Local News

  • LaFollette man drowns at White Bridge Park

    Just after 5p.m. crews with the LaFollette Rescue Squad recovered the body of a man who had disappeared in the waters of Norris Lake.
    Kim Woods, 46, of LaFollette, was floating on a raft when he fell off it, slipping beneath the surface, according to Campbell County Sheriff's Department Chief Deputy Jonathan Finley.
    Alcohol and drugs weren't a part of the accident, Finley said.
    For more details on this story see next week's edition of the LaFollette Press.

  • Jury hands down verdict in Ward case

    At the end of a former sheriff's deputy's trial that began on Wednesday morning a jury reached its decision.

    On Thursday afternoon Daniel Ward learned he had been convicted of 10 counts of aggravated sexual battery. He was immediately taken to custody. Ward's sentencing will be done at a later date.

  • Public Records

    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

    June 13- June 20


    Union Bank to John Day, Dist. 5, $50,000.

    Calvin J. Ward to Joshua R. Owsley, Dist. 3, $85,000.

    Frederick A. Rushlow to Leland Taylor and Patty Taylor, Dist. 3, $120,000.

  • Ward trial underway

    The trial of a former Campbell County Deputy is underway.

    Daniel Ward is facing 10 counts of aggravated sexual battery, two counts of attempted sexual battery, two counts of attempted sexual battery by an authority figure and two counts of sexual battery.
    The case has run the legal gamut to date.

    From nearly accepting a plea to being placed in jail because his attorney wasn’t prepared for trial, Ward’s case has lingered in the judicial system.

    But on Wednesday the proceedings began.

  • Couple sues for nearly half a million after dog bite

    It’s been less than two weeks since Gora Watts was allegedly attacked by Elko, the Knoxville City Police K-9 officer.

    But $450,000 worth of litigation is already pending in the case.

    Just days after the incident which resulted in the Belgian Malinois being shot and killed by Campbell County Animal Control Officer Otis Poore, attorney David Dunaway filed a complaint in circuit court on behalf of Gora Watts and her husband Fred Watts naming the city of Knoxville and Johnathan and Mandy Chadwell as defendants.

  • Terry And Jane Lewis Named Field & Stream Magazine ‘Heroes of Conservation’

        It wasn’t surprising when Terry and Jane Lewis were named Field & Stream Magazine's Heroes of Conservation for June 2011. 

    A list of accomplishments for their conservation efforts would fill a novel-sized document, and their contributions to the outdoors and Campbell County are well known.

  • Ray prohibited from downtown LaFollette

    After pleading guilty in criminal court on Monday, Pam Ray has been denied access to areas of downtown LaFollette.

    In early April, Ray was arrested after the LaFollette Police received allegations that she had had sexual contact with a 14-year-old- male, court records said. She allegedly did this in exchange for money. Police further alleged it had occurred with 100 feet of a church and less than two miles from a school.

  • Judge denies bank robber new trial

    Billy Blankenship won’t be getting a new trial.

    On Monday, his attorney, Michael Hatmaker, allowed the motion he filed in October 2010 to speak for itself. In essence, it said that despite his client being charged with aggravated robbery but convicted of simple robbery, the case still lacked enough evidence to garner a guilty verdict.

  • Nelson pleads not guilty to battery charges

    A former nursing home employee is facing criminal charges.

    On Monday, Don Nelson was arraigned in Campbell County Criminal Court on four counts of sexual battery. He plead not guilty and is scheduled to appear again next month.

    The charges came following a several month investigation by the LaFollette Police, according to court records. In early February, Nelson is alleged to have sexually assaulted a female resident of Cumberland Village Nursing Home, the indictment said.

  • McKinney serving time for crimes

    Facing nine criminal charges that included multiple counts of child abuse, David S. McKinney opted to plead guilty instead of facing a jury.

    On Monday, he agreed he had committed three acts of child abuse and neglect, four methamphetamine related crimes, had unlawfully had a weapon and had committed domestic assault.