Local News

  • Tip leads to recent meth lab

  • Suspect’s actions result in serious injuries

  • Teens lift car from local dealership

  • Jury returns verdict in Brooks case

     After a short deliberation the 12 person jury in Rodney Brooks' attempted murder case found him guilty. But not of the crimes he was charged with. Instead, Brooks was convicted of the misdemeanor crime of reckless endangerment and being a convicted felon possessing a handgun.

    The verdict came after a trial that lasted less then six hours. In the course of the trial, the victim, Anthony Potter admitted he had pushed Brooks into a fight. Potter was shot in the face during the course of that altercation.

    For full coverage of the trial read next week's LaFollette Press

  • Bluegrass breakdown draws huge crowd in support of CASA

    Past the rows of silent auction items and into the auditorium at Campbell County High School, were the talented musicians who performed and entertained a huge crowd at the eight annual Bluegrass Breakdown.

    The 2009 Bluegrass Breakdown, one of CASA of Campbell County’s biggest fundraisers, was the venue for three groups of skilled instrumentalist and singers to share their talents for the benefit of the county’s abused and neglected children.

  • Branam indicted, leaves teaching profession

    Following a two-week investigation by police, a 30-year education veteran has been indicted by a grand jury.

    Last week Jackboro Police Chief Danny Chapman sat before the 12 person panel outlining the case against Harolyn Dean Branam, a Jacksboro Middle School teacher.

    Afterwards the jury returned a 10 count sealed indictment charging Branam with three counts of sexual battery and seven counts of assault, the record said.

  • Baird vetoes jail addition again

    The county commission is not taking no for answer.

    On the heels of County Mayor William Baird vetoing the addition of a $1.3 million kitchen and laundry facility to the county’s jail, commissioners are planning a special called meeting to possibly overturn  the veto.

    Today at 5 p.m. the commission will convene in a special called budget and finance session to discuss the vetoed resolutions.  

    Baird’s veto can be overturned with a simple majority vote by commissioners.

  • LaFollette Council discusses process for police chief applicants

    Sifting  through the multiple applications for LaFollette Police chief position the council narrowed the field on Monday night.

    City Administrator David Young requested guidelines from the council regarding qualifications and number of applicants to be interviewed.

    Councilman Hansford Hatmaker said all the officers with the city who applied should be considered for the position.

    Young said when applicants from the far reaches of the United States are made aware of the salary range they may withdrawal themselves from the process.

  • Schneider family trys to recover after fire

    There is no manual that tells someone how to bury a child and deal with a tragedy that critically injures your  wife and baby.

    Just ask William Schneider- he is living it.

    In has been 20 days since he lost his 3 –year- old son, Jacob while his wife Crystal and six-month old daughter Cynthia were critically injured in the West Cherry Street house fire.

    William Schneider was notified of the tragic fire, but by this time his wife and daughter were already on their way to Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville.

  • Eyes on LaFollette returns

    Smile LaFollette.  No it’s not candid camera, but it is that time of year again.

    Lawn mowers emerging from hibernation and blooming Dogwoods can only mean one thing, eyes are on LaFollette. More specifically the eyes of Rob Heller’s advanced photo journalism class.

    This Friday and Saturday 17 University of Tennessee students will converge on the city in an attempt to capture images of the people and places that make LaFollette beautiful and unique.