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  • District eyes opening enrollment to Internet-based learning

    It’s public school without the cafeteria food, smoking in the boy’s room and dressing out for physical education.
    Virtual school could soon be up for a vote within the Campbell County School District.
    “School districts are taking advantage of it and they will continue to take advantage of it,” said Karen Ghidotti, vice president of the southern region of K12, Inc.

  • 2 arrested on forgery, theft charges

    Two Oneida residents spent time in the Campbell County Jail after police say they were using forged checks to steal from Walmart in Jacksboro.
    On May 20, Campbell County Sheriff’s Department Capt. Brandon Elkins was investigating a forgery that originally occurred on March 7. During his investigation, he reportedly saw Heather Harness, 6226 Buffalo Rd., Oneida, and Dustin A. Laxton, 137 Dean Lane, Oneida, purchasing jewelry at Walmart and immediately returning it for cash.

  • Town’s fired fire chief reinstated to post

    Jellico’s aldermen reinstated Fire Chief Gary Troxell after Mayor Les Stiers fired him last month.
    Troxell was fired last month, shortly after documents revealed the town carried no workers’ compensation insurance the day he was injured on the job.

  • Holiday weekend offers events for all

    This Memorial Day holiday weekend locals will enjoy vacations or time off work.  
    Fans on Facebook told us they’ll spend the three-day weekend camping, grilling hamburgers and hotdogs or roasting s’mores. Others plan to hit Norris Lake, as peak season for the popular local waterway starts this weekend.

  • Bartley trial set

     

    Accused school shooter Kenneth Bartley will be tried in Campbell County Criminal Court beginning on Nov. 18. In March, the court of criminal appeals ruled Barley's original guilty plea was an uninformed decision, meaning the plea was thrown out.

  • CAMPBELL COUNTY HIGH GRADUATION 2013

     Campbell County High's 2013 graduation ceremony was held Saturday morning at Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate. What advice would you give to our graduating seniors?

    Join the dialogue on our Facebook site. 

  • Great TREEbulation: Iconic Thacker Christmas Inn sign scrapped

      A 38-year-old iconic landmark was “deforested” and scrapped last Thursday when crews removed and demolished the 30-foot tall, tree-shaped Thacker Christmas Inn and Restaurant sign near Interstate 75 exit 134 in Caryville. 

    The larger-than-life sign was cut at the tree’s base by a welding torch before a tall crane lowered it down to a flatbed truck. It was eventually hauled away to a Knoxville scrap yard, although a large chunk of it lingered late Monday afternoon in the parking lot of a shuttered gas station across the street. 

  • WLAF: 60 years of broadcasting

     LaFOLLETTE—Locally-owned and operated 1450 AM WLAF celebrates 60 years on Friday with tributes from past on-air personalities, local bands and more from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Old Regions Bank Building, downtown.

    In the early 1950s, a group of LaFollette businessmen decided the community needed a radio station. 

    The group — including Ed Balloff and Ed Wheeler — eventually signed Campbell County’s first radio station, 1450 WLAF, on the air May 17, 1953. 

  • Relay for Life set for Friday

     By PETER SAWYER

    psawyer@lafollettepress.com

    American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life will be at Jacksboro Middle School from 6 p.m. to midnight Friday. There will be much to see, hear and eat.

    “We do have food (and) entertainment,” said Cyndi Russell, Relay for Life committee co-chair.

  • Fincastle Church of God rising from ashes

     By PETER SAWYER

    psawyer@lafollettepress.com

    Five months after a fire destroyed its building to the ground, Fincastle Church of God continues to hold services in its fellowship hall and looks forward to completing the new facility.

    “We are still working up here,” pastor Mike Smith said. “And still striving to get souls saved, and that’s what it’s all about.”

    The fellowship hall was unharmed by the fire that consumed the church building in December.