Today's News

  • Alleged tire thief arrested

       Despite having nearly $7,000 in new tires, Bruce Hudson still couldn’t escape the law.

  • Little League action winding down in LaFollette

    LaFollette Little Leaguers were hard at work last week trying to win division pennants. Regular season play ends this week for softball and 9-10 and 11-12 baseball. Coach-pitch and tee-ball teams still have a few more games remaining on their schedules.

  • Lady Cougars strive for consistency at summer camps

    With half a dozen battle tested seniors in the lineup, the Campbell County High School girls’ basketball team is doing a little fine-tuning at camp this summer to set the stage for what the Lady Cougars hope to be a banner season in 2011-12.

    The Lady Cougars — who went 11-8 during recent team camps at William Blount, Tennessee Tech and Alcoa — are still striving for the consistency that all championship teams have.

  • Camps give Blue Devils reason to dream big

    Players may come and go, but the ultimate objective never changes for the Jellico High School boys’ basketball program.

    “Our goal is to be in Murfreesboro in the middle of March,” said Blue Devils’ coach Mike Reynolds.

    “We were one step away last year (from the Class A state tournament).”

    Jellico lost seven seniors from the 2010-11 team that won district and region tournament championships before falling to Cloudland in sub-state play. 

  • SPORTS NOTES — June 23

    The Officer Greg Cox Campbell County Cancer Association Benefit Softball Tournament will continue on July 2, starting at 11:30 a.m., at Asbury Park.

    The annual Cove Lake 5K is set for Saturday, June 25 at 8 a.m. Entry fee is $20. Awards will be presented in numerous age categories. Registration forms are available at the front desk of the LaFollette Press.

  • Jellico's budget on time; first time in 10 years

     The fiscal year for 2011-12 starts July 1. Without a budget the Jellico Board of Mayor and Aldermen can’t spend money without meeting every time it needs to write a check.

    “The charter says you have to have a budget,” Jellico Mayor Les Stiers said. “It’s up to us to come up with it.”

    Before the board had its second reading of ordinance 89-2011, the budget for fiscal year 2011-12, it met for a public hearing at 6 p.m.

  • Caryville Main Street Festival

     From July 15 to July 17, Main Street will be closed from Caryville Surplus Stores to the railroad depot for the Main Street Festival.

    Tobacco Shop owner and alderman Michael Miller is organizing the festival. The board approved the festival at its meeting last Monday. Now Miller is searching for vendors. The American Tribal Council will form the base at the depot. They will exhibit crafts, perform music and have other events.

    The price for vendors to set up is $20. This money will go toward prizes and other costs for running the event.

  • High school baseball team competing in summer league

    The Campbell County High School summer baseball program began its season on June 3 against Hardin Valley (lost) and the Clinton junior varsity (tied). 

    On June 8, CCHS played two games against the Oak Ridge junior varsity and split the series. On June 10, the Cougars faced Clinton and lost both games; one bright spot was a mammoth home run by Andy Hickman.

    On June 14, CCHS ventured to Oak Ridge to play the junior varsity team in a doubleheader. 

  • Rain doesn't stop car show in Jellico

     Veteran’s Park was filled with classic cars on Saturday when First Volunteer Bank sponsored the 11th annual Classic Car Show.

    Jellico Tourism Director Jake Bennett called it one of their better shows. While there were fewer cars on display, Bennett said there were plenty of spectators.

    The show drew many local classic car enthusiasts and some from out of town.

    “That’s what these shows are really about,” Bennett said. “Is meeting people you’ve never met before.”

  • Norris anglers are beating the heat by fishing at night or at daybreak

    The following is a weekly summary of the fishing conditions on Norris Lake as reported by creel clerks from the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA).

    The lake level on June 16 was 1,020.54 feet and expected to remain stable. Surface temperatures are in the mid to high 80s. The lake is clear at most locations.

    Record high temperatures have kept most anglers off the lake in the daytime. The best fishing is at night and at dawn.