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Today's News

  • Jellico's middle school football team snaps losing streak

    The drought is over for Jellico’s middle school football team.
    Austin Plank scored three touchdowns and Caney Minton scored twice Thursday night as the Blue Devils (1-2 overall) clobbered Episcopal School of Knoxville, 40-0, to snap a losing streak over five years in the making.
    His team leading 32-0 at intermission, Jellico coach Les Stiers began to empty his bench to start the second half.
    “Our kids haven’t had anything like that to celebrate in a long time,’ said Stiers.

  • Personal conflict gets air at meeting

    The proposed promotion of three officers took a turn for the worst at the LaFollette Council workshop this week.
    Officers William Owens, Joe Brown and Jason Marlow have been working in the capacity of sergeants and were recommended for a salary increase of $1,500 per person to match their responsibilities.
    “We can only work them so long without compensation for that,” said acting City Administrator Cade Sexton.

  • Outgoing commissioners take final trip

    Last week a contingency of Campbell County commissioners traveled to Nashville for an orientation program for newly elected officials.
    In addition to the 15 commissioners who won seats in the Aug. 5 elections two others were also in attendance at the two-day conference.
    Despite having lost their bids for re-election former commissioners Lynn Letner and David G. Young made the trip to the state’s capital. Once back, they filed expense reimbursement requests with the county.

  • Jellico passes budget, hikes property taxes

    After several months of conversations and meetings, the Jellico Board of Mayor and Aldermen have approved the 2010-11 fiscal year budget in a special call meeting last week.
    While the conversations between the mayor and aldermen have led to a decision to lower property taxes, they have in fact increased taxes without notification, according to Campbell County Property Assessor Brandon Partin.

  • County officials take oath

    The lower courtroom looked more like a sea of humanity as a capacity crowd packed the courthouse on Tuesday afternoon.
    Family, friends and curious onlookers packed the pews and lined the walls to witness newly elected officials and their staff swear to uphold the duties of their offices.

  • Opening day of soccer play

    Saturday was the 2010 season kickoff for Campbell County Soccer Association teams.
    Games began at 9 a.m. sharp and continued into the early afternoon hours. Hundreds of people braved the late August heat to come and watch their children and grandchildren play.
    Approximately 300 kids are registered for league competition this year.
    “We’re off to a good start,” said CCSA spokesperson Bryan Horton.

  • Blue Devils fall 12-6 at home to Huskies

    Jellico High School’s football team squandered enough scoring opportunities Friday night to win by two touchdowns.
    Instead, the Blue Devils ended up losing 12-6 to North Greene, a team they defeated last season for one of their two victories of 2009.
    Tyler Brummett caught a 28-yard touchdown pass to cap a 60-yard opening drive for Jellico (0-2 overall), but the Blue Devils failed on the conversion attempt.
    Jellico had the ball three more times inside the Huskies’ 30-yard line during the first half only to come away empty-handed.

  • Birthdays Sept. 2
  • Tennessee Wildife Resources Agency news

    Changes proposed
    to fishing regulations
    The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) Fisheries Division has announced its proposed 2011 fishing regulation changes that will be presented to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Commission (TWRC) at its October meeting.
    The TWRA reviewed its initial proposals for 2011 at the August meeting of the TWRC. The following are TWRA’s proposed changes by region and statewide for 2011:
    Statewide
    •Sportfish slat basket: Must be checked at least every 72 hours.
    Region 1

  • Bass are hitting topwater, but larger fish are deeper

    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 water elevation on Friday, Aug. 27 was 1,013.97, which is around half a foot higher than it was the previous week.
    Surface temperatures are in the mid-80s. The lake is clear, with as much as eight feet of visibility at some locations on the lower end.