Today's News

  • Pleasant Ridge Bridge costs more than originally planned

    LaFollette City Councilman Hansford Hatmaker sat in for Mayor Mike Stanfield for Tuesday night’s meeting.

  • VFW Post Commander seeks members in Campbell County

    Sergeant Aaron Williams with the 278th Armored Calvary Unit for the Army National Guard is calling on Campbell County veterans to join the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6494.

    Williams was recently made commander of Post 6494. While the majority of Post 6494’s activity is in Lake City, 52- percent of the members are from Campbell County, where there is no VFW post.

    “I know it’s a pro-veteran community, and I want to build on that,” Williams said. “Use that to the county’s advantage.”

  • McDowell arrested on drug charges

    Reports of an intoxicated driver led to a significant drug arrest on Saturday.

    LaFollette Police Officer Josh Hill went to the Big Creek Market to check the condition of Lana McDowell, 47, of 100 Pleasant Ridge Road.

    When he arrived Hill reported allegedly finding McDowell  asleep.  Although McDowell did not appear to be intoxicated when she was awakened, Hill gained consent to search her person and handbag.

  • LUMC to open new outreach program

    Churches often have several types of outreach programs. From those that touch the spirit to those that reach the heart churches provide healing. However, one area church is starting an outreach program that serves a much more concrete need- caring for children.

    In the fall, the LaFollette United Methodist Church will open a daycare. Its target age group is six months to 5 –years- old, said Billie Hunter, who has been the driving force behind the program.

  • Jellico Utilities renews insurance policy at special board meeting

    Jellico Electric and Water System called a special board meeting last Wednesday night to discuss proposals for property, liability and worker’s compensation insurance. The board approved the renewal of its insurance policy with the Tennessee Municipal League.

  • Jellico considers the possibility of an LMU satellite campus

    Jellico residents posed questions to Lincoln Memorial University Vice President of Academic Affairs Clayton Hess at an open board meeting last Thursday night.

    The Jellico Board of Mayor and Aldermen called this special meeting to allow people to discuss interest in the possibility of bringing an LMU satellite campus to town. Jellico has a 23-year lease that enables it to use the Jellico Wesleyan Church facilities for $1 a year.

    “I don’t want to just accept a building if we don’t have a suitor,” Mayor Les Stiers said.

  • Investigations end with arrests

    The books were closed on several investigations last week thanks to the diligent work of officers.

    On June 29 Joseph James Lloyd, 38, of 702 South Cumberland Avenue was arrested for crimes dating back to October of last year.

    According to LaFollette Police Detective Lt. Monty Miller’s report, Lloyd entered the property of a victim and allegedly took a four-wheeler valued at more than $1,000 without the victim’s consent. After allegedly cutting the chain and altering the ignition Lloyd allegedly sold the four-wheeler.

  • County to build little league field in Jellico

    The County Commissioners set aside $55,000 in their budget to build a little league field in Jellico.

    “I received enough support from the county commissioners to receive that money to build this field that we drastically need,” Jellico alderman and Campbell County commissioner Alvin Evans said. “

    Jellico’s City Ball Park has a busy schedule as it is used by the school system, T-ball, coach’s pitch and little league.

    “There’s not enough room and not enough time,” Evan’s said.

  • Street festival planned

    From July 15 to July 17, Main Street will be closed from Caryville Surplus Stores to the railroad depot for the Main Street Festival.

    Tobacco Shop owner and alderman Michael Miller is organizing the festival. The board approved the festival at its meeting last Monday. Now Miller is searching for vendors. The American Tribal Council will form the base at the depot. They will exhibit crafts, perform music and have other events.

    The price for vendors to set up is $20. This money will go toward prizes and other costs for running the event.

  • Spiritually Speaking

    Fourth of July and miner’s vacation


    First let me tell you about the place we lived from 1947 until 1964. I was eight years old when we moved to Leatherwood, Ky. My dad Walter “Dink” Bryant worked for Blue Diamond Coal Company as a motorman. We had lived in Harlan County, Kentucky up until this time, at a place called Twila, Ky. Dad worked for Creech Coal Company. There was a bus to and from Harlan several times a day.