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Today's News

  • Wanted man is caught in Kentucky

    A chase of a wanted man ended without an arrest when the culprit fled on foot in July.

    But the luck of Charles Robert Smith, 38, of Williamsburg, KY., ran out. He was apprehended in Pulaski County, Ky on Dec. 17 and transferred to Campbell County to face multiple charges acquired during his flee from police.

    Smith was allegedly wanted for theft in July. When his silver Ford Explorer was observed driving in Jellico in July, Detective J.J. Hatmaker and Police Chief Chris Anderson initiated a stop.

  • Jellico Police Department announces safety checkpoints

    By NATASHA LAFAYETTE

    natasha@lafollettepress.com  

    The Jellico Police Department has released a notice to the public regarding safety checkpoints from Dec. 31 through Jan. 11.

    The JPD will conduct the checkpoints through the New Year’s holiday and into 2009 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • The true story of a mountain girl continues

    Though she never lived in the Tennessee Mountains, Mary Johnson grew up hearing stories told to her by her grandmother Mary Ina Carr who was born in LaFollette in 1888. In her seventies now, Johnson submitted the story her grandmother recounted of a mountain girl named Nancy Smith

    In last week’s LaFollette Press the first part of a true account of mountain life and perseverance was revealed.

    The last installment found little Nannie all alone and lost on top of a mountain somewhere in the Appalachians.

    Installment 2

  • Caryville's first meeting without Heatherly a difficult one

    The mood at Monday night’s board of mayor and aldermen meeting in Caryville was somber.

    It was the first meeting since Alderman Joe Heatherly passed away several weeks ago.

    “This is probably the hardest meeting I’ve ever had to share with you all,” said Mayor Bobby Stooksbury quietly.

    “It’s real hard to sit here and not look over and see Joe,” Stooksbury continued asking everyone continue to keep Joe’s wife, Vickie, in their prayers.

  • Jellico amends budget for Christmas bonuses

    This year’s Christmas came a little early for Jellico city employees when the board of Mayor and Aldermen approved a budget amendment granting Christmas bonuses for full and part-time city employees on Wednesday night.

    The board unanimously agreed to the budget amendment granting full-time employees $500 and part-time employees $150 each.

    With 20 full-time and seven part-time employees on staff, this equals out to $11,050 added onto the budget.

  • The true life of a mountain girl continues

    The oral tradition of storytelling has long been a staple of life and entertainment in the Appalachian Mountains. It is through these tales of mountain life and perseverance that we learn about the past through those who have walked these rugged mountain trails before us.

    The story of a mountain girl named Nancy Smith, recorded by Mary Ina Carr, is a piece of history experienced in the late 1800,s yet recounted and brought to life as if it were only yesterday. This story lay dormant for many years before being submitted by Carr’s granddaughter Mary L. Johnson.

  • church news

    Christ of the Cumberland Lutheran Church, 190 Forge Ridge Rd., Harrogate, will have midweek Advent Services, Dec. 10 and 17. A meager meal will be served from 6 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. with worship service to follow.

    Indian Mound Baptist Church will present The Best Christmas Ever on Dec. 13 at 7p.m.

    Speedwell Church Of God will present Happy Birthday, Jesus on Dec. 13 at 6 p.m.

  • news notes

    The Emergency Management Committee meeting will be held Dec. 11 at 5 p.m. in the lower courtroom of the Campbell County Courthouse. The meeting will be for the consideration of electing chairman and vice chairman, question and answer question and any other matters needing to be discussed.

    All parents of students at LaFollette Middle School are invited to observe in their child’s classroom on Dec. 11 during classroom instruction time. Parents are welcome to observe in any or all of their child’s classes. Parents are asked to check in at the front office upon arrival.

  • Missionaries are safely home: already planning the next trip

    The goal was to hand out Bibles and Christian literature to Chinese tourists.  But for seven missionaries from First Baptist Church of Jacksboro (FBCJ), their trip to Thailand turned out to be more when anti-government protestors overtook the airports.  Suddenly the mission was to just return home.

    “It never felt so good to get home,” said Paula LeJeune.  

  • Baird makes interest in Secretary of State job public

    Just four months after the August elections Campbell County may find itself in familiar territory- without a mayor.

    Newly elected County Mayor William Baird has made his intentions to throw his hat in the ring for Tennessee’s Secretary of State public.

    If he gets the nod, the county commission may again be forced to appoint a replacement to carry out the late Jeff Hall’s unexpired term. This will be the second time this has occurred for Hall’s term.