Claiborne County, TN

Claiborne Co. correctional officer arrested on rape charges

A rideshare driver recalls the moment she says she was carjacked, held at gunpoint, and demanded to leave her personal items after a requested ride. It wasn’t 11 million people like 40 years ago, but the event had an international feel with vendors and food at World’s Fair Park.
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Western Door returns to the Gap

The Western Door Music Festival is returning to the Gap for its’ second year. Danny and Daniel Chumley opened the doors of Papa Chum’s Music and Rarities in 2015. Both have a passion for music and has played all their lives. Danny, Daniel’s father, said they got affiliated with the Artist Co-Op and in 2017, they were able to put together an event and get involved with the Mountain Fiesta.
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Claiborne Progress

Spurlock: ‘no more gas station dope’

Dan Spurlock, director of Stand in the Gap Coalition, is urging the Claiborne County Commission to adopt a resolution denying the sales and issuance of use permits for ‘legal’ synthetic drugs. These CBD and THC laced items are currently being sold ‘over the counter’ at convenience stores inside the county.
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Claiborne Progress

Mary Lou Duncan Venable, 78

Mary Lou Duncan Venable, age 78 of New Tazewell, TN. Mary Lou was born October 25, 1943 and passed away on May 10, 2022. She attended Claiborne County High School marrying her high school sweetheart, Jerry Venable, on October 23, 1960 at the age of 16. Mary Lou was saved at an early age at Midway Baptist Church and was a member at Tazewell Baptist Church.
Claiborne Progress

Mock accident opens students’ eyes

Claiborne High School students were given a real eye-opener on May 12 when area first responders joined members of the Tazewell-New Tazewell Volunteer Fire Department in a mock accident event. Emergency personnel showed firsthand just what happens when their individual response teams show up directly following a vehicle crash. Minutes...

Claiborne Co. investigators charge 14 people after sex offender compliance checks

CLAIBORNE COUNTY, Tenn. — Six people are in custody and eight more are being sought after a joint sex offender compliance operation in Claiborne County. The Claiborne County Sheriff's Office said its deputies joined officers with the U.S. Marshals Service, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and others to ensure people on Tennessee's sex offender registry were complying with the laws on May 10 and 11.
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2-day sting nets 14 sex offender violators

A joint effort has netted the dragnet of 14 individuals charged with the violation of the Sexual Offender Registry Act. Members of the U.S. Marshals Service, the Claiborne Sheriff’s Criminal Investigations/Narcotics Divisions, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the Office of Attorney General for the 8th Judicial District banded together to bring in those not in compliance with the law.

Governor Lee tours counties with Representative Powers

TAZEWELL, TN (WLAF) – Governor Bill Lee joined State Representative Dennis Powers in Union and Claiborne Counties today. At the Union County High School at Maynardville, they discussed Career and Technical Education (CTE) and Vocational Education programs and toured the high school. The stop in Claiborne County was at...
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Mural brightens New Tazewell landmark building

Those who have recently traversed the downtown business district of New Tazewell have likely noticed a bright addition to the landmark building located at the intersection of Main Street and First Avenue. The building, housing T.J. Noah’s Wholesale now sports a lively mural, courtesy of the Leadership Claiborne Adult Class of 2022. The Leadership Claiborne program, a division of the Claiborne Economic Partnership, consists of two classes – an adult and a student – made up of emerging leaders in the community and seniors chosen from the three high schools in the area.

Free food distribution Saturday at Claiborne High School

NEW TAZEWELL, TN (SPECIAL TO WLAF) – Compassion Ministries, which has held free food give-a-ways in Campbell County, is holding a free food give-a-way in neighboring Claiborne County on Saturday. The event will be held at the Claiborne High School at 815 Davis Road at New Tazewell 37825. Robin...
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Claiborne property owners get shock at mailbox

The pandemic, mixed with a bull housing market and the timely reappraisals of county properties has created the perfect storm for homeowners. Claiborne County is experiencing record adjustments in the values of their homes – and it’s not just in our county. Meanwhile, Tennessee is experiencing a population explosion across the board.
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Nancy Lynn Russell West Carlton

Nancy Lynn Russell West Carlton went to be with her heavenly Father on May 1, 2022. She was born on January 25, 1947, in Middlesboro, Kentucky, to the late Arthur and Naomi (Smith) Russell. She is preceded in death by her first husband, Lee Roy, her parents, her infant grandson Daniel and a host of other family and friends.