Today's News

  • Press football contest ends with Daugherty as top picker

    Kenny “Bucket” Daugherty, who played a little high school football back in the day for the Campbell County Cougars, had the best overall record on the LaFollette Press Pigskin Panel when the Wilder’s Winners contest ended last weekend.
    Daugherty boasted a 73-37 won/loss record during the 10-week long contest and picked against the rest of the panel on more than one occasion.
    Coach Johnny Bruce had the next best record on the panel with a 66-44 overall worksheet.

  • Deputies injured in brawl

    A domestic violence call turned dangerous for the responding officers on Saturday.

    When Campbell County Sheriff’s Deputies Josh Vann and Franklin Ayers confronted Steven Hobert Rose, 35, of 209 East Field Lane, about assaulting a female victim he had no intention of going to jail, Vann reported.

    According to Vann, Rose admitted he had assaulted a female and when the deputies attempted to place him under arrest a fight ensued.

  • Theft calls keep officer busy

    Alleged thieves kept authorities busy last week when they made off with cash and merchandise.

    Last Monday LaFollette Police Officer Tony Rucker was called to Walker’s Grocery to investigate reports of a theft.  At the scene the victim stated that he had given Roy Lee Farmer, 39, of 104 Gamble Lane, a ride to the store.  According to the victim, when they arrived at the store Farmer took $380 out of the victim’s wallet and ran into a residence at 704 South Cumberland Avenue.

  • Bass fishing improves slightly on Norris

    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 lake level on Friday, Oct. 29 was 1,004.67 feet and expected to remain steady. Surface temperature readings have fallen slightly to around 70 degrees.  
    Striper fishing in the headwaters was interrupted by storms last week. Fishing on the lower end of the lake was fair.
    Largemouth bass are hitting crank baits and spinners. Bass fishing has improved slightly over previous weeks.

  • Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency news

    Hunters fill three tags
    during second elk hunt

    Three of five hunters recorded harvests during Tennessee’s second managed elk hunt, which concluded Friday, Oct. 22 at the North Cumberland Wildlife Management Area.
    Hunters filled all five tags last year during the Volunteer State’s historic first managed elk hunt. All five hunters who participated in this year’s hunt either had shots or passed on shots during the 5-day season.

  • Caryville citizens approve liquor referendums

    The mid-term elections marked a legendary change in one of Campbell County’s smallest towns.

    The town of Caryville passed both liquor by the drink and package store referendums.

    Approximately 356 citizens voted in favor of the legal sale of alcoholic beverages for consumption (liquor by the drink) on the premises. There were 269 citizens in opposition to the referendum.

  • Powers tops Clotfelter in rep race

    It was a long and tiring road to Nov. 2, but Dennis Powers has no regrets.

    Despite enduring an initially close race for the 36th District House of Representative seat and a barrage of personal attacks from his opponent, Powers said he is looking forward to doing business for the people of Tennessee.

    Although Powers is no stranger to politic, he said the country’s current political climate made for good timing for his most recent run.

  • Campbell County schools continue to see changes

    It has been just under a month since Dr. Michael Martin and Karen Bundren left the Campbell County school system under a cloud of suspicion that has resulted in the discovery of forged transcripts and a TBI investigation. 

    And in the wake of this bombshell Sharon Ridenour, former career and technical education supervisor, has been charged by the board with the daunting task of redirecting the focus of system employees and the community from the seemingly growing scandal to making a plan for continuing to improve education for the county’s students.

  • Veteran’s day events planned

    Next Thursday flags will fly and guns will salute those who have devoted their lives to this country’s service. 

    And while veterans will be honored nationwide on this day, Campbell County has its own plans for recognizing the defenders of freedom.

    On Nov. 7 the Church of God Mountain Assembly will host a military service complete with presentation of colors, recognition of veterans, MIA/POW presentation and 21- gun salute.  The service is set to begin at 10:45 a.m.

  • Officials said election went well

    With over 9,000 of the county’s registered voters casting ballots on Tuesday election officials are pleased with the turn out for the mid term election.

    “We had 3,879 voters cast early ballots,” said Dean Sexton, administrator of elections.

    That translated into around 43- percent of votes being registered early. “Typically early voting sees around 55-perecnt of the voters. But in the race, the majority of people went to the polls,” she said.