Local News

  • Solar solutions: Panels providing physical, fiscal energy to schools

     JACKSBORO—While much of the nation is still debating the value of green power, Campbell County Public Schools have taken the plunge by installing 50-kilowatt solar panel systems installed on each of its 12 school buildings in the district. 

    The Tennessee Valley Authority signed a contract with Campbell County to purchase electricity generated by the solar panels for 20 years. The panels were paid for with a 15-year bond issuance of $1,670,000 authorized by the county commission.

  • Toxic Topix

     CAMPBELL COUNTY—Tiffany Bargy threatened to sue before the defamatory post about her was eventually removed.

    “That site is nothing but trash and lies. It should be taken down. It does nothing but cause drama,” Bargy told the LaFollette Press on Facebook, about the site www.topix.com. “I emailed them and threatened them to either take the post down, or I would be contacting an attorney for defamation and slander. They took down the post a couple hours later.”

  • $500,000 worth of pot seized

    PIONEER—Wednesday afternoon, A Tennessee Highway Patrol Helicopter found 500 marijuana plants—about $500,000 worth—in the Lick Fork area.

    The LaFollette Police Department and Governor’s Marijuana Eradication Task Force (ERAD), cut and seized the plants.

    “We’re just glad we can get the drugs off the street,” LaFollette Police Chief Jimmy Jeffries said.

    The LPD has been working with ERAD this week to find and seize marijuana. Monday, more than 600 pot plants and one meth lab were found.

  • 2 arrested on DUI charges

    CAMPBELL COUNTY —A Rutledge man and a Sneedville man spent time at the Campbell County Jail after police say they were driving under the influence. Campbell County Sheriff’s Office Deputies Nathanial Bostic and Christopher Chapman were on patrol Saturday afternoon when they noticed a red GMC Sierra traveling southbound on Interstate 75. The vehicle reportedly drove in the center of the roadway, taking up both lanes of travel for an extended period of time.

  • Police, FBI agents still seeking Jellico bank robbers

    JELLICO—The Jellico Police Department and the FBI are still searching for the man responsible for robbing First State Financial Bank on July 1. While the FBI is following up on several leads, no arrests have been made, according to Marshall Stone, supervisory agent at Knoxville’s FBI field office.
    Just before 11 a.m., a man in a camouflage hoodie walked into First State Financial Bank and handed the teller a note demanding money. The suspect is a white male, approximately 5-foot-6 to 5-foot-8 and 130 to 145 pounds. He is estimated to be in his early to mid 20s.

  • Animal Advisory meeting set for July 16

    JACKSBORO— The county’s animal control ordinance is up for further discussion at Tuesday’s animal control advisory committee meeting. This is the second meeting since County Mayor William Baird closed the shelter on April 11 pending the outcome of a Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and state health department investigations.

  • LaFollette man found dead in Norris Lake

    POWELL VALLEY—Ralph Ward, 65, of 205 Sharp Lane, LaFollette was found dead in Norris Lake July 4.
    His body was spotted floating in a cove off Cliffside Drive near Powell Valley Marina about 3:30 p.m. July 4, according to reports from the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department.
    Someone called 911 around 3:30 p.m. to report the body, Chief Deputy Aaron Evans, with the department said. Campbell County Emergency Services, LaFollette Rescue Squad and CCSD were dispatched.

  • LaFollette hires officer
  • Soiled oil gets new life

    LaFOLLETTE—The Public Works Department is now accepting, and recycling, used motor oil from locals—for free. The motor oil fuels a furnace that heats the shop where public works vehicles and equipment are maintained.
    “This is a public service where people can dispose of their used oil, but it is also a big energy savings for us,” Public Works Department Head Jim Mullins said. “It’s not just to allow people to dispose of their oil, but it also helps us to heat our shop.”

  • RUSSELL’S AGENDA: evaluations, open-door policy

    LaFOLLETTE— Newly hired City Administrator Billie Russell is unveiling some of her plans for LaFollette—which include employee evaluations and a more open door policy.
    “I think it would be a good business practice,” said Russell, in reference to evaluations, at a recent workshop. “Other cities are doing this now.”
    Evaluations could be used to identify areas that need improvement as well as provide a basis for raises and promotions for city workers.