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Today's News

  • Denied virtual academy could be revived by state officials

     JACKSBORO—Campbell County’s Virtual Academy, which was all but dead in the water in August, could open in January, according to Director of Schools Donnie Poston.

    Poston said late Tuesday that he has been in recent communication with Tennessee Commissioner of Education Kevin Huffman and Deputy Commissioner Dr. Kathleen Airhart about the status of the academy.

    “They’re looking at the possibility of a late opening,” said Poston.

  • Sheriff's office 'cracking down' on violators

     CAMPBELL COUNTY—Campbell County Sheriff Robbie K. Goins said deputies will be working overtime and will be visible in full force throughout Campbell County in an attempt to prevent fatalities, protect teen drivers by enforcement and education and the immediate arrest of drugged or drunken drivers. 

    Goins has ordered his staff to quickly mobilize the “Sheriff’s DUI Task Force” because he says “that’s what our citizens deserve and demand.”

  • Parade, festivities to kick off homecoming game against Clinton

    LaFOLLETTE—Campbell County High will mark its annual homecoming Friday with a parade and coronation ceremony. 

    District students and staff will be dismissed early Friday afternoon and everyone is encouraged to line the streets of LaFollette for the annual CCHS Homecoming Parade. The parade begins at 1:45 p.m. at the LaFollette Senior Citizen Center and United Methodist Church on Central Avenue. The parade terminates at the junction of Beech Street and Central Avenue just past Sonic Drive-in.  

  • Remember the roots

    ccannon@lafollettepress.com

    JACKSBORO—Campbell County left the field Friday night having taken its first hard blow of the season.
    Anderson County came to town for the battle of the unbeatens and took the game in a 26-21 victory on Friday night.
    However, for head coach Justin Price, he wanted his team to remember where they’d come from.

  • Commission impossible: Absent, abstaining officials rile opponents of proposed coal fly ash dumpsite

     JACKSBORO—Dozens of residents decried an indecision by county commissioners Monday to thwart a proposed landfill that potentially could dump as much as 600 million cubic yards of toxic coal ash on a Duff mountainside.  

    Most wanted to know why commissioners suddenly reversed their seemingly united front against Ketchen Land Company and Davis Creek, when just weeks earlier, Mayor William Baird incorrectly advised them nothing could be done to prevent the South Carolina-based group from operating a dump in Campbell County. 

  • Eagles finish off Eagleton for eighth-grade night victory

    ccannon@lafollettepress.com

    JACKSBORO—The game may have started nearly an hour late, but the Jacksboro Eagles were as ready as ever.
    The team finished out its home schedule with a 30-6 victory over the Royals of Eagleton on Thursday night. The victory came after weather delayed the game before suspending the final 30 seconds of the contest.

  • Somethin' to be proud of

    It’s that time of year again.
    The weather is cooling, the leaves are already attempting to fall and the elk are bugling.
    If you haven’t had the chance to witness this yourself, I strongly urge you to go to the Elk Tower on Sundquist Wildlife Management Area.
    The tower is one of the “8 Wonders of Campbell County,” according to a special section done by the LaFollette Press, and I totally believe it.

  • Q&A: Community questions about the proposed coal fly ash site in Duff

    Q. What precautions are you taking for transporting coal? –Campbell County High School Teacher Tom Chadwell
    A. No ash will get into the air. There are three different precautions we can take to ensure this. One involves putting the ash into rail cars lined with plastic and covering it. Another method would require placing the ash in a burrito-shaped container and zipping it up. The last option is to seal it at the top.—QE2 Engineer George Hyfantis
    Q. What will the landfill do to property values? –Resident Kenneth Williamson

  • Mayor’s absence stalls town meeting

    JELLICO—Jellico’s board couldn’t get through a five-item agenda in a special called meeting last Wednesday night because Mayor Les Stiers was absent.
    Several calls to Stiers were not returned.
    Alderman Darrell Byrge did not attend either.
    The meeting, called on Aug. 30 by Alderman Charles Vermillion, was set to discuss September spending, a statement of cash receipts and expenditures, the budget, and a propsed Interstate 75 lighting project near the Jellico exit.

  • Alleged shoplifter caught with pockets of soap, shampoo

    LaFOLLETTE—On Sept. 8, LaFollette Police Officer Cody Douglas was dispatched to a local store in reference to a possible shoplifter.
    While en route to the store Douglas reportedly spotted Terry Lee Shoupes, 33, 228 Midway Circle, Jacksboro, who matched the description of the alleged shoplifter, according to the report.
    Upon making contact with Shoupes, Douglas reportedly found two large bags containing a variety of shower gel, shampoo, deodorant, body spray, and shaving razors with an estimated value of $32.