Local News

  • LaFollette Medical Center to host Gluten free meal

    LaFollette Medical Center will host LaFollette’s first Gluten Free Get Acquainted Celiac Lunch on Sept. 26 at noon.
    The purpose of the meal is to raise awareness of celiac and gluten sensitivity.
    Ninety-five percent of the people in the United States who have celiac remain undiagnosed, said Carolyn Acuff, from the Celiac Spruce Association.
    “People just don’t know about some of these things,” she said.
    Acuff has celiac, and didn’t know what it was when she was diagnosed.

  • The Shepherd’s Home Thrift Store to celebrate one-year anniversary

    The Shepherd’s Home Thrift Store will celebrate its one-year anniversary Sept. 27-29.
    Over the past year, the thrift store, which is located in Woodson’s Mall, has provided second-hand goods to the community.
    “We are serving well over 500 customers every week,” store manager Barbara Jo Sterrett said.

  • Program offers Tennesseans relief on their mortgage payments

    Many struggling Tennessee families are now receiving help with their house payments through the Keep My Tennessee Home program.
    Tennessee is one of 18 states to receive federal “hardest hit” funds, according to a statewide press release.
    The United States Treasury has provided $217 million worth of funds to the Keep My Tennessee Home program, which the Tennessee Housing Development Agency administers to eligible families, said Patricia Smith, director of public affairs for the THDA.

  • CCHS celebrates homecoming week, parade set for Friday

    Campbell County High School’s homecoming parade will displace the normal traffic breezing through downtown LaFollette on Friday afternoon. Director of Schools Donnie Poston is the parade’s grand marshal

    The parade will leave the LaFollette United Methodist Church and the senior citizen’s center around 1:30 p.m. and will end near Sonic.

  • Louie Bluie Music and Arts Festival to highlight a variety of musical performances

    A diverse group of musicians will take the stage at the sixth annual Louie Bluie Music and Arts Festival on Sept. 29.

    The Louie Bluie Music and Arts Festival honors the legacy of Howard “Louie Blue” Armstrong. Armstrong, who grew up in LaFollette, influenced many genres of music, mastering 22 instruments, festival spokesperson Lisa McCloud said.

    To honor Armstrong, the festival will feature musicians who represent various genres. There will be performances at three stages: the Louie Bluie Stage, the Armstrong Theatre and the Community Stage.

  • Hatmaker requests commissioner’s presence on committees

       Commissioner Tom Hatmaker called County Mayor William Baird’s leadership into question Monday night. As the commission discussed appointments to the industrial committee and planning commission, Hatmaker requested to be added to the emergency medical service committee and the environmental committee.

    “I participate in the meetings, I just don’t have a vote,” Hatmaker said. “This just gives me a vote.”

  • Police warn of dangers of meth house

    The unassuming brown house with a blue door sits under a hill in Jacksboro. It appears similar to the other homes on Cedar Circle.

    Except for the yellow crime scene tape that encircles the front porch and the quarantined signs that decorate the front of the home.

    The house at 353 Cedar Circle is just one of 194 homes quarantined in Campbell County because meth had been produced there, according to the Tennessee Meth Registry.

  • Fire at Springs Dock Marina burns 50 boats; CCSD investigations finds no foul play

    A fire burned two sets of slips and about 50 boats at Springs Dock Marina early Monday morning. Authorities don’t suspect foul play.

    Campbell County Sheriff’s Department Captain Brandon Elkins went to Spring’s Dock Marina Monday for an unofficial investigation. He found nothing, he said.

    “There was nothing to show anybody started that fire on purpose,” Elkins said. “Nobody was seen on camera.”

    The fire was a slow burning fire, Elkins said.

  • Jury returns verdict in Suttles case

    Pete Suttles got his day in court.

    He also got a verdict that partially exonerated him.

    In January, he was charged with aggravated arson and two counts of aggravated assault by domestic violence. On Tuesday a jury found him guilty of two counts of assault. A not guilty verdict was returned on the arson charge.

    It was alleged Suttles attacked his then girlfriend, Shelly Ann Keith and her grandmother, Rosa Lee Hicks, then burnt down the trailer they all been living in.

  • Phillips- Jones becomes DA

    Lori Phillips Jones’ enthusiasm is infectious.

    It is a trait that will serve her well now that she has taken the helm at the Eighth Judicial District Attorney’s Office.

    Last week marked the beginning of Jones’ new appointment.

    She became the district attorney general after Paul Phillips retired following 33 years in the position. With two years left in Phillips’ term, Jones was chosen by Gov. Bill Haslam to step into the role.

    In a sense it is the job Jones has been preparing for since high school.