• The mysterious mist-filled Smoky Mountains hold onto tales and traditions that have long been forgotten elsewhere.

    These oral traditions are often passed from family member to family member and on occasion someone will write the story out and capture a moment in time.

    The story of a mountain girl named Nancy Smith, recorded by Mary Ina Carr, is a piece of history experienced in the late 1800,s yet recounted and brought to life as if it were only yesterday. This story lay dormant for many years before being submitted by Carr’s granddaughter Mary L. Johnson.

  • The Herman Bailey family has requested a blood drive on his behalf and they have appealing to the community for help.

    According to Bailey’s daughter, Christy, he started hemorrhaging severely last Saturday.

    “He’s having a lower GI bleed, but the doctor’s are not sure if it’s from a tear in his colon or his intestine,” said his daughter.

    According to the Bailey family, Herman Bailey is receiving massive blood transfusions at St. Mary’s North, but is continuing bleeding it out.

  • The LaFollette Street and Sanitation Department will closed Jan. 1 in observance of New Year’s Day. Thursday’s garbage will be picked up on Jan. 2.

    Community Health Clothes Closet will be open on Jan. 2 and 16 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

    Cove Lake Hiking Club will meet Jan. 5 at 6 p.m. at the LaFollette Recreation Center for its monthly meeting. For more information contact Richard Helm at 562-1110.

    The Senior Citizens Board meeting will be held Jan. 5 at 10 a.m.

  • Though she never lived in the Tennessee Mountains, Mary Johnson grew up hearing stories told to her by her grandmother Mary Ina Carr who was born in LaFollette in 1888. In her seventies now, Johnson submitted the story her grandmother recounted of a mountain girl named Nancy Smith

    In last week’s LaFollette Press the first part of a true account of mountain life and perseverance was revealed.

    The last installment found little Nannie all alone and lost on top of a mountain somewhere in the Appalachians.

    Installment 2

  • The oral tradition of storytelling has long been a staple of life and entertainment in the Appalachian Mountains. It is through these tales of mountain life and perseverance that we learn about the past through those who have walked these rugged mountain trails before us.

    The story of a mountain girl named Nancy Smith, recorded by Mary Ina Carr, is a piece of history experienced in the late 1800,s yet recounted and brought to life as if it were only yesterday. This story lay dormant for many years before being submitted by Carr’s granddaughter Mary L. Johnson.

  • Christ of the Cumberland Lutheran Church, 190 Forge Ridge Rd., Harrogate, will have midweek Advent Services, Dec. 10 and 17. A meager meal will be served from 6 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. with worship service to follow.

    Indian Mound Baptist Church will present The Best Christmas Ever on Dec. 13 at 7p.m.

    Speedwell Church Of God will present Happy Birthday, Jesus on Dec. 13 at 6 p.m.

  • The Emergency Management Committee meeting will be held Dec. 11 at 5 p.m. in the lower courtroom of the Campbell County Courthouse. The meeting will be for the consideration of electing chairman and vice chairman, question and answer question and any other matters needing to be discussed.

    All parents of students at LaFollette Middle School are invited to observe in their child’s classroom on Dec. 11 during classroom instruction time. Parents are welcome to observe in any or all of their child’s classes. Parents are asked to check in at the front office upon arrival.


  • Living in the hills of East Tennessee, the tradition of storytelling, oral or otherwise, is often passed down through family members.

    But just because someone moves away and leaves the smoky mysterious hills, doesn’t mean traditions die, but rather they travel with them, wherever they go. The result is a little piece of the Tennessee Mountains locked forever inside until one day the tradition is passed down and the story retold.

    Such was the case for Mary Carr Johnson of Oklahoma.

  • Campbell County is preparing several festivities for the holiday season with Christmas celebrations planned in LaFollette, Jellico and Cove Lake State Park Christmas in the Park

    Keeping with the Christmas tradition of tree lightings, songs and nativities, Cove Lake State Park in Caryville will host the annual Christmas in the Park on Dec. 1.

    The opening celebration starts at 6 p.m. and will feature the tree lighting and fireworks display.

    The crowd is then encouraged to disperse through the park along the trails illuminated with over 2,500 glowing candles.

  • *Jacksboro Elementary hosts Korean teaching intern.docJacksboro Elementary hosts Korean teaching intern



    Jacksboro Elementary School (JES) is broadening the horizons of its students by hosting a teaching intern from South Korea.

    Through part of an international intern program, Seung Il Seok will be teaching JES students about his homeland.

  • Christmas is coming a little early at Jacksboro Elementary School (JES) this year.  

    The school is holding its first Christmas tree forest and silent auction.

    The public is invited to stroll through the Christmas tree forest and place bids on decorated trees, according to Jacksboro Elementary Principal Lynn Ray.  


      By CHARLOTTE UNDERWOOD charlotte@lafollettepress.com  

    Thanks to the efforts of a church in Caryville, those within the county struggling to make ends meet will at least be guaranteed a hot Thanksgiving meal this year.

  • After 46 years in the baking profession, Ralph Doyle thought he was ready to throw in his oven mitts and retire.

     But his daughter had other ideas.

    “I’ve always wanted him to teach me and open up a shop together,” said Doyle’s daughter April Valeski.

    Valeski and her husband recently moved to Campbell County from Nashville.  Doyle moved to the county around two weeks ago from South Dakota where his former donut shop was located.

    After selling his shop two years ago, Doyle said he thought he was retired.

  • By NATASHA LAFAYETTE natasha@lafollettepress.com  

    Over 60 people gathered in the main lobby of St. Mary’s Hospital on Monday offering praise for Dr. Burgin Wood, who celebrated 50 years of service at St. Mary’s.

    CEO of St. Mary’s Alan Watson gave an introduction at the surprise reception.

    “You have proved to me that your heart is with the patient,” Watson said warmly to Wood. “It is a privilege to call you a friend and colleague.”



    The American Legion Honor Guard celebrated Veterans Day early with Jellico Elementary and Elk Valley School on Saturday morning.

    Post 154 met with Jellico Elementary students at 9 a.m. and with Elk Valley at 12 a.m. The presentation was in honor of the nations veterans.