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Today's News

  • Grant could help city better develop floodplain

    LaFOLLETTE—At a recent meeting, the LaFollette City Council applied for a Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation grant.
    City Administrator Billie Russell hopes the city can use this grant to clean around the creek to correct flood zone areas that prevent the establishment of businesses.

  • Veterans stories sought for historical tributes

    CAMPBELL COUNTY—The LaFollette Press is working in conjunction with the Campbell Culture Coalition to present a “Walk through History” dedicated to veterans who served in the Civil War to modern-era conflicts. The Press seeks service-time stories and photos from area veterans and their families. The paper will publish a tribute to those who served in its Veteran’s Day issue, Nov. 7, prior to the Veteran’s Day observance on Nov. 11.

  • Commission approves $78M budget

    JACKSBORO—the Campbell County Commission has passed a $78,189,664 budget.
    While the property tax rate didn’t increase, the commission denied some budget funding requests — including Road Superintendent Dennis Potter’s request for $1.5 million to pave roads and the Board of Education’s request for $345,000 to pay for eight additional School Resource Officers.

     

  • Speaker of the House to attend luncheon here

    UP THE VALLEY—Today (Aug. 15), Tennessee Speaker of the House Beth Harwell, R- Nashville, will attend a luncheon in honor of Rep. Dennis Powers, R- Jacksboro. The luncheon will be held at the Stables at 1 p.m. Harwell is the first female speaker of the house in Tennessee.
    Tickets can be purchased at the door.

  • ‘AIKEN FOR CHANGE’

    JACKSBORO—Adrion W. Baird Animal Center Director Michael Aiken said he’s “green as a gourd,” but willing to learn the ropes and make the shelter successful again.
    Aiken took the reigns at the embattled facility on Aug. 5 and began preparations to reopen. As part of his plans for shelter operations, he hopes to work with local rescue groups to help find homes for lost and stray animals.

  • VIRTUAL SCHOOL PLANS OFF LINE FOR NOW

     JACKSBORO—A plan to implement an Internet-based learning curriculum in Campbell County is offline  —  for now  —  after state education officials, apparently powered down the plan.
    The fate of the district’s “Virtual Academy” remains unclear.
    Campbell County Director of Schools Donnie Poston said Tuesday night that all the necessary paperwork has been submitted to the Tennessee Department of Education for approval.

  • HUNT ON FOR ACCUSED RAPIST

    JELLICO—Jellico police are searching for a man accused of raping a Jellico woman earlier this month.
    Jellico Police Officer Jeff Ivey was dispatched to a home to investigate an alleged rape late in the morning on Aug. 4.
    Monty Sands, 33, formerly of Williamsburg, Ky., was reportedly spending the night at a home in Jellico when he allegedly raped one of the occupants, police said. Sands fled the residence on foot when the victim was able to push him away and call police.

  • M.I.S.T AGENCY FIGHTING TO STYMY DRUG-DEPENDENT NEWBORN PROBLEM

    CAMPBELL COUNTY—Tremors. Vomiting.Runny nose.
    These are some of the symptoms of drug withdrawal and can vary widely depending on the substance an individual is withdrawing from.
    The symptoms are nearly identical when it happens to newborns with neonatal abstinence syndrome — a set of symptoms that present soon after birth in babies born with a chemical dependency because of their mother’s substance abuse.

  • LANDFILL LIKELY FOR PRISTINE AREA: PLANS HATCHED TO STORE COAL ASH, SOLID WASTE AT 300-ACRE DUMP SITE

    DUFF—George Hyfantis, president of Quantum Environmental and Engineering Services, LLC, spoke with county officials Monday night about the possibility of a 300-acre landfill coming to Westbourne, in the Duff community. Hyfantis works for Ketchen Land Company, Inc. and Davis Creek Energy, LLC, which tentatively plans to build a landfill to store solid waste and industrial coal ash deposits there.

  • ‘SNAKE SALVATION’: SERPENT-HANDLING PREACHER TO STAR IN 16-SHOW NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SERIES

    LaFOLLETTE—A serpent-handling preacher is expected to star in an upcoming reality series produced by National Geographic. The show — titled “Snake Salvation” —  is expected to begin airing 16, half-hour-long episodes, with back-to-back shows debuting 9 and 9:30 p.m. on Sept. 10. Producers of the show have been tight-lipped about details, but it’s expected to center around the life of 22-year-old Tabernacle Church of God pastor Andrew Hamblin and his controversial congregation.