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Today's News

  • Owls add state crowns to district, region titles

    Perfection came to fruition last week for LaFollette Middle School’s golf teams.

    The Owls and Lady Owls completed a three-tournament sweep by winning Tennessee Middle School Golf Association championships Thursday at The Greens at Deerfield. Seventeen schools from two regions had representatives playing in the 18-hole tournament, either as a member of one of the four competing teams or as individuals.

  • Sectionals begin today for high school track athletes

    Fifteen track and field athletes from Campbell County High School have qualified to participate in the 1-AAA Sectional Championships this week.

    For the first time, events will be held at two different sites. Morristown West will host the girl’s and boy’s 3,200-meter races this afternoon (Thurs.). The remainder of the meet will be held on Friday at Kingsport Dobyns-Bennett, with field events scheduled to begin at noon. The top four athletes in each event will qualify for state.

  • Cougars get another win over Central before exiting tourney

    Campbell County High School’s varsity baseball team had to fight through adversity this season, but the Cougars managed to get one more win than they got last season.

    Three of Campbell County’s eight victories came against longtime Knoxville baseball power Central. The Cougars’ most recent triumph over the Bobcats came last Wednesday in a district play-in game. Campbell County won that game, 12-5.

  • Middle school baseball team wins three of last five games

    After sweeping Scott Co. in a rain drenched doubleheader on April 26, the Campbell County Middle School baseball team traveled to Whitley County, Ky. for a doubleheader on April 29.

    Whitley County School was like a field of dreams on a campus sprawling over rolling green pastures that included multiple well-groomed fields and courts. It was a beautiful day for baseball.

  • Campbell County has high crime and misdemeanors

    When the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation released its crime statistics for 2009, Campbell County found itself in an unfavorable position.

    The numbers, reported by law enforcement departments in each jurisdiction, showed that Campbell County has one of the highest crimes rates in the state, according to the TBI report.

    These are year to date totals that provide a “snapshot” of the crime that is occurring in a county, said TBI Spokesperson Kristin Helms.

    “The numbers were reported to us directly from each individual agency,” Helms said.

  • Commission says no to Sunday beer sales, Marlow steps down

    The move to allow beer sales on Sunday dried up at Monday’s commission meeting.

    Despite Gary Farwick’s, owner of Flat Hollow Marina, attempt to convince commissioners of the financial benefits of repealing the blue law that prohibits the sale of beer on Sunday, the issue went flat.

    Farwick said that while beer itself wasn’t a great moneymaker for the marinas, allowing its sale on Sundays would increase restaurant and gas sale as well as other activities at the docks.

  • Vice- mayor caught up in sting

    When it comes to bad investments, Jellico Vice–Mayor Mike Johnson feels he made the worst.

    After being cited by Knoxville City Police last Thursday for four counts of prohibited sexual activity in establishment offering food and alcoholic beverage, Johnson says his investment in The El Tenampa Cantina on Chapman Highway was a mistake.

  • Happiness comes from tale of sadness

    At first Peyton is shy. He hides behind his grandmother, a woman he calls mommy, until he is ready to play.

    Peyton Douglas has big round dark eyes with hair to match. He bounces around the playground, goes up the slide backwards and peeks between the wooden slats of the swing set with his dark eyes.

    It is in those eyes his story lays.

    In his eyes is the truth about who dislocated his arm, burned him with a cigarette and left multiple bruises all over his tiny body last year.

  • Camp focuses on nature and God

    Like many young boys in rural Illinois, Bill Bennett grew up hunting and fishing. Years later, he feels that he has come up with a way to connect a love for the outdoor pursuits with his role as executive director of Galilee Bible Camp, a nondenominational Christian ministry of American Missionary Fellowship.

    “My vision was to try to figure out a way to use (hunting and fishing) as an instrument to share the Gospel in a non-threatening way,” said Bennett.

  • Press staff picks up awards

    The LaFollette Press staff brought home multiple awards on Saturday as journalists from across East Tennessee gathered to honor their own.

    In a capacity crowd at The Foundry, the Press staff was recognized by the East Tennessee Society for Professional Journalists for their work in seven categories.