Local News

  • East LaFollette Learning Academy new site for alternative school

    The Campbell County Alternative School is now operating at its new location at East LaFollette. It moved there Oct. 29, but renovations were complete by Oct. 1.
    “Everything was finished, we just had to have the fire marshal approve it,” school board member Johnny Byrge said.
    “It’s a brand new building,” Principal Ronnie Lasley said. “It gives a better atmosphere for the kids to be working in. It’s a great improvement.”
    The East LaFollette Learning Academy is able to hold about 100 students.

  • Commission passed resolution to refund $21,000 in delinquent tax refunds

    Monday night, the Campbell County approved a budget resolution to spend $21,739 to refund delinquent taxes. Combined with the resolution passed last month to spend $5,089 to refund delinquent taxes, the county has spent $26,828 from the undesignated fund balance.
    The delinquent tax refunds weren’t a part 2012-13 budget, and money has been appropriated from the undesignated fund balance in order to pay them, according to Campbell County Finance Director Jeff Marlow.

  • Commission appoints Jacksboro Police Chief Danny Chapman to 911 Board

    Monday night, the Campbell County Commission appointed Jacksboro Police Chief Danny Chapman to the 911 Board in place of LaFollette Medical Center COO Sara Lloyd.
    The E911 board consists of seven to nine members who are on staggered terms.
    “All of them are citizens, but some of them are in positions where the board would be something they would have input into,” county mayor William Baird said.

  • Customers, businesses prep for Black Friday

    As Thanksgiving leftovers begin to cool in the refrigerator, many will set out to take advantage of Black Friday sales.
    “I will be shopping. It has been a tradition of mine since I was younger,” Amanda Partin said via Facebook. “I’m hoping to score some video games for my kids and anything super hero related for my son who lives [loves] all things super hero.”
    While many will flock to shopping centers in Knoxville, local stores, such as Radio Shack, Gifts from Above and Smith’s Ace Hardware will offer special sales.

  • Jellico memo stirs questions


    An inter-office memo from Jellico town recorder Linda Douglas to Mayor Les Stiers and the board members discussing lay-offs and “weight issues” within the police department was the main topic of discussion at last Thursday’s meeting.

    Laying off four police officers, one street department employee and one sanitation worker were ideas suggested by Johnson, Bowlin and Evans, according to the note.

    The memo also mentions “weight issues” within the Jellico Police Department.

  • Little travel expenses incurred in Caryville

    Editor’s Note: In the coming weeks the LaFollette Press will publish a series of stories focused on spending for travel my governmental entities. This is the second in the series.

    In 15 months, six people incurred only $4207.11 in travel related expenses in the town of Caryville.

    “Our jobs pretty much hold us here,” said town recorder Cheryl Ivey.

    Pat Donahue

  • Jellico man rearrested on drug charges

    A man already behind bars was served with two new warrants for drug charges.

    Jack Trammell, 53, of South Main Street, Jellico, was being detained at the Campbell County Jail for violating his probation in early October. Last Thursday morning, Trammell received notice of new charges stemming from a three-month investigation by the Jellico Police Department.

  • 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.