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Today's News

  • Pair arrested on drug, prostitution charges

    The watchful eye of a citizen led to an arrest for prostitution last week.

    On April 26, LaFollette Police Officer James Farmer was dispatched to Byrge Screen Printing on the report of possible prostitution, the arrest report said. After arriving, Farmer spoke with an eyewitness who told him he had seen a man and woman who appeared to be engaging in sexual behaviors in exchange for drugs, according to the report.

  • Titans wow LaFollette students

    A visit from T-Rac last week helped LaFollette Elementary School students prepare for the annual TCAP achievement test.

    T-Rac, the Tennessee Titans’ popular raccoon mascot, and linebacker Gerald McRath stopped by the school Thursday morning to encourage students to be their best, both mentally and physically.

    McRath spoke to the student body about growing up wanting to play pro football. He said he achieved his dream by working hard, making good decisions and never giving up.

  • Lady Blue Devils sweep county rivals

    Jellico High School senior Noel Tiller struck out 10 batters and scattered three hits Friday afternoon during a 17-6 victory over rival Campbell County at Arlis Chapman Field.

    The victory gave the Lady Blue Devils (7-4 district, 15-5 overall) a season sweep of the Lady Cougars, whom they defeated, 15-0, three weeks ago at Jellico.

    Campbell County actually had a 3-1 lead going to the second inning.

  • Middle school baseball team is learning some tough lessons

    If the late Tampa Bay Football Coach John McKay coached the Campbell County Middle School (CCMS) Baseball team, he might sum up a loss as, “Well, we didn’t hit and we didn’t pitch, but we made up for it by not playing defense.” The inaugural CCMS baseball team is young and enduring what veteran Darrell Evans said about the young 1989 Braves team, “a baptism by fire.”

  • Campbell County tops Middlesboro, 6-5

    Campbell County High School’s varsity baseball team salvaged a tough week with a 6-5 victory Thursday afternoon over visiting Middlesboro, Ky.

    Senior lefty Justin Willoughby was a force at the plate and on the mound.

    He went 4-for-4 with a double and 2 RBI for the Cougars and was also credited with the save after pitching the final 1/3 inning in relief.

    Ryan Hutson was credited with the win after taking over for Andrew Dykes in the top of the seventh inning.

  • Lady Eagles win 8-team track meet

    Jacksboro’s girls outscored seven other teams to win a middle school track and field meet Thursday afternoon at Campbell County High School.

    The Lady Eagles piled up 132 points to finish well ahead of meet runner-up Oak Ridge-Jefferson, which had 100. The other six teams, in order of finish, included: Oak Ridge-Robertsville, Sevierville, Lake City, Clinton, LaFollette and Norris.

  • Council discusses department vacancies; LPD comes under fire

    What started out as a discussion about the need for a workshop to discuss the upcoming budget led to a heated discussion about staffing and personnel issues at Monday’s LaFollette City Council workshop.

    When Cade Sexton, interim city administrator, suggested the council meet soon to start work on the 2010-11 budget he also pointed out several of the city’s departments were operating with a number of vacancies.

  • First Lady makes stop in Campbell

    With her days in office ticking down, Tennessee’s First Lady Andre Conte took time to visit Campbell County last week. However, Conte’s visit was more than a social call. It was her final visit to the Campbell County Children’s Center in her official capacity.

    “It was definitely an honor to have her here,” said Tracie Davis, director of the CCCC.

  • School presents a classic education with the classics

    Christian Academy of Campbell County was abuzz with activity Tuesday evening when the school opened its doors to show the community what it has to offer.

    Parents and children jammed the hallways to catch a glimpse of classrooms, meet staff and find out just exactly what the school is all about.

  • Inmate flees jail

    On Friday, a Campbell County inmate who had been given trustee status absconded.

    Fredrick Carl Pierce, who listed a West Chestnut Street address on his intake sheet, now has a status of escaped on that same sheet.

    Pierce had been serving time in the county jail since his arrest in September 2009, jail records said. When he was arrested Pierce had pending charges of evading arrest, auto burglary, vandalism, violation of parole and four counts of theft of property up to $9,999, according to CCSD records.