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Today's News

  • Jellico clinches 2-A title

    Longtime Jellico High basketball fans can scarcely recall the last time their boy’s team won a district regular season title.

    The school’s first and only tournament championship team was easy enough to remember. The 1991-92 Blue Devils captured a District 2-A crown and fell one game short of reaching the state tournament.

    But, until Friday night, when Jellico rallied for a 67-61 victory over Cosby, the Blue Devils hadn’t won a regular season championship since 1951.

  • Cougars clicking again

    Longtime Jellico High basketball fans can scarcely recall the last time their boy’s team won a district regular season title.

    The school’s first and only tournament championship team was easy enough to remember. The 1991-92 Blue Devils captured a District 2-A crown and fell one game short of reaching the state tournament.

    But, until Friday night, when Jellico rallied for a 67-61 victory over Cosby, the Blue Devils hadn’t won a regular season championship since 1951.

  • Lady Cougars score 33-point win over Karns

    A 33-point victory over district rival Karns High School helped the Campbell County girls forget —at least momentarily — about last week’s league disaster.

    The Lady Cougars lost games to Knoxville teams Halls (Wed.) and West (Fri.) before rebounding with a 69-36 rout of the Lady Beavers on Tuesday night.

    Campbell County (7-8 district, 12-12 overall) has a chance to move up the tournament seeding ladder, provided it takes care of business tonight (Thurs.) at Knoxville Central in the district regular season finale.

  • Campbell County boys stumble against Karns

    Campbell County’s boys let a big game slip through their fingers Tuesday night.

    Playing at home for likely the final time this season, the Cougars had a six-point lead over District 3-AAA rival Karns High School going to the fourth quarter but couldn’t hold onto it.

    The Beavers escaped the Cougar Den with an 86-79 victory in a game that took two overtimes to complete.

    Colin Crane scored 22 of his game-high 34 points in the second half and overtime periods for Karns. Zach Norman led the Cougars with 27 points, eight of which he scored in overtime.

  • Sub-sectional defeat sends Eagles home for the season

    Ethan Simpson and Ethan Miller turned in spectacular performances Friday night during their final basketball game for Jacksboro Middle School.

    Simpson poured in 20 points and Miller had 15 in a 64-53 sub-sectional loss to Union Grove, formerly known as William Blount Middle.

    The loss eliminated the third-seeded Eagles (13-9 overall) from the tournament.

    Eagles’ guard Jordan Kindred was injured during the game and finished with six points.

  • Preschools could be hit in budget cuts

    Some very small people may become the victims of a large budget cut.

    With the State of Tennessee reporting an unprecedented budget shortfall, preschoolers across the state may soon fall victim to cuts in funding.

    According to Dr. Karen Bundren, federal programs director for the school system, there is a very real possibility legislators will decide to trim the budget by reducing funding in preschool programs.

  • Bowman shot twice; suspects remain at large

    LaFollette Police officers didn’t have to go far to find the victim of a shooting Monday evening.

    According to an offense report, Anthony Meade Bowman, 21, entered the lobby of the police department just before 8 p.m. with “what appeared to be a gunshot wound from a small caliber weapon.”

    Bowman told Officer Josh Vann the suspects were in a newer model burgundy Honda Accord, but stated he was unable to identify them.

  • Murder trial will not be moved from county

    From appearing in a bright pink jail jumpsuit to vomiting in the floor, things just didn’t go well for Travis Gaylor on Monday.

    Gaylor was in court for a hearing on a series of motions filed by his attorney Steve Sams. Gaylor is the second of three defendants to appear in court for the 2006 death of Jonathan Pierce.

    His trial is scheduled for later this month.

    Among the many motions filed by Sams was one asking for a change of venue in the first-degree murder case.

  • Jury will not see results of polygraph

    Murder suspect Travis Gaylor recently discovered first hand that while polygraph tests are not admissible in court, police still use them

    As police investigated the 2006 death of Jonathan Pierce, Gaylor underwent a polygraph.

    In the course of the investigation, Gaylor was interviewed multiple times in late 2006. During one of those interrogations Gaylor underwent a polygraph examination according to information revealed in a hearing Monday.

  • Council attempts balance

    With two additions to the agenda, the LaFollette Council meeting was quickly underway on Tuesday night. Councilmen Hansford Hatmaker and Wayne Kitts both added items to the agenda at the start of the meeting, but did not state the nature of the items.

    As the council addressed new business, Mayor Mike Stanfield motioned to Hatmaker, saying, “Don’t you have something about part-time help?”

    Stanfield was referring to the item Hatmaker added to the agenda