Local News

  • Nephew facing murder after uncle starves to death

    A man believed to have starved his uncle to death has been charged with murder.

    John Lowe,40, 455 Meredith Road, Caryville, was indicted for felony murder, second-degree murder, gross negligence of an impaired adult and theft over $10,000 on Friday.

    On Monday he was arrested at his home, said Campbell County Sheriff’s Detective Brandon Elkins.

  • Robbery creates havoc at local pharmacy

    Flashing lights from a fleet of law enforcement and emergency vehicles lit up the rainy afternoon on Tuesday.

    The congregation of police at Walgreens on Jacksboro Pike and the surrounding area was caused by a robbery and bomb threat where the suspect remained at large after fleeing the scene on foot.

    According to reports from the LaFollette Police Department, officers responded to a call of an armed robbery at the pharmacy.

  • Jacksboro meeting brings about questions

    What is usually a straightforward meeting turned out to be a question and answer session at Jacksboro last week.

  • Jacksboro fire department requests items

    Firemen respond when people need help.

    But the Jacksboro Fire Department is the one asking for help.

    Last Thursday auxiliary firemen Chris Wallen presented the board of mayor and aldermen with a two-page list of items the fire department needs.

    The list consisted of 146 items.

  • Elderly man beaten Saturday

    Jellico Police Department arrested two suspects over the weekend after an elderly man was severely beaten and stabbed in a parking lot.

    At 6:19 a.m. on Oct. 9 Jellico Police Chief Chris Anderson responded to the parking lot of Bakers Street where two people were allegedly seen beating an elderly man, said Anderson.

    The victim, 61, was found lying on the ground severely beaten with two stab wounds to the lower part of his body and leg, said Anderson.

  • Questions continue regarding director of schools resignation

    Last week Dr. Michael Martin, director of Campbell County schools abruptly resigned from his position. Since that time many questions have begun to surface about practices he and Dr. Karen Bundren, director of federal programs, employed regarding construction contracts.

    For more information see the Oct. 14 edition of the LaFollette Press.

  • Public Records Oct. 7

     Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as or similar to other members of the community.



    Campbell County Property Transfers

    Sept. 27 – Oct. 1


    Joseph Patrick Chaffman to Carla King, Michelle Jones and Bonnie King, Dist. 5, $9,500.

    William Baird and Amy B. Baird to JR Kitts, Dist. 1, $10,000.

    Gloria Jean Lee to J R Kitts and JR Kitts, Dist. 5, $2,500.

  • New program for Mothers of Preschoolers begins next week

    Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) meetings are now being offered in LaFollette.

    The first meeting will be held at Cedar Hill Baptist Church on Oct. 12. from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

    In connection with Galilee Bible Camp the program will be a Galilee MOPS ministry offering encouragement and fellowship among mothers of preschool age children.

    Writing a grocery list in crayon and saying ‘bye-bye’ to everyone are the criteria to attend, said MOPS organizer Becky Fladie.

  • LaFollette Council approves new hires

    Three new hires and two promotions were discussed at the LaFollette City Council meeting Tuesday night.

    Promoting Jimmy Pack to a captain in the fire department was approved unanimously. His promotion creates a captain for every shift in the department.

    Bryan Worley and Timothy Moore were also hired in the fire department during the meeting.

  • Sexton requests fewer restrictions on hours

    A request by LaFollette Interim City Administrator Cade Sexton revealed the city has no immediate plans to fill the administrator’s full-time position.

    During the LaFollette City Council workshop last week, Sexton said he has been scrutinized for working less than part-time hours on some occasions.