Local News

  • Mountain Heritage Festival honors Stinking Creek Community

     People from all around will gather in Stinking Creek on Labor Day weekend for food, fun, and to celebrate the “old ways” at the Mountain Heritage Festival.

  • Military helicopter crashes

    A National Guard helicopter crashed behind Camel Manufacturing around 6 p.m. this evening. Two are believed to be dead as a result of the accident. The area has been sealed off and an investigation is underway. The Press will continue to update this information as it is made available.

  • 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 27 – July 1


    Lloyd Benton Harris II and Linda Harris to Larry Gene Price, Dist. 1, $28,000.

    Ayers LP and Indian Gap Investments Inc. to Wesley Borroughs and Kristen Borroughs, Dist. 2, $49,900

  • Movement seen at county jail

    As work begins on the new justice center, staff at the jail has been able to lessen the overcrowding at the current facility.

    Since Sept. 5, 2010, 64 inmates have been moved into state prison beds, said Sheriff Robbie Goins. “Anytime we can alleviate the overcrowding in our current jail, we take the opportunity,” the sheriff said.

  • Sale of hospital moves forward

    A familiar face will soon be getting a new name.

    On July 1 Health Management Associates, Inc. announced that one of its subsidiaries has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the assets of Mercy Health Partners.

    The recently inked deal will result in the acquisition or lease of all seven Mercy hospitals, including St. Mary’s of Campbell County, that are part of the Knoxville based East Tennessee health system.

  • Pleasant Ridge Bridge costs more than originally planned

    LaFollette City Councilman Hansford Hatmaker sat in for Mayor Mike Stanfield for Tuesday night’s meeting.

  • VFW Post Commander seeks members in Campbell County

    Sergeant Aaron Williams with the 278th Armored Calvary Unit for the Army National Guard is calling on Campbell County veterans to join the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6494.

    Williams was recently made commander of Post 6494. While the majority of Post 6494’s activity is in Lake City, 52- percent of the members are from Campbell County, where there is no VFW post.

    “I know it’s a pro-veteran community, and I want to build on that,” Williams said. “Use that to the county’s advantage.”

  • McDowell arrested on drug charges

    Reports of an intoxicated driver led to a significant drug arrest on Saturday.

    LaFollette Police Officer Josh Hill went to the Big Creek Market to check the condition of Lana McDowell, 47, of 100 Pleasant Ridge Road.

    When he arrived Hill reported allegedly finding McDowell  asleep.  Although McDowell did not appear to be intoxicated when she was awakened, Hill gained consent to search her person and handbag.

  • LUMC to open new outreach program

    Churches often have several types of outreach programs. From those that touch the spirit to those that reach the heart churches provide healing. However, one area church is starting an outreach program that serves a much more concrete need- caring for children.

    In the fall, the LaFollette United Methodist Church will open a daycare. Its target age group is six months to 5 –years- old, said Billie Hunter, who has been the driving force behind the program.

  • Jellico Utilities renews insurance policy at special board meeting

    Jellico Electric and Water System called a special board meeting last Wednesday night to discuss proposals for property, liability and worker’s compensation insurance. The board approved the renewal of its insurance policy with the Tennessee Municipal League.