Today's News

  • Stripers are active on Powell River

    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, July 15 was 1,019.73-feet and below full pool (1,020) for the first time since late April. 

    Surface temperatures range from 84 to 89 degrees, depending on time of day and location. The lake is clear at all locations, and 65-degree water can be found at 33 feet deep.

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    Elk hunt permit auctioned on eBay

    The final permit for participation in Tennessee’s third managed elk hunt will go to the successful bidder in an eBay auction that ends on Saturday, July 23. Proceeds from the auction will benefit the state’s elk restoration program.

    The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) donated a permit to The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Foundation (TWRF).

  • The punch that saved her life

    This past spring Katelyn Norman was walking on the Jacksboro Middle School football track with a friend. During mild horseplay, Norman received a friendly punch to her right arm, which began to swell.

    Norman had suffered a two or three fracture break.

    “I was feeling fine,” she said. “I got punched in the arm and it hurt really bad.”

  • Commission debates ambulance service management

    Issues regarding the county’s ambulance service continued to be a source of debate during Monday’s commission meeting.

    Commissioner Alvin Evans kicked off the discussion asking for his colleagues to choose from one of four options presented establishing who would be responsible for supervising the ambulance service director.

  • Campbell County Veterans Affairs Office No. 2 in state for getting money to veterans

    For each of the past five years, the Veterans Affairs Office in Campbell County has topped the previous year’s incoming monetary benefits.

    In 2010 the office received $14.69 million for veterans and their families this year.

    In 2006, Campbell County veterans received $4.2 million dollars. Over the past five years, this has increased by around 250-percent, director of the Campbell County Veterans Affairs Office Kevin Walden said.

  • Traffic stop nets two active meth labs

    Out of date tags and an inoperable brake light led to more serious charges for a Jacksboro pair last week.

    Campbell County Sheriff’s Deputy Thomas Richey was patrolling when spotted a vehicle on traveling west on Highway 116 in Caryville with a couple of infractions.

    While conducting a traffic stop Richey allegedly learned the driver, Daryl R. Overbay, 41, of 353 Cedar Circle, Jacksboro, had a revoked license.

  • Silcox and Miller arrested

    Sue Ellen Silcox was driving on South Avenue when she allegedly crossed the centerline last Thursday morning. When LaFollette Police Officer Matthew Sandefur initiated a traffic stop Silcox, 29, of 386 McGhee Lane, Jacksboro, allegedly could not produce a driver’s license or proof of insurance and the tags on the 2001 Lincoln Town Car belonged to another vehicle.

  • LaFollette Press brings home state journalism awards

      The staff at the LaFollette Press was honored by their peers across the state last week in Nashville.

    The Tennessee Press Association celebrated the occasion during a lunchtime ceremony.

    With nearly 1,500 entries from 76 newspapers in Tennessee the competition to walk away with honors was tight.

    In all the Press was honored four times for the work it produced in 2010.

  • National Night Out slated for Aug. 2

    For the second time in as many years Campbell County is celebrating crime prevention awareness. And organizers plan to have fun doing.

    Aug. 2 will mark the second annual National Night Out. On this night municipalities across the country will host events to promote safety, fun, and crime prevention in an effort to take neighborhoods back from criminal activity.

    According to Billie Russell, administrative assistant for the county mayor’s office, this year’s event is a function of the Anti-Drug Coalition.

  • Lyke racks up charges at cemetery

    Reports of a theft in the Roses Creek area had deputies on the move early Saturday.

    Campbell County Sheriff’s Deputy Adam Jarboe went to the Roses Creek Cemetery to check into reports of stolen phone lines just after 2 a.m. Saturday morning.

    As Jarboe pulled into the cemetery he reported seeing a male running into the woods. Amada King Lyke, 30, of 224 Yoakum Hollow Road, Jacksboro, was sitting inside a parked car with her five- month old son lying in the front seat.