Today's News

  • County tourney tips off, but second night postponed due to snow

    Opening night of the Campbell County Elementary/Middle School Basketball Tournament went off without a hitch.
    The second night, however, was a different story.
    Snow and extremely cold temperatures forced postponement of Tuesday’s round of games until Wednesday, which was originally planned as an off night for teams. Games will continue on Thursday according to the regular schedule.

  • Rapidly rising water alters Norris fishing

    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 Monday, Dec. 6 was 1,005.57 feet, which is over 2.5 feet higher than it was last week. Surface temperature readings are around 58 to 60 degrees. The high inflow at the headwaters is mud-stained, and can be expected to stain the upper sections over the next few days. The heads of the larger creeks were already mud-stained.

  • Fly tying class will offered by CRCTU

    The Clinch River Chapter of Trout Unlimited is offering its annual Beginning Fly Tying class to the public. The six classes are scheduled for Thursday evenings, 7-9 p.m., from Jan. 20 through March 3 (no class on Feb. 10). 

  • Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency news

    State wildlife commission
    holds final meeting of year

    The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Commission held its final meeting of 2010, with status reports presented on several programs and projects.

  • Couple dies after collision with logging truck

    A couple has died following a traffic accident last Thursday.

    Mina Cole, 73, and Robert Lee Cole, 80, both of LaFollette died as a result of their injuries at UT Medical Center. The pair died four days after the crash.

    A 2005 Ford F350 pickup was pulling a trailer loaded with timber in the eastbound lane of  Highway 63, according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

    Based on the report, the driver of the truck failed to maintain control of the trailer and veered into the westbound lane.

  • Rural fire department recruiting new members

    The Campbell County Rural Fire Service has been available in Campbell County for about 25 years. But the bond among fire fighters has been alive for much longer, according to Rural Fire Service Assistant Chief Joe Herrell.

    “Come join a brotherhood of individuals spanning the globe that prides themselves on service and tradition,” said Herrell. “True strength lies in submission, which permits one to dedicate their life to something beyond themselves.”

  • Lynch steps down as chief

    Appointments of department heads were visited one by one during the LaFollette Council meeting Tuesday night.

    All the current city department heads remained the same, except one.

    Mayor Mike Stanfield told the audience police chief James Lynch was stepping down.

    “I have a letter here from Chief Lynch. He is actually going back as a lieutenant,” said Stanfield. “I take his recommendation to go back to a Lieutenant.”

  • Council divided on several city issues

    The LaFollette City Council started the Tuesday night meeting by electing a new vice mayor.

    Councilman Joe Bolinger nominated Councilman Hansford Hatmaker for the position. After a brief pause, Hatmaker made a second motion for his appointment. During the roll call, both Councilmembers Wayne Kitts and Stephanie Grimm voted against Hatmaker. Mayor Mike Stanfield broke the tie, making Hatmaker the vice-mayor and beer board chairman.

  • Grand jury returns indictments for Martin and Bundren

    Nearly two months after resigning from their posts with the Campbell County Board of Education under a cloud of suspicion, Dr. Michael Martin, former director of schools, and Karen Bundren are now facing criminal charges.

    On Friday afternoon officials with the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department confirmed that Martin and Bundren turned themselves in to authorities around 2:40 p.m. The pair is charged with theft over $1,000, forgery, official misconduct, tampering with governmental records and falsifying educational and academic records. 

  • Petition filed to euthanize pit bulldog

    When a dog’s bite proved worse than its bark recently, state prosecutors intervened.

    On Monday, John Galloway, deputy district attorney for the Eighth Judicial District, filed a petition in circuit court to have a female pit bulldog destroyed.

    “This dog constitutes a hazard to members of the public,” District Attorney General Paul Phillips said Tuesday.