Today's News

  • Lady Cougars win Panther Creek crown

    Three years ago when they met at the Panther Creek Invitational, the Morristown West High School girls were gearing up for a state cross-country championship while Campbell County was just trying to compete.

    Fast forward to Aug. 25, 2009. Two weeks earlier, the Lady Cougars showed that they had narrowed the competitive gap between themselves and the host Lady Trojans during a narrow 10-point loss to the perennial meet champs.

  • Blue Devils stumble to Lions

    It’s completely understandable if Jellico High School’s Danny Oakes feels a little like University of Tennessee football coach Lane Kiffin these days.

    Last week, both coaches led their respective teams to the brink of victory, only to see them fail to score after driving deep inside their opponents’ territory during the final minutes. The final scores were even similar: Jellico Blue Devils fell 19-12 at The King’s Academy, while the UT Vols were upset 19-15 at home by UCLA.

  • Owls use Stone to grind out 42-20 victory over Jellico

    Chris Stone ran wild Thursday night for the LaFollette Middle School football team. Stone scored five touchdowns during a 42-20 victory over winless Jellico Elementary at Al Rotella Stadium. It was the first win of the season for the Owls, who improved their record to 1-3 overall.

  • Lady Cougar golfers make regional cut

    Campbell County High School golfers Tiffany Roach and Cheyenne Baker qualified for next week’s regionals at Tennessee National with their performances Monday during the District 3-AAA Tournament at Mill Stone.

    Roach took the fourth spot behind the players from the top three teams.

    Baker made a six-foot putt to defeat Hardin Valley’s Liz Dobbins and Elayna Siebert of Karns on the second hole of a sudden death playoff and claim the fifth qualifying berth.

  • Cougars drop region game at Karns

    The Campbell County High School varsity football team lost its second region game this season with a 39-7 setback Friday night at Karns.

    Junior fullback Wesley Cook scored the Cougars’ lone touchdown in the second half.

    Karns led 7-0 at the end of a first-half defensive struggle.

    Campbell County shot itself in the foot by turning the ball over numerous times in the second half. It was the first win this year for Karns (1-1 region, 1-3 overall), while the Cougars dropped to 0-2 in region play and 1-3 overall.

  • Fire destroys Cherry Bottom home

    On Tuesday morning, members of the Smith family left home at scattered intervals as they started their days. So when news that their home was on fire reached each one separately, their first thoughts were of each other. “They thought their dad was still inside,” said Rhonda Miller of Cody and Dillon Smith when they spotted the blaze from the school bus. Miller, a neighbor of the family, said the boys had left earlier for school on the bus. As the bus drove back by the Smith’s Cherry Bottom home awhile later the boys saw the blaze.

  • Commission bumps number of seats up to 15

    The third time seemed to be the charm for two issues that have made repeat appearances on the county commission’s agenda.

    After voting last year to reduce the commission to 10 members in the 2010 election there have been two unsuccessful efforts to boost the number back to 15.

    The most recent push came last month when Commissioner Scott Kitts made a motion to that effect. But after some debate about the cost savings of the five member reduction, estimated to be in the neighborhood of $70,000 by Finance Director Jeff Marlow, Kitts withdrew his motion.

  • Time has come to 'Paint the Town'

    This Saturday, local and visiting artists will converge on Tennessee Avenue in LaFollette to participate in the Paint the Town Festival.

    The first of its kind in LaFollette, festival organizers hope the festival will be a success, turning into a repeat event.

    “This first festival will hopefully become a model for the city to build on in the years to come,” said Campbell Culture Coalition President Jo Anne Myers.

  • CCHS launching homecoming parade after 25 years

    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.

  • CPD disturbance call ends with trip to ER

    A domestic disturbance call led to the arrest of Crystal Michelle King, 26, of Clairfield on Sunday.

    On Sept. 20, Caryville Police Officer Ben Marlow and Jacksboro Police Officer Zachary Graves were dispatched to a home on Butter and Egg Road in Caryville.

    After arriving at the residence, officers learned that there had been no physical assault, but King had entered the home and refused to leave, according to Marlow’s report.