Today's News

  • Accused arsonists behind bars after surrending to law enforcement

    DUFF—Two individuals believed to be responsible for a June house fire in Duff are behind bars.
    Shelia Antrican Havens, 54, 400 E. Virginia Ave., LaFollette, and Danny Wayne Antrican, 1331 Slopcreek Rd., Morristown, turned themselves in to Campbell County Sheriff’s Office Det. Freddie Stagnolia on July 23.
    The pair is accused of burning a home at 412 Duff Road on June 5 in retaliation for previous damage at Havens’s home.

  • Man found dead in Newcomb yard

    The Campbell County Sheriff's Department is investigating after a man was found dead in a yard Monday morning.

    A 911 call about an unresponsive white male laying in a yard in Newcomb came in approximately 8 a.m. today.

    Investigators were still on the scene as of 11:30 a.m.

    It was unclear if foul play was involved.

    See more details as they become available and in this week's edition of the LaFollette Press.

  • Caryville woman dead after interstate car accident

    A Caryville woman is dead after a car accident on I-75 in Anderson County.

    Chistina Denise Nelson, 23, was traveling southbound when her car left the road and flipped several times. She and her unborn son, Landon, were killed.

    She is survived by her father, Steve Nelson of Caryville and mother, Andrea Cooper of Lake City.

  • Police to pay woman $80k in wrongful arrest suit

     JELLICO— The Jellico Police Department has reached a settlement with Tina Gregg, for $80,000 after she was wrongfully arrested for the theft of a bicycle by officer J.J. Hatmaker in 2010. 

    The money will be paid by the town’s former insurance provider, Tennessee Municipal League, said Jellico mayor, Les Stiers.

    Stiers declined to comment further on the matter because he said the incident happened before he took office.

  • Marina man's mayhem fueled by moonshine

     JACKSBORO—A 45-year-old LaFollette man was arrested Saturday after sheriff’s deputies reportedly discovered him drinking illegal moonshine from a quart jar and acting belligerently at Indian River Marina. 

    According to reports from the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department, Earl Jeffrey Jones, 45, 10321 Jacksboro Pike, LaFollette, was advised by a dockhand to stop being disruptive, before two officers arrived on the scene. 

  • Naturally endowed: Adventure tourists flocking here for hills, thrils

     CAMPBELL COUNTY—Hike it. Camp it. Fish it. Zip it. Adventure tourism is attracting millions here each year as officials work to rebrand the county as a destination for outdoor enthusiasts. Members of a strategic planning committee are soon expected to unveil a logo they believe will better market the area to outsiders. 

    The circular emblem is emblazoned with the phrase: “WHERE THE MOUNTAINS MEET MEET NORRIS LAKE.”

  • Wild Thyme Players hosts acting classes
  • Heidi adaptation puts orphan in Appalachia

    KNOXVILLE—Knoxville Children’s Theatre presents a live stage version of the inspirational classic book, Heidi, through Saturday. KCT’s new adaptation contains all of the comic antics and dramatic episodes of the novel, but all of the action has been transplanted to Tennessee, with the Great Smoky Mountains substituting for the Alps.

  • Tea light workshop set

    NORRIS—Light up your home with personal expression by creating a tea light holder in this introductory one-day pottery workshop from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.  Aug.6.
    Students will learn hand-building techniques, use surface designs and textures then finish with colorful under glazes or stains. Bring an item to impress into the clay for added personal meaning, such as a family key, stamp or pendant.

  • Appalachian Arts Craft Center scouting members

    NORRIS—The Appalachian Arts Craft Center in Norris is looking for new members to sell their handmade crafts in the craft center shop. Anyone interested in going through the jurying process may pick up a jurying packet at the center and bring three samples of their work to the center between  now and  Aug. 2. Jurying will take place Aug. 5. Items must be picked up by Aug. 22.