Today's News

  • Column: 'Praise and blame, it's all the same'

    I’ll have to be honest. When I first heard that Butch Jones was hired for the University of Tennessee job, I wasn’t the happiest.

    I mean, he did get beat by Derek Dooley, 45-23.

    However, after looking up more about Jones and hearing him speak at his press conference last Friday, it seems like he’s going to become the perfect fit for the University of Tennessee.

    After all, it is his dream job.

  • Construction on new Family Dollar complete

    Traffic on Jacksboro Pike was forced into one lane as Rogers Group worked to install a deceleration lane for Family Dollar. This work is being completed to accommodate traffic flow to Family Dollar’s new location.
    “What it is is a turn lane for the new dollar store,” LaFollette Street Department Head Jim Mullins said.

  • Burger King to open new LaFollette location today

    Today, Burger King will open a new building where Marsee Motors was previously located.
    “It’s a state of the art store,” said Stan Foust, planner for the LaFollette Planning Commission. “It’s the new creation of Burger King. It’s the proto-type store Burger King has designed.”
    “This is what Burger King calls their 20-20 image,” Operations Manager for the LaFollette Burger King Donnie Carr said.

  • Campbell Co. donates to Operation Christmas Child

    Campbell County prepared over 2,000 gifts for children in other countries through Operation Christmas Child.
    “We collected 2,111 boxes,” said Margaret Faulkner, who volunteered to pack boxes at First Baptist Church of LaFollette. “It’s sure gonna mean a lot to those children who get these boxes.”
    Cedar Hill Baptist Church contributed 602 shoeboxes. Doris Duncan and her granddaughter, Lauren Evans, spearheaded the collection efforts, Faulkner said.

  • Roger’s Group completes Mullis Trail project

    Last week, Roger’s Group finished a project on Mullis Trail that was begun about a month ago. The delay caused residents to have to park in the street for a few weeks.
    Initially, a curb was put on both sides of the street in order to keep drainage from running into the residents’ yards. However, the height of the curb prevented them from parking in their driveways.
    Four Mullis Trail residents came to the LaFollette City Council meeting on Nov. 6 to voice concerns about the project.

  • LaFollette council adjourns in session, discusses insurance

    The LaFollette City Council adjourned in session after its meeting Tuesday night in order to make a more informed decision about employee health insurance. It will reconvene Dec. 14 at 10 a.m. to make a decision.
    An 8 percent increase in the total cost of employee medical insurance was allowed for in the budget. That is $911,000. However, interim city administrator Cade Sexton feels this is too much to spend on insurance.

  • Man arrested for allegedly smoking marijuana in Wendy’s parking lot

    A LaFollette man was arrested for allegedly smoking marijuana in his Acura in the Wendy’s parking lot on Saturday night. Two children were allegedly seated in the passenger seats.
    Sgt. Joe Brown of the LaFollette Police Department went to Wendy’s around 8 p.m. Saturday night in response to a complaint about a man smoking marijuana in the parking lot, the report.
    Patrick Pierce, 21, 334 Farris Circle, LaFollette, had been observed smoking marijuana by Tennessee Highway Patrol officer Mike Heatherly, who was off duty at the time.

  • Allegedly impaired driver stopped after almost striking officers’ cars

    A Duff woman was charged after she allegedly almost struck two Campbell County Sheriff’s Deputies’ vehicles. The deputies were in the middle of a traffic stop.
    Deputies Chad Hickson and Josh Humphries were in the middle of a traffic stop in Jacksboro when Donna A. McCall, 36, 185 West Cotula Lane, failed to merge to avoid them, nearly hitting their vehicles, Hickson said.

  • “Drug deal gone bad” turns violent; ends in aggravated assault charges

    An alleged drug deal turned violent Nov. 28 when a woman was slung from a dark blue Pontiac Sunfire. She was allegedly attempting to pay $20 for what she thought was marijuana.
    The victim told the LaFollette Police Department Wendy D. Falls, 39, 411 E. Fir Street, LaFollette, had called her and asked her to buy marijuana, according to Sgt. Brian Tiller’s arrest report.

  • JMS receives temporary guidance counselor

    Students at Jacksboro Middle School will once again have a guidance counselor. Counselor Shirley Peel has been off work since March due to an on-the-job injury.

    “I think she was getting ready to sit down at her desk and her seat kind of slipped back and she fell in the floor, hurt her arm,” said Campbell County Director of Schools, Donnie Poston.

    There has not been a guidance counselor present at the school since Peel was injured, according to Principal Steve Rutherford.