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    The casket is lowered into the grave. The dirt falls. No flowers are laid on the mound. No tears are shed. Besides a county employee and a representative from the funeral home, there are few mourners. Most of what is said is a short prayer. This is the funeral many receive because it’s all they—or their families—can afford.
    “When they really can’t afford anything at all, that’s when we step in,” Campbell County Deputy Mayor David Young said. That’s our responsibility.”

  • 1 caught, 1 sought for sunken, stolen Nissan

    LaFOLLETTE—Campbell County Sheriff’s detectives Brandon Elkin and Freddie White are looking for the last suspect in a four-perp crime.  The group is accused of stealing a car, destroying it and sinking it in the lake. Two juveniles in the case have already been arrested.
    Suspects Andrew Dalton Kitts and Christopher Roy Stone reportedly went to Lafollette Estates on Brook Place Lane on June 10 where the victim reported she woke up approximately 4:30 p.m. and saw that her 1991 Nissan 2LS was missing.


    JELLICO—The Knoxville FBI office is investigating after a man walked into First State Financial in Jellico just before 11 a.m. on Monday.
    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 and was wearing a camouflage hoodie, camouflage shorts, and sunglasses.
    When he entered the bank, he gave a note to employees demanding money. The employees complied and the suspect fled with an undisclosed amount of money.
    There were no reports of the suspect carrying a weapon.

  • Town in Turmoil: JELLICObstacles

    NASHVILLE —The state comptroller told Jellico officials today (Tuesday) he is uncomfortable with inflated revenue projections and would need to further review the town’s budget before it could be accepted by his office.
    “I’m very nervous about these revenue estimates,” said Justin Wilson, Tennessee’s Comptroller, who oversees government spending in the state and its municipalities. ”…the entire [budget] and particular the fines and forfeitures.”

  • Man sought in Jellico bank robbery

     Sequoyah Marina

    June 29, 10 p.m.

    A cool breeze, good food and fireworks— what better way to spend a Saturday night than at Sequoyah Marina & Resort in Andersonville.  Fire on the Water, Norris Lake’s premier firework show, is set to begin on Saturday night a 10 p.m. Come by boat or by land to enjoy this Fourth of July tradition.


    July 4, at dusk

    Launched from Roane State Community College


  • ROAD SUPERINTENDENT: $343k paving budget 'slap in the face'



    JACKSBORO—Campbell County Road Superintendent Dennis Potter last week asked the county financiers to give him $1.5 million for road paving.

    “I’m at your mercy, and I’m going to tell you what I need—I want $1.5 million [every year],” Potter told members of the county’s Budget and Finance Committee on June 20. 

  • Jacksboro man recovering after being attacked by machete

    JACKSBORO— A Jacksboro man is recovering from lacerations to his head and hip after his girlfriend’s ex-lover allegedly attacked him. 

    Campbell County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Josh Carroll was dispatched to LaFollette Medical Center late on June 19 about a possible stabbing. The victim told Carroll that he had been to Lake City to pick up his girlfriend, Casey Dunn, and then returned to his home on Mount Paran Road. 

  • Are we ready for restaurants and retailers?


    EDITOR’S NOTE: Earlier this month, the LaFollette Press launched
    “Envision Campbell County” — a campaign to attract big-box
    retailers, restaurant franchises and other businesses to the area.
    We issued a reader challenge by asking our more than 2,100 Facebook fans to identify businesses you’d like to see here. 

  • Baird wins 3 bids from LUB

    LaFOLLETTE—The LaFollette Utilities Board awarded three tree-trimming contracts to Baird Tree Company—the low bidder for each project.
    Baird Tree Company bid $229,650 for the LaFollette primary circuit and $398,767 for the Speedwell circuit, which includes one mile of new construction.  Baird Tree Company also placed a bid $184,390 for new power line construction  clearing on Tenn. 90. LUB will construct the power lines along Tenn. 90, and Baird Tree Company will clear the trees.