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Today's News

  • Rumors dispelled about LaFollette city employee’s payroll problems

    Rumors abound in small towns and when several city employees noticed their money had not been deposited last week, the rumors certainly flew in LaFollette.

    Some of these rumors were that the city was having financial problems or possibly there was not any money in the accounts.

    LaFollette Mayor Mike Stanfield and interim LaFollette City Administrator Terry Sweat dispelled these rumors, after Tuesday night’s LaFollette City Council Meeting.

  • Dumping fee settle; recycling discussed

    Despite lengthy discussions regarding commercial garbage fees assessed to several local businesses at two previous meetings, the environmental committee had little to say about the matter on Monday evening.

    Commissioner Whit Goins, committee chairman, asked what if any action needed to be taken by the committee concerning the $31 per ton fee that had been discussed for Flat Hollow Marina, Waste Connections, Fast Freddie’s, Whitman Hollow Boat Dock, Springs Dock and several others.

  • Passenger on wrong side of the law

    A traffic stop proved to be problematic for the passenger of the vehicle.

    On Sept. 29 Brian Krag McAllister, 41, of 238 Easter Lane, was riding in a vehicle that was stopped for a traffic violation.

    When the driver of the car gave LaFollette Police Officers Jason Marlow, Susan Sowder, Joe Brown and Lt. Jeff Allen permission to search the Pontiac McAllister was asked to exit the vehicle.

  • Riggs arrested on meth charges

    LaFollette Police discovered the components of a sizable meth operation during a traffic stop on Saturday.

    Office Bill Owens reported observing a vehicle traveling on East Central Avenue with no lights on after dark.  

    After pulling the vehicle over Owens saw the driver, Darryl Willard Riggs, 51, of 111 McKinney Road, allegedly reach for and hide something between his legs as the officer approached, records indicate.

  • Driver and passenger net drug charges during traffic stop

    An outstanding warrant led to a long list of charges for a LaFollette woman last week.

    On Friday Officer Tony Rucker pulled Victoria Gail Rigney, 24, of 315 West Walden Street, over for a traffic violation.

    During the stop Rucker discovered Rigney was wanted by the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department on an attachment for child support.

    Rigney’s passenger Samantha D. Wallace, 20, of 1714 Chestnut Stump Road, also found herself in hot water during the stop.

  • Robinson charged with trespassing and public intoxication

    A LaFollette man gave new meaning to the phrase “get a room” last Monday night.

    LaFollette Police Officer Justin Lowe was dispatched to South Tennessee Avenue on a report of a man sleeping a car that was not his.

    When he arrived Lowe discovered that the man had left the scene.  

    After obtaining a physical description the officer was able to locate Edward J. Robinson, 24, of 209 Cherry Street walking on Claiborne Road.  

  • Flat Hollow Marina will host movie premiere later this month

    Campbell County will mark a first later this month.

    A movie will be premiered at Flat Hollow Marina, where the film was shot nearly a year ago.

    Fish Bait-The Movie stars actors from the Einstein Simplified Comedy Troupe, and other actors from the Knoxville area. The film is a cross between Deliverance and Jaws, with the improvisation acting technique of Blair Witch, said co-director Jeff Joslin.

    Joslin also wrote, co-produced the movie.

  • Water/sewer increase and library project tops agenda at council meeting

    A water rate increase topped the agenda once more at the LaFollette City Council meeting on Tuesday night. Though much was discussed on the issue, a decision has yet to be made.

  • Gaylor arrested on drug charges

    A public intoxication call led to the arrest of Elmus Gaylor, 47, of 249 Hill Lane, Caryville on drug charges.

    On Sept. 28, Caryville Police Officer Freddy Walker was dispatched to Scotties Restaurant on the report a man was allegedly drunk with two small children in his care, a Caryville Police report said.

  • Jellico Police Captain under investigation by TBI

    Jellico Police Captain Jeff Partin is under investigation by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI), according to TBI authorities. But he remains on the town payroll after being placed on paid leave.

    The investigation is centered around an incident, which allegedly occurred in June.

    The issue first came to light at the Sept. 17 mayor and aldermen meeting, when the board, along with the town attorney and the chief of police went into executive session.