Today's News

  • Bound for sectionals

     A record five teams will represent Campbell County this weekend at the Tennessee Middle School Athletic Association East Sectional Basketball Championships.

    After finishing first and second, respectively, in the Area 2 Tournament, the boy’s teams from LaFollette and Jacksboro advanced to the sectional tournament being hosted by Sevierville Middle School.

    The Owls were awarded a first-round bye and won’t play until Monday at 6:15 p.m. 

    The Eagles have a first-round sectional game on Saturday at 4:45 p.m.

  • TWRA planning controlled burn

    In just over a week, officials with the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency and the Campbell Outdoor Recreation Association will be using a time honored practice to usher in new growth.

  • Jury says Thomas committed reckless endangerment

    Criminal trials can become maze of evidence and testimony.

    David Thomas’ trial last week was no exception.

    At the end, Thomas walked away from felony child abuse charges that if convicted of, he would have serve 100- percent of the sentence for. Instead, a six man, six woman jury said Thomas was guilty of reckless endangerment, a misdemeanor crime.

     As attorneys entered items for the jury to see, the testimony in the case wrapped itself in a web of uncertainty.

  • Town of Caryville to vote on liquor ordinance Monday

    The final reading of the liquor by the drink and package store ordinance brings Caryville one-step closer to bringing in new business.

    A public hearing will be held prior to the Feb. 14 meeting Monday at 6:30 p.m. for the reading and possible approval of the document.

    But Caryville citizens won’t be toasting just yet.

    Following the monumental vote for the town a detailed process will determine the best two applicants to open liquor stores.

  • Sunday beer sales taking county by storm

    For the first Super Bowl in Campbell County history, grocery and convenient stores offered Sunday beer sales.  

    When Caryville citizens voted for the liquor referendum last November, it changed the laws for beer sales throughout the county.

    Caryville and Campbell County are required to change the permissible hours of beer sales, selecting to sell beer at 10 a.m. or noon to midnight. Other than these two municipalities, Jacksboro, LaFollette and Jellico can choose to sell beer on Sundays or opt out completely.

  • Walgreen's bomber enters into plea agreement

    A LaFollette man charged with holding up the Walgreen's pharmacy with a fake bomb had his day in federal court last Thursday.

    According to documents filed in the United States District Court, James Wesley Wells entered into a plea agreement in which he pleaded guilty to two of the three counts he was facing.

  • Rising bills equal rising tempers


    Little yellow slips of paper mailed out with LaFollette Utility bills are like a warning for the unexpected. And citizens around the county are bracing themselves for the unheralded price tag as they open their bills.

    The yellow slips tell customers December and January had some of the coldest temperatures on record. But this realization is not bringing comfort to customers when many see their bills double or triple in price this winter.

  • College coach hired to lead Cougars’ football program

     Seymour native Jerry Mynatt has been named Campbell County High School’s new head football coach.

    Mynatt, a 1986 graduate of Seymour High School, has been a college coach throughout his career. His stops include Charleston Southern, Elon, N.C; East Tennessee State; Pikeville, Ky; and – most recently – NCAA Division II Brevard College in North Carolina.

    He is a 1992 graduate of Carson-Newman College, where he played wide receiver on the 1989 NAIA National Championship Team.

  • Crappies and bass biting 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 lake level on Friday, Jan. 28 was 1,000.10 feet. Surface temperatures range from 39 degrees on the upper end to 42 degrees at Loyston and Norris Dam. Most of the large, protected hollows that were frozen during the cold snap have thawed. Some sections of the main channels above points 15 and 32 may be frozen on cold mornings.

  • Oakes turns Jellico program over to Lawson

      Longtime Jellico High School football coach Danny Oakes stepped down last week and handed over the reins to Brad Lawson, who served as defensive coordinator last season for the Blue Devils.

    The announcement was made Friday night during Jellico’s Basketball Homecoming.

    Lawson is a 2010 graduate of the University of the Cumberlands, where he played linebacker for the Patriots. He was a student assistant at UC in 2009 before joining the Jellico staff last fall. He teaches U.S. History and economics at JHS.