Local News

  • Wilson facing multiple charges

    A 12 count indictment was handed down last week by the grand jury on woman accused of repeatedly writing bad checks.

    Sandra K. Wilson was indicted on three counts of criminal simulation, three counts of forgery, two counts of theft under $500, two counts of passing worthless check under $500, attempting to pass a worthless check over $1,000 and attempted theft over $1,000.

    Among these charges is an incident where Wilson is alleged to have passed a check to the LaFollette Utility Board to pay for utility services for $500, the indictment said.  

  • Third annual Miner's Mile returns to Jellico

    Whether in the mood for a leisure walk or some friendly competition, the third annual Miner’s Mile in Jellico can accommodate.

    Proceeds and donations from this year’s race will go to support the Jellico Fire Department and Rescue Squad, as well as fund the event.

    The event will once again be hosted by the Jellico Community Hospital.

    “We felt a responsibility to find a creative way to enhance our community,” said event chair and Chaplain of the Jellico Community Hospital Kevin Shelley.

  • Jellico passes balanced budget for 2009-10

    The Jellico Mayor and Aldermen passed a balanced budget for the 2009-10 year in a brief special called meeting on Tuesday night.

    The budget was passed quickly and with little discussion, as there were not many changes from last year’s budget.

    No increases or extra costs were passed onto the citizens of Jellico. There had been some discussion about raising the property tax by 5 cents, but the mayor and aldermen did not want to raise rates on the citizens, they said.

    The property tax rate will remain at $1.20.

  • TVA raises base rate; decreases fuel cost

    Despite an eight-percent increase in the Tennessee Valley Authority’s base electrical rate, electric bills are likely to drop this fall as a result of the fuel cost adjustment.

  • LUB approves water and sewage rate increase proposal

    Water and wastewater rates were on the top of the agenda at Monday night’s LaFollette Utilities Board (LUB) meeting.

    “This is something that we needed to do a couple years ago,” said LUB General Manager Kenny Baird as he began the discussion of the rate proposal and increasing the water and sewage rates.

    The current rate structure has been in place since July 2005 and is in need of an update, according to Baird.

  • Duo arrested at Wal-Mart

    A shoplifting report led to the arrest of Carrie E. Brock, 23, of LaFollette, on Aug. 26.

    Jacksboro Police Officer Josh Carroll responded to a shoplifting call from Wal-Mart around 6.p,m., on Aug. 26, according to a Jacksboro Police report.

    Upon arriving at the store, Carroll was informed Brock had allegedly concealed merchandise totaling $21.64 and passed the last point of sale without paying.

  • Illinois fugitive captured

    A fugitive gave officers a run for their money when they came for him last Thursday.

    When LaFollette Police Lt. Monty Miller, Sgt. Jason Henegar and Officers Joe Brown, Stephan Wallen and Daniel Terry went to a North 13th Street address to serve an arrest warrant issued by the Chicago Police Department for a parole violation David Lee Butler, 29, of 413 North 13th Street, Butler had other plans.

    As officers approached, Butler allegedly fled out a second story window of the home.

  • Couple arrested on multiple drug charges

    A complaint of suspicious activity at a local apartment complex led to two arrests last week.

    LaFollette Police Lt. Monty Miller, Sgt. Jason Henegar and Officer Odell Bailey were dispatched to Sanders Apartments last Tuesday evening to investigate the possibility of drug activity in the parking lot.

    When officers approached the vehicle driven by Michael Justin Estep, 28, of 548 Memorial Lane, Jacksboro, he appeared to be using his cell phone to send a text message, Miller’s report stated.

  • Four arrested on drug charges

    Rocky Mitchell Greene should have left a North 15th Street address when he was asked.  But because he did not he and three others landed in jail on drug charges.

    LaFollette Police Officers Daniel Smith and Josh Vann were called to a North 15th Street residence to remove Greene, 51, of 603 Rose Hill Drive, from the premises last week.

    Upon arrival officers were informed by the property owner that Greene, Daniel Raines, 27, of 295 McGhee Lane, Jacksboro and Joanna Davis, 23, of 307 North 15th Street, were allegedly using drugs in a bedroom in the house.

  • Council considers hiring in several departments

    The LaFollette City Council is doing its part to drive down the unemployment rate.

    At Monday’s workshop five candidates were presented for full time employment in three city departments.

    Fire Chief Gary Byrd requested the group consider Shawn McGlone to fill a full time fire fighter position within the department.  

    According to Byrd, McGlone has worked as an auxiliary fire fighter with LFD for a year and money is available in the budget to hire him at a salary of $22,800.