Today's News

  • Hit-and-run leads to hour-long manhunt

     Four law enforcement agencies responded after a LaFollette man allegedly fled from a hit-and-run accident on Monday afternoon.

    David Norris, 41, 869 Glade Springs Rd., LaFollette, allegedly hit another vehicle in front of the Quik Stop BBQ Market & Deli in Caryville. He then fled the area on foot. 

    The Campbell County Sheriff’s Department, Jacksboro Police Department, Caryville Police Department and Tennessee Highway Patrol all responded to the area to begin the manhunt after a “be on the lookout” advisory was issued.

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  • Lawsuit claims bankrupt town breached contract

    A Clinton excavating company is sueing the town of Jellico for more than $80,000, after it said the town failed to render payment for services performed.
    In the three-page complaint filed May 28 in Campbell County Chancery Court, Cozy Excavation & Contracting, LLC claimed it was hired to make improvements to the water treatment facility. The work was completed, according to the suit.

  • Man sentenced to 90 days for violating sex offender registry

    After last month’s motion to dismiss charges, a LaFollette man pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 90 days in the county jail.
    Brian Keith Wilson, 43, was living too close to a park, school, head start and recreation center when he met with his probation officer on Aug. 3, 2012.
    “It came to my attention that the address where Mr. Wilson was living since 2007 was too close to several things,” probation officer Sarah Dunn testified last month.
    Wilson contended he had been given permission to live there by his former probation officer.

  • Man whose dog bit deputy arraigned on multiple charges

    CAMPBELL COUNTY—A LaFollette man was arraigned in Campbell County Criminal Court Monday on multiple charges filed against him during two separate incidents in April.
    Dale Wilson, 629 Grantsboro Rd., LaFollette, answered to nine charges in criminal court where he entered not guilty pleas to each count.

  • EMS to offer training at East LaFollette center

    LaFOLLETTE—The city council will allow the Campbell County EMS to use a room at East LaFollette Community Center. Campbell County EMS hopes to offer first aid, CPR and other training to organizations in the community from the new site at East LaFollette.

  • Council picks Rogers Group for STP projects

    LaFOLLETTE—The city council approved the $479,193 Rogers Group submitted for Surface Transportation Program projects. This bid must be approved by the Tennessee Department of Transportation before the city will receive the STP money. This money will be used to pay Rogers Group to pave South Avenue from Jacksboro Pike to Loop Road, 13th Street from Central Avenue to Beech Street and South Cumberland Avenue from Central Avenue to city limits.

  • City applies for credit limit

    LaFOLLETTE—The city council on Tuesday approved applying for a city credit card. Council member Hansford Hatmaker asked who would be responsible for the card.
    “Billie will be in charge of the credit card,” Mayor Mike Stanfield said, referring to the new city administrator—Billie Russell.
    “Good deal,” Hatmaker said.

  • Budget out of balance

    LaFollette’s officials must produce a balanced budget by the end of the month. However, as they met for a workshop after the regular meeting Tuesday night, they discovered the general fund is currently $133,000 out of balance. This doesn’t include the wish list from the city’s department heads—which totaled more than $350,000 before city administrator Billie Russell mentioned she needed a vehicle for work operation. The former city administrator vehicle was wrecked in January and hasn’t been replaced.

  • Indian Mountain State Park pulls plug on public pool

    JELLICO—The pool at Indian Mountain State Park, in Jellico, is permanently closed.
    “Tennessee State Parks’ operations staff made the decision to permanently close the swimming pool,” said Meg Lockhart, spokesperson for the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, in a Tuesday e-mail.
    The pool was not being used enough and needed more than $70,000 worth of repairs, Lockhart said. She mentioned Kentucky Splash Park is 11 miles away, in Williamsburg, Ky,