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Today's News

  • Interstate 75 Opens one lane to southbound traffic; project will last till September

       After two weeks of bumper-to-bumper traffic, Campbell County’s state routes are getting some relief. On Monday afternoon, the Tennessee Department of Transportation reopened one crossover lane to southbound traffic on Interstate 75.

    From mile marker 141 to 144, I-75 north and south is reduced to one lane as work continues on the landslide at mile marker 143, TDOT Community Relations Officer Mark Nagi said.

  • Ellison reflects on his service

    A small percentage of men and women volunteer to protect the nation in the United States Armed Forces. And Americans enjoy freedoms because of their sacrifices.

    Lieutenant Shayne Ellison, who grew up in Campbell County, spent seven months in Iraq last year.

    “As a veteran, I’ve not seen (it) as bad as others,” Ellison said. “I had God’s blessing that I could come back to my family unharmed.”

    Ellison has a wife, Jennifer, a daughter, Brighton and a son, Eli.

  • Memorial Day events planned

    This weekend marks the beginning of summer. But it is also a time to remember those who have served and given their lives for the United States of America.

    In keeping with that sentiment several area events have been planned.

    On Saturday at 10 a.m. a service will be held in Veteran’s Park in Jellico. Navy Chaplain Joel Crawford will be the guest speaker. Kim Walden, Larry Boles and the Adam Hunley family will provide the music for the event that will also have a presentation of colors and a 21 gun salute.

  • Jellico citizens raise concerns

     Jellico’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen addressed concerns from the citizens at it’s meeting on May 17.

    Jean Moses asked the board to install a water fountain at the skate park.

  • County Commission approves budget amendments

     Monday night the Campbell County Commission approved four budget amendments.

    The commission amended the general capital projects fund to allow the highway department to widen and straighten about 100 feet of Indian River Road along a steep curve. 

  • Commission discusses placing a guardrail on Lawson Lane

     Talk of a potential guardrail on Lawson Lane led to a discussion about parking and county rights of way at Monday night’s commission meeting.

  • Flying the coop

    Former Campbell County High School baseball standout Ben Aiken is well on his way to fulfilling a lifelong dream of flying a jet fighter plane.

    Aiken graduated yesterday (May 23) from the United States Air Force Academy and will leave in January for Columbus Air Force Base in Mississippi where he will begin training to become a pilot. The night before graduation, he got his lieutenant bars during a commissioning ceremony.

    “This is the best feeling in the world,” Aiken said.

  • A fish tale

    Most kids have a dog or cat for a pet.

    However, Trent Graves and his middle school classmates at the Christian Academy of Campbell County raised a couple hundred rainbow trout fingerlings this year in a project sponsored by the Clinch River Chapter of Trout Unlimited.

    For nearly four months, the students nursed their finny friends in a 55-gallon aquarium in the classroom of math teacher Travis Dunn. On May 14, the trout were large enough (about 2 to 3 inches long) to release into Clear Creek, a tributary of the Clinch River in the Norris watershed.

  • Soul Jumpers showcase skills

    For years, the jump rope has been an essential training tool for sports such as boxing. Now, jumping rope is becoming a sport all unto itself.

    Jacksboro Elementary’s Soul Jumpers showcased their athletic prowess Friday during a demanding tour of three Campbell County schools. The group began their day with an 8:30 a.m. performance at Caryville Elementary. From there, the Soul Jumpers visited Elk Valley Elementary at 10:30 a.m. and Jacksboro Middle at 1 p.m.

  • Cougars blank South-Doyle 13-0 in football scrimmage

    If last week’s scrimmage at South-Doyle was any indication, the Campbell County High School football team could be in for a breakthrough season this fall. The Cougars blanked the Cherokees 13-0 with a smothering defense.

    Campbell County’s offense wasn’t half bad, either. Rising sophomore quarterback Ethan Jeffers completed 10 of 14 passes for 161 yards and touchdowns of 20 and five yards to Ethan Simpson.