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LaFollette, Tennessee
LaFollette, viewed from an overlook along the Cumberland Trail
LaFollette, viewed from an overlook along the Cumberland Trail
Location of La Follette, Tennessee
Location of La Follette, Tennessee
Coordinates: 36°22′30″N 84°7′39″W / 36.37500°N 84.12750°W / 36.37500; -84.12750Coordinates: 36°22′30″N 84°7′39″W / 36.37500°N 84.12750°W / 36.37500; -84.12750
Country United States
State Tennessee
County Campbell
 • Mayor Mike Stanfield
 • Vice Mayor Bob Fannon
 • Total 4.9 sq mi (12.7 km2)
 • Land 4.9 sq mi (12.7 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 1,073 ft (327 m)
Population (2014 est.)
 • Total 7,131[1]
 • Density 1,487/sq mi (574.1/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 37766
Area code(s) 423
FIPS code 47-40180[2]
GNIS feature ID 1652480[3]
Website www.lafollettetn.gov

LaFollette is a city in Campbell County, Tennessee, United States. Its population was 7,456 at the 2010 census,[4] with an estimated population in 2014 of 7,131.[1] It is the principal city of the LaFollette, Tennessee Micropolitan Statistical Area, which includes all of Campbell County, and is a component of the Knoxville-Sevierville-La Follette Combined Statistical Area. While the city's official spelling is one word ("LaFollette")—after its founders, Harvey Marion LaFollette and his younger brother Grant LaFollette—several federal agencies spell the city's name with two words ("La Follette").


Harvey and Grant LaFollette purchased 37,000 acres (150 km2) at Big Creek Gap, where the present community lies, around 1890. They founded the LaFollette Coal, Iron, and Railway Company in order to exploit mineral resources they had observed. Although the business failed during the 1920s, the community continued to grow.[5][6] The city of LaFollette was incorporated in 1897.


LaFollette is located near the geographic center of Campbell County at 36°22′30″N 84°7′39″W / 36.37500°N 84.12750°W / 36.37500; -84.12750 (36.375006, −84.127623).[7] The city is situated in Powell Valley, where the Appalachian Ridge-and-Valley province gives way to the Cumberland Plateau region. Cumberland Mountain, a 50-mile (80 km) ridge stretching from Cumberland Gap in the east to Bruce Gap in the west, rises north of LaFollette. Norris Lake dominates the area to the south. Jacksboro lies adjacent to LaFollette to the southwest. A leg of the Cumberland Trail is accessible off Tennessee Avenue at the north end of LaFollette.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.9 square miles (12.7 km2), all land.[4] The elevation varies around the city, around 1,050 feet (320 m) in the valley areas to 1,500 feet (460 m) on ridge tops. The average elevation is around 1,150 feet (350 m).

U.S. Route 25W and state routes 9 and 63 run concurrently through the community. Interstate 75 is 8 miles (13 km) to the southwest, beyond Jacksboro. Jellico is 23 miles (37 km) to the north via US 25W, over the Cumberland Plateau.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 366
1910 2,816 669.4%
1920 3,056 8.5%
1930 2,637 −13.7%
1940 4,010 52.1%
1950 5,797 44.6%
1960 6,204 7.0%
1970 6,902 11.3%
1980 8,198 18.8%
1990 7,192 −12.3%
2000 7,926 10.2%
2010 7,456 −5.9%
Est. 2014 7,131 [8] −4.4%

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 7,926 people, 3,422 households, and 2,135 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,624.7 people per square mile (627.1/km²). There were 3,779 housing units at an average density of 774.6 per square mile (299.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.89% White, 0.54% African American, 0.40% Native American, 0.18% Asian, 0.08% Pacific Islander, 0.14% from other races, and 0.77% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.42% of the population.

There were 3,422 households out of which 26.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.8% were married couples living together, 17.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.6% were non-families. 34.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.24 and the average family size was 2.86.

In the city the population was spread out with 22.0% under the age of 18, 8.7% from 18 to 24, 25.5% from 25 to 44, 22.6% from 45 to 64, and 21.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 82.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 78.1 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $18,370, and the median income for a family was $24,235. Males had a median income of $25,541 versus $18,835 for females. The per capita income for the city was $13,355. About 28.3% of families and 33.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 48.7% of those under age 18 and 21.1% of those age 65 or over.

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Claiborne Progress
Tue, 24 Nov 2015 17:07:30 -0800

To place an event in the Community Calendar, email: bmoore@civitasmedia.com; fax: 606-573-0042 attention Bethany Key; or drop a written copy of the announcement by our office at 1275 North 25th Street, Middlesboro. Announcements will not be accepted ...

Bend Bulletin

Bend Bulletin
Sun, 17 May 2015 00:06:53 -0700

After nearly 20 years on the job, Jim Jeffries, the police chief in LaFollette, Tennessee, has seen his share of marijuana seizures — dry green buds stashed in trunks or beneath seats, often double-bagged to smother the distinctive scent. But these ...


Mon, 08 Dec 2014 12:39:18 -0800

Rhonda Daugherty, 49, vanished on Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014, from her home in LaFollette, Tennessee. Her husband, Charles Daugherty, told police that he arrived home that evening to find the back door wide open. All of her belongings, including her ...

Tennessee Today

Tennessee Today
Mon, 04 May 2015 06:39:35 -0700

Advanced photojournalism students from UT's School of Journalism and Electronic Media have taken pictures of what life looks like in the small town of LaFollette, Tennessee, since 1993. Students spend thirty-six hours each spring capturing photo ...


Mon, 07 Sep 2015 14:35:49 -0700

Jacksboro, TN (WATE) – A LaFollette, Tennessee man was transported to the hospital with what deputies say are “severe and significant injuries” after he was attacked early Friday morning. Michael Savage, 27, was attacked in the Demory, High Knob and ...


Tue, 09 Jun 2015 06:44:38 -0700

1, 2012, and May 18, 2014, at or near LaFollette, Tennessee; Gatlinburg, Tennessee; Scott Air Force Base; and Dayton, Ohio, according to a charge sheet provided to Air Force Times. Helm is accused of sexually assaulting a girl who is younger than 16 ...
The knoxville focus
Sun, 19 Jul 2015 16:15:00 -0700

Taylor was admitted to the Bar in 1902 and returned to LaFollette, Tennessee and began to practice his profession. Interested in politics, J. Will Taylor was named Postmaster for LaFollette in 1904 when he was only twenty-four years old. Taylor won his ...
The Middlesboro Daily News
Tue, 08 Sep 2015 14:24:15 -0700

A Lafollette, Tennessee man was behind bars in the Bell County Detention Center over the weekend after officers say he was found with numerous pills in his possession. James Scott Phillips, 46, was charged with first and third-degree possession of a ...

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