Today's News

  • Fireworks, festivals, fun for all this weekend

     The following events are planned for this Labor Day weekend:


    Mountain Heritage Festival

    STINKING CREEK—The 43rd annual Mountain Heritage Festival will be from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Mountain Heritage Festival grounds on Stinking Creek Road.

    The festival celebrates old Appalachian traditions and will include quilting, soap making, molasses making and other exhibits — such as a horse show and mule pull at 6 p.m. Saturday. A moonshine still will also be displayed.

  • New witness in school-shooter trial says Bartley provoked to fire

    JACKSBORO—Kenneth Bartley’s school-shooting defense attorney Greg Isaacs says a new witness shows Bartley was provoked into shooting Ken Bruce, Gary Seale and Jim Pierce on Nov. 8, 2005.

    In an affidavit filed in Campbell County Criminal Court on Aug. 12, special education teacher Marjorie P. DeLapp says former principal Gary Seale told her that Bartley had a small gun on the day of the shooting.

  • Shelter workers 'out of doghouse'

     JACKSBORO—A Campbell County grand jury has considered all the evidence against the Adrion W. Baird Animal Center and found no criminal wrongdoing.

    “[It’s] difficult to prove intentional animal cruelty,” said District Attorney General Lori Phillips-Jones.

    On Aug. 16, the grand jury heard nearly two hours of evidence presented by Tennessee Bureau of Investigation agent Andy Corbitt. 

  • Jellico: Resolution readies town for state takeover

     JELLICO—The town is one step closer to the cash-basis budget needed to put the fiscally-troubled community back on an even keel.

    On Monday night, the board convened with one item on the agenda — a resolution to apply for funding bonds.  The resolution was approved unanimously. 

    Alderman Darrell Byrge was absent.

  • Rattler bites worshipper

     LaFOLLETTE—A Virginia man is recovering at his home after he was reportedly bitten on his head by a rattlesnake at a Sunday homecoming religious service at the Ivydell Holiness Church. 

    “Bubba” Long, who’s believed to be in his late 20s, was transported by ambulance to Tennova’s LaFollette Medical Center, according to dispatchers, and later transferred to University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville. Long was treated with anti-venom and is said to be in stable condition. 

  • Bowman the Showman


    JACKSBORO—The kid can do it all, and on Thursday night, he proved it.
    Shane Bowman, the eighth-grade quarterback for the Jacksboro Eagles, propelled the team to a 14-10 victory over the Oneida Indians.
    Bowman came around the right edge, crossing the goal line with 19.6 seconds remaining in the contest. The score was enough to give Oneida its first loss in five years.

  • Cougars make statement in season opener, 41-6


    JACKSBORO—It’s all about doing what hasn’t been done.
    At least, that’s what head coach Justin Price’s philosophy is, and the Cougars are continuing to look for ways to do what hasn’t been done in Campbell County’s 38-year history.
    On Friday night, the Cougars came out strong, going away with a 41-6 victory over the Cumberland Gap Panthers. It was only the 12th time in school history a Campbell County squad has started 1-0.

  • Mental mistakes hinder Panthers


    JACKSBORO—It wasn’t exactly the David and Goliath ending Cumberland Gap was hoping for, but first-year head coach knows it’s what his team needed.
    The Panthers traveled to Campbell County High School for the first-ever meeting between the two schools on Friday night, as the Cougars came away victorious in a 41-6 battle inside L. Hope Dossett Stadium.
    Cumberland Gap says the loss comes as a result of mental errors on its part.

  • Smith makes soccer history


    KNOXVILLE—Michaela Smith made history for Campbell County High School last Thursday night, as she scored the first-ever soccer goal in the school’s 38-year history.
    In its inaugural game, the program chose a tough one, as they traveled to Catholic High School.
    During the second half, Smith bolted for the goal, finding the back of the net during the 3-2 loss.

  • JAKES Day gets kids outside


    LaFOLLETTE—Jarrett Ellison pulled the string back near his face, releasing it with a thud as the arrow flew down range.
    Ellison went a perfect 7-for-7 during the archery station on Saturday during the third annual JAKES Day.
    “That’s pretty big,” Ellison said. “I went to archery camp last summer. I think I’m going to try to get on the team. It’s real fun. I’ve not really done anything like this before.”