Today's News

  • High schoolers looking at brains over braun



    That’s the new name many people have given to Alex Rodriguez following his recent scandal with steroids in the MLB.

    Rodriguez was suspended for 211 games, the most in more than 100 years.

    He would also have to forfeit any play in the post season the Yankees may have to play. Rodriguez would not be allowed in those games.

    As year pass, more and more athletes are being caught using performance-enhancing drugs, but just how do the numbers stack up on a more local level?

  • Dixie Roofing wins $269k LaFollette City Hall bid

    LaFOLLETTE—City officials approved a $269,900 contract with Dixie Roofing, Inc. to repair a section of city hall’s roof.
    Council Member Hansford Hatmaker stood against the rest of the council because Dixie Roofing didn’t have the low bid.
    “We took the highest bid,” he said. “We didn’t follow bid procedures. You just voted to increase tax dollars $150,000 by not taking the lowest bid.”

  • City purchases $29K Ford Explorer for city admin

    LaFOLLETTE—City leaders approved purchasing a 2014 Ford Explorer from Rainbow Ford for City Administrator Billie Russell.
    The Explorer costs $29,636—$2,364 less than the $32,000 that was budgeted for it.
    Council member Bob Fannon asked council member Stephanie Grimm—who made a motion to purchase the vehicle—to specify who could use the Explorer.
    Grimm amended her motion to only allow city employees and those appointed by Russell to drive it. Grimm’s motion passed with only council member Hansford Hatmaker voting against it.

  • Cougars hyped, not focused on high prediction


    JACKSBORO—The Campbell County football team received one of its top predictions this past week, as examiner.com slated the Cougars to finish third in District 3-AAA.
    While the prediction brings some hype and excitement to the program, the players say it’s not something they’re focusing on.

  • LaFollette police dog dies

    LaFOLLETTE—K-9 Officer Diesel died unexpectedly Sunday.
    “He will be sadly missed,” said Sgt. Brian Tiller, Diesel’s handler said.
    Diesel was a Malinois. The LaFollette Police Department got him from Dale Wright.
    “The two and a half years he was here, he did several vehicle seizures and numerous drug arrests,” Tiller said.
    LaFollette Police Chief Jimmy Jeffries said the LPD will search for another dog.

  • Animal shelter could reopen

     LaFOLLETTE—Radio station 1450 AM WLAF is reporting that the Adrion W. Baird Animal Center is expected to reopen on Monday. The news agency reports the operation will only take phone calls for its first few days of operations. The shelter number is 423-566-1892.

    WLAF also reports that shelter supervisor Betty Crumley has resigned her post in the wake of a Tennessee Bureau of Investigation probe into alleged wrongdoing at the shelter. The shelter closed April 11 after a viral Internet video surfaced alleging inhumane treatment to animals at the center. 

  • WQLA 960 AM off air—for now

     LaFOLLETTE—After more than a month-long, off-air hiatus, it’s unclear if and when radio station WQLA 960 AM will resume broadcasting. The station filed an application with the Federal Communications Commission June 28 to “remain silent” and has ceased broadcasting since the request was approved by the national radio and TV regulator. 

  • Thousands in petty cash potentially unaccounted for

     JELLICO—Former Jellico town recorder Linda Douglas cashed checks for more than $4,000 in petty cash between October 2011 and her resignation on Dec. 4, 2012. 

    It is unknown where the receipts to account for the funds are, according to Mayor Les Stiers.  

    The 36 checks cleared the bank between Oct. 17, 2011 and Nov. 5, 2012 and range in amounts from $25.87 to $350. 

    Some of the checks were written and cashed out of order, an audit by the LaFollette Press reveals.

  • Home sweet homeschool



    CAMPBELL COUNTY—Many parents are going back-to-school shopping to prepare for the start of the district school year next week. Their children need outfits, backpacks and school supplies. For most, the experience is similar — summer vacation ends, and it’s back to the classroom. For others, however, going back to school doesn’t mean leaving home.

  • Jellico: Tax hikes likely to balance budget blunders

     JELLICO—The town's Board of Mayor and Aldermen is one step closer to correcting a budget deficit and tax blunder that puts them at risk for a state takeover.  

    On Tuesday, the board sought the guidance of local bankers — and former board members — Allen McClary and John Davenport in finalizing the already overdue budget. McClary is the president of Union Bank, which holds the town’s general fund account.