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Today's News

  • Brother convicted in 2008 meth-related murder at Eagle Bluff seeks new trial

    NASHVILLE—Convicted murderer Phillip Pack deserves a new trial, according to his attorney, Greg Isaacs.
    Pack was convicted in 2010 for the 2008 murder of Jayne Love in Jacksboro.
    The jury was told Pack, along with his brother Russell Pack, Michael Wilson and Love went to the top of Eagle Bluff where they used methamphetamine. Prosecutors said Love died of an overdose after Pack gave her a syringe full of meth.

  • Police net woman for burglary; arrest man under bed on warrant

    JACKSBORO—A breaking and entering investigation resulted in the arrest of a woman and another man who was allegedly hiding under a bed to evade an outstanding warrant.
    Saturday, Officer Mike Caudill, with the Jacksboro Police Department, was dispatched to a residence in reference to a female reportedly attempting to break into a home, records indicated.
    Upon arrival, a witness alleged a female with black hair, wearing a black shirt and black shorts attempted to enter into the neighbor’s residence, according to JPD records.

  • LaFollette Press closed July 4

    The office of the LaFollette Press will be closed July 4 in observance of the Independence Day holiday. It will re-open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 5.
    The staff of The Press wishes everyone a safe and happy holiday.

  • Tennessee Technology Center at Jacksboro gets new name

    JACKSBORO—The Tennessee Technology Center at Jacksboro was renamed Tennessee College of Applied Technology on Monday.
    While the name changes, the mission remains the same. The new name just more accurately reflects the post-secondary training provided, said David Browder, director of the TCAT in Jacksboro.

  • A FINAL RESTING PLACE: COUNTY PAYING PRICE FOR ‘PAUPERS’

    The casket is lowered into the grave. The dirt falls. No flowers are laid on the mound. No tears are shed. Besides a county employee and a representative from the funeral home, there are few mourners. Most of what is said is a short prayer. This is the funeral many receive because it’s all they—or their families—can afford.
    “When they really can’t afford anything at all, that’s when we step in,” Campbell County Deputy Mayor David Young said. That’s our responsibility.”

  • 1 caught, 1 sought for sunken, stolen Nissan

    LaFOLLETTE—Campbell County Sheriff’s detectives Brandon Elkin and Freddie White are looking for the last suspect in a four-perp crime.  The group is accused of stealing a car, destroying it and sinking it in the lake. Two juveniles in the case have already been arrested.
    Suspects Andrew Dalton Kitts and Christopher Roy Stone reportedly went to Lafollette Estates on Brook Place Lane on June 10 where the victim reported she woke up approximately 4:30 p.m. and saw that her 1991 Nissan 2LS was missing.

  • JELLICO BANK ROBBED

    JELLICO—The Knoxville FBI office is investigating after a man walked into First State Financial in Jellico just before 11 a.m. on Monday.
    The suspect is a white male, approximately 5-foot-6 to 5-foot-8 and 130 to 145 pounds. He is estimated to be in his early to mid 20s and was wearing a camouflage hoodie, camouflage shorts, and sunglasses.
    When he entered the bank, he gave a note to employees demanding money. The employees complied and the suspect fled with an undisclosed amount of money.
    There were no reports of the suspect carrying a weapon.

  • Town in Turmoil: JELLICObstacles

    NASHVILLE —The state comptroller told Jellico officials today (Tuesday) he is uncomfortable with inflated revenue projections and would need to further review the town’s budget before it could be accepted by his office.
    “I’m very nervous about these revenue estimates,” said Justin Wilson, Tennessee’s Comptroller, who oversees government spending in the state and its municipalities. ”…the entire [budget] and particular the fines and forfeitures.”

  • Man sought in Jellico bank robbery
  • A New Era

    A NEW ERA

    By CHRIS CANNON

    ccannon@lafollettepress.com

     

    It’s the dawning of a new era for Campbell County High School, as Lance Albright prepares to create the new mural for John R.W. Brown Gymnasium.

    The 30-year old graduated from Campbell County High School in 2000 and says its an honor to be chosen as the one to paint the walls.