Local News

  • I-75 exit 141 attracting potential new business

    CARYVILLE —The board is tight-lipped about the newest interest shown in developing Exit 141, but has revealed it’s a retail venture. A formal announcement about the new business and potential job growth is expected within the few weeks.
    In the last year, there has been growth at both of Caryville’s industrial parks and Travel Centers of America announced plans to open a full-service travel center at Exit 141.


  • Budget changed

    CARYVILLE—Town officials unanimously approved a budget amendment to reallocate funds in this year’s budget. State street aid funds have changed from $57,000 to $47,000. The machinery and equipment fund increased from $50,000 to $60,000.
    The amendment passed unanimously, but is pending finalization.

  • Town seeks police vehicle

    CARYVILLE — The Caryville Police Department is looking to expand its fleet. The town is in the market for a sport utility vehicle to be one of the department’s vehicles. A couple of the police cars are currently inoperational, the mayor said.
    The town will take bids on the vehicle and buy it outright to avoid making payments.The board unanimously approved seeking bids.


    The pool at Cove Lake State Park closed Sunday —earlier than anticipated—due to a shortage of lifeguard staff, according to reports from staff via social media networks.

  • Caryville commits $2,000 for Louie Bluie festival

    CARYVILLE —The town will again make a donation to the annual Louie Bluie Arts and Music festival held at the end of September at Cove Lake State Park.
    The town has donated $2,000 several times over the course of the past seven years of the festival, and officials said it was an investment in the town’s prosperity.
    “We actually get more money back from this here. We actually make money off the motels,” siad Mayor Chris Stanley.
    The Louie Bluie Festival is set for Sept. 27 and 28.

  • Old Walden’s Tavern could be new site for hikers

    LaFOLLETTE—At a recent City Council meeting, officials discussed the possible acquisition of old Walden’s Tavern. As part of plans to revitalize downtown, the tavern could be converted for use by hikers from the Cumberland Trail, City Administrator Billie Russell said.

  • Haslam appoints new commissioner of general services

    NASHVILLE –Robert E. Oglesby is the new commissioner of the Tennessee Department of General Services. Oglesby replaces Steve Cates who is departing the administration on Tuesday to return to his Nashville development business. Oglesby serves as Tennessee’s state architect.
    “Bob has done a great job as our state architect, and his experience will be uniquely valuable as we continue the important work of effectively managing our assets and leveraging the state’s buying power to save taxpayer dollars,” said Gov. Bill Haslam.

  • Grant could help city better develop floodplain

    LaFOLLETTE—At a recent meeting, the LaFollette City Council applied for a Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation grant.
    City Administrator Billie Russell hopes the city can use this grant to clean around the creek to correct flood zone areas that prevent the establishment of businesses.

  • Veterans stories sought for historical tributes

    CAMPBELL COUNTY—The LaFollette Press is working in conjunction with the Campbell Culture Coalition to present a “Walk through History” dedicated to veterans who served in the Civil War to modern-era conflicts. The Press seeks service-time stories and photos from area veterans and their families. The paper will publish a tribute to those who served in its Veteran’s Day issue, Nov. 7, prior to the Veteran’s Day observance on Nov. 11.

  • Commission approves $78M budget

    JACKSBORO—the Campbell County Commission has passed a $78,189,664 budget.
    While the property tax rate didn’t increase, the commission denied some budget funding requests — including Road Superintendent Dennis Potter’s request for $1.5 million to pave roads and the Board of Education’s request for $345,000 to pay for eight additional School Resource Officers.