Today's News

  • Blue Devils to play Harriman for Region 2-A title

        Will the last person in Jellico tonight please turn off the lights?

    Everyone else is sure to be in Harriman to cheer on the Blue Devils in the boy’s championship game of the Region 2-A Basketball Tournament.

    Jellico, the District 4-A champ, advanced to Thursday’s title game with a 76-68 defeat of Oneida, which was the Blue Devils’ fourth victory this season over the Indians.

  • Powder Mill Bass Tournament Series week 2 winners

     Week 2 winners in the Powder Mill Bass Tournament Series were: 1st place – Sam and Travis Richardson (8.8 lbs.); 2nd place – David and Karen Miller (8.1 lbs.); 3rd place – Jason Dotson and Daniel Stanfill (7.0 lbs.); big fish – Jason Dotson (3.12 lbs.).

  • Williamson’s appeal dismissed

    After months of waiting for the Tennessee Court of Appeals to hand down a ruling in her case a local woman has an answer. But it is unlikely the one she was hoping for.
    In August 2010 Joann Williamson’s attorney David Pollard appeared before a panel of three justices to make his argument for having evidence gained by officers with the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department during a search suppressed. As a result of what Pollard contended was an improperly executed search Williamson pled guilty to manufacturing meth as well as child abuse.

  • Unicoi County man convicted of illegally trying to trap bears

     A man from the Flag Pond community was convicted of multiple trapping violations over the past year, according to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA). 

    William “Bill” Ayers, 59, pleaded guilty to four different trapping violations in Unicoi County General Sessions Court this month. Charges include: attempting to trap black bear, untagged traps, use of steel traps on top of the ground and failure to inspect traps within 36 hours.

  • Funds now available to help prevent foreclosures

    Unemployment is one of the harsh realities of an economy that has been slow to rebound.  Now faced with less money and the same amount of debt many families across the state are facing the prospect of losing their homes.
    But thanks to money now available through a new federal program labeled The Hardest Hit Fund Tennessee residents may be able to escape foreclosure.

  • Duo arrested on drug charges in store parking lot

    Suspicious activity translated into a drug arrest in the parking lot of a local grocery store last week.
    On Feb. 26 LaFollette Police Officer Jason Marlow responded to a call regarding two suspicious males at Food Lion.

  • Four charged with assault

    Four on one is not a fair fight. And it can put people in jail.
    This was the result for quartet following an assault on Central Avenue.

  • Meth cuts leave police holding the bag


    As the number of meth labs continue to rise across the county, the money to clean them up is now gone.

    Local law enforcement agencies received this news last week in an email from the Tennessee Methamphetamine Task Force.

    “We were really surprised,” said Campbell County Sheriff Robbie Goins of the loss of funds. Currently the CCSD is seeing three to five meth labs a week.

  • Catching the school bus proved dangerous for young girl

      “It could have been a serious tragedy,” said Brian Hatmaker, the uncle of a young girl hit by a vehicle last Thursday.

    Shortly after 7 a.m.    saw the school bus approaching and allegedly went to cross the road. By the time she saw a car approaching in the other lane, she was already hit on the left side, according to her mother Jennifer Hemmitte.

  • Traffic accident injures three, citations issued

    Three people were airlifted to U.T. Medical Center following a traffic accident last Friday.

    Around 3:30 p.m. two vehicles collided on Highway 63 at the intersection of Cross Valley Road.

    Hattie Jones of LaFollette was traveling north on Cross Valley Road in a 1997 Ford F-150, according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol Report.  Trooper Warren Crumpley said Jones was crossing Highway 63 to get to the other side of the road.

    According to the report, Jones pulled in front of Arlene Slone who was traveling westbound on Highway 63.