Today's News

  • Ross facing federal indictment

    A man who at one time promised to bring a high-end luxury resort to Campbell County has been indicted on 28 federal counts.

    Mike Ross, who was a driving force behind the Rarity properties group, is now proclaiming his innocence. The federal indictment accuses him of wire fraud and money laundering among other things.

    On Nov. 27, a Chattanooga federal grand jury handed down the indictment that alleges Ross developed a scheme in order to swindle people who bought property from the Rarity group.

  • Public records for the week of Dec. 6, 2012

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as or similar to other members of the community.



    NOV. 26 – NOV. 30 

    Stan Merka and Olga Merka to Stan Merka and Olga Merka, Dist. 4.

    Joseph Graves and Inez J Graves to Greasy Hollow LLC, Dist. 1, $54,000.

    Kara Williams, Elizabeth Marlow and Carolyn Massengill to Matthew Streetman, Dist. 3, $109,900.

    Jody Hatmaker and Binnie Hatmaker to Bethany D. Walden, Dist. 1, $119,900.

  • Confrontation leads to suspension, position changes in Jellico

    A dispute between the former Jellico Elementary School principal, Bob Walden, and a husband-wife duo of employees has lead to the transfer of the principal and a three-day suspension of a teacher.

    Two weeks ago [check date], the central office was dealing with “two or three little issues” occurring at the school, according to Campbell County Director of Schools, Donnie Poston.

    “We were conversing back and fourth about two or three little issues we were trying to get information about,” Poston said.

  • Campbell County running back injured in accident

    Late in the season, senior football player Ethan Miller challenged his team to come together as a four-quarter squad.

    Now, a month after football season has ended, the Cougars are joining together for another reason.

    On Sunday, Nov. 26, Ethan Miller found himself pinned beneath a four-wheeler after flipping from a steep embankment, according to the accident report.

    His father, Jacksboro head coach Mike Miller, found him pinned beneath the handlebars after his son managed to reach his cell phone for help.

  • Fires burn Campbell County acres

    A rash of fires has claimed nearly 2,000 acres in Campbell County since last Wednesday.

    Authorities believe an arsonist is behind the lost acreage.

    “They were all arson, every one of them,” said Gary Mundy of the Tennessee Department of Agriculture, Forestry Division.

    Fires have burned across the county with crews battling blazes in Iveydale. Westbourne and on Cross Mountain.

  • Jacksboro records reflect minimal travel

    Editor’s Note: In the coming weeks the LaFollette Press will publish a series of stories focused on spending for travel by governmental entities. This is the third in the series.


    Four employees traveled on Jacksboro business in a 15-month span, according to finance reports.

    At a total of $1,310.05, that averages out to $21.83 per traveler per month. Jacksboro employees a total of 19 people.

    Kathy Green

  • Chancellor White dies at age of 76

    Last Tuesday, the Eighth Judicial District lost a legal leader.

    Chancellor Billy Joe White died at the age of 76.

    He had presided over the district since 1977 after being appointed by then Gov. Ray Blanton. Following the end of his appointment White was re-elected to the bench four times.

  • Bomb threat closes courthouse

    Just before 11 a.m. on Tuesday, a bomb threat was called into the Campbell County Court Clerk’s office.

    “They (the office staff) was told there was an explosive device in the courthouse,” said Campbell County Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy Aaron Evans.

    “At that time we made the decision to begin the evacuation process,” said Sheriff Robbie Goins.

  • Shubert pleads guilty

    Mary K. Shubert has plead guilty to attempted voluntary manslaughter. She was originally charged with attempted first-degree murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

    Following her plea in criminal court Monday, Shubert was placed on two years supervised probation. She was also court ordered to complete a mental health evaluation, following any recommendations made. Shubert also had to forfeit the weapon police seized from her.

  • LUB accepts three bids for tree trimming contracts

    Monday night, the LaFollette Utilities Board approved awarding three contracts for trimming trees.
    The first contract was for tree trimming on Doakes Creek Circuit. The contract was awarded to Seelbach who had the low bid of $86,000.
    The second contract involved only the three phase lines on the LaFollette Primary Circuit, and included trees in LaFollette and Long Hollow Road. The board approved awarding the bid to Baird Tree Company. Baird Tree Company had the low bid of $47,970.