Local News

  • LaFollette accepts repair bid

    At a special called meeting on Jan. 18, the LaFollette City Council approved a bid from Dixie Roofing to repair the roof over the Police Department.
    “Mike, fix the leak,” Mayor Mike Stanfield said to Mike Malicoat, owner of Dixie Roofing.
    Dixie Roofing had the low bid of $21,976.
    The council had voted to advertise for bids at the regular meeting on Jan. 8. The council adjourned in session and reconvened Friday for a special called meeting to accept a bid.

  • Jellico asks to borrow money from utility company; employees’ insurance cancelled

    Jellico Electric and Water Systems could find itself in the banking business depending on what the comptroller says.

    In a Jan. 14 letter from Jellico Mayor Les Stiers to the comptroller’s office, he outlines some of the town’s financial troubles, and then asks for approval to request a $225,000 loan from the utility service.

    “My message to the comptroller is there up front. We have three large ominous bills staring us in the face,” Stiers said on Tuesday.

  • Sexton resigns as interim city administrator

    As the LaFollette City Council gathered on Jan. 18, interim city administrator Cade Sexton’s seat was noticeably vacant. Silence hung in the air as officials waited to begin the special called meeting. However, before the business of the meeting was attended to, Mayor Mike Stanfield read Sexton’s resignation letter.

  • Commission approves project, rejects its funding source, then reconsiders both

    Tuesday, the county commission had to reconsider two of its actions after approving a board of education project and then voting down its funding source.

  • Boats at Whitman Hollow Dock burn in blaze

    A morning marina fire has caused nearly $100,000 in damages.

    But it could have been worse, according to Chuck Samples, owner of Whitman Hollow Marina in LaFollette.

  • Pleas settled with criminal court cases

     The following cases were resolved in criminal court with the use of plea agreements:

    Matthew Mills – assault, theft of property under $500; time served, relieved of paying obligations.

    Chester B. Toler – theft over $60,000; supervised eight years probation upon release from custody, court costs, ECF of $75, restitution of $18,004.

    Sam Morris – DUI, violation of Tennessee financial responsibility, simple possession of schedule II; split confinement of 83 days, unsupervised probation, fine of $1200, court costs.

  • Public Records -Jan. 24, 2013


    JAN. 14 – JAN. 18

    United States Housing and Urban Development, Housing and Urban Development, HUD to Benjamin Spry and Bohdana Spry; Dist. 3, $63,000.

    C. E. Jack Gray and Alma Gray to Ray Bolton and Elizabeth Bolton; Dist. 1, $9,489.78.

    Misty Evans to Faron Dwayen Allen; Dist. 3, $5,000.

    Veltina Tackett Phillips to Don Phillips and Don Anthony Phillips; Dist. 6, $1,000.

    Cindi Lee Bowers to Cynthia L. Bowers TR. and Cynthia L. Bowers Living Trust; Dist. 2, $0.

  • Construction causes brief power outage Monday

    Due to some work at the site of the new justice center, the power at the Campbell County courthouse had to be temporarily shut down Monday afternoon.
     “They’ve got to cut the power off,” Deputy Mayor David Young said Monday afternoon. “They told us 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., but it may not take that long.”
    While county employees were initially told the power would be out for two hours, it was only out for a matter of a few minutes.

  • Commission to consider agreement with Montclair

    At Monday’s meeting, the county commission will decide whether to approve an agreement with Montclair Technologies.

  • Grant to help the chronically homeless in LaFollette

    A Department of Housing and Urban Development grant will offer help to the chronically homeless in LaFollette.
    “We just have some serious needs in this community,” said Phyllis Clinger, from Community Health of East Tennessee.
    “People get stuck in situations they didn’t plan on getting into,” said Pastor Anthony Gibson, from Word of Life Church. “I don’t know any homeless person who planned on being homeless. Things just happen.”