Local News

  • LaFollette passes $8.94 million budget

    LaFOLLETTE—LaFollette officials approved an $8.94 million budget this year that includes new vehicles for the police department, equipment for the public works department and a new vehicle for City Administrator Billie Russell.

  • Board rejects mayoral pick, replaces Bowlin with Perkins

    JELLICO—Wanda Perkins now holds a position on the Jellico Board of Mayor and Alderman following the resignation of Tommy Bowlin.
    Mayor Les Stiers had originally suggested Novella Brooks, director of nursing at Beechtree Manor, occupy the empty seat.
    “She has been here and is concerned about Jellico. She’s a hard worker,” Stiers said.
    Byrge made the motion to accept Brooks, seconded by Alderman Alvin Evans.
    Vice Mayor Venita “Cissco” Johnson then said she had Wanda Perkins in mind for the position.

  • Jacksboro man arrested after connection with mass burglaries

    JACKSBORO—A Jacksboro man is behind bars after police connected him to a string of thefts at the end of May.
    Dustin Dewayne Boshears, 25, 619 River Rd. Jacksboro, was arrested June 21 after the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office investigated two thefts.
    On May 25, another Jackboro man said he hired Boshears to perform some work on his farm. The next day, the victim noticed $1,610 worth of farm equipment missing, according to police.

  • Brother convicted in 2008 meth-related murder at Eagle Bluff seeks new trial

    NASHVILLE—Convicted murderer Phillip Pack deserves a new trial, according to his attorney, Greg Isaacs.
    Pack was convicted in 2010 for the 2008 murder of Jayne Love in Jacksboro.
    The jury was told Pack, along with his brother Russell Pack, Michael Wilson and Love went to the top of Eagle Bluff where they used methamphetamine. Prosecutors said Love died of an overdose after Pack gave her a syringe full of meth.

  • Police net woman for burglary; arrest man under bed on warrant

    JACKSBORO—A breaking and entering investigation resulted in the arrest of a woman and another man who was allegedly hiding under a bed to evade an outstanding warrant.
    Saturday, Officer Mike Caudill, with the Jacksboro Police Department, was dispatched to a residence in reference to a female reportedly attempting to break into a home, records indicated.
    Upon arrival, a witness alleged a female with black hair, wearing a black shirt and black shorts attempted to enter into the neighbor’s residence, according to JPD records.

  • LaFollette Press closed July 4

    The office of the LaFollette Press will be closed July 4 in observance of the Independence Day holiday. It will re-open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 5.
    The staff of The Press wishes everyone a safe and happy holiday.

  • Tennessee Technology Center at Jacksboro gets new name

    JACKSBORO—The Tennessee Technology Center at Jacksboro was renamed Tennessee College of Applied Technology on Monday.
    While the name changes, the mission remains the same. The new name just more accurately reflects the post-secondary training provided, said David Browder, director of the TCAT in Jacksboro.


    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.