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Today's News

  • Dropping the B(omb)-WORD

    An attempt to thwart a $350 child support payment is costing a Knoxville man much more.

    Last Thursday, Stephen M.
    Conner, 46, 9545 Housmand Way, Knoxville, was slated to appear in Campbell County Child Support Court. He told police he was scheduled to make a $350 payment he didn’t have.

    “He told us he knew he was going to jail because he didn’t have the money. By the time he arrived in Jacksboro he had decided the way to avoid jail was to call in a bomb threat,” said Campbell County Sheriff’s Detective Freddie White.

  • Errors prove costly for Jellico

    ccannon@lafollettepress.com

    Jellico’s accumulated five errors on Tuesday night against the Lady Highlanders, sealed their doom in an 11-8 loss.

    Those five errors, combined with a six-run second inning for Scott County was too much for the Lady Blue Devils to overcome.

  • Cougar fishing casts Dragons aside

    ccannon@lafollettepress.com

    All of Campbell County’s intrasquad tournaments finally paid off on Saturday.

    With a trip to Loudoun Lake to face the Clinton Dragons, the Cougars were even more excited than any of their other tournaments.

    Saturday’s outing was the first against a local school for the newly-formed squad.

  • Commissioners question Boshears about layoffs

    Commissioners questioned Campbell County Environmental Services Director T. Don Boshears about recent layoffs within the department.
    As a cost-saving measure, Boshears laid off five employees on March 11 in order to reduce hours at nine convenience centers countywide. Previously, the dumping lots operated 10 hours a day, seven days a week. However, nine of the 10 centers will now be closed Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.
    An environmental services committee meeting was Monday where many commissioners not on the committee joined in questioning Boshears.

  • Commission challenges state’s Sunshine Law

    At Monday’s meeting, the Campbell County Commission passed a resolution to join a statewide challenge of the Sunshine Law.
    Bob Barnwell, a Williamson County Commissioner, is sponsoring a resolution to challenge the Sunshine law. The rationale is county officials should be held to the same standard as state officials.
    “I think one of the county commissions passed it a few years ago,” Campbell County Deputy Mayor David Young said Wednesday.

  • Sports News 3-21-13

    Campbell County Softball

  • Disciple Now to bring churches together

    This weekend, 300 teenagers from churches of different denominations will gather at LaFollette Church of God for the second annual Disciple Now. Disciple Now is a weekend event intended to train teenagers to live according to Christian doctrines.

    “I expect another great experience like we had last year,” said Shane Carney, youth leader at Indiana Avenue Baptist Church. “I think the kids will get on fire for the Lord.”

  • Library preps for symphony visit

    A string quartet from the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra will stop by the Caryville Library on April 4 at 10:30 a.m. for story time. It is the group’s third annual visit to the library.
    “They will read the stories and they provide sound effects,” said librarian Robyn Turner.
    Each year, KSO plans a program that tours area libraries. This year, the theme is “How Many Cats?” a focus on numbers and counting.

  • Hiring officer crushes debate on credentials

    Hiring an officer to fill a vacant position has closed the debate — at least for now, on the education requirements of officers in Caryville.
    “Now what this is, is just a suggested thing to look at for now or later, the possibility of doing something similar to departments that will hire police officers and send them to the academy,” said Caryville Mayor Chris Stanley.
    Last week, the mayor broached the topic of increasing the job requirements for an officer to be hired to include a college degree.

  • Tickets still available for rotary club fundraiser roast

    Tickets are still available for the “This is your life, Tom Stiner,” a fundraiser for the South Campbell County Rotary Club.

    “It’s a roast of Tom, but also a toast to him,” said Jim Dossett, SCC rotary club secretary.

    Stiner was chosen because of his contributions to the community.