Today's News

  • Wife gives kidney to save husband’s life

    A miracle.

    That is the description Melinda Jordan uses to describe how she saved her husband’s life. With tears in her eyes Melinda Jordan explained that after 36 years of marriage with Keaton Jordan she would have done whatever she could to help restore his health.

    About 15 years ago Keaton Jordan was diagnosed with Renal Failure. Treatment and medication kept his kidneys functioning for 12 years. Two years ago he was placed on dialysis.

  • Pack of rolling papers get the search started

    Routine patrol led to a traffic stop and ended with possession charges last Friday, according to Sgt. Freddy Walker with the Caryville Police Department.

    While the suspects inside the vehicle allegedly willingly handed over a pack of rolling papers, a more in depth search led officers to find a container with marijuana, said Walker.

    The driver of the vehicle, Carl Aubrey Cook, gave Walker consent to search. In addition to finding the papers and marijuana, Walker discovered a white round pill and a pair of metal knuckles, he said.

  • Judge doesn’t buy Blakenship’s excuses

    Walking into the courtroom wearing a blue blazer and khakis Billy Blankenship didn’t fit the stereotype of a bank robber.

    However, on Monday that is why he was in Campbell County Criminal Court. In July 2009, he held up the Jellico branch of First Volunteer Bank. Taking the stand to testify at his sentencing hearing, Blankenship admitted his crimes. “First of all are you guilty,” his attorney, Michael Hatmaker asked him.

    “Yes I am,” Blankenship said shifting in the witness chair.

  • Hayes receives jail time for abuse

     Jellico man will spend the rest of the year behind bars after admitting to his part in abusing a child.

    Adam Hayes was sentenced to a year in jail on Monday after pleading guilty to aggravated assault and child neglect. He was initially charged with aggravated child abuse and aggravated child neglect.

    Hayes was charged with the crimes on Christmas 2009.

    Along with jail time, Hayes will serve 10 years on probation following his release.

  • Jellico Lady Devils net regular season 4-A volleyball title

    Halfway to the school-record mark of 16 wins they set a year ago, members of the Jellico High School volleyball team celebrated their second consecutive District 4-A regular season championship Thursday night.
    The Lady Blue Devils (4-0 district, 8-5 overall) clinched the title with a 25-9, 25-14 victory over visiting Wartburg.
    Jellico has its sights set on returning to the substate round this year with a chance of qualifying for the state tournament. Last year, the Lady Blue Devils made their first substate appearance in school history.

  • Cougars let Clinton slip away with win

    Campbell County High School football players and coaches will, no doubt, look back on Friday night’s homecoming game against District 3 rival Clinton as one they let slip through their fingers.
    The Cougars, who outgained the Dragons 329 to 313 in total offense, matched or exceeded their opponents everywhere except on the scoreboard, where Clinton won, 34-21.
    “We had opportunities, there’s no doubt about that,” said Campbell County coach Dewayne Wells.

  • News Notes

    Beth Hickman, field representative for Congressman Lincoln Davis, will visit Campbell County on Sept. 30. She will be available to meet with constituents and assist them with federal matters. She will be in the Council Chambers at Jacksboro City Hall from 10 - 11 a.m. and at the Jellico City Hall in the Council Chambers from 2 to 3 p.m.


    Jacksboro Elementary School will have a fall carnival on Oct. 1 from 6 to 10 p.m.


  • Senior Citizens of Campbell County

    Senior Citizens of Campbell County

    Sept. 30 – Oct. 9



    11: 30 a.m. Lunch serving chef’s choice 

    6 p.m. Snack bar serving barbeque pork and hot dogs

    7 p.m. Live Jamboree w/Junior and Friends $4 admission



    10 a.m. Bingo

    11:30 a.m. Lunch serving Salisbury steak   

    12 to 1 p.m. Silver sneakers exercise class


  • From a Mother's Heart

    Passing the baton of faith to the next generation


  • On Higher Ground

    There are some questions science just cannot answer


    Christopher Hitchens is dying.  He is in the final stages of cancer.  He is British.  He is intelligent and well-educated.  And he is an avowed atheist.  The influential writer assures us that if he experiences a death-bed conversion, it will simply be the cancer spreading to his brain.

    Unfortunately Hitchens has bought into the widely prevalent belief that science can answer all questions, including the origin and meaning of life.