Local News

  • Campbell County set celebrate Christmas

    As Thanksgiving gives way to the Christmas season, Campbell County will celebrate with several events.

    Campbell County Christmas Parade

    LaFollette will host the Campbell County Christmas Parade on Dec. 1 at 6:30 p.m.

    “I know a lot of people like night parades,” LaFollette Mayor Mike Stanfield said.

    The parade will be staged at LaFollette Elementary School, and the parade route will be down Central Avenue. Josh Etter will serve as grand marshal.

  • No date set for driver station closure

    Two weeks after initially saying that the LaFollette Driver’s Station was not on the list to be closed, the Tennessee Department of Safety revealed that a merger of the Campbell County office is on the table.

    “As part of our Customer Focused Government plan, we are considering merging various driver service centers across the state. The LaFollette Driver Service Center will merge with the facility at 704 North Charles G. Seivers Blvd. in Clinton,” said an email from department of safety public information officer, Dalya Qualls, on Tuesday.

  • Caryville Elementary praised by state

    Caryville Elementary was just shy of being considered a rewards school, but their efforts to close the achievement gap didn’t go unnoticed by the Tennessee Department of Education.

    A rewards school is a school that falls in the top five percent in performance and in the top five percent in progress.

    CES principal Lori Adkins received a letter from the state education commissioner, Kevin Huffman, informing her of the school’s progress.

    “We weren’t a rewards school, but we were very, very close,” Adkins said.

  • CCSD nabs car burglars

    The latest criminal episode in the lives of Anthony Craig Winnie and Phillip McGhee appear to have been short lived.

    On Thursday morning the pair was arrested in connection with a string of car burglaries that police believe started Nov. 8. Authorities believe the two men may have broken into as many as 24 cars in the Jacksboro area.

  • Public records for the week of Nov. 22, 2012

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


    NOV. 12  – NOV. 16

    Michael W. Leach to Terry Saunders and Janice Saunders, Dist. 3, $39,000.

    Donald Theobald and Rachel Trandicosta, Dist. 3, $149,400.

    Ayers LP to Michael W. Hembree and Barbara Hembree, Dist. 1, $74,900.

    Gary W. Hatmaker and Penny B. Hatmaker to Tabitha Burrell and Eric Burrell, Dist. 3, $180,000.

  • Commission discusses 911 board

    At Monday’s meeting, the county commission will appoint three members to the Campbell County E911 board. At Tuesday’s workshop, a portion of the evening was spent discussing the E911 board.
    The nine members of the E911 board are on staggered terms. The board can’t have more than nine members, and three members’ terms have expired. E911 board chair Bill Widener requested the commission reappoint LaFollette Medical Center COO Sara Lloyd, Campbell County EMS Director Danny Sheckles and James Hatmaker.

  • FBC LaFollette packs boxes for Operation Christmas Child

    There are gifts that have been prepared to be shipped to children all over the world. This isn’t the work of elves in Santa’s workshop, but churches and individuals in Campbell County.
    Through Operation Christmas Child, a ministry of Samaritan’s Purse, people can pack shoeboxes full of Christmas gifts, and mail them to children in other countries.

  • LaFollette Church of God to feed community

    As Thanksgiving approaches, members of the LaFollette Church of God seek to put compassion into action. The LaFollette Church of God plans to open its fellowship hall on Saturday to serve 500 Thanksgiving dinners to members of the community.
    “Five hundred is a lot,” church clerk and treasurer Margaret Ayers said. “We thought we could feed that many. We want to bless people in our community. We want them to know that we’re her for them.”

  • Campbell County feels ground shake

    Saturday, the ground shook in Campbell County, and people experienced effects of an earthquake.

    “It shook our living room mildly,” Lynda Miller said via the LaFollette Press Facebook page.

    “I was upstairs in my room (getting) ready,” Sherry Bingham said. “Next thing I know it sounded like someone was (stomping) up my stairs. Then it quit and the next thing I know everything on my dresser and desk (started) shaking. Talking about scaring someone, it did. Never (want) to experience that again. Never.”

  • Auto break ins prompt investigation

    A series of auto burglaries has promoted a dual jurisdictional investigation. Beginning Thursday night, the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department and the Jacksboro Police Department opened investigations into the crimes.

    Authorities estimate nearly 20 vehicles were burglarized from Thursday until Sunday.

    Residential areas including Perkins subdivision, Wheeler Landing, Queener Meadows and Chase Lane are among the neighborhoods where the thieves struck.