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Today's News

  • Hill arrested on theft charges

    A Lake City man was arrested on theft charges after he was caught in a stolen car on Main Street in Jacksboro.

    On Sept. 23, Jacksboro Officer James Skeans received a be on the look out call for a stolen 2001 blue Toyota Camry, the Jacksboro Police report said.

  • LUB discusses water, sewer rate

    A water and sewer rate increase was the main topic of discussion once again at Monday night’s LaFollette Utility workshop and board meeting.

    The utility board members and LUB General Manager Kenny Baird recently met with the LaFollette City Council in a joint workshop on Sept. 17 to discuss the need for a water/sewer rate increase. They now seem to be waiting on the council’s decision.

  • Speedwell man arrested on drug charges

    A Speedwell man landed himself in jail after being caught with a controlled substance while taking his girlfriend to the probation office last Thursday.

    On Sept. 24, Jacksboro Officer James Skeans was dispatched to the probation office to arrest a woman for violation of probation, the Jacksboro Police report said.

    Upon arriving at the probation office, Skeans asked the woman who brought her to the office. She pointed outside, naming David Wayne Bennett, 27, of 975 Water Street, Speedwell, as her boyfriend. She told the police he had brought her, the report said.

  • Ohio man arrested on theft and drug charges

    A routine patrol of the Wal-Mart parking led to the arrest of an Ohio man on theft and drug charges.

    Jacksboro Officer Greg Cox was patrolling the parking lot when a security guard pointed out a particular vehicle parked on the sidewalk, according to the Jacksboro Police report. Cox ran the tag number on the red 1993 Pontiac Grand-Am; the car came back stolen out of Ohio, the report said.

  • Campbell County-A look back at the beginning

    People driving through Caryville today see a modern town with hotels, gas stations, convenience stores and a beautiful state park.

    But that wasn’t the way it always looked.

    If projected back in time to the late 1700s, visitors would see a much different picture.

  • Packs see delay in trial; court grants second bond reduction

    Russell Pack and his brother Phillip Pack were scheduled to stand trial for the 2008 murder of Jayne Love this week.

    However, a delay in the processing of forensic evidence has bumped the brothers from this year’s trial docket.

    Calling them as the first case on Monday’s docket, Criminal Court Judge Shayne Sexton had the district attorney’s office outline the latest turn of events.

  • Town gets painted at festival despite weather

    Despite a heavy steady rain falling throughout the day people still turned out at LaFollette’s first Paint the Town street festival, making it a success in the eyes of many.

    “Paint the town is a keeper as an annual event,” said festival co-organizer Jo Anne Myers, President of the Campbell Culture Coalition (CCC).

    The day’s events and the rain began early, but Coach Barry Jones and the Cougars basketball players showed up before daybreak to set up signs and help direct traffic.

  • 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.