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Today's News

  • JUDGE: Bartley murder trial to stay put

     JACKSBORO—A judge has ruled the Kenneth Bartley murder trial will take place in Jacksboro—the same town as the Campbell County High School shooting that killed Assistant Principal Ken Bruce and injured Principal Gary Seale and Assistant Principal Jim Pierce in 2005.  The jury will come from outside the county, the judge ordered. 

  • Newcomb man found dead in yard

    NEWCOMB—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, later identified as 52-year-old Marvin Morgan, laying in a yard in Newcomb came in approximately 8 a.m.
    Police are awaiting final results from an autopsy, but believe Morgan’s death is the result of natural causes.

  • Why you should never shop on the tax-free weekend

    Last year, I fully believed that a shopping excursion during Tennessee’s official tax-free weekend would be a plan of sheer brilliance.
    School supplies, computers and clothing­—all sans taxation?
    It seemed sublime. Turns out, it was a rather horrific experience that only the strongest of shoppers can overcome.
    Did I really need to save 9.25 percent on marker boards and glitter pencils for my home-schooled children?
    The answer is no—no I did not.

  • 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