Today's News

  • Tale of school drop out has happy ending

    Dropping out of high school often means the end of the educational road.  But for Stephen Houston it proved to be just the beginning.

    Born in LaFollette in 1956, Houston started his school career at the LaFollette Colored High School in a time when segregation was still around.  

    Although LaFollette schools became integrated during his early elementary school years, Houston said he never could find his niche.

  • Auto theft leads to drug arrest

    A report of a stolen car led to drug arrest last week.

    On April 27 LaFollette Police Officer Bill Owens received instruction to be on the look out for a stolen vehicle.  

    Owens reported that during a traffic stop related to the stolen vehicle he asked Cliff Justin Ayers, 26, of 2149 Pine Mountain Road for his identification, but Ayers allegedly claimed that he had none.

  • Wells file answer in harassment suit

    Months after being named as a defendant in a sexual harassment suit, school board member Mark A. Wells fired back with an answer and counter-complaint of his own.

    In March school system employee Alexis Keiser filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court alleging that she was the victim of sexual harassment perpetrated by Wells.

    According to the March filing, the suit is being brought as a result of Wells’ attempt to date Keiser and his subsequent retaliation once he learned she was in a relationship with someone else.

  • Mining project in county affects streams; reclaims mined lands

    A section of Campbell County near Smokey Junction is slated to be remined by Davis Creek Energy, LLC, according to an April 29 Army Corps of Engineers (ACE) press release. As a result of this mining activity, a federally threatened species of minnow may suffer as a result of the mining. Because the species has a short life span, any habitat disturbance significantly impacts this fish.

  • McKinney and Patterson arrested on theft charges

    Leaving evidence lying about after a robbery landed two men in jail on Sunday.

    On May 2, Campbell County Sheriff’s Officer Matt Wasson was dispatched to Chadwell’s Market and Deli on Long Hollow Road to find the front glass door completely busted out, according to the arrest warrant. The only item missing from the store was the cash register with approximately $12 in change, the police report said.

  • Pair arrested on drug, prostitution charges

    The watchful eye of a citizen led to an arrest for prostitution last week.

    On April 26, LaFollette Police Officer James Farmer was dispatched to Byrge Screen Printing on the report of possible prostitution, the arrest report said. After arriving, Farmer spoke with an eyewitness who told him he had seen a man and woman who appeared to be engaging in sexual behaviors in exchange for drugs, according to the report.

  • Titans wow LaFollette students

    A visit from T-Rac last week helped LaFollette Elementary School students prepare for the annual TCAP achievement test.

    T-Rac, the Tennessee Titans’ popular raccoon mascot, and linebacker Gerald McRath stopped by the school Thursday morning to encourage students to be their best, both mentally and physically.

    McRath spoke to the student body about growing up wanting to play pro football. He said he achieved his dream by working hard, making good decisions and never giving up.

  • Lady Blue Devils sweep county rivals

    Jellico High School senior Noel Tiller struck out 10 batters and scattered three hits Friday afternoon during a 17-6 victory over rival Campbell County at Arlis Chapman Field.

    The victory gave the Lady Blue Devils (7-4 district, 15-5 overall) a season sweep of the Lady Cougars, whom they defeated, 15-0, three weeks ago at Jellico.

    Campbell County actually had a 3-1 lead going to the second inning.

  • Middle school baseball team is learning some tough lessons

    If the late Tampa Bay Football Coach John McKay coached the Campbell County Middle School (CCMS) Baseball team, he might sum up a loss as, “Well, we didn’t hit and we didn’t pitch, but we made up for it by not playing defense.” The inaugural CCMS baseball team is young and enduring what veteran Darrell Evans said about the young 1989 Braves team, “a baptism by fire.”

  • Campbell County tops Middlesboro, 6-5

    Campbell County High School’s varsity baseball team salvaged a tough week with a 6-5 victory Thursday afternoon over visiting Middlesboro, Ky.

    Senior lefty Justin Willoughby was a force at the plate and on the mound.

    He went 4-for-4 with a double and 2 RBI for the Cougars and was also credited with the save after pitching the final 1/3 inning in relief.

    Ryan Hutson was credited with the win after taking over for Andrew Dykes in the top of the seventh inning.