For the last 25 years Campbell County High School has not had a homecoming parade. What was once a tradition rooted as deeply at the school as football is in Tennessee, died out in 1984. That year, the freshman class took top honors with its inaugural float in the annual parade. After that, the parade and its floats were replaced with fence displays on the football field. It was an empty substitution for many who had hailed the parade as a right of passage. However, CCHS Principal and alum Robbie Heatherly is hoping to restore the tradition beginning this year. “It is a trial run this year,” Heatherly said. While it was during his senior year that the parade made its last run, Heatherly said the idea to restart it was not his. “I have to give credit where credit is due. The student council came to me with this,” he said. While the parade was held in LaFollette in the past, Jacksboro will be the host town this time around. “Mayor Jack Cannon and the town have been very accommodating to us,” Heatherly said. On Oct. 8 at 6:30 p.m. the floats will begin lining up at Jacksboro Baptist Church for the parade route.
At 7 p.m. the festivities will begin. Heatherly said he is unsure how many floats will be entered but added the parade is open to any class or organization within the school.