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Today's News

  • SPORTS NOTES - July 7

    Soccer tryouts for middle school girls will be held on Tuesday, July 12 at the LaFollette Fields. There will be makeup dates for players that will be out of town on that day. For more information, call 423-494-6569.

    Jacksboro Middle School will host the annual Eagle Football Camp the week of July 18-21. Camp hours will be 6-9 p.m. Camp staff will stress blocking and tackling, as well as work at all the individual positions. The registration fee is $50. Campers should register at 5:30 p.m. on July 18 at JMS.

  • Football team has youth camp, golf tourney coming up

    Campbell County High School’s football team has a busy month coming up with  a youth camp and golf tournament fundraiser scheduled for July.

    The Cougar Youth Football Camp is set for July 11-13 at CCHS. Camp hours will be 6-8 p.m. The camp is for boys ages 6-15.The registration fee is $50 per camper or $40 each if there are two or more campers from the same family,

    The registration fee covers a camp t-shirt, camp insurance, snacks and drinks, a certificate of participation, instruction from CCHS coaches, time with CCHS players and guest speakers.

  • Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency news

    BUI arrests down this year during Operation Dry Water

    Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) officials remind all those who visit the state’s waterways to be safe this time of year.

    TWRA officials emphasize the use of personal flotation devices (PFDs) while boating in a safe and responsible manner. The TWRA staff wants everyone to have enjoyable time. However, TWRA officers will be on the watch for dangerous boating behavior, such as boating under the influence (BUI) and other reckless operation.

  • Movement seen at county jail

    As work begins on the new justice center, staff at the jail has been able to lessen the overcrowding at the current facility.

    Since Sept. 5, 2010, 64 inmates have been moved into state prison beds, said Sheriff Robbie Goins. “Anytime we can alleviate the overcrowding in our current jail, we take the opportunity,” the sheriff said.

  • Sale of hospital moves forward

    A familiar face will soon be getting a new name.

    On July 1 Health Management Associates, Inc. announced that one of its subsidiaries has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the assets of Mercy Health Partners.

    The recently inked deal will result in the acquisition or lease of all seven Mercy hospitals, including St. Mary’s of Campbell County, that are part of the Knoxville based East Tennessee health system.

  • Pleasant Ridge Bridge costs more than originally planned

    LaFollette City Councilman Hansford Hatmaker sat in for Mayor Mike Stanfield for Tuesday night’s meeting.

  • VFW Post Commander seeks members in Campbell County

    Sergeant Aaron Williams with the 278th Armored Calvary Unit for the Army National Guard is calling on Campbell County veterans to join the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6494.

    Williams was recently made commander of Post 6494. While the majority of Post 6494’s activity is in Lake City, 52- percent of the members are from Campbell County, where there is no VFW post.

    “I know it’s a pro-veteran community, and I want to build on that,” Williams said. “Use that to the county’s advantage.”

  • McDowell arrested on drug charges

    Reports of an intoxicated driver led to a significant drug arrest on Saturday.

    LaFollette Police Officer Josh Hill went to the Big Creek Market to check the condition of Lana McDowell, 47, of 100 Pleasant Ridge Road.

    When he arrived Hill reported allegedly finding McDowell  asleep.  Although McDowell did not appear to be intoxicated when she was awakened, Hill gained consent to search her person and handbag.

  • LUMC to open new outreach program

    Churches often have several types of outreach programs. From those that touch the spirit to those that reach the heart churches provide healing. However, one area church is starting an outreach program that serves a much more concrete need- caring for children.

    In the fall, the LaFollette United Methodist Church will open a daycare. Its target age group is six months to 5 –years- old, said Billie Hunter, who has been the driving force behind the program.

  • Jellico Utilities renews insurance policy at special board meeting

    Jellico Electric and Water System called a special board meeting last Wednesday night to discuss proposals for property, liability and worker’s compensation insurance. The board approved the renewal of its insurance policy with the Tennessee Municipal League.