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Today's News

  • Elk banquet scheduled for Sept. 25

    The Royal Blue Chapter of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation will hold its annual fundraising banquet on Saturday, Sept. 25 at the Ball Farm Event Center at 2107 Gen. Carl Wade Stiner Hwy. in LaFollette. The public is invited for an evening of fun with games of chance, drawings for prizes, silent and live auction, and a wonderful catered meal.
    Proceeds will be used for the preservation of habitat for wildlife species.
    Doors open at 5 p.m., with dinner scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.

  • Fishing remains slow on Norris despite cooler surface temps

    The following is a weekly summary of the fishing conditions on Norris Lake as reported by creel clerks from the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA).
    The fall drawdown continues. The lake level on Friday, Sept. 10 was 1,010.22 feet, which is over a foot and a half lower than the previous week.

  • Tennessee Wildife Resources Agency news

    TWRA announces availability
    of riparian tree planting grants
    The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) announces the availability of grant dollars to assist cities, schools, community organizations, civic groups, watershed organizations and conservation groups with riparian tree planting projects.
    All seedlings must be bought through the Department of Agriculture, Division of Forestry. Tree planting season in Tennessee is October through March.

  • Wanted sex offender arrested in Campbell County

    A man working at a Jacksboro nail salon has been arrested by U.S. Marshals on multiple outstanding warrants related to sex crimes.
    Hiep Xuan Le, 37, was arrested late last week in joint operation conducted by the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department and the U.S. Marshal Service, according to Sheriff Robbie Goins. Le had been working in Campbell County since June 2009. He had been in the state since 2008, never registering as a sex offender despite his lengthy criminal past.

  • New commission hears of proposed property tax

    Newly elected commissioners hit the ground running last Thursday evening as they met for the first time after being sworn into office just two days before.
    With the task of setting the 2010-11 budget looming, a priority of the special called meeting was to elect temporary chairpersons for both the budget and finance committee and the full commission.
    Although County Mayor William Baird had previously declined a nomination to chair the commission, he agreed to the temporary spot during the meeting.

  • Friday car show is glimpse of more to come

    Tennessee Avenue was transformed last weekend to resemble an old town setting with classic cars lining the street and people congregating outside the storefronts.
    The event hosted by LA Cruizers Car Club had about 60 cars lined up on both sides of the road. People enjoyed food and drink provided by local vendors while classic rock music played from the loud speakers.

  • Officers get promotion; city votes to borrow money

    Proposed promotions within the LaFollette Police Department was a source of controversy during Tuesday evening’s city council meeting.
    At last week’s workshop Councilman Hansford Hatmaker cited a personal gripe with Officer William Owens as the reason he was opposed to the officer receiving the raise.

  • Fourteen years of probation handed down in meth cases

    With a multitude of charges to answer for, Jamie Brent McCarty appeared in criminal court on Tuesday.
    His charges dated back a year and included multiple crimes related to methamphetamine.
    After admitting his guilt to the crimes McCarty was placed on probation for 14 years. He was also ordered to pay $4,810.50 in court costs. Along with this there was a $7,500 forfeiture entered in his case, according to court records.

  • Medina charged with leaving accident; pleads guilty to other charges

    A LaFollette man added to his list of charges when he was involved in an alleged hit and run accident last Tuesday.
    Campbell County Sheriff’s Deputy Kenneth Daugherty responded to a motor vehicle accident on McDeerman Road at around 2:30 a.m.
    Records indicate Juan Manuel Medina, 30, of 207 Cave Springs, left the scene of the accident and was later found behind Las Combres on Jacksboro Pike.  

  • Traffic issue reaches agreement

    On Thursday night the Jacksboro Board of Mayor and Aldermen began its meeting on a somber note. Mayor Jack Cannon opened the meeting with a moment of silence for Ronnie Weaver a former planning commission member with the town.