• Commissioner's Corner

    Commissioners’ Corner

    Welcome to the Commissioners’ Corner.  This will be a monthly column prepared by your County Commission and published, at no cost, by the local newspapers in the last edition of each month.  This column will be used for informative purposes only and does not intend to stress any point of view.  If you have a particular item you would like to discuss, please contact Peggy at the commission office at 562-9961.

  • LaFollette Library News

    LaFollette Public Library News – March 3, 2011



    Tax Services Being Provided


    Tax filing through the services of AARP is still available at the LaFollette Public Library.  This is a free service conducted every Thursday morning and is by appointment only.  No walk-ins will be accepted.  You must call 562-5154 for an appointment.  All the available slots have been filled, but we are trying to work everyone in that calls.  So if you need your taxes filed, be sure to call the library.

  • Jellico Library News

    Jellico Library News

    Library Director Mark J. Tidwell

    Jellico Public Library hosted a President’s Day reading program on February 21.  Linda Hollars, retired Whitley County teacher, dressed in full costume as Betsy Ross, came and quizzed the kids on presidential trivia.  The kids did pretty well with all those presidential questions and seemed to have a great time.

  • From the Mountain

    From The Mountain

    Mark J. Tidwell

  • Health freedom act headed to house floor


  • Today’s mistakes will shape the rest of your children’s lives

    In the last few months a number of child abuse cases have been resolved in criminal court.

    The resolution in these cases has been nearly identical. 

    The mother has received prison time while the male accused in the case received a lighter sentence.

    In all of these cases the man accused wasn’t the father of the abused child. Instead it was a boyfriend, paramour, lover, whatever label you want to put on him- he was somebody the mother just allowed into the life of her child.

    Ladies it is time to wake up.

  • Safer communities come with training

     Keeping the community safe goes beyond patrolling the roads and making arrests. It means having a fully trained staff of deputies.

    Since taking office in September, I have made training a priority for the officers at the sheriff’s department.

    I am proud to say that in six months we have had officers attend six various schools.

  • New VA support line provides important assistance to caregivers

    The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is increasing its support to caregivers with a new, toll-free telephone line for the caregivers of Veterans of all eras.

    “The families and loved ones who care for severely injured Veterans deserve the highest level of support,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki. “At VA, we consider them important partners in our efforts to care for and rehabilitate our nation’s heroes.”

  • In my perfect world

    What are the essentials of life? 

    Food, water, shelter . . . ?   Neighbors, according to a little girl answering this question in children’s church. 

    Being raised a city child is to grow up with neighbors. You can’t help but be aware of those people living 20 feet from your side porch or straight across the street from your front door. But we not only knew who our neighbors were then, we actually were friends with them . . . some lifelong, like-family friends. 

  • Serving the citizens means standing up for what’s right

      I, like many people, was surprised to discover Jellico was abolishing its utility board last week. Not for misappropriating funds or any other act of shortcoming, rather the board of mayor and aldermen are trying to control the utility company in the best interest of its customers.