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Today's News

  • Beer board approves permit for CVS; 3 fined for selling beer to minors

    LaFOLLETTE—At Monday night’s meeting, the LaFollette Beer Board approved granting a beer permit to CVS. The beer board approved fining three businesses, China Dragon, Las Cumbres and Ninja Hibachi, which were cited for selling alcohol to minors during a sting operation for the Alcoholic Beverage Commission. It was the first offense for Ninja Hibachi and Las Cumbres and the second offense for China Dragon. The beer board fined Ninja Hibachi and Las Cumbres $500 and China Dragon $1,000.
     

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     ‘Eyes’ project will document local lives through photography

    LaFOLLETTE—Next Friday, several eyes will be on LaFollette when a group of photojournalism students from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville will descend here to document the area. On April 12, about a dozen students will be photographing residents in the community to produce an upcoming special section in the LaFollette Press.  

    Lake clean-up yields loads of trash

  • FROM HOOTING TO PALM READIN: Strange ordinances eyed

    A man walks along Central Avenue singing aloud. A friend is sitting close by in a parked automobile and honks the horn to get his attention. They wave at each other. Both have violated the city of LaFollette’s municipal code.

  • Honor guard recognized with Good Scout Award

    Tonight, the Campbell County Honor Guard will be recognized at the sixth annual Boy Scouts of America’s Campbell County Good Scout Award Dinner.
    “The Cumberland District (of the BSA) is excited to have the opportunity and honor to honor [them],” dinner chairman Logan Hickman said. “I think it will be a great evening.”
    The dinner is at the Ball Farm Event Center at 6 p.m. The purpose is to raise funds for local Boy Scouts.

  • Jellico still treading deep water from 'financial storm'

    It was the perfect financial storm of a bad economy, bad estimates and bad sales projections, and the town of Jellico is still picking up pieces.

    With the new budget season only four months away, Jellico Mayor Les Stiers is hopeful this year will be better than the last when it comes to generating revenue and preventing some of the problems the town has faced in the past six months.

    “Annexation is still top on the list to grow this city,” he said Tuesday afternoon. The town first discussed annexation last winter and dropped the topic last spring.

  • Teen's story touches millions; legacy will live on with foundation

     Dark clouds hung low and rain drizzled as nearly 200 green balloons ascended solemnly toward the heavens. Residents of Campbell County and others came out for this scene at Jacksboro Middle Friday morning — and to walk for Katelyn Norman, the 14-year-old freshman at Campbell County High School, who lost her battle with osteosarcoma only hours earlier.

  • 'New recipe' leads to local meth lab explosion

    A LaFollette man was severely burned last week after his alleged meth lab exploded.

    Police were initially made aware of the fire when the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department was
    contacted.

    “We sent Deputy Franklin Ayers by the residence to assess the situation,” said Sheriff Robbie Goins. “When Ayers arrived he immediately asked for a detective.”

    Ayers determined a detective was needed because it was an outbuilding that was burning — not a mattress as first reported.

  • NOW HIRING: Matix Corp filling positions at Caryville plant

    CARYVILLE—Japan-based Matix Corporation, which operates a local plant here will hire several additional employees, according to reports from local business leaders. Applications are being accepted at the facility on Erschel Collins Industrial Park, off Interstate 75 exit 141. 

    It’s unclear how many positions will be hired or what the starting pay will be. Officials from Matix did not respond to messages from The Press. But local business leaders say the plant’s payroll is among the highest in the county. 

  • Duo loots thousands in stolen goods

    A Campbell County duo is facing theft charges stemming  from an alleged home invasion on Car View Lane in LaFollette.
    Michael Allen Taylor, 26, 1005 Whitman Hollow Road, LaFollette, and Brittany Leigh Boshears, 24, 2732 Demory Road, LaFollette are both facing charges of aggravated burglary and theft of property up to $59,999.

  • New legislation could be life saving for some women

    The Breast Care Prevention Act could be a game changer.
    If passed by Tennessee lawmakers this term, women with questionable mammogram results will have the option of further testing, specifically an ultrasound.
    As it stands now ,women whose tests indicate dense breast tissue aren’t informed of the ramifications.
    Women with dense breasts have an increased risk of breast cancer, according to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.