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Today's News

  • Library grant comes with stipulations

    A new 6,000-square foot library sounded too good to be true.

    And it was.

    With the stipulations attached to the Tennessee Department of Agriculture library grant awarded to the city of LaFollette, plans for a new library have been halted.

    Following the announcement of a $200,000 library grant, LaFollette Mayor Mike Stanfield learned that a $1million loan was not an option-it was a requirement.

    The plan was to move the community center to West LaFollette School and renovate the current community center for the library.

  • Bartley hires third lawyer; files new motion

    With the fifth anniversary of the Campbell County High School shooting just weeks away, a motion to free Kenneth S. Bartley has been filed.
    On Monday, Bartley’s third attorney, Greg Isaacs filed a motion to void the actions that led to his client being given a 45-year prison sentence. In the filing, Isaacs asked the court to vacate Bartley’s sentence, returning him to pre-trial status.

  • Longmire arrested on multiple charges

    Driving without a license led to a laundry list of charges for Mark B. Longmire on Saturday.

    LaFollette Police Officer William Owens knew Longmire’s license was suspended when he saw him driving on Claiborne Road.

    During the traffic stop Owens was able to determine that the license plate on the vehicle driven by Longmire, 33, of 119 East Central Avenue, was registered to a different vehicle.

  • From businessman to artist

    Nick Thompson is following his dreams.

    After 38 years in the furniture sales business, he is setting out to make custom furniture.

    At eight-years-old Thompson’s father got him excited about woodwork by buying him an electric jigsaw for his birthday.

  • Russell charged as habitual offender

    An alleged habitual offender wracked up more charges last week.

    When Campbell County Sheriff’s Deputy Freddie White saw Clayton Wendall Russell, 47, of Coolidge, stop in the middle of the road in front of 183 Lakeshore Lane, a check of the vehicle’s registration revealed that it was not valid.

    Records indicate Russell’s license had been revoked for driving while impaired and he was classified as a habitual motor vehicle offender.

  • Father and son duo charged with meth production

    An anonymous tip led to the discovery of a meth lab at a LaFollette residence last week.

    Based on information from a nameless source Campbell County Sheriff’s Deputy Josh Vann went to 216 Child Lane to investigate reports of a methamphetamine lab.

    At the residence Vann reported being met with the strong chemical odor typical of meth production.

  • Cougars fed before each game

    Joking and laughing as they exit their vehicles, members of the Campbell County High School football team make their way toward the family life center of Cedar Hill Baptist Church. There they are greeted at the door by a firm handshake and a friendly smile from pastor Ronnie Arnold.

  • Riders gather for good cause and to remember

    Under a bright blue October sky members of the Caryville Civil War Council gathered for a tradition and to remember one of their own.
    This year’s run was in memory of Steve Dossett, a founding member of the CCWC who died earlier this year.

  • Cougars, Blue Devils fall at home

    Despite playing within the friendly confines of their home stadiums, county high school football teams had a tough week.
    Campbell County fell 41-7 to unbeaten Powell in a District 3 game. Quarterback Tuffy Shoupe threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to Ethan Miller for the Cougars’ only TD. The Cougars go to Halls tomorrow (Fri.) night
    Jellico also lost 48-7 to Wartburg. The Blue Devils travel to Oakdale this week for a District 4 game.

  • Time to buy tickets for pig roast

    In less than a week, Campbell County will enjoy one of its newest traditions.
    The annual Campbell County Chamber of Commerce Pig Roast will be held.
    Scheduled for Oct. 26 the community event will be held at The Stables, its home for last few years.
    “We are very excited about this event,” said Cindi Reynolds, administrative assistant at the chamber.
    While good food and even better company are staples of the pig roast, so are the auctions.
    The live and silent auctions draw interest each year, said Reynolds.