Local News

  • Man who severed another’s thumb at Jellico bars now behind jail bars
  • Man slashes friend’s face with broken mirror after fight about girl
  • Body of Ohio man recovered from Cove Lake

     CARYVILLE—The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is investigating after the body of a 50-year-old Ohio man was recovered from Cove Lake early Thursday morning.

    According to Campbell County Wildlife Officer Ken Cutsinger, James Hamblin, 50, of Hamilton, Ohio had been fishing on the lake with Bill Roddy, of LaFollette, when they both fell overboard from their jon boat about 9 a.m.

    Cutsinger indicated the pair had rented the boat from Cove Lake State.  Hamblin was was reportedly standing up, causing the boat to capsize.

  • Big plans in the works for downtown Lake City

    LAKE CITY—Concerned citizens, city leaders and professional planners put their heads together last Thursday to brainstorm ideas to bring small businesses and tourists to Lake City.

    The effort is part of a revitalization effort, which includes about 10 blocks downtown as the current focus area as well as the outlying former mining communities of Briceville and Beech Grove in the long-range plans.

  • Mining their own business

    STINKING CREEK—Dew glistens in the early-morning hours across a bucolic field that’s home to deer, rabbits and other furry wildlife. A small bridge crosses a nearby creek bed that looks like the perfect place to skip stones on a fall day. 

    It’s part of a 30-acre reclaimed, 1970s surface-mining coal site that could today be featured in a movie scene for an Appalachian-mountainside retreat. 

  • TrASH talk: Debate gets heated on proposed coal fly ash dumpsite

    WHITE OAK—Deputies were forced to rebuff at least one landfill opponent Tuesday night after tensions erupted in the elementary gymnasium here, just minutes into the second of several planned public forums aimed at addressing concerns associated with a proposed coal fly ash dump in the area. 

    District 5 commissioners Alvin Evans and Terry Singley were among those in the otherwise hostile crowd of more than 200 concerned citizens — most who came to protest the plans of dump developers, Ketchen Land Company. 

  • Two Jellico officials quit as town sinks further into personal, financial despair

    JELLICO—One alderman and the town’s contracted certified municipal finance officer have severed ties with the financially troubled town. 

    Last Thursday evening, resignation letters from Alderman Darrell Byrge and CMFO Sondra Denton were read aloud during the regularly scheduled meeting. 

    Byrge, who was once tourism and finance chairperson, no longer believes the board has the town’s best interest at heart.

  • 11 nabbed for solicitation in LaFollette crack-down

    LaFOLLETTE—Eleven men were arrested as part of an initiative by the City of LaFollette to clean up the downtown area. 

    The men, ranging in age from 24 to 72, were all taken into custody between Sept. 16 and Sept. 24. 

    City administrator Billie Russell said part of ending the prostitution problem is also working to prosecute the men who pay for the services. 

    “We’ve got to clean up before we can hope to get anything down here,” she said. 

  • Historic LaFollette House up for sale

    LAFOLLETTE—When Susan Stone was a child growing up in LaFollette, she would beg her grandfather to drive past Glen Oaks, the sleepy old Victorian mansion on Indiana Avenue. 

    Captivated by its sheer size and beauty, she vowed right then to one day live in the home built in 1895 by Indiana industrialist Harvey M. LaFollette, who, along with his brother Grant, developed the town.

    “That was my favorite home as a little girl,” said Stone.

  • Lake City residents could see increase in water rates

    LAKE CITY—Lake City residents may soon see an increase on their water bill.

    On Thursday the council raised rates to help pay for replacing about a mile and a half of antiquated lines.