Today's News

  • Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency news

     Almost time to renew 

    hunting/fishing license

    February 28 marks the expiration of the 2010-11 Tennessee Hunting and Fishing Licenses. The expiration of the licenses coincides with the time when most hunting seasons in the state end and interest in fishing begins to increase. 

    New licenses for 2011-12 will be available for purchase beginning Friday, Feb. 18. There are no changes in license costs for 2011-12.

  • Little League sign-ups set in LaFollette

     Sign-ups for LaFollette Little League Baseball and Softball will be held on consecutive Saturdays, Feb. 19 and 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at West LaFollette Cafeteria.

    The sign-up fee is $45 per child, which goes toward the purchase of a uniform and insurance.

    There will be divisions for tee-ball, coach pitch, softball and baseball. Girls and boys ages 4-14 are invited to participate.

    For more information, call 423-566-1400 or 423-562-7782.

  • Letner leads Owls to championship

     Area 2 Tournament MVP Roston Letner scored 16 points, including a pair of 3-pointers, Friday night to lead No. 4 seed LaFollette to a 35-33 championship game victory over archrival Jacksboro.

    Austin North, who joined Letner and Jacksboro’s Darin Gillenwater on the all-tournament team, chipped in 11 points for the Owls (15-9 overall). Dakota Dossett and Jake Ivey added 4 points each to LaFollette’s cause.

  • Bound for sectionals

     A record five teams will represent Campbell County this weekend at the Tennessee Middle School Athletic Association East Sectional Basketball Championships.

    After finishing first and second, respectively, in the Area 2 Tournament, the boy’s teams from LaFollette and Jacksboro advanced to the sectional tournament being hosted by Sevierville Middle School.

    The Owls were awarded a first-round bye and won’t play until Monday at 6:15 p.m. 

    The Eagles have a first-round sectional game on Saturday at 4:45 p.m.

  • TWRA planning controlled burn

    In just over a week, officials with the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency and the Campbell Outdoor Recreation Association will be using a time honored practice to usher in new growth.

  • Jury says Thomas committed reckless endangerment

    Criminal trials can become maze of evidence and testimony.

    David Thomas’ trial last week was no exception.

    At the end, Thomas walked away from felony child abuse charges that if convicted of, he would have serve 100- percent of the sentence for. Instead, a six man, six woman jury said Thomas was guilty of reckless endangerment, a misdemeanor crime.

     As attorneys entered items for the jury to see, the testimony in the case wrapped itself in a web of uncertainty.

  • Town of Caryville to vote on liquor ordinance Monday

    The final reading of the liquor by the drink and package store ordinance brings Caryville one-step closer to bringing in new business.

    A public hearing will be held prior to the Feb. 14 meeting Monday at 6:30 p.m. for the reading and possible approval of the document.

    But Caryville citizens won’t be toasting just yet.

    Following the monumental vote for the town a detailed process will determine the best two applicants to open liquor stores.

  • Sunday beer sales taking county by storm

    For the first Super Bowl in Campbell County history, grocery and convenient stores offered Sunday beer sales.  

    When Caryville citizens voted for the liquor referendum last November, it changed the laws for beer sales throughout the county.

    Caryville and Campbell County are required to change the permissible hours of beer sales, selecting to sell beer at 10 a.m. or noon to midnight. Other than these two municipalities, Jacksboro, LaFollette and Jellico can choose to sell beer on Sundays or opt out completely.

  • Walgreen's bomber enters into plea agreement

    A LaFollette man charged with holding up the Walgreen's pharmacy with a fake bomb had his day in federal court last Thursday.

    According to documents filed in the United States District Court, James Wesley Wells entered into a plea agreement in which he pleaded guilty to two of the three counts he was facing.

  • Rising bills equal rising tempers


    Little yellow slips of paper mailed out with LaFollette Utility bills are like a warning for the unexpected. And citizens around the county are bracing themselves for the unheralded price tag as they open their bills.

    The yellow slips tell customers December and January had some of the coldest temperatures on record. But this realization is not bringing comfort to customers when many see their bills double or triple in price this winter.