Today's News

  • Cougars drop heartbreaker to Halls

    A competitive high school football game Friday night against Knox Halls quickly turned sour for Campbell County during the final 5 1/2 minutes.

    Trailing by a single point on their home turf, the Cougars (2-5 district, 3-6 overall) gave up two touchdowns down the stretch of a 28-13 loss to the Red Devils (3-4 district, 3-6 overall).

    “The kids really played hard. We really had (Halls) on the ropes,” said Campbell County coach Dewayne Wells.

  • Local runner places 4th in inaugural Cumberland Trail 50K

    Local ultra marathon runner Tony Branam finished 4th out of 20 starters with a time of 6 hours and 48 minutes in the area’s first-ever ultra marathon, the Cumberland Trail 50k, held on Oct. 10.  

    The 31-mile trail race was won in impressive 5:26 by Byron Backer, 45, of Greenville, S.C.  

    Women’s winner Dreama Campbell, 37, of Chattanooga finished in 6th place with a time of 7:12.  Only one runner dropped from the course, due to a previously existing injury.

  • Burns and bruises lead to child abuse charges for solider

    When Joseph Smith joined the Army, he promised to protect America and the people who live here.

    Now he stands accused of severely abusing one of the country’s littlest citizens.

    Late Tuesday evening Smith, 23, 6763 Desert Storm Avenue, Fort Campbell, Ky., was bound over to the grand jury on the sole count of aggravated child abuse. The child at the center of the case is 22-month-old Peyton Douglas, the son of Smith’s one time girlfriend, Michelle Douglas.

  • ‘He didn’t deserve this’- Peyton’s grandmother comes forward

    As the testimony in Joseph Smith’s aggravated child abuse hearing ensued, an auburn haired woman stifled her tears.

    When the extent of Peyton Douglas’ injuries was divulged, the tears grew audible.

    For Sharon Douglas, the toddler’s maternal grandmother, hearing that her then 18-month-old grandson had been subjected to bone breaking force was almost unbearable.

  • Gun discovered on CCHS campus

    The discovery of a loaded gun on Campbell County High School’s campus harkened back to the hauntingly vivid events of November 8, 2005 when shots rang out killing Assistant Principal Ken Bruce and wounding Assistant Principal Jim Pierce and then Principal Gary Seale.

    While both days ended with a student in custody, Tuesday’s arrest took place without incident.

  • Bridgework could take up to two years

    For those who have been grinding their teeth and experiencing a little bit of extra road rage because of bridge construction in front of the high school, take hope.

    Good things come to those who wait, or at a minimum new bridges do. At least that’s the news from the state department of transportation.

    “You have to go through the pain of the remodel to get the end result,” said Tennessee Department of Transportation Regional Spokesman Travis Brickey, after explaining that if the project were not a priority, the construction would not be taking place.

  • Testing shows schools have work to do

    Campbell County schools managed to dodge the bullet known as state take-over last year.

    But despite the fact all schools, with the exception of one, met or exceeded Annual Yearly Progress requirements there is still more work to be done.

    Due to the announcement of ramped up state standards celebration of the previous year’s victory has been short lived.

  • Chapman begins serving sentence after supreme court rejects request

    Having spent over a year trying to avoid her 14-year jail sentence, Lillie Chapman has now exhausted all of her judicial avenues. Last week, the Tennessee Supreme Court upheld the rulings of Criminal Court Judge Shayne Sexton and the state appeals court.

    In denying her application to be heard, the court effectively started the clock on Chapman’s time behind bars. She was taken into custody on Oct. 25 to begin serving her sentence, according to Campbell County jail records.

  • Potter sees probation for bulk of crimes

    Kevin Potter’s rap sheet reads like a laundry list of criminal offenses. With charges ranging from aggravated burglary to various narcotics offenses, Potter is no stranger to being arrested.

    After pleading guilty to12 criminal charges last week, he will also not be a stranger to the rules of the court.

    Following a hearing where he plead guilty to manufacturing meth, possessing the same drug with the intention to sell it, theft and aggravated burglary, Potter was placed on six years probation.

  • Alleged sex offender turns self in to authorities

    Registered sex offender Jonathan Tackett, 31, believed to be of LaFollette, turned himself in on Tuesday morning after spending a week hiding out from the police. Last week the Caryville Police Department issued a warrant for him on an aggravated sexual abuse charge. It was alleged Tackett had been physically inappropriate with a young girl.

    On Oct. 23, Tackett allegedly touched a 5-year old girl while she was visiting at a Caryville residence, according to the Caryville incident report.