Today's News

  • No boating fatalities on Memorial Day weekend for third consecutive year

    NASHVILLE–The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is reporting that there were no boating-related fatalities reported over the 2013 Memorial Day holiday weekend. It marks the third consecutive year that the unofficial weekend start to the summer boating season has been free of boating fatalities.
    During the Memorial Day holiday period from Friday, May 24 through Monday, May 27, there were eight total reported boating accidents for the second straight year. Three of the accidents resulted in injuries and the other five were property damage accidents.

  • Lake homeowners left in limbo after TVA stakes claim to adjacent land

    County Attorney Joe Coker is looking for a group that wants to benefit the community, but needs a home.
    During a workshop, Coker told county commissioners about a homeowner who had almost completed a lakefront house near Flat Hollow Marina before it was determined the surrounding land belonged to the Tennessee Valley Authority. The homeowner had gotten a survey and paid taxes for the property. It showed the house was located on the homeowner’s property, Coker said.

  • Sports News 6-13-13

    June 13

    Campbell County Summer Baseball

    The Campbell County High School summer baseball team will host Powell. The nine-inning, DH rule game will begin at 6 p.m.


    June 13-14

    Twist N Shout Tryouts

    Twist N Shout will be having tryouts for ages 5 through 18. Cheer tryouts will be from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., as the Hip Hop Dance tryouts will last from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. For more information, contact Kimberly Harris at 566-1582.


  • Shelter could reopen soon after TBI probe

    Campbell County Mayor William Baird said on Monday the shuttered Adrion W. Baird Animal Center could reopen within the next few weeks.
    The shelter closed April 11 after a viral Internet video surfaced alleging several malpractices there.
    Baird is awaiting findings from a Tennessee Bureau of Investigation report before reopening the center. The county mayor’s office doesn’t know if criminal charges will filed, but administrative decisions about the center will only be made after the TBI report is finalized.

  • Proposal could limit future EMS providers

    Commissioners are considering a resolution that could designate Campbell County Emergency Medical Service the primary emergency services provider in the county. It could also limit competition from future for-profit emergency responders.
    “This officially puts on paper who is going to operate in our county,” Campbell County EMS Director Danny Sheckles said.
    But Sheckles said it wouldn’t change anything for the county’s existing three providers—Campbell County EMS, and the for-profit services of North Regional and Vital Care.

  • Libraries host Summer Reading programs

    Local libraries are hosting summer reading programs to encourage literacy among children. This year’s theme is “dig into reading.”
    “They’re reading books in conjunction with the weekly program,” LaFollette Public Library Director Nancy Green said.

    LaFollette Public Library
    LaFollette Public Library hosts its Summer Reading program Thursdays at 10 a.m. Lunch is provided at 11 a.m. by the Summer Feeding program at Splash Park in downtown LaFollette.

  • Multiple churches putting ‘Compassion in Action’

    Many Christian organizations plan to put “Compassion in Action” this weekend as they distribute food in Duff, Elk Valley and LaFollette beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday.
    The Stand, a local non-denominational ministry, will work with area churches to give away the food at Grace Age Fellowship Church in Duff, New Canaan Baptist Church in Elk Valley and the Dewey Hunter Center in LaFollette.
    Mission partners—who met The Stand  Pastor Joey St. John throughout his years of ministry— are paying for the food.

  • Campbell County Sheriff's Department investigating arson

    The Campbell County Sheriff's Department is investigating an arson last night in the Duff community.

    Two suspects are at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center after the incident.

    CCSD describes the investigation as "fluid and ongoing."

    Check back for more updates online and in next week's edition of the LaFollette Press.

  • READER CHALLENGE: Envision Campbell County

     Small business is the backbone of any small town in America — but big-box retailers and national chains can often act as anchor stores that attract additional development and lure in more dollars to the local economy. 

    Take a look at smaller, local retailers near Walmart and Lowe’s in Jacksboro. Many thrive on the traffic produced by those larger stores.

  • US 25 Yard Sale runs Thursday through Sunday

     Thousands of bargain seekers are expected to descend along parts of US 25 today through Sunday, as the historic highway plays host to a nearly 250-mile yard sale. The event spans from the Ohio/Kentucky border through East Tennessee and hits several local sites along the way.  

    It’s the second annual event, but the first time Campbell County has participated, said E.L. Morton, executive director for the Chamber of Commerce, who’s been coordinating with business leaders and other officials on the interstate commerce event.