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Today's News

  • Great TREEbulation: Iconic Thacker Christmas Inn sign scrapped

      A 38-year-old iconic landmark was “deforested” and scrapped last Thursday when crews removed and demolished the 30-foot tall, tree-shaped Thacker Christmas Inn and Restaurant sign near Interstate 75 exit 134 in Caryville. 

    The larger-than-life sign was cut at the tree’s base by a welding torch before a tall crane lowered it down to a flatbed truck. It was eventually hauled away to a Knoxville scrap yard, although a large chunk of it lingered late Monday afternoon in the parking lot of a shuttered gas station across the street. 

  • WLAF: 60 years of broadcasting

     LaFOLLETTE—Locally-owned and operated 1450 AM WLAF celebrates 60 years on Friday with tributes from past on-air personalities, local bands and more from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Old Regions Bank Building, downtown.

    In the early 1950s, a group of LaFollette businessmen decided the community needed a radio station. 

    The group — including Ed Balloff and Ed Wheeler — eventually signed Campbell County’s first radio station, 1450 WLAF, on the air May 17, 1953. 

  • Relay for Life set for Friday

     By PETER SAWYER

    psawyer@lafollettepress.com

    American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life will be at Jacksboro Middle School from 6 p.m. to midnight Friday. There will be much to see, hear and eat.

    “We do have food (and) entertainment,” said Cyndi Russell, Relay for Life committee co-chair.

  • Fincastle Church of God rising from ashes

     By PETER SAWYER

    psawyer@lafollettepress.com

    Five months after a fire destroyed its building to the ground, Fincastle Church of God continues to hold services in its fellowship hall and looks forward to completing the new facility.

    “We are still working up here,” pastor Mike Smith said. “And still striving to get souls saved, and that’s what it’s all about.”

    The fellowship hall was unharmed by the fire that consumed the church building in December. 

  • Fired town recorder seeks $1.5M in lawsuit

     A former Caryville Town Recorder is seeking compensation of up to $1.5 million after she was terminated from her position on April 22. 

    The suit, filed on May 6, alleges an illegal purchase  made by Mayor Chris Stanley, as well as an illegal payment of expired vacation hours, discrimination against the former police chief, and retaliation against the recorder for her warning about the discrimination. 

  • Lunar Lunacy: Does the full moon bring out the worst in people?

     Nobody can quite put a finger on it, but there’s just something different when the moon is brightest in the sky. 

    A full moon occurs roughly once a month when the earth is directly between the moon and sun. It has often been blamed for strange happenings. In fact, the word “lunacy” comes from the word “lunar.”
     While empirical evidence doesn’t support theories about full moon follies, the anecdotal evidence is compelling.

  • Liquor license renewed

    CARYVILLE—141 Wine and Spirits is certified to sell their wares for another year after a narrow vote by Caryville’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen.
    New Alderwoman Lisa Crawford and Mayor Chris Stanley abstained from voting. Alderman Mark Stanley passed on the vote. Alderpersons Allan Smith, Lloyd Lawson, Glenn Smith and Vickie Heatherly voted in favor of the measure.

  • Money earmarked for paving

    CARYVILLE—The town of Caryville set aside nearly $68,000 for paving projects. The town had $327,489 in its general fund as of April 30.
    Alderwoman Vickie Heatherly would prefer to see a loan taken out for the project instead of using money from the general fund.
    “I’m all for paving all the roads that we can, but just going about getting the money a different way instead of depleting our funds. I mean, I know it’s not gonna deplete them, but it’s gonna bring them down,” she said.

  • 4 plead in ‘Spring Cleaning’ drug charges

    Four people arrested during the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department Operation Spring Cleaning in March pleaded  in court on Monday to their charges.
    Melvin Eugene Lee Jr., also known as Screw, was originally charged with six counts of sale or delivery of a schedule VI controlled substance. He pleaded guilty to sale of a schedule VI drug and casual/exchange of marijuana. He was sentenced to 60 days in jail with credit from time served since March 25, four years supervised probation, court costs, restitution and $7,000 in fines.

  • Filers for mayor’s ouster respond to countersuit

    The 15 people suing to effectively impeach Jellico Mayor Les Stiers’ and remove him from office have replied to his countersuit.
    Last September, Clarence Beck sued to have Stiers removed from office claiming the mayor misspent funds and awarded work to personal friends
    On April 4, Stiers and his attorney, Robert W. Knolton, submitted four defenses and a countersuit to the Campbell County Chancery Court.