Today's News

  • Lady Owls’ jayvee tops Jacksboro

    The LaFollette Middle School girls’ junior varsity basketball team defeated rival Jacksboro, 30-21, last week.

    Kasi Phillips led the Lady Owls with 11 points, followed by Julia Powell with eight, Bailey Rutherford four; Jayla Nelson, Bella Luna and Meredith Rippy two each; and Carlie Baldwin one. Jacksboro was led by McKenzie Charles with six points, followed by Stacy Morton with five, Megan Muggridge four; and Trinity Hood, Caitlin Davis and Autumn Meadows two each.

  • Retailers ready for Black Friday

     As Black Friday approaches, local stores are preparing for shoppers.

    The day after Thanksgiving is known for large crowds flocking to stores at early hours searching for good sales.

    Radio Shack will open at 5:30 a.m., four hours early, and will be open until 8 p.m., an hour and a half later than usual.

    “We expect a big turnout,” part-owner Eddie Wiggins said. “Every year, no matter how bad the economy is, every year that Friday after Thanksgiving is always busy.”

  • Elegant Junk gets scrapped

    Sometimes it is all in a name.

    “I buy junk and sell antiques,” Bob Andrews, owner of Bob and Liz’s Elegant Junk, said last week. “They become antiques after I buy them.”

    Whatever one chooses to call it, much of Andrew’s property was cleared out last Wednesday after he failed to comply with an order to remove a number of code violations from his property.

    Bob and Liz’s Elegant Junk is the first thing people see crossing the bridge, LaFollette Codes Enforcement Officer Stan Foust said.

  • County attempts to bring in new industry

     Lease agreements, a sales tax referendum and filling a vacant commission seat topped the agenda at Monday’s commission meeting.

    With the constant push to attract industry to the county it seemed surprising there was so much debate over leasing the county owned J Sports building located in the John McGhee Industrial Park.

  • CCSD holds ethics class

     On Monday, the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department hosted a class in ethics.

    “This is a class we have had planned to conduct for several months,” said Sheriff Robbie Goins. “This is part of our on going training initiative.”

    With officers seated around a table at the Campbell County Career Center, Mike Miller, 33 year law enforcement veteran, said the class was a “good refresher.”

  • Storage wars hits local level

    In a case of life imitating art, a TV show has sparked an interest in storage locker auctions.

    The A&E series Storage Wars follows a group of treasure hunters as they make their way through locker auctions in Southern California. Now in its second season the show has spurred on others to play the storage auction game.

  • Paul arrested on multiple charges

    Alleged erratic driving led to the arrest of a Speedwell woman.

    On Nov. 14, Campbell County Sheriff’s Sgt. Jeremy Goins saw a red Geo Metro traveling north on N. Tennessee Ave. Goins reported seeing the car cross over into the southbound lane he was driving in.

    During the traffic stop Goins learned Jody Paul, 30, of 423 Blue Springs Road, Speedwell was driving on a revoked license.

  • Stolen cash returned, pot found

    Reports of stolen cash led to drug charges for a Talbot woman.

    Campbell County Sheriff’s Sgt. Jeremy Goins was called to Marina Lane in the Sugar  Hollow Community on Nov. 14 to investigate reports of stolen money.

    At the scene the homeowner reported he believed Jamie M. Smith of 427 Talbot Kansas Road, Talbot, took cash from his wallet before leaving his residence.

  • Two nabbed for filing false report

    Reports of a burglary landed two women in jail for filing a false report last week.

    LaFollette Police Detective Lt. Monty Miller responded to the Skymart Shell to investigate reports of a clerk being robbed at gunpoint on Nov. 16.

    Michelle Lee Campbell, 24, and Christina Marie Bellino, 33, both of 117 East Gate Drive, reported they were robbed of two bank bags containing $10,000 while attempting to take the money for deposit.

  • Meth explosion guts LaFollette residence

    A believed meth lab explosion sent three people to jail and destroyed a Claiborne Road home last week.

    On Nov. 19, LaFollette Police Sgt. Joe Brown responded to a structure fire at 213 Claiborne Road. The residence was fully engulfed in flames when Brown arrived, records indicate.

    At the scene Brown reportedly encountered Eric Alan Spradlin, 30, and Katlynn Jean Willoughby, 21, both of 213 Claiborne Road. The pair allegedly admitted the fire had started in the garage after a chemical reaction from a meth cook caused an explosion.