Today's News

  • Volleyball girls are ready for sub-state

    Barbara Carter is afraid to look up and open her eyes. Seven years after she started Jellico High School’s volleyball program, the coach has her team on the threshold of a trip to the state tournament.

    The Lady Blue Devils will face North Greene tonight (Thurs.) at 7 p.m. in a sub-state match at Baileyton. The winner will advance to the state tournament next week at Murfreesboro.

    “We’re very excited, but we’re very nervous,” said Carter.

    “The scary part about it is I think we can probably beat either one of those teams.”

  • Tennessee elk hunters find opening day success

    Hunters quickly filled their kill tags during Tennessee’s inaugural elk hunt this week.

    Four of the five hunters drawn for this year’s hunt were successful on opening day, (Monday, Oct. 19) of the week-long hunt.

    “We harvested four elk bulls today, and it took a lot of volunteers to get them out,” said Terry Lewis, president of the Campbell Outdoor Recreation Association.

    “One of these bulls will become the new state record for Tennessee.”

  • Cougars remain hopeful of playoff berth

    Even after being shut out 26-0 Friday night by host Powell, the Campbell County High School football team still has a shot at making the playoffs.

    However, the Cougars need a lot of help.

    While Campbell County (2-4 district, 3-5 overall) can help itself out tremendously with a win tomorrow (Fri.) night over Knox Halls, the Cougars will be cheering for Knoxville Central to defeat Powell (3-4 district, 4-5 overall) in another district game.

  • Jacksboro surprises Clinton in first round of middle school football playoffs

    Jacksboro Middle School’s football team picked a good time to catch fire.

    The Eagles (4-5 overall) upset Clinton, 20-8, Thursday night in the opening round of the East Tennessee playoffs to avenge an earlier loss to the Hawks.

  • Nance to serve for 64 years for child rape

     With a convicted man still proclaiming his innocence, the district attorney asking the court to sentence him to 130 years and a statement from the child victim, the stakes were high when Joseph Nance was sentenced on Monday. In August, Nance was convicted by a jury of six counts of child rape and one count of aggravated sexual battery. The 130 years was close to the maximum sentence he could have been given. Instead, Criminal Court Judge Shayne Sexton told Nance he would spend the next 64 years behind bars.

  • Breaking news---Gun found at Campbell County High School

    Authorities are reporting that a gun has been found at Campbell County High School.

    Dr. Micheal Martin, director of schools, said the handgun was found this morning in an empty locker. Students were not evacuated and procedures of the safety plan were followed resulting in no injuries, he said. The student was taken into custody.

    Sheriff Gary Perkins said the incident was still under investigation and more details will be released later.

    Follow www.lafollettepress.com for more details and read Thursday's Press for complete coverage.



  • Mays given probation in shooting case

     Just over a month ago, a jury said Bobby Mays was not guilty of attempted murder. It did however agree Mays had committed reckless endangerment in August 2008. That is when he shot Jody Currier in the face at the Rooster Scratch Tavern. On Monday, Mays appeared in criminal court for sentencing on his conviction. Just before noon, Assistant District Attorney General Leif Jeffers told the court that he and Mays’ attorney had reached an agreement in the case.

  • Adams and Hill charged with attempted second-degree murder

    A Maryville man and a Cumberland Gap woman were recently arrested on attempted second-degree murder charges for an incident in Caryville that occurred in late June.

    While on routine patrol Friday, Caryville Police Officer Freddy Walker passed Kevin W. Adams, 42, of 2321 Shawn Drive, Maryville.  Walker knew Adams was wanted on an outstanding warrant; he turned and conducted a traffic stop, Walker’s report said.  

  • Halloween festivities planned

    Halloween is just days away.  

    And with the certainty of increased foot traffic on city streets and county roads, area residents should plan to exercise an extra measure of caution when out and about for Saturday night’s festivities.  

    While children around the county are busy making sure their costumes are ready, local municipalities and police departments are making their own plans.

    To help ensure the safety of all the ghost and goblins the cities within the county have established hours for trick-or-treating.  

  • Arnold honored for 20 years of service

    People are always making plans.  

    But no matter how much time and energy is devoted to planning out the most minute details of life, careers and the future, hindsight seems to prove that the master plan of God often involves something much greater.

    Looking back more than 20 years Ronnie Arnold, pastor of Cedar Hill Baptist Church, is able to see with great clarity that despite his own plans God had designs on his life, and grace is the resounding theme.