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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Two month old forgery case resolved

    LaFollette police were able to close the books on a two month old forgery case.

    On April 23 Det. Lt. Jeff Allen began an investigation into a check forgery at First National Bank.

    According to Allen’s report, Samantha S. Clark, 31, of 1123 Pinecrest Road, went to First National Bank and deposited a check in the amount of $3,750 into her personal checking account. The check was allegedly issued from a business called Solutions Tech Staffing but came back as fraudulent from Wachovia Bank.  

  • Jellico leases ball field to BOE; hires part-time police officer

    In a special called meeting Monday night, the Jellico Mayor and Board of Aldermen approved a lease contract between the town of Jellico and the Campbell County Board of Education (BOE).  In the terms of the lease, the BOE has full access to Jellico’s ball field during baseball and softball season.

    During a previous board meeting, Alderman Mike Smith contested the wording of the original contract and asked that certain issues be clarified.

  • Tire shop raid uncovers drugs, guns and fake cash

    Several months of investigating tips and doing leg work paid off for the LaFollette Police Department (LPD) in the form of a raid complete with narcotics, firearms and counterfeit cash.

    Last Thursday members of the LPD Narcotics Strike Force executed a search warrant at Kitt’s Tire Shop located at 1833 Old Jacksboro Pike.

    The warrant came after an exhaustive investigation into the activities of business owner Joseph Ted Kitts, 24, according to Police Chief James Lynch.

  • LaFollette man garners theft charges over a year after crime was committed

    Over a year after the crime was committed, a LaFollette man is finally facing the consequences for his actions.

    Robert W. Cheel, 28, of 539 Wild Wood Circle, LaFollette, was picked up on an outstanding warrant in Jellico on Sunday.

    In April 2008, Cheel allegedly stole five air-conditioning units from a Jellico motel that he was employed at and then sold them to a recycling center in Corbin, Ky, according to the arrest warrant.

    The motel owner valued the air conditioning units at $2,045.

  • WTNQ-FM embraces upgrades

        WTNQ-FM has undergone a complete transformation that involves a new location with a new operating process. The station has been in transition for the past week hitting the air again on Wednesday morning.

    The staff left the old way of playing music with the old station. Previously a song was chosen from a CD but with the new building comes a new procedure. An automation system now allows the DJ’s to make their selections from a stream of songs on the computer’s hard drive.

  • LUB adopts electrical budget; defers on water budget

    The LaFollette Utility Board met last Thursday night to discuss its 2009-10 electric and water budget.

    This fiscal year’s projected budget is based largely on spending and revenue trends from last year, with some exceptions.

    LUB General Manager Kenny Baird said he forecasts a conservative $650,000 net income for next year.

    “I’ve probably projected revenues at less and expenses at higher,” said Baird of his projection.