Local News

  • Pregnancy help reaches Campbell County

    In the eyes of a pregnant 16-year-old life can seem very intimidating.

    But with some help from the first Pregnancy Help Center to reach Campbell County, this load can be greatly lightened.

    Since April 6 they’ve been assisting the pregnant, those who are already parents and those who may be pregnant by administering pregnancy tests, diapers, maternity and baby clothes and tons of information.

  • Reading program ends with grins and giggles

    The LaFollette Public Library Summer Reading Program came to an end Tuesday morning with young readers and their families crowded into LaFollette City Hall for one last day of fun.

    Reading or just listening to at least 100 books won 68 children a bright green t-shirt and a certificate.

    In only five short weeks these determined little scholars read a compilation of 8,645 books.  Rachel Branham, the overachiever in the group, had the most reads with 210 books. Thirty- four children who took part didn’t miss one session of the program all summer.

  • Meth lab found in Well Springs area

    An anonymous call led to the discovery of an active meth lab in the Well Springs area.

    Robert Josh Housley, 48, of Jacksboro, and John Emerson Evans, 33, of LaFollette were arrested on June 29 for manufacturing methamphetamine.

  • Agenda set for meeting- Young’s contract on the line

    On Monday the LaFollette City Council met to set the agenda for next week’s meeting.

    As the workshop progressed it became evident council member Hansford Hatmaker had many items he wanted to see taken care of.

    Among Hatmaker’s business is City Administrator David Young’s contract.

    “He has checked it from one end to the other,” Hatmaker began referring to the Tennessee Municipal League (TML) representative he had sent the contract to for review.

  • Lawuit filed by adult store business owner

    Claiming his constitutional rights are being violated, Steve Hale, president of Adult World, LLC, has sued the town of Caryville.

    Last week, a 45 page complaint filed on Hale’s behalf by attorney Michael Hatmaker alleges Caryville and its officials are trampling Hale’s rights with its municipal code.

    The case was set to be heard Tuesday morning in chancery court. However, late Monday afternoon, Robert Watson, who is representing the town, filed a notice to have the case moved to federal court.

  • Freedom to be celebrated with fireworks

        Independence Day is typically associated with barbeques, parades, picnics and everyone’s favorite—fireworks.

    And there will be a slew of opportunities to see some fireworks in Campbell County this weekend.

        Spring’s Dock will kick off the celebration with a fireworks show tomorrow night. The Pyro Shows’ display can be viewed free of charge thanks to “a bunch of sponsors,” according to dock owner Brian Costello.

  • Park Dedication held in Snodderly’s honor

    “Kids first…Always.”  

    Ken Snodderly’s words will never be forgotten as they now adorn the entrance sign of the new Ken Snodderly Park in LaFollette.

     “Our God is so good, surely Ken is up there watching as well,” said his wife Betty Snodderly to the numerous officials, friends and family in attendance.

    Around $600,000 went into building the park, with most of the funding coming from donations.  The city ended up spending only around $100,000, according to City Administrator David Young.

  • Valley View Elementary gets $190,000 library grant

    Valley View Elementary School is getting an extreme makeover.  

    For months the months dirt has been moved, concrete poured and walls set as part of the building’s long awaited renovation.  And while students and staff alike anticipate beginning the 2009-10 school year in a revamped facility there is an additional change that will be a welcome albeit unexpected surprise.

  • Missing teen found in Kentucky

    While most parents fear a middle of the night phone call from police, B.J. and Susan Bowman found relief in theirs.

    It was around 1 a.m. Tuesday morning when Susan Bowman received her phone call from police in London, Ky.

    Officers had located the Bowmans’ 16- year-old daughter, Tabitha, who had been missing eight days.

    “We just ran up there and picked her up,” Susan Bowman said Tuesday afternoon.

  • Domestic call leads to long list of charges

    LaFollette Police officers got a run for their money when they encountered a suicidal woman.

    On June 11 Officers John Baker Pam Jarrett, Susan Sowder, Det. Lt. Jeff Allen and Det. Sgt. Jason Henegar responded to a call of a domestic disturbance at a West Chestnut address.

    The complainant informed officers Doris Kay Brooks, 45 of 114 West Chestnut Street, had allegedly become enraged when she couldn’t find some papers at the home and threatened to kill residents of the home as well as the family dog.