Today's News

  • CPD finds out who girl is

    Nearly two weeks after an unidentified woman walked into the Big Orange Bar in Caryville, police have identified her.

    The woman, who appeared disheveled and was unable to assist police in obtaining her identity, is 19-year-old Lynn Cameron of Algonquin, Ill., a suburb northwest of Chicago.

    Cameron was abandoned in Caryville just after 10 p.m. on June 28, according to the police report.

  • Hamblin seeks help from commission to lift ban




    At Monday night’s County Commission workshop, Pastor Andrew Hamblin asked the commission for help in changing a 1947 law that bans snake handling.

    Hamblin is pastor at Tabernacle Church of God, and feels the law, which makes it unlawful to display or handle a venomous snake or reptile in a way that endangers the life of a person, limits his congregation’s freedom to worship.

  • Holiday brings boat accidents

    Two boating accidents occurred on Norris Lake during the Fourth of July holiday. High temperatures have led to an increase in lake traffic, which has contributed to more accidents on Norris Lake, said Matt Cameron, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency spokesperson.

  • Public Records July 12, 2012

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


    Campbell County

    Property Transfers

    July 2  – July 6

    Betty S. Halcomb to Charles Christian and Rhonda Christian, Dist. 5, $45,000.

    Ayers LP to Dana J. Lowe and Janet Lowe. Dist. 1, $6,500.

    Mt Cloud Inc to Maynard Mayton and Susan Mayton, Dist. 4, $25,000.

    Carole J. Hill to Paul C. Hill and Carole J. Hill, Dist. 1.

  • 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.