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Today's News

  • The golden girls

    One of the most successful two-person championship runs in Campbell County High School track and field history picked up more steam Friday during the Section 1-AAA Championships at Johnson City.

    Seniors Kristin Chapman and Shayla Goins combined for three section titles and all 48 points for the Lady Cougars, who finished 5th in a field of 28 teams. Both girls will represent their school at the state meet next week at Murfreesboro. 

  • Locals don’t want to fight the traffic; businesses suffer

    Since Interstate 75 closed on May 7, LaFollette has been flooded with bumper-to-bumper traffic. To help move the traffic through town more quickly, certain traffic signals have been set to hazard. Some residents have felt this has made it more difficult to navigate through town.

    “A lot of people are mad because the red lights are flashing,” LaFollette Mayor Mike Stanfield said, “We’re trying to get traffic moving through LaFollette as fast as we can.”

  • Traffic delays to continue

    The hole left when the wall of a crossover lane on Interstate 75 collapsed resembles a strip mining operation more than road construction.

    The exposed mud and rock leaves little to the imagination as to what has been lurking beneath the surface. And with the resurgence of detour traffic flooding into downtown LaFollette one question has bubbled up again- ‘how much longer?’

    “We expect all work to be done by Sept. 28,” said Mark Nagi TDOT Region 1 Community Relations Office said on Monday.

  • Concerned father’s complaint over emergency services response time reveals debate over Vital Care

    At Monday’s County Commission workshop, a father’s concerns over the ambulance service’s response time sparked a discussion about Vital Care.

    “What’s the response time on a call here?” David Ketterman asked the commission.

    Ketterman called 911 twice this weekend when his one year old daughter was unresponsive. The dispatcher wasn’t able to tell him how long it would take to get an ambulance to his Jacksboro home, he told the commission.

  • Commission hears complaints from citizens in Jacksboro and Caryville

    Monday night, concerned citizens brought their complaints before the Campbell County Commission.

    Helen Allen, a resident of Caryville, told the commission about her dissatisfaction with animal control. Her dog died after two neighborhood dogs attacked it in her yard on Easter.

    “When is animal control going to start coming around and doing what they’re supposed to be doing?” Allen asked.

    Allen’s problems with the neighborhood dogs began over two years ago, in December 2009, when they attacked her dog, she said.

  • Public Records May 17, 2012

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as or similar to other members of the community.

     

    CAMPBELL COUNTY PROPERTY TRANSFERS

    MAY 7 – MAY 11

    Brent Roberts and Melissa Roberts to Gary D. Douglas, Dist. 3, $9,500.

    United States of America HUD, Housing and Urban Development to Kayla Nichole Weaver, Dist. 3, $27,000.

  • Local beekeeper feels that honeybees are crucial for human life

     Martin Trowbridge got his first glass beehive when he was nine years old. When he came home from school he would watch the bees work. For Trowbridge, beekeeping is a family tradition.

    “My grandfather and my father were both beekeepers,” Trowbridge said. 

  • LaFollette prepares to host Tuesday Night Out in the City

     For the third summer in a row, the parking lot behind LaFollette City Hall will come alive with crowds dancing to live music on Tuesday nights.

    “It’s grown each year,” Interim city administrator Cade Sexton said.

  • While other libraries plan for summer reading programs, LaFollette plans to move to a new location

     Jacksboro and Jellico’s public libraries are preparing to “Dream Big” for this year’s summer reading program. But the LaFollette Public Library will instead be moving to a new location.

  • Tennessee General Assembly reduces budget; citizens will receive a tax cut on food items

     Taxpayers will begin to enjoy a .25 percent tax cut on food items in the coming weeks.

    The current food tax is 5.5 percent. It will decrease to 5.25 percent on July 1.