Today's News

  • On Higher Ground

    The most awful day of my Dad’s life


    “Is this the William Horner who served on the U.S.S. Farquahr during World War II?” the pleasant, elderly-sounding voice on the other end of the phone line was asking.

    “No, that was a little before my time. But I think you might want my Dad,” I replied.  Not wanting to give a stranger my father’s phone number, I assured the man I would have Dad call him. That phone contact would have a significant impact on Dad.

  • CCHS football coach resigns- again

    For the second time in the last six months, Campbell County High School football players are left without a head coach to lead the program.

    Jerry Mynatt abruptly resigned Tuesday after only three months on the job. Mynatt, who coached previously at East Tennessee State, Pikeville (Ky.) College and Brevard (N.C.) College before coming to CCHS to replace longtime coach Dewayne Wells, who was forced out last December.

  • From a Mother's Heart

    Learning to move on through failure


    It is obvious that none of us can be successful in every area of life; there are a number of things we will never do well. We do “pretty well” at other things, but at times we won’t even do those things well. We let people down. We botch a job. How do we deal with failure? When circumstances of live reveal our imperfections do we hide, cry, run away, throw a rage in denial and arguments?

  • Church News

    Fordtown Baptist Church will have a special service on May 21 at 7 p.m. with Eternal Hope Singers.


    Fordtown Baptist Church will host vacation bible school May 23-27 from 6:30 to 8.


    Free Blood Pressures and health literature every Friday morning at the LaFollette flea market

    sponsored by the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

    Submit all Church News by 3 p.m. on Thursday, fax to 566-7060 or email to stories@lafollettepress.com.

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  • Jail gets green light; lodge does not

    With nods from the full commission as well as the FMS committee it looks as if construction of the long debated justice center will soon be underway.

    After voting yes on the project that will add approximately 250 more beds of prisoner space to the current jail facility in last week’s budget and finance committee meeting, commissioners remained consistent when they gave the project the final vote needed to make the years of talk a reality.

  • Supertwang hits a sour note

    Supertwang promised jobs and revenue for Campbell County.

    And while the jobs did materialize, the revenue is yet to be seen. The three day country music festival was scheduled to run from Wednesday through Sunday afternoon.

    However, around 2 p.m. on Saturday rumblings started that the event staff wasn’t being paid. By 4 p.m. a small group had assembled outside Hal Royce’s makeshift office on the property loudly voicing its concerns. Royce is the CEO of United Festival Promotions, the organization charged with producing Supertwang.

  • New meth laws set to being July 1

    Making meth in Tennessee is about to get a little harder.

    Last Thursday the I Hate Meth Act cleared its second hurdle when the Tennessee House of Representatives passed it with a 98-0 vote. The state senate had passed it on April 28 with a 31-0 margin.

  • TWRA facing financial turmoil

    Conflicts between some state lawmakers and members of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Commission has led to what could become the extermination of the latter next year.

    Recent conflicts include a clash over smallmouth bass fishing on Norris Lake, and legislation to make deer farming legal.

    While the issue has hunters, anglers and other wildlife enthusiasts up in arms, officials with the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency say the move will have no major impact on that agency for now.  

  • Community given more time to sound off

    Those with an interest in a proposed marina project on Norris Lake will have more than a month of additional time to comment on the plan.

     Local businessman Mark Hoskins applied for a permit to build a 500-slip marina at Heathery’s Point in 2009, and 62 written public comments were collected the same year.

     “The Tennessee Valley Authority wanted to give the public more time to comment,” said Travis Brickey, a spokesman for the agency.