Today's News

  • Council agrees to revisit water/sewer rate increase

    With the recent deluge of rain it seems that water is the talk of the town.  And it will continue to be as the LaFollette Utilities Board makes another attempt to lobby the city council for approval to raise water/sewer rates.

    For months the proposed increase has made appearances on the council’s agenda.  The original proposal by the LaFollette Utility Board was for a 20-percent increase implemented in two increments. The increase would be just enough for the water/wastewater department to break even, according to LUB General Manager Kenny Baird.

  • Traffic stop yields drug arrests

    Erratic driving has landed a pair on the wrong side of the law.

    Around 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday morning LaFollette Police Officer Robert Higgenbotham observed a car driving erratically on South Avenue.

    Through his investigation Higgenbotham discovered the driver, Jason Gross, 30, 311 Cave Springs Road, LaFollette, to be driving on a suspended license. Trouble mounted for Gross and his passenger, Sebastian Lowery, 32, 213 North 25th Street, LaFollette, when the officer found 48 syringes and three spoons with white powder residue inside the vehicle.

  • Lowe arrested on burglary and drug charges

    On Tuesday morning LaFollette Police officers received a call reporting a burglary in progress near H & E Block Supply on North Indiana Avenue.

    As Officer Odell Bailey arrived on the scene he observed a black Ford F-250 pickup fitting witness descriptions pulling away from a vehicle that had been burglarized, he said.

    Officer Josh Vann activated his blue lights while Bailey, Officers William Owens and Coty Frazier “took down the defendant in a felony traffic stop at gun point,” Lt. Jeff Allen said.

  • Martin charged in hit and run incident

    A Jacksboro woman who allegedly left the scene of an accident had bigger problems than a crashed car last week.

    Just after 4 p.m. last Friday LaFollette Police Officer Tony Rucker was called to investigate a hit and run accident at the intersection of East Beech Street and South 4th Street.  During the inquiry Rucker discovered that Kelly Marie Martin, 19, of 404 Elkins Road, Jacksboro, crossed over Beech Street, struck another vehicle and continued traveling on South 4th Street, the arrest report said.

  • Four arrested on meth charges

    A traffic stop led to the discovery of a working meth lab around midnight on Monday.

    LaFollette Police Officer Josh van stopped the vehicle with Justin Heath Powell, Charles Andrew Chapman, Michelle Phillips and Christina Etters near Y-12 Federal Credit Union on Jacksboro Pike.

    When Vann discovered the operational lab Officers Bill Owens and Coty Frazier as well as meth techs Officer Pam Jarrett and Det. Sgt. Jason Henegar were called to the scene to secure the lab.

  • Traffic stop yields drug find

    A call to be on the look out for a possible drunk driver netted LaFollette Police officers a sizable drug arrest last Friday.

    Officer Pam Jarrett received information that the male driver of a blue Toyota truck traveling on Jacksboro Pike was likely driving under the influence.

    When Jarrett located the vehicle near Hunters Branch Road she observed the driver, Scott Andrew Stapleton, 46, of 7421 Maverick Lane, Corryton, was not wearing his seat belt and was swerving from side to side in the lane, her report said.

  • Zapien arrested on DUI and weapons charges

    Efrain Zapien’s alleged driving under the influence incident could have easily cost him more than just a run in with police.

    In the early morning hours of last Wednesday LaFollette Police Officer Tony Rucker observed Zapien, 35, of 158 Baxter Lane, entering Jacksboro Pike from Towe String Road at a high rate of speed.

    As Rucker caught up to Zapien’s vehicle the LaFollette man crossed the center line, swerved back across the east bound lanes and narrowly missed a utility pole, the arrest report said.

  • Fish Bait-The Movie holds premier at Flat Hollow

    Among laughter and spine tingling chills, Fish Bait-The Movie premiered to a full house at Flat Hollow Marina on Saturday night.

    Flat Hollow Marina went all out for the horror comedy flick. Restaurant manager Lance Parker created a special menu to accompany the movie with items such as chum sandwiches, road kill and brain bites. There was plenty of seating for the packed house and even popcorn for the moviegoers. As marina owner Gary Farwick reminded the crowd, “For tonight, this ceases to be restaurant and is now a theater, so keep it quiet.”

  • Historical tour of Douglas Cemetery planned for tonight

    The Campbell County Historical Society invites the public for an evening of history and stories amongst the graves of Douglas Cemetery tonight at 5:30.

    Local historians Joe Stephens and Bill Claiborne will be on site discussing the cemetery, those buried there and their significance to the area.

    “We’re going to try to open up a window in time in the early years of LaFollette,” Stephens said.

  • A Haunting in the East Tennessee Hollows

    Cold wind rattles the colorful fall leaves as mist drifts into the hollows like the smoke that it is akin to here in these East Tennessee hills. It blankets the fields that have already been burned gold by the sun and made brittle by the year’s first frost. Harvest time is over and corn shocks and carved pumpkins placed in yards mean one thing; it is almost Halloween. It is the time here in East Tennessee when the ghosts roam and the haunted hollows beckon; the witching hour is near.