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Today's News

  • Record field but no record times at Cove Lake

    After setting course records the past two years, the field was significantly slower Saturday morning for the 10th annual Cove Lake 5K road race. Jeff Day and Patrick Gildea — a pair of 20-something former University of Tennessee runners who set course records in 2008 — didn’t come close to their times from last summer’s race but did finish first and second, respectively, for the second consecutive year.

  • LaFollette Fitness Center Team takes top awards at competitions

    The Academy of Martial Arts at LaFollette Fitness Center recently took several members to a tournament hosted by Alliance Martial Arts in Corbin, Ky.  

    Three competitors from the Fitness Center participated in the tournament. Events included forms (kata), weapons, point fighting, sport jujitsu and grappling.

    Medals were awarded for first through third place, and trophies were awarded to the Grand Champion in each division.

  • Campbell County hosts youth track program for fourth year

    In 2006, LaFollette Middle School track coach Billie Ann Evans and Jacksboro Middle School track coach Ann Browning became site directors for the Knoxville Track Club (KTC) Youth Athletic Summer Track Program in Campbell County.

    The workouts were located at the Campbell County High School Track. For that inaugural year a dozen young athletes participated.

    In 2009, Evans and Browning are serving as site directors for the fourth straight year at the Campbell County KTC Youth Athletic Summer Track Program and much has changed.

  • Champions crowned at Country Club Invitational

    John Fox (1st), Jeremy Cox (2nd) and Johnny Baird (3rd) made of the championship flight of the recent LaFollette Country Club Invitational.

    The first flight included Josh James (1st), Michael Martin (2nd) and Jeff Sweat (3rd).

    Members of the second flight were Matthew Chambers (1st), Chuck Heatherly (2nd) and Robert Dial (3rd). Chelsea Boshears (1st), Warren Heatherly and Al Roberts (tied for 2nd) were in the third flight.

    The fourth flight included Bill Thompson (1st), Kyle Teague (2nd) and Bill Cox (3rd).

  • Burgan wins state golf crown

    LaFollette native Todd Burgan claimed his first individual state championship Saturday.

    He defeated Danny Green in 19 holes to capture the 2009 Tennessee Golf Association Match Play title at the Vanderbilt Legends Club in Franklin.

    Burgan, a 1987 graduate of Campbell County High School who played collegiate golf at the University of Tennessee, previously captured the 2000 TGA Four-Ball Championship with fellow LaFollette golfer Jarrett Sharp.

  • Caryville baseball team opens district with loss

    Caryville opened the Dixie Youth Baseball District Tournament on July 3 at Rockwood.

    Prior to the district opener, Caryville coach Jim Lane stressed the importance of avoiding the big inning that had plagued his team over the six previous games.

    Caryville was set to play Harriman in their first game of the double-elimination tournament. Last year, the Caryville All-Stars finished third and came within one win of advancing to state.

  • Bartley wants to head to the high court

    Kenneth S. Bartley is hoping the third time is the charm.

    With his request for a new trial being denied twice, Bartley is now trying to take his case before the state supreme court.

    Judge Jon Kerry Blackwood, who was appointed to hear the case in Campbell County, denied the youth’s request for a new trial in 2007.

    Earlier this year the state court of criminal appeals upheld that ruling.

  • Jellico bank robbed; alleged thief in custody

    A fake gun got a Williamsburg man some real money on Tuesday, when he robbed the First Volunteer Bank of Jellico.

     It appeared to be a normal Tuesday evening, but upon closer inspection, all was not well in the small mountain town.  The Federal Bureau of Investigation  (FBI) agents milling around town hall attested to that.  

  • Commission warned- budget will be tight

    While the 2008-09 budget cycle is over, the county’s 2009-10 budget has yet to be determined.

    With no budget amendments to vote on Jeff Marlow, finance director, left commissioners with plenty to consider during Monday’s budget and finance committee meeting.

    For months Marlow has warned the commission that the upcoming fiscal year will be a lean one.  

  • Camp sparks creavity

    “My job is to make you happy” said Darla Baird, administrative assistant for the UT extension in Campbell County as she opened the two-day 4-H camp.

    Baird and volunteers achieved this by keeping the kids at 4-H camp busy as little bees.