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Today's News

  • Roadblock takes impaired drivers off the road

    Some folks learned the hard way on Friday night that drinking and driving doesn’t mix well.

    Just ask the people arrested on Friday night during a Governor’s Highway Safety Roadblock.

    Beginning at 9 p.m. officers with the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department, the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Anderson County Sheriff’s Department along with officers from LaFollette, Caryville and Jacksboro were joined by their counterparts from Cumberland County, Oneida, Roane County and Oak Ridge for the three-hour event.

  • Jacksboro election slated for Saturday

      

    Jacksboro residents will be heading to the polls on Saturday. Two alderman seats are up for grabs in the biennial election.

    According to Dean Sexton, Campbell County’s administrator of elections, turnout for early voting was “really light.” At the close of the early voting on Monday only 93 people had cast their ballots.

  • Sexton leaves 56 year sentence in tact

     

    Larry Rathbone’s case has been through just about every legal channel and back. And it has gotten him nowhere. A Campbell County jury convicted Rathbone for sexually abusing his son on multiple occasions. These multiple convictions netted the offender a 56 year prison sentence. When his case went to the state court of criminal appeals, the justices sent it back to Criminal Court Judge Shayne Sexton.

    Last week, defense attorney Robert Scott and Scarlet Ellis, assistant district attorney general argued the points of Rathbone’s sentencing again.

  • Board kicks of director interviews

     

    Board members are down to their short list for Campbell County’s next director of schools.

  • County audit reveals findings

     

    By JENNIFER CALDWELL

    jennifer@lafollettepress.com

     

    Former director of schools Dr. Michael Martin and federal projects director Karen Bundren have been gone since last October.

    But the results of their decisions are still being felt.

    The latest backlash came in the form of findings in the state comptroller’s audit.

  • Trio arrested for home invasion

    Trio arrested for home invasion

     Three men were arrested Friday for a home invasion that occurred just after 9:30 on last Thursday night.

    The men, Mark Bull, 1685 Rocky Valley Road, New Market, James M. Breeden, 107 Chad Road, Jefferson City and Samuel L. Large, 701 Pedigo Road Knoxville are thought to be the men who broke into the Back Valley residence, according to Campbell County Chief Deputy Jonathan Finley. Wearing ski masks and gloves, the trio gained entry into the home by kicking the backdoor of the home in.

  • Chapman, Provins set meet records at Hardin Valley Invitational

     Campbell County junior Kristin Chapman set meet and stadium records Saturday while winning the girls’ high jump title at the Hardin Valley Track and Field Invitational.

    Tennessee’s reigning Class AAA girls’ high jump champion matched her previous personal record (5-7) set last May at the state meet. Her closest competitor on Saturday jumped 4-10, the height in which Chapman entered the event.

  • Lady Cougars battle Ambassadors in doubleheader

      Campbell County High School’s softball team hosted the Ambassadors last week for a doubleheader.

    Even though the Lady Cougars lost both games, 6-3 and 9-6, they were able to put some runs on the scoreboard and had a productive day at the plate.

    During the opening contest, first baseman Mary Hickman smacked a pair of doubles, drove in a run and stole home plate. Alex Hempsall also drove in a run and pitched for Campbell County.

  • Owls run a strong second to Maryville at Webb meet

     LaFollette’s boys finished second to Maryville during an 8-team middle school track and field meet last week at Webb School of Knoxville.The Owls accumulated 90 points, which was 73 behind Maryville. Union Grove took 3rd place with 57 points, followed by Heritage, 4th with 46 points; North, 5th with 34 points; Oak Ridge-Robertsville, 6th with 32 points; Sacred Heart, 7th with 26 points; and Webb, 8th with 7 points.

  • Allen hits 2-run homer at AC

     Third baseman Kelsey Allen provided the only scoring for Campbell County High School’s softball team Tuesday afternoon during a game at district rival Anderson County.

    Allen drilled a 2-run homer to keep her team from being shut out by the Lady Mavericks. It was her second home run of the year.

    The Lady Cougars fell 9-2, but hope to get on the winning track with a home doubleheader tomorrow (Fri.) against the Knoxville Ambassadors.