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Today's News

  • DERAILED: Montclair’s fourth investor backs out; Jellico rail spur project on hold

    Two years and four investment groups have failed to put an oil refinery in the former Taylor Machine Shop in Jellico. But Michael Williams, CEO of Montclair Technology, LLC, wants to bring an oil refinery to Campbell County—and by doing so employ up to 50 people. He likes the people in Campbell County, he said, “I’m excited about working with them. They’ve laid out the red carpet for me.”

  • District eyes opening enrollment to Internet-based learning

    It’s public school without the cafeteria food, smoking in the boy’s room and dressing out for physical education.
    Virtual school could soon be up for a vote within the Campbell County School District.
    “School districts are taking advantage of it and they will continue to take advantage of it,” said Karen Ghidotti, vice president of the southern region of K12, Inc.

  • 2 arrested on forgery, theft charges

    Two Oneida residents spent time in the Campbell County Jail after police say they were using forged checks to steal from Walmart in Jacksboro.
    On May 20, Campbell County Sheriff’s Department Capt. Brandon Elkins was investigating a forgery that originally occurred on March 7. During his investigation, he reportedly saw Heather Harness, 6226 Buffalo Rd., Oneida, and Dustin A. Laxton, 137 Dean Lane, Oneida, purchasing jewelry at Walmart and immediately returning it for cash.

  • Town’s fired fire chief reinstated to post

    Jellico’s aldermen reinstated Fire Chief Gary Troxell after Mayor Les Stiers fired him last month.
    Troxell was fired last month, shortly after documents revealed the town carried no workers’ compensation insurance the day he was injured on the job.

  • Holiday weekend offers events for all

    This Memorial Day holiday weekend locals will enjoy vacations or time off work.  
    Fans on Facebook told us they’ll spend the three-day weekend camping, grilling hamburgers and hotdogs or roasting s’mores. Others plan to hit Norris Lake, as peak season for the popular local waterway starts this weekend.

  • Football readies in spring

    ccannon@lafollettepress.com

    Twitter: @ChrisCannon89

    “If anybody wants to challenge us on offense, I dare ‘em!”

    Campbell County head coach Justin Price put out the challenge last Thursday night, as the Cougars traveled to South Doyle for their spring scrimmage.

    However, it looks like it may not be a big order to meet during the 2013 campaign.

  • Chapman's way

    ccannon@lafollettepress.com

    Twitter: @ChrisCannon89

    Kristin Chapman only knows winning.

    For three straight years in high school, that was all she did, becoming Campbell County’s first three-time state champion.

    Following her A-Sun indoor championship earlier in the year, Chapman did the same during the outdoor season, taking first in the high jump for East Tennessee State University.

  • VanEtten named CCHS golf coach

    ccannon@lafollettepress.com

    Twitter: @ChrisCannon89

    Campbell County High School has announced Will VanEtten as the new golf coach.

    VanEtten, who is a native of Campbell County, takes over the program after Jeremy Cox resigned his position in late 2012.

    For the new coach, it’s a chance to help the high school golfers grow.

    “I’m really excited about getting started,” VanEtten said. “Our first day of practice is July 8, so I’m definitely counting down the days on it.”

  • Column: Disciplined football in 2013

    Over the past week, I’ve spent time with the Campbell County High School football team, as they’ve been hard at work practicing.

    One thing I’ve noticed is that the team has a great deal of discipline.

    I really commend the Prices, as well as the other coaches, as they run a tight ship among the football program.

    Hanging from the fence on the far side of the practice field, banners, one of which spells out discipline, show the goals that Campbell County has for itself.

    Body language was a big one on Monday and Tuesday.

  • Column: It takes discipline to be a winner

    "No discipline seems enjoyable at the times, but painful later on, however, it yields the fruit of peace and righteousness to those who have been trained by it." Hebrews 12:11

    As a baseball coach, something that I stress is having good plate discipline.

    With good plate discipline, you as a hitter can control the at bat - don't give up anything to the pitcher that would otherwise be a ball.