Local News

  • Jellico welcome center opens in a big way

    There was only one place in Campbell County on Monday where Andy Griffith and Aunt Bea could be found rubbing elbows with a moose, a shark and a congressman.

    The grand opening celebration of Jellico’s new interstate welcome center took place on the first clear, sunny day of autumn with a large crowd attending.

    Booths displaying East Tennessee attractions and local businesses were set up with complimentary refreshments served to visitors as they toured the 4,976 square foot facility.

  • Baird’s wish come true

    The heavy chopping sound of turning helicopter blades filled the air as Nora Baird was briefed on her upcoming flight.

    On a muggy Friday afternoon, through open doors of a reception area, the 84-year-old could see the yellow Robinson 44 lift off of its display position overlooking Winfield Dunn Parkway.

    The helicopter landed just behind the building with the pilot preparing for Baird to get on board.

    After days of rainy weather that forced Baird to reschedule her flight, her wish to fly was about to come true.

  • Press makes changes

    Beginning with next week’s issue, the price for the LaFollette Press will be 75 cents.

    This price change will be the first one for the paper since 1991. At that time, the Press was increased from 35 cents to 50 cents. For the last 17 years the price has gone unchanged.

    While cost increases in the production of other items have been passed along to consumers during that time, Press readers have been shielded from that, said LaFollette Press Editor Susan Sharp.

  • Government is, as government does

    There are some Liberals who mistakenly think that Conservatives are against all government.

     A recent LaFollette Press op-ed put forward this misrepresentation of Conservatism in a typical example of the straw man argument.  his is where you set-up a false position of your opponent so that you can easily knock it down. It may fool the unobservant, but it’s not an honest approach for those seeking truth in practical politics.

  • Caryville man arrested on several charges


  • Ninth Jellico Fall Festival Scheduled


  • Fire destroys Cherry Bottom home

    On Tuesday morning, members of the Smith family left home at scattered intervals as they started their days. So when news that their home was on fire reached each one separately, their first thoughts were of each other. “They thought their dad was still inside,” said Rhonda Miller of Cody and Dillon Smith when they spotted the blaze from the school bus. Miller, a neighbor of the family, said the boys had left earlier for school on the bus. As the bus drove back by the Smith’s Cherry Bottom home awhile later the boys saw the blaze.

  • Commission bumps number of seats up to 15

    The third time seemed to be the charm for two issues that have made repeat appearances on the county commission’s agenda.

    After voting last year to reduce the commission to 10 members in the 2010 election there have been two unsuccessful efforts to boost the number back to 15.

    The most recent push came last month when Commissioner Scott Kitts made a motion to that effect. But after some debate about the cost savings of the five member reduction, estimated to be in the neighborhood of $70,000 by Finance Director Jeff Marlow, Kitts withdrew his motion.

  • Time has come to 'Paint the Town'

    This Saturday, local and visiting artists will converge on Tennessee Avenue in LaFollette to participate in the Paint the Town Festival.

    The first of its kind in LaFollette, festival organizers hope the festival will be a success, turning into a repeat event.

    “This first festival will hopefully become a model for the city to build on in the years to come,” said Campbell Culture Coalition President Jo Anne Myers.

  • CCHS launching homecoming parade after 25 years

    For the last 25 years Campbell County High School has not had a homecoming parade. What was once a tradition rooted as deeply at the school as football is in Tennessee, died out in 1984. That year, the freshman class took top honors with its inaugural float in the annual parade. After that, the parade and its floats were replaced with fence displays on the football field. It was an empty substitution for many who had hailed the parade as a right of passage. However, CCHS Principal and alum Robbie Heatherly is hoping to restore the tradition beginning this year.