Today's News

  • Board says yes to graduation venue change

    Oh, the times they are changing. At least when it comes to graduation at Campbell Campbell County High School they are.

    Student council representatives showed up in force at the Dec. 8 school board meeting to lobby the board to say yes to a change of venue for the event that has traditionally been held at the school’s football field.

  • Former teacher busted with drugs in JMS parking lot

    A retired teacher’s decision to go back to school on Monday resulted in trip to jail.

    At around 3:30 p.m. on Dec. 19, Jacksboro Middle School SRO Shane Wolfenbarger reported noticing two people sitting in a parked car near the school’s football field.

    When the officer approached the 1996 Buick Regal he saw Stephen L. Pebley, 62, of 155 Lake Lane, Caryville in driver’s seat with a tourniquet allegedly around his left arm, records indicate.

  • Store falls victim to robbery

    Shoppers and employees at a local discount store got more than the bargained for last Friday.

    When Campbell County Sheriff’s Deputy Roger Goins arrived at the Dollar General Store located at 115 Calhoun Road on Dec. 16 a store employee and witnesses reported they were the victims of an armed robbery.

  • LPD makes multiple arrests

    Officers kept busy with drug arrests and an alleged robbery last week.

    On Dec. 14, LaFollette Police Officer Dustin Parrott came in contact with Jennifer Williams, 29, of 113 Sunshine Circle, on N. 15th Street, at around 12:30 a.m. When Parrott checked Williams for outstanding warrants he discovered she had several in Anderson County.

  • Hatfield wanted by LPD and CCSD

    After a high-speed chase more than a week ago Dustin Hatfield is still on the lam.

    On Dec. 14 at around 7 a.m. LaFollette Police Officer Jason Marlow stopped Hatfield, 25, of 6193 Highway 90, Clairfield, at the Big Creek Market for driving with his high beam lights on.

    During the traffic stop Hatfield accelerated onto S. Tennessee Ave and failed to stop at the stop sign at Beech Street. Records indicate Hatfield continued on failing to stop at red lights on E. Central Ave. and Indiana Ave. before turning onto Highway 25W.

  • CCSD makes drug arrests

    Officers with the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department kept busy making drug related arrests last week.

    On Dec. 11 Deputy Brian Nelson was dispatched to Melvin Hollow Road in the Stinking area to investigate reports of a suspicious person on private property. Nelson allegedly found Robert C. Birgholtz, 29, of 139 Brennan Lane, asleep just off the roadway.  Upon contact with Birgholtz, Nelson reported smelling a strong odor of marijuana. A pipe with what Nelson believed to be marijuana residue was also found in Birgholtz possession, records indicate.

  • Domestic dispute at Rocky Top ends in police chase

     Last Thursday, Jacksboro and Caryville police officers went to the Rocky Top Shell station in Caryville in response to a domestic dispute. They ended up chasing the suspect.

  • Alleged shoplifter tased at jail

     Saturday night, Jacksboro Police Officer Zachary Graves went to Wal-Mart in response to a shoplifter.

  • Objections begin workshop on a negative note

     The atmosphere at LaFollette’s workshop started out tense when councilmember Hansford Hatmaker didn’t want to hear county emergency management director Jay Muncy’s presentation about “Code Red.” Hatmaker’s objection was the proposal being presented contained a five-year contract term.

  • The story of the year for 2011

     Earlier this month the LaFollette Press posed a question to readers- “What story had you talking this year?”

    When the votes were tallied, it was nearly a unanimous decision.

    Wanda Cieslak and the death of her newborn son was the headline that grabbed everyone’s attention not letting go.

    This was a story that broke hearts and enraged people simultaneously.