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Today's News

  • A hundred signs with a hundred anti-meth messages

    Toby Young’s sister has been using drugs for years. It started as prescription drug abuse and eventually led to more accessible, cheaper substances like methamphetamine.

    “It affects me more and more, every time I talk to my sister,” said Young about the impact meth use has on an entire family.

    This is one of the reasons Young and Jonathan LuAllen founded the I Hate Meth organization.

    In two weeks LuAllen and Young have worked harder than ever before.

  • Town of Jellico offers coat drive

    A box in the lobby of Jellico town hall is quickly filling up with warm jackets.

    It’s for a coat drive- a project that has never been done by the municipality. But a project Mayor Les Stiers said is needed in the Jellico community.

    On Dec. 3, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the donated coats will hang on racks for people in need to come and choose from.

    Stiers said the coats have been outgrown and discarded. They have been cleaned and prepared for the coat drive by several women in the community.

  • 'Tis the season for holiday activities

    Following a hefty lineup of Christmas events is another round of cheerful activity being offered next weekend. From Jellico to LaFollette, two scheduled events are being offered.

    Christmas in the City at Seargeant Park in LaFollette will be held on Dec. 11 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Crafters and food vendors will line the street of South Tennessee Avenue.

    Beginning at 6 p.m. there will be a Christmas tree lighting and music. A community choir will lead Christmas carols during the festivities. James Freeman has offered to emcee The Christmas Story for the audience.

  • Lady Cougars rebound with 67-53 triumph over Heritage

  • Blue Devils go 1-2 at Grizzly Classic

    The Jellico High School boy’s varsity basketball team held its own last week while competing against much larger schools in the Grizzly Classic at Grainger County.
    Blue Devil forwards Cody Malicoat and Michael Smith scored 15 points each during a 62-61 loss to eventual tournament champion Seymour on Nov. 23. Brent Ayers chipped in 13 points for Jellico, followed by Lee England and Dustin Smiddy with 5 each, Ethan Shelley 4, Tyler Bolton 3 and Chris Lay 1.

  • Rucker target of TBI investigation

    A LaFollette Police Officer has been suspended without pay as the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation looks into his alleged conduct.

    Tony Rucker, a seven year veteran of the department was placed on unpaid leave last week pending the outcome of the investigation, said LPD Captain Jack Widener.

    Rucker stands accused of possibly taking bribe, according to Widener.

  • Owls have busy roundball schedule

    In recent middle school basketball action, LaFollette’s varsity girls defeated Horace Maynard, 49-28, on Monday, Nov. 29. Kendra King scored 13 points for the Lady Owls, followed by Katie Hamblin and Amber Guy with 12 each, Sissy Bailey 5, Ashley Whited 3, Kasi Phillips and Isabella Luna 2 each. Megan Winstead had 11 points for HMMS.
    The Lady Owls’ junior varsity team fell, 28-20. Phillips and Luna scored 6 points each, while Rachel Heatherly had 4, Megan Muggridge and Savannah Goins 2 each.

  • DUI and drugs keep officers busy

     

  • Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency news

    State wildlife commission
    meets today at Gatlinburg

    The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Commission (TWRC) will convene for the final time of the calendar year when it meets Dec. 1-2 at Gatlinburg. The meeting will be held at the Clarion Inn and Suites.

  • Daniels charged with attempted murder

     

    When staff at St. Mary’s emergency room called to report a possible assault victim was there to be treated authorities were not sure what they would find.

    Last Wednesday Campbell County Sheriff’s Detective Jami Hall was called to the emergency room to speak to a female in her late 20’s with a large gash on the left side of her forehead and another on the back of her head.

    The victim told Hall she was driving on Glade Springs Road when she noticed she was being followed by Shannon Daniels, 33, of 187 Mynatt Lane.