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  • Powers defeats Clotfelter

    With all of Union County reporting and 20 of 21 precincts reporting Dennis Powers has defeated Keith Clotfelter in the 36th District Tennessee House of Representatives race. In Campbell County Powers claimed 4,505 with Clotfelter garnering 3,582. The Union County totals reflect Clotfelter getting 1,051 and Powers 2,309.

  • LaFollette City Council results

    With all of the LaFollette votes counted Joe Bolinger and Stephanie Grimm are the newly elected council members.

    Bolinger posted 591 votes while Grimm took 759 votes. Wayne Gregg came in third with 526. Jay Huddleston received 284 with Scott Kitts rounding out the pack with 261. Total votes cast in the race was 2,421.

  • Caryville vote is in

    The people of Caryville have spoken and the majority of voters voted in favor of liquor by the drink and package store options.

    With all precincts reporting, 356 voted in favor of liquor by the drink while 269 voted no.  Similarly package stores got the nod in a 336 to 292 vote.

    In the only contested alderman race Michael Miller bested Eric Smith 272 to 203.

  • Early voting results are in

    According to election commission totals 3,879 Campbell County voters turned out for early voting in this mid-term election.

    Based on early voting totals Dennis Powers is leading Keith Clotfelter in the 36th District House of Representatives race 2,059 to 1,551.

    Voters in Caryville are split their votes nearly down the middle on the liquor referendum.  Yes votes for liquor by the drink are 159 to 129 no votes after early voting.  On the issue of package stores those in favor hold a narrow lead over the opposition with 152 voting yes to 139 no votes.

  • Early results could be delayed

    Election officials are predicting a late afternoon power outage could delay the results for early voting. 

    Lines at the polls today have been light with the LaFollette Middle School seeing less than 500 voters.

    Follow www.lafollettepress.com through the night for results.

  • Council debates new holiday

    An otherwise smooth meeting hit a few bumps when councilmen debated a request to honor Columbus Day.

    Interim City Administrator Cade Sexton said he disagreed with the city being off for another holiday.

    “The county doesn’t give Columbus Day off. It’s going to cost you some money if you do this,” said Sexton.

    Police and fire services will remain open on the holiday and would normally receive holiday pay, said Sexton.

  • Interim director to decide benefits question

    Still attempting to sort out the details of Dr. Michael Martin, former director of schools, and his right hand, Karen Bundren, board members met in special session on Tuesday evening to discuss their next move.

    Though only two items made up the evening’s agenda board attorney Dail Cantrell explained there were many things to consider when making a decision on granting retirement to the embattled former employees as well as beginning the search for Martin’s replacement.

  • Secretary of State visits Campbell County

    With visits throughout the county, Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett was given a warm welcome at the LaFollette Public Library Tuesday morning.

    In the midst of LaFollette’s woes over building a new library facility, Hargett seemed to spread hope to personnel during his visit.

    “I am a cheerleader for rural libraries,” said Hargett. “At rural libraries its not just the place to check out books anymore, its so much more.”

  • Wilson headed to prison following plea

    When Randy Alan Wilson came to court on Monday he was a free man. However, by noon he was a convicted felon with an eight-year prison sentence in front of him.

  • Mother receives 10 years for her role in abuse

    Opting to face a judge instead of a jury, Michelle Anna Mae Douglas plead guilty on Monday to allowing her child to be abused.

    Dressed in electric pink jail garb, Douglas stood before Criminal Court Judge Shayne Sexton and admitted her role in the abuse of her son, Peyton Douglas.

    The child was only 17 months old when officials discovered him badly bruised, burned and beaten, previous testimony indicated.

    He also had a broken arm.