Today's News

  • Sunday beer sales taking county by storm

    For the first Super Bowl in Campbell County history, grocery and convenient stores offered Sunday beer sales.  

    When Caryville citizens voted for the liquor referendum last November, it changed the laws for beer sales throughout the county.

    Caryville and Campbell County are required to change the permissible hours of beer sales, selecting to sell beer at 10 a.m. or noon to midnight. Other than these two municipalities, Jacksboro, LaFollette and Jellico can choose to sell beer on Sundays or opt out completely.

  • Walgreen's bomber enters into plea agreement

    A LaFollette man charged with holding up the Walgreen's pharmacy with a fake bomb had his day in federal court last Thursday.

    According to documents filed in the United States District Court, James Wesley Wells entered into a plea agreement in which he pleaded guilty to two of the three counts he was facing.

  • Rising bills equal rising tempers


    Little yellow slips of paper mailed out with LaFollette Utility bills are like a warning for the unexpected. And citizens around the county are bracing themselves for the unheralded price tag as they open their bills.

    The yellow slips tell customers December and January had some of the coldest temperatures on record. But this realization is not bringing comfort to customers when many see their bills double or triple in price this winter.

  • College coach hired to lead Cougars’ football program

     Seymour native Jerry Mynatt has been named Campbell County High School’s new head football coach.

    Mynatt, a 1986 graduate of Seymour High School, has been a college coach throughout his career. His stops include Charleston Southern, Elon, N.C; East Tennessee State; Pikeville, Ky; and – most recently – NCAA Division II Brevard College in North Carolina.

    He is a 1992 graduate of Carson-Newman College, where he played wide receiver on the 1989 NAIA National Championship Team.

  • Crappies and bass biting on Norris

     The following is a weekly summary of the fishing conditions on Norris Lake as reported by creel clerks from the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA).

    The lake level on Friday, Jan. 28 was 1,000.10 feet. Surface temperatures range from 39 degrees on the upper end to 42 degrees at Loyston and Norris Dam. Most of the large, protected hollows that were frozen during the cold snap have thawed. Some sections of the main channels above points 15 and 32 may be frozen on cold mornings.

  • Oakes turns Jellico program over to Lawson

      Longtime Jellico High School football coach Danny Oakes stepped down last week and handed over the reins to Brad Lawson, who served as defensive coordinator last season for the Blue Devils.

    The announcement was made Friday night during Jellico’s Basketball Homecoming.

    Lawson is a 2010 graduate of the University of the Cumberlands, where he played linebacker for the Patriots. He was a student assistant at UC in 2009 before joining the Jellico staff last fall. He teaches U.S. History and economics at JHS.

  • Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency news

     Teens charged

    with killing elk

    Two juvenile males from the Briceville section of Anderson County have been charged with illegally killing a 5X5 bull elk, according to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA).

    According to reports, the two youth were spotlighting from an ATV in the Beech Grove Community on Jan. 15, when they shot the elk with a Marlin .22 rifle. They did not take the elk.

    TWRA wildlife officers confiscated the spotlight and .22 rifle.

  • CCHS girls defeat Powell, AC and Karns

     Campbell County High School’s girls won three out of four district basketball games heading into Tuesday’s road trip to Knox Halls.

    The Lady Cougars (9-3 district, 14-7 overall) defeated Powell 65-48 last Tuesday, knocked off host Anderson County 45-39 on Thursday and then fell 63-45 Friday at Oak Ridge before bouncing back with a 77-44 home win Monday against Karns.

  • School system in the midst of several capital projects

    Some recent changes in the county’s landscape are due largely to projects being undertaken by the Campbell County Board of Education.
    With the iconic Caryville Elementary School now completely removed from the scenery Rector Miller, building committee chairman, said the site is now ready for excavation.  Demolition on the old building began in early December. After several months of debate over what to do with the dilapidated building board members determined the land located right next to Interstate 75 would be worth more without the structure.

  • Meth lab discovered; children removed

    Complaints of possible drug activity led to the discovery of a meth lab and the placement of two juveniles in protective custody last Wednesday.
    Campbell County Sheriff’s Deputy Thomas Richey went to 238 River Road, Jacksboro to investigate reports narcotics activity at the residence. After receiving permission from  Jessica Gibson, 32, of 238 River Road, to search the exterior of the home Richey reported seeing partially burned remnants of a methamphetamine lab.  Following this discovery Richey contacted Det. Sgt. John Long for assistance.