Today's News

  • Michigan woman arrested on drug charges

    A speeding violation left a Michigan woman in jail after drugs were found inside the vehicle she was a passenger in.

    On March 17, Jellico Police Officer J. Hopson clocked a 2008 Dodge Magnum traveling at 79 miles per hour in a 70 MPH zone on Interstate 75, the arrest report said.

    After stopping the vehicle, Hopson allegedly smelled a strong odor of what appeared to be marijuana, the arrest report said.

  • Miller arrested for aggravated criminal trespassing and possession of a prohibited weapon

    A LaFollette man garnered multiple charges after trespassing at a Caryville residence.

    On March 18, Caryville Police Officer Ben Marlow arrived at Bruce Gap Road to check on the report of a prowler, according to the police report.

    After arriving on the scene, Marlow learned that Lewis Henry Miller Jr., 26, of 107 Wheeler Lane, LaFollette, had allegedly knocked on the door of a Bruce Gap resident, screaming and shouting as well, the arrest report said.

  • Big plans being made for upcoming Louie Bluie Festival

    Spring is only faintly in the air, yet preparations for this year’s Louie Bluie Music and Arts Festival are well underway.

    Louie Bluie Festival Organizers are projecting a large turnout of locals and visitors alike as the festival celebrates its fourth year and commemorates the life of Howard “Louie Bluie” Armstrong.

    A native of LaFollette, Armstrong grew up during the coal boom days, learning the musical traditions of the many ethnicities striving to carve out an existence in the east Tennessee hills.

  • Multiple agenda items discussed at Jellico Mayor and Aldermen meeting

    Rules of the road, court summons from the town-building inspector and taxpayers topped the agenda at Thursday’s mayor and aldermen meeting in Jellico.

    Assistant Police Chief J.J Hatmaker informed the board that every city in Tennessee needed to have something passed by ordinance or resolution to enforce the rules of the road on the interstate if it went through the town’s jurisdiction.

    “This is to allow us to go up and assist or if we see anything that is in violation we can act on it,” Hatmaker explained.

  • Pack gets guilty verdict

    Despite a late start caused by defense witnesses who failed to show up on time, day two of the Phillip Pack’s murder trial was over by lunchtime jury deliberations and all.

    After hearing testimony from the witnesses as well as closing arguments from both sides Criminal Court Judge Shayne Sexton dismissed the jury to deliberate the case.

  • City’s battle with Young rages on

    It seemed that headway was being made last month in David Young’s seemingly never ending case against the city of LaFollette.  But with new action being filed earlier this week it now seems to be a case of one step forward and two steps back.

    In February Young’s attorney David Dunaway declared another victory in his battle against the city when Chancellor Billy Joe White said Young was entitled to severance pay and discretionary costs associated with his ouster from the LaFollette city administrator position.

  • Man runs over juvenile during robbery

    A Claiborne County man is in custody after running over a LaFollette youth while allegedly attempting to rob her.

    When LaFollette Police Officer Bill Owens arrived at a Rose Hill Drive address to investigate a report of a juvenile female who was dragged and then run over by the driver of a late model Toyota he discovered that the girl’s injuries were life threatening.  Upon contacting emergency services the victim was transported to the University of Tennessee Medical Center via Lifestar.

  • Traffic stop leads to meth charges

    An early morning traffic stop led to drug charges for a LaFollette man last Saturday.

    LaFollette Police Officer Bill Owens stopped Jamey McCarty at the intersection of South Cumberland Avenue and East Fir Street for having the wrong tags on his vehicle.

    During the stop McCarty, 32, of 687 Coolidge Road, gave Owens consent to search his vehicle.

  • UT Extension Office offers Girl Talk classes

    Girls love to talk.  But when it comes to the issues of sexuality, family values and responsibility they may not be talking to the right people.

    In an effort to enhance communication between preteen girls and their mothers the University of Tennessee Extension and the Tennessee Department of Health is sponsoring Girl Talk classes.

  • Domestic situation leads to drug charges

    A domestic dispute on Jacksboro Pike resulted in drug charges for a couple last week.

    LaFollette Police Officer Pam Jarrett was called to investigate a domestic situation in the center median of Jacksboro Pike near Wendy’s last Thursday.