Today's News

  • Blight site a bit brighter

     LaFOLLETTE—City officials are aggressively targeting blighted businesses, residences and other sites they believe are hotbeds for prostitution, drug dealing and code violations. 

    On Aug. 28, city code enforcement officers — along with a work crew of county inmates — condemned and cleaned the former Miracle Machine Shop at 305 N. Indiana Ave, near Aspen Street. 

  • Council won’t untap beer sales restrictions

    LaFOLLETTE—A proposal to relax regulations on beer sales was narrowly rejected by city officials at Tuesday’s meeting after a local pastor and opponents rallied against the measure.

  • 'Snake Salvation' reality show debuts Tuesday

     CAMPBELL COUNTY—”Snake Salvation” — a 16-episode reality series, starring local serpent-handling preacher Andrew Hamblin, is set to debut  9 p.m. Tuesday on the National Geographic Channel.

    The series will feature Hamblin of Tabernacle Church of God in LaFollette  and Jamie Coots of Full Gospel Tabernacle in Jesus Name church of Middlesboro, Ky.

    The series is expected to feature scenes from church services where worshipers handle snakes as well as the day-to-day struggle to live out their faith.

  • Man arrested after alleged attack on pregnant girlfriend

    CARYVILLE—A Caryville man was booked at the Campbell County Jail for the 15th time after allegedly assaulting his pregnant girlfriend and the officer who came to her aid.
    Campbell County Sheriff’s Deputy Joshua Jeffers answered a domestic assault call and met with the victim at the end of Kennedy Lane. The pregnant victim told Jeffers that Kevin Lynn Wilson, 35, 535 Park Road, Caryville, struck her in the face and on the back of the head with his fist, reports indicated.

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  • Miller named board chair of school board

    JACKSBORO—Rector Miller has gone from openly opposing Director of Schools Donnie Poston to sitting at his right hand.
    Miller, who was elected to the board in 2010, was nominated to serve as school board chairman by Danny Wilson. Scott Hill. Mike Orick and Homer Rutherford cast dissenting votes.
    2012-13 board chairman Josh Parker was absent.
    Johnny Creekmore was elected to serve another year as vice-chairman with Orick casting the only no vote.
    Board of education chairmen are elected each school year.

  • Bojangles to open LaFollette franchise as early as December

    LaFOLLETTE—Bojangles is looking to open a franchise here.
    “We hope to have it open by the end of December,” said Michael White, a representative from the Charlotte-based company, at the LaFollette City Council meeting.
    The new franchise will be located on Jacksboro Pike across from Murphy’s Express.
    Councilmember Stephanie Grimm asked White when the project would begin.
    “We’ve already started,” he said.
    The Bojangles will employ 40 to 50 people, White said.

  • Shepherd’s Home to host 4th annual fundraiser

    LaFOLLETTE—The Shepherd’s Home will host its fourth Annual Banquet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.
    The Shepherd’s Home is a Christ-centered residential recovery program for women struggling with addiction.
    “To me, the banquet is a special event,” said Larry Tanis, president of the Shepherd’s Home board of directors.
    Tanis described the banquet as a “celebration of the past year.”
    It’s a time to show appreciation for people who give their time and money to the Shepherd’s Home, he said.

  • CHET to house new veteran’s outpatient clinic

    LaFOLLETTE—Community Health of East Tennessee will provide space for a new Veteran’s Affairs clinic on the third floor of its facility on Independence Lane.
    The clinic will provide outpatient services for veterans with low-income or service-related disabilities.
    “It’s going to be a beautiful place,” said Kevin Walden, Campbell County Veteran’s Affairs director. “It’s going to represent our veterans well. We’re excited about that.”
    Many local veterans currently seek care in Knoxville.


    CAMPBELL COUNTY—Bill Rose was injured with a hernia while serving in the Marine Corps in 1973. Because of it, he wasn’t able to continue his service and was discharged.
    “I had five surgeries after I left Parris Island [S.C.],” Rose said.
    The injury limited Rose’s ability to find gainful employment.
    “You can’t work for somebody like that,” Rose said.
    He was mostly self-employed.