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Today's News

  • Birthdays Oct. 14

    Scroll through the pictures to see birthdays featured in the LaFollette Press on Oct. 14.

  • Ridenour named interim

    Sharon Ridenour was greeted with a rousing ovation as she took her place next to chairman Mike Orick at Tuesday night’s board of education meeting.

    After a nomination by board member Rector Miller the group voted unanimously to name Ridenour interim director in the wake of former director Dr. Michael Martin’s abrupt departure from the system Friday.

    While Ridenour may be new to the director’s chair she is no stranger to education.

  • Nephew facing murder after uncle starves to death

    A man believed to have starved his uncle to death has been charged with murder.

    John Lowe,40, 455 Meredith Road, Caryville, was indicted for felony murder, second-degree murder, gross negligence of an impaired adult and theft over $10,000 on Friday.

    On Monday he was arrested at his home, said Campbell County Sheriff’s Detective Brandon Elkins.

  • Grand jury indicts Perkins

    Four months after two local teens were killed in a drag racing incident the driver of the other vehicle has been indicted on criminal charges.

    On Oct. 8 the Campbell County Grand Jury returned a true bill indicting Mark A. Perkins, 18, of Lake City, of two counts of vehicular homicide, reckless endangerment and leaving the scene of an accident involving a death.

    According to Tennessee Highway Patrol officials, Perkins was arrested on Tuesday at his home and is currently being held in the Campbell County jail on $150,000 bond.

  • Campbell County’s Evans takes first place at Victor Ashe meet

    Campbell County High School junior Lauren Evans won a cross-country race Thursday afternoon at Victor Ashe Park in northwest Knoxville.
    Evans finished the 3.1-mile course in 21 minutes, 24 seconds.
    Teammate Camille Reynolds (26:29) placed 40th overall in a field of 170 girls. The Lady Cougars finished eighth out of 17 teams.
    Other Campbell County finishers included Micheala Thomas, 50th; Maria Green, 63rd; Christina Goodman, 69th; Lucy Branam, 89th; and Christen VanEtten, 90th.

  • Commission moves ahead with budget; discusses hiring of environmental services director

    With only one item on the agenda Monday evening’s budget and finance committee meeting went off without much fanfare.

    As commissioners and citizens were given the opportunity to discuss the proposal to raise the certified tax rate by five cents, Commissioner Bobby White was one of the most vocally opposed to the increase.

  • Two arrest for meth manufacture

    Activity at a quarantined home on West Walden Street led police to a meth lab last Thursday.

    LaFollette Police Officer Bill Owens said when he arrived at what should have been an empty home just after midnight, someone was running from the residence.

  • Caryville aldermen approve $20k in expenses

     Over $20,000 in purchases was approved by the Caryville Board of Mayor and Aldermen Monday night.

    Caryville Street Department Director David Muse addressed the board concerning purchases of road salt and a leaf box. The approval to bid for both items last month led to the receipt of several quotes.

    The board approved the purchase of 48 tons of salt at about $76 a ton for the street department. They also approved the purchase of a leaf box to be bought from the state street aid fund for $4,658.

  • Duo facing over 50 criminal counts

    Dead men may tell no tales but police still found out who stole from two cemeteries.

    The Campbell County Sheriff’s Department began investigating the theft of 18 bronze vases from Woodlawn Cemetery after several people noticed them missing from headstones. This was in late September.

    Ten days later, the CCSD received a report that 22 bronze vases had been taken from Campbell County Memorial Gardens.

  • County high school football teams drop road games to district foes