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Today's News

  • LaFollette Council fires two public works employees

     At its meeting on July 3, the LaFollette City Council voted to terminate Michael Lowe and Tim Rupp, employees of the Public Works Department.

    “Jim, would you like to make a comment?” Mayor Mike Stanfield asked Public Works Department Head Jim Mullins.

  • Speedwell man drowns at Goat Pen Hollow

     On July 3, David Ausmus drowned to death in Norris Lake.

    Ausmus, 51, Speedwell, had been walking along the bank when he appeared to have tripped and fell, Sgt. Matthew Wasson, of the Campbell County Sherriff’s Department said. 

  • Storms cause power outages; LUB works to restore power

     Thursday night, high winds blew down tree limbs, causing a fourth of LUB’s customers to be without power.

    “Most of the damage was caused by the trees and tree limbs flying through the air,” LUB General Manager Kenny Baird said.

  • Lady Cougars in rebuilding mode

    This will be a rebuilding year and then some for Campbell County High School girls’ basketball coach Ryan Browning.

    Half of the 2011-12 district championship team graduated in May, which left some mighty big shoes for the returning players to fill.

    Browning experimented with a new dribble drive offense, featuring one post player and four guards, during the first of three summer team camps last month. 

    Consequently, the Lady Cougars won only one of four games at a two-day team camp hosted June 6-7 by William Blount High School.

  • Leaving the Press for new job is bittersweet

    Has it really been 20 years? 

    It seems like only yesterday when I walked in the front door of the LaFollette Press for a job interview with publisher Larry Smith.

    That was August 1992. Before the end of the month I would have a new job and a baby girl. Now that both my babies have grown up and flown the coop, I’m getting ready to do the same.

    I’ve accepted a job as photojournalist at the Roane County News, our sister paper in Kingston. My last day at the Press will be Friday, July 6.

  • Traffic backups on I-75 expected to continue throughout the summer

     Heavier traffic volume and construction at the 143-mile marker are expected to cause significant backups on Interstate 75 this summer.

    This weekend, I-75 experienced congestion around the crossover lane between mile markers 144 and 141, where contractors are building a wall to repair damage from a landslide. The southbound traffic is funneled into one lane for this portion of I-75.

  • LUB elects David Longmire Board Chairman

     When the LaFollette Utilities Board met Monday morning, David Longmire was elected as the board chairman.

    Board member Kent Younce made a motion to nominate Longmire for chairman, Sue Troutman for vice chairman and Dr. Frank Shaw for secretary. The motion was seconded by James Walker, board member and former chairman. The motion passed unanimously.

  • LaFollette City Council passes budget 3-0

     Last Thursday, the LaFollette City Council passed the final reading of the next year’s budget three-0. Council member Hansford Hatmaker wasn’t present to cast a vote.

    In order to balance the budget, $366,019 had to be taken from the fund balance. Two hundred and twenty five thousand dollars was transferred into the budget to pay for the capital outlay note and the Lowes payment.

  • JPD arrests man at Rocky Top Shell

     Jellico Police Officer Adam Jarboe arrested Thomas Merrill Helbig Saturday.

    Jarboe allegedly saw Helbig, 23, 739 North Highway 25W, Williamsburg, Ky., drive quickly into the Rocky Top Shell parking lot and allegedly park in a handicapped space. When Helbig came to a stop, he jumped from the car and ran inside the Shell Station, Jarboe said.

  • Faithway Assembly of God to host Mega Sports Camp

     Faithway Assembly of God plans on doing something a little different for vacation Bible school. Instead of hosting arts and crafts and singing songs, Faithway will host a mega sports camp from July 23 to July 27 for prekindergarten through fifth grade children.

    “It’s a good outreach for all kinds of kids,” said Lukas Alderman, whose wife, Whitney, is the children’s pastor at Faithway. “A lot of sports camps for kids, they cost money. But this one is free.”