Today's News

  • The new alternative school nears completion

     Progress continues on the county’s new alternative school at East LaFollette.

  • Wayne Kitts to resign council seat

     LaFollette City Council member Wayne Kitts will resign his seat to seek a higher office. At the city council meeting last Monday, Kitts expressed his intention to run for mayor.

  • Work continues on sports complex at East LaFollette

     The Volunteer Football Conference waits for a home field as progress continues on the sports complex at East LaFollette. 

    Representatives from the VFC originally asked the LaFollette City Council to approve building the sports complex because they didn’t have a home field. 

  • Mountain Heritage Festival to be held Labor Day Weekend

     The Stinking Creek community will celebrate mountain culture with music, food and old-fashioned traditions on Labor Day weekend at the Mountain Heritage Festival.

  • Campbell County Youth Alliance to host fifth quarter at LUMC this Friday

     This Friday, Campbell County Youth Leaders Alliance will host a fifth quarter at LaFollette United Methodist Church. The fifth quarter will begin after the Campbell County High School football game against Seymore.

  • Shepherd’s Home to host an evening of Southern Gospel music

     The Shepherd’s Home will host a Southern Gospel Concert at First Baptist Church of Jacksboro Saturday evening.

    Three local Southern Gospel groups, God’s Three, the Victorymen Quartet and Tribute, have donated their time to the concert. 

  • County budget could get second look

    At Monday’s workshop, Campbell County commissioners responded to county resident Jim Slusher, who voiced concerns about the proposed budget.

    “I want to talk to you tonight about the budget,” Slusher said. “Many critical decisions for funding of projects were discarded.”

    On July 24, the budget and finance committee approved a budget that included no property tax increases. But in order to accomplish this, some requests for funding were eliminated.

  • Man claiming to be sober arrested for DUI

    A LaFollette man was arrested for driving under the influence on Aug. 7 despite claims he was sober.

    Cameron Lee Jones, 708 E. Beech Street, LaFollette, was allegedly spotted with a burned out left headlight. Campbell County Sherriff’s Office Deputy Josh Vann then reportedly watched Jones travel half in the turning lane and then swerve between the left and right lanes.

    Jones allegedly then turned on his right turn signal and directed his car to the side of the road and reportedly almost struck two vehicles.

  • Campbell County Commission discusses how to finance a rail spur in Jellico

    At Monday’s workshop, the county commission discussed the importance of a railroad spur in Jellico. The $106,532 to match the Appalachian Regional Commission grant that would fund this spur was cut from the proposed budget passed by the budget and finance committee on July 24. This was one of several cuts the budget and finance committee approved in order to produce a budget with a zero tax increase.

    Billie Russell, from the county mayor’s office, explained the importance of the spur.

  • LaFollette man arrested on meth charges

    Last week Campbell County Sherriff’s deputies followed the trail to an alleged meth lab at a LaFollette home.

    Deputy Ty Dougherty responded to a call on Aug. 8 about a possible meth lab at 401 N. Cumberland Ave. The owner of the residence reportedly gave Dougherty permission to search the resident, and a “worn down” trail was reportedly seen in the yard of the residence to the woods behind the home.

    Dougherty allegedly walked the trail where he reportedly found a basket containing several components to manufacture methamphetamine.