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Today's News

  • TAX TIME: Don't get caught in the filing storm

     An estimated 605,000 Tennesseans will wait until April 15 — the deadline — to file their taxes, according to information from Internal Revenue Service auditors. 

    If you’re one of those procrastinators, clip these tips and put them on the fridge:  

  • 'Get your head in the game'

    ccannon@lafollettepress.com

    From the NFL to the youth leagues, concussions have become the talk of the game.

    National stars are coming to the forefront, telling their story of how a traumatic brain injury has altered their life after professional football.

    However, the state of Tennessee is looking to change the culture, as they focus on high school, middle school and youth athletics.

  • Thefts mean hi-tech security for Jellico Electric and Water

    A month ago, thieves stole $15,000 worth of copper and brass from the Jellico Electric and Water service.
    Before that, they cut grounding wires off some of the trucks.
    Last week, they stole a chainsaw.
    “If it’s not tied down, people are taking it,” said J.E.W.S. General Manager Billy Rowe.
    Jellico Police Chief Chris Anderson agrees security is needed at the various utility department properties and that’s why the agency seeks to install a high-tech monitoring system.

  • New award to honor Carl Rutherford

    The Campbell County Youth Basketball Association plans to introduce the Carl Rutherford Award in honor of a former coach.
    “Carl has been involved in youth basketball for many years,” LaFollette Recreation Department Head Johnny Byrge said.

  • Head in the clouds: Sky is limit for Campbell teen with pilot's license

     By PHILLIP BOSHEARS

    stories@lafollettepress.com

    With its nose lined up on the white centerline, everything is ready. 

    “Downtown traffic. 757 Sierra Yankee. Departing runway 26, downtown traffic,” says the pilot.

    The engine begins to roar. It speeds down the runway. Then suddenly—lift off. 

    The climb begins.

    Once at 3,500 feet, everything is quiet. Off in the distance, are the towering Great Smoky Mountains.

  • Fire department gear

    LaFOLLETTE-Fire Chief Gary Byrd hopes to use $17,505 in the department’s budget to purchase about 12 sets of turnout gear. The council will meet Tuesday.
     

  • Grant money means boost to Battle of the Belts

    Campbell County High School was one of 26 schools in the country to receive a $2,000 grant from Project Ignition, a teen driver safety program.
    “The grant was specific to help with the Battle of the Belts program,” said Alexis Keiser, coordinated school health director.
    Battle of the Belts is a competition between other local high schools to increase seatbelt usage among students. In East Tennessee, CCHS, Oak Ridge High School, Pigeon Forge High School, Midway High School and Heritage High School are participating.

  • Smoke detectors available

    LaFOLLETTE-The state has given the LaFollette Fire Department about 90 smoke detectors with batteries that will last about 10 years. The LFD will install the smoke detectors in the homes of LaFollette residents free of charge. Those interested should call 562-3340.
     

  • Council discusses invoice for furniture at library

    LaFOLLETTE—Monday, the city council discussed a $1,470.78 invoice from Office Furniture Outfitters for chairs at the public library. LaFollette Library Director Nancy Green has the money in her budget, but needs the city council to approve paying the invoice, she said. The council will meet Tuesday.

     

  • LaFollette city council discusses firing a public works employee

    Monday, the LaFollette City Council addressed hiring a police officer, promoting a police officer and terminating a public works employee.
    Police Department
    The council members discussed promoting LaFollette Police Officer Stephen Wallen to detective. If promoted, Wallen’s salary will increase by $1,500.
    “He’s been doing a good job,” LaFollette Police Chief Jimmy Jeffries said.