Today's News

  • Time to buy tickets for pig roast

    In less than a week, Campbell County will enjoy one of its newest traditions.
    The annual Campbell County Chamber of Commerce Pig Roast will be held.
    Scheduled for Oct. 26 the community event will be held at The Stables, its home for last few years.
    “We are very excited about this event,” said Cindi Reynolds, administrative assistant at the chamber.
    While good food and even better company are staples of the pig roast, so are the auctions.
    The live and silent auctions draw interest each year, said Reynolds.

  • Early voting is ‘steady’

    With early voting well underway, Administrator of Elections Dean Sexton is pleased with voter turn out.
    “There has been a steady stream of voters coming in and its growing everyday,” she said.
    As of Tuesday afternoon, 1,250 voters had casted their ballot, she said.
    “There seems to be a lot of interest in the city elections,” Sexton said. She
    said that while that local elections were being debated, many others are watching  the state races including the governor’s contest.

  • Middle school girls, elementary boys qualify for state races

    The girls’ middle school team from Campbell County has qualified for the state championships.
    This is the first time since the Campbell County program started that an entire team has made it to state.  
    The girls’ captured a fifth place team finish at the regional qualifier last week.

  • Trick or treating just got a whole lot easier


    Goblins, witches and ghosts…Oh my.

    These are some of the creatures to come out and ask for candy on Halloween. And many towns are changing trick or treat times to Saturday, Oct. 30, to make the evening more convenient.

    Halloween will be celebrated on the streets of Caryville and Jacksboro from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday. Campbell County and LaFollette neighborhoods will have trick or treating at the same time.

  • Federal authorities charge would be bomber

    Less than a week after his bombing plot went awry James Wesley Wells was arrested by federal authorities.
    On Monday, he appeared in U.S. District Court pleading not guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute oxycodone and two counts of robbery under the Hobbs Act, according to court records.
    Wells was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals and given a Dec. 21 court date.

  • Halloween horse show slated for Saturday

    The last horse show of the season will bring witches and ghosts to the Mountain Heritage Field in Stinking Creek.

    The event isn’t haunted. Rather these cowboys are dressing up for the costume contests in connection with the horse show. Mountain Heritage Saddle Club’s 80 plus members are planning the horse and fun show in connection with Halloween.

    There will be people dressed as strange characters gaiting their horses around the ring. Dolly Parton may even be participating in her own race.

  • LMS basketball teams topple Elks

    LaFollette Middle School’s basketball teams opened the 2010-11 season last week with a pair of junior varsity victories over county rival Elk Valley.
    Ashley Whited led the Lady Owls to a 28-11 win with points and 12 rebounds. Kassie Kibler chipped in five points for LaFollette, followed by Rachel Heatherly, Kasi Phillips and Isabella Luna with four points each; and Amber Finkenbine two.
    Megan Muggridge did not score for the Lady Owls but did make a team-high eight steals.

  • Tennessee elk hunt is underway at the North Cumberland WMA

    The second managed elk hunt in Tennessee is now underway, as five individuals will be seeking a trophy at the North Cumberland Wildlife Management Area. The hunters will have an opportunity to harvest an elk from Oct. 18-22.
    Four persons won the right to participate as a result of a computer drawing held in June. The participants for this year’s hunt are Jeffrey M. Burdick of Oakdale, Gregory Joseph Burns of Clarksville, Michael Duane Galloway of Corryton and Joseph Edward McDonald, Jr. of Clinton.

  • Two towns could go from parched to soaking wet

    Added to the looming questions about the next municipal leaders is whether two towns will go from dry to wet.

    Caryville and Jellico citizens have both submitted petitions to put liquor by the drink and package stores on the November ballot.

    Caryville needed 67 signatures and had over 80 people sign their names. Jellico needed 89 marks on the petitions and had over 130, according to the election commission.

  • Crappie fishing improves on Norris

    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 fall drawdown continues. The lake level on Monday, Oct. 18 was 1,005.66 feet, which is a foot lower than it was the previous week. Cool nights and shorter days have lowered surface temperatures to the low to mid-70s. The water is clear, with as much as eight feet of visibility at some locations on the lower end of the lake.