Local News

  • Bartley getting new trial

    Kenneth Bartley is one step closer to a trial.

    Following Monday’s opinion from the state court of criminal appeals, the convicted school shooter has been green lighted to have his case heard by a jury.

    It is a battle that began before the ink on his plea agreement had dried in 2007.

    Just weeks after the then 15- year- old admitted he was guilty of second-degree murder and two counts of attempted second degree, Bartley began asking for a new trial. Under the terms of his plea agreement, he was to serve 45 years in jail.

  • CCHS school zone named for fallen educator

    The nearly half-mile stretch of school zone in front of Campbell County High School will be renamed thanks to 36th District Rep. Dennis Powers’ efforts in Nashville.

    The portion of the road will be renamed the “Ken Bruce Memorial Highway,” in honor of the assistant principal who died during a 2005 school shooting.

    “Ken was just a great guy and everybody that knew him liked him,” Powers said.

  • Two arrested for assaulting their children

    Last week, two mothers were arrested for assaulting their unborn children.

    The arrests, while not related, come after months of joint investigation between the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department and the Department of Children’s Services.

    Johanna Ogg and Amanda Lynn Lyttle were arrested within hours of each other last week. Both were charged with aggravated assault.

    Ogg, 33, 444 Davenport Road, LaFollette, was arrested last Wednesday.

  • Jellico has change of heart in sanitation additions

    In Jellico, five residential and one commercial customer have had part of their sanitation bill reduced. A second commercial customer opted to contract with a private waste collection service.

    In November, Jellico’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen received a list of 24 residential and 27 commercial customers who weren’t paying sanitation fees.

    In the regularly scheduled December meeting, Mayor Les Stiers said anyone who received utility services paid for sanitation whether they used the garbage pick-up or not.

  • Eighth district remains intact following debate

    A plan that would have combined the Eighth Judicial District with the Seventh Judicial District is off the table.

    But other parts of the state didn’t fare as well.

    In February Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey put out a call for all interested parties to submit maps proposing new judicial district lines. It was the first time since 1984 that an attempt had been made to move the lines.

  • Public Records -March 14, 2013

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as or similar to other members of the community.



    MARCH 4 – MARCH 8

    Leoda Byrge to Artie Ward Byrge, Dist. 3, $8,500.

    Jack Newell to Melissa Bridges, Dist. 3, $100.

    Paul R. Goins and Shirley Goins to Kevin Dolin, Brandy Dolin, Matthew Dolin, Dist. 3, $15,000.

    RE Acquisitions LLC to Micheal Atherton, $8,000.

  • CCHS students evaluated at hospital

    Five Campbell County High School students are being evaluated at the emergency room after they were allegedly caught inhaling computer cleaner at school.

    They were taken to the hospital as a precaution, according to the Campbell County Sheriff's Department.

    Simultaneously, other students were found using what was believed to be marijuana in a bathroom at the school.

    Please see next week's issue of the LaFollette Press for in-depth coverage of the incident.

  • Camp Galilee plans events

    Galilee Bible Camp will host the chili and pie fundraiser and the scrapbooking retreat this month.
    Chili and pie fundraiser
    On March 8, Galilee Bible Camp will host a chili and pie supper to raise funds.
    “Just a night of having a good time, listen to some good music,” Bennett said.
    Camp Galilee staff and volunteers will prepare chili, pie, cakes and drinks for the meal, which will be served at 5 p.m. at the dining hall.
    Live bluegrass music will be played from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the fellowship hall.

  • LaFollette council shoots down $85K change order

    Tuesday night, the LaFollette City Council decided to not approve an $85,716 change order to a roofing project. The project involves repairing a section of city hall’s roof that covers the police station. Instead the council decided to advertise for bids to repair city hall’s entire roof.

  • CASA to host Blue Grass Breakdown and Silent Auction on March 16

    Court Appointed Special Advocates will host its 12th annual Blue Grass Breakdown and Silent Auction on March 16. The event will be held at Ball Farm from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
    “I think we’re gonna have a better one than we had last year,” CASA director David Ayers said.
    The purpose of the event is to raise money to help CASA advocte for children, CASA Volunteer Coordinator Christine O’Dell said.
    “We expect it to be bigger than it was last year,” O’Dell said.
    Last year 200 people attended, and $7,000 was raised.