employee.

    In March Alexis R. Keiser filed a federal suit in which she accused Wells of creating a hostile work environment in which she was subjected to sex discrimination on a “weekly if not daily basis.”

  • Tiller drops suit against city of LaFollette

    Just 10 days after Brian Tiller was hired on as a part-time officer for the LaFollette Police Department he made the decision to voluntarily dismiss his pending lawsuit against the city.

    After officially being hired on by the city of LaFollette on Dec. 6 despite the pending suit Tiller’s attorney, David Dunaway, filed an order of voluntary dismissal without prejudice in Campbell County’s Circuit Court on Dec. 16.

    In December 2009 Tiller filed the lawsuit claiming the city was discriminatory when it refused to hire him on Aug. 5, 2009.

  • Supreme Court awards Fannon discretionary costs; says no to attorney’s fees

    After three years of making its way through reams of legal red tape former LaFollette city councilman Bob Fannon finally received an answer from Tennessee’s highest court.

    In July 2007 Fannon filed a suit for declaratory judgment, contending councilmen Hansford Hatmaker and Mike Stanfield had violated the Tennessee Open Meetings Act when they met informally with certain city employees to discuss pay raises and to consider candidates for vacancies in the offices of city clerk and treasurer.