Local News

  • County mayor’s office spending kept to a minimum

    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 first in the series.

    For the four employees at the Campbell County mayor’s office, trips and perks are kept to a bare minimum to save money in tough economic times.

    “We basically just don’t spend anything that we don’t have to spend,” said Deputy Mayor David Young.

    One of the ways the office works to save money is through consolidating trips.

  • Board of education changes AP biology grading scale

    High school students enrolled in advanced placement biology will now receive a weighted grade to compensate for the college-level work required by the class. “Currently we have students who have and are taking this class that are not receiving weighted credit that other schools in our area tend to get,” said Suzanne Crumley, a teacher at CCHS. AP classes are weighted in most school districts so that an A becomes worth 5.0, a B is worth 4.0 and so forth. There are four AP classes at Campbell County High School. All of them are weighted except AP Biology.

  • Jellico still searching for revenue answers

    Property tax payments have eased financial troubles in Jellico, but the board of mayor and aldermen must still find revenue sources to sustain the town’s operations.

    “We have been able to make payroll. The people have been coming in and paying the city property taxes,” said Mayor Les Stiers on Tuesday “We’re able to keep our head above water. We’re paying our bills.”

    The board had been set to hold a special call meeting on Nov. 8, but the death of alderwoman Pam Carbaugh’s husband cancelled the meeting.

  • Father-daughter duo arrested on drug charges

    Two Jellico residents are behind bars after the Campbell County Grand Jury issued indictments for drug related offenses.

    Jay Lay Jr., 54, 232 Wooldridge Lane, Jellico, was spotted by Jellico Police Chief Chris Anderson at a 5th street gas station on Halloween. He was reportedly arrested by Det. Sgt. Jeff Ivey.

    Lay was charged with three counts of sale of a schedule II drug and three counts of delivery of a schedule II drug. His bond was set at $100,000.

  • Jacksboro man jailed after auto accident

    A Jacksboro man was jailed for the seventh time following an early-morning car accident on Indian River Boat Dock Road on Nov. 12.

    Officers reportedly arrived on the scene and found a 2006 white Suzuki crashed into a tree with “moderate damage.”

    Sgt. Josh Carroll of the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department reportedly found the vehicle unoccupied, but the vehicle was allegedly registered to Gregory Wayne Bailey, 45, 121 Cherokee Trail, Jacksboro.

  • Public records for the week of Nov. 15, 2012


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



    James R. Wells and Daina D. Wells to Paul M. Kruth and Catherine M. Kruth, Dist. 2, $147,000.

    Donald K. Beverly and Karla Beverly to David Maurer and Linda M. Maurer, Dist. 2, $23,000.

    United States Housing and Urban Development to One Tenn LTD, Dist. 3, $94,000.

  • Shepherd’s Home to host 3rd annual banquet

     Tuesday night, the Shepherd’s Home will host its 3rd annual banquet at First Baptist Church of Jacksboro. It will be held in the Family Life Center at 6:30 p.m.

  • LaFollette sets 20 MPH speed limit on Mullis Trail and Jane Way

     Monday night, the LaFollette City Council voted to set a 20-mile per hour speed limit for Mullis Trail and Jane Way.

    Before the members of the council voted to set a new speed limit for those streets, they listened to the concerns of four citizens from Mullis Trail about work that is currently underway.

  • Jellico woman behind bars on drug indictment

    A Jellico woman was arrested after police questioned her for prostitution and found she was wanted on an outstanding drug related indictment.

    Once officers identified the woman as Margaret A. “Paco” Hicks, 35, she was arrested on an indictment warrant handed down by the Campbell County Grand Jury.

    During the booking process, Hicks allegedly admitted to having “intimate knowledge” of a Jellico prostitution ring and reportedly admitted to taking part in illegal acts in the park.

  • Jellico to give away coats on Saturday

    Jellico’s residents could find themselves a little warmer thanks to the kindness of fellow citizens.

    On Saturday, children, teens and adults in need of a coat can go to Veterans Park between 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to pick up a free coat in Jellico’s third annual Coats for the Cold.

    “We’ve got a room full of coats,” said Doris Stiers, one of the event organizers. “I bet we’ve got 800 coats.” Last year, 500 coats were collected.