Local News

  • Budget out of balance

    LaFollette’s officials must produce a balanced budget by the end of the month. However, as they met for a workshop after the regular meeting Tuesday night, they discovered the general fund is currently $133,000 out of balance. This doesn’t include the wish list from the city’s department heads—which totaled more than $350,000 before city administrator Billie Russell mentioned she needed a vehicle for work operation. The former city administrator vehicle was wrecked in January and hasn’t been replaced.

  • Indian Mountain State Park pulls plug on public pool

    JELLICO—The pool at Indian Mountain State Park, in Jellico, is permanently closed.
    “Tennessee State Parks’ operations staff made the decision to permanently close the swimming pool,” said Meg Lockhart, spokesperson for the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, in a Tuesday e-mail.
    The pool was not being used enough and needed more than $70,000 worth of repairs, Lockhart said. She mentioned Kentucky Splash Park is 11 miles away, in Williamsburg, Ky,

  • Dozens of Vacation Bible schools planned

    During summer break, many children spend their days swimming in pools, jumping on trampolines and sleeping in. Churches use this time to teach children about God through Vacation Bible School.
    “We share what the Bible says with them about Jesus and Christianity,” said Eric Wright, music director at First Baptist Church of Caryville. “(VBS)’s main focus is to share the love of Christ with them.”

  • Third annual Summer Health Celebration set for weekend

    Various organizations will host the Third Annual Summer Health Celebration and Carnival at the Dewey Hunter Center in LaFollette Saturday from noon to 3 p.m.
    “It’s just to raise awareness about what kind of organizations are in this town,” said Christine O’Dell, Court Appointed Special Advocates volunteer coordinator. “To raise awareness about health.”
    Health professionals will provide free blood pressure checks, hearing exams, body mass index screenings and visions exams.

  • Town abandons mayor’s dispatch plans; fire issues still looming in Jellico

    Four months after approving fire dispatch changes, Jellico’s board of aldermen reverted to the schedule used prior to the February vote.
    During a May 22 meeting, the board abandoned Mayor Les Stiers’ plan, as well as Alderwoman Pam Carbaugh’s plan.
    “Everybody was so happy about that, so much encouragement,” she said Tuesday.  
    Stiers was not present at the meeting, according to Carbaugh, when the decision was made.

  • Marine who lost legs in Afghanistan honored for service


    A large crowd gathered at Elm Grove Baptist Church Sunday to honor Marine Lance Cpl. Cody Evans.

    Evans, 29, lost his legs after he sustained injuries from an IED explosion when he was on a foot patrol in Afghanistan in December 2011. He spent 11 months recovering at a hospital in Bethesda, Md. before he was able to come home to the Speedwell area. His mother, Regina, left her job to be with him at the hospital during his recovery.

  • Police chase leads to wreck, arrest of driver


    A Clinton man was jailed after a pre-dawn police chase Tuesday morning. 

  • Mobile Hotspots: A look at accessibility in the county for those with mobility impairments


    Patricia Myers is a temporary resident at Cumberland Village — a short- and long-term care facility for seniors in LaFollette—where she’s been undergoing physical and occupational rehabilitation for the past month.

  • Budget workshop scheduled for Tuesday

    LaFOLLETTE—Following the regular meeting Tuesday night 6 p.m., the city council will have a budget workshop.

  • State to pave 4-lane Friday

    LaFOLLETTE—Friday night, the state will pave a portion of the westbound lanes of Jacksboro Pike (US 25W) —from around IGA to the Episcopal Church. The state will use leftover money it had budgeted for salting roads during the winter.