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Today's News

  • Jail committee reviews design of jail addition

    By NATASHA COLBAUGH

    stories@lafollettepress.com

    Architects were optimistic about the most recent design of the jail and courthouse addition, yet as the meeting progressed the design became more of a work in progress.

    Last Thursday, jail committee members along with members of the sheriff, court and county offices met with the engineers with Michael Brady Inc. (MBI) to discuss the newest design plans.

  • Widener retires after 36 years in law enforcement

    After chasing criminals for 36 years, Caryville Police Chief Bill Widener is ready to sit back and take it easy for a while.

    Born in Jellico, the Campbell County native spent several years in the Army before coming home and becoming a police officer in Jacksboro. After learning some of the law enforcement ropes, Widener then spent the next 10 years of his career employed at the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department. His final career move was to become the chief of police for the town of Caryville, which is something he has spent the last 24 years dedicating his life to.

  • Continued meeting leads to budget workshop for LaFollette City Council

    The LaFollette City Council meeting came to a quick close on Tuesday after two weeks of being adjourned in session. Council members again postponed passing a water and sewer rate ordinance for the first and second reading.

    The ordinance, intended to set the rate schedule for water and sewer rates, could soon be void for council members, according to Councilman Bob Fannon.

  • Pajama pillow publishing inspires reading and writing

    Students at Caryville Elementary School polished up their reading and writing skills with a pajama pillow-publishing day Monday.

    First, second and third graders took part in writing, editing and illustrating stories for class books as part of the publishing experience.

    “This encourages writing and reading skills,” said Tammy Wishoun, grandmother of first and second graders. “It also helps their imagination.”

  • CCSD deputy resigns after dispute

    A Campbell County Sheriff’s Deputy embroiled in a “he said, she said” case is no longer with the department.

    In April, Calvin L. Raynor was accused by a female colleague of instigating an inappropriate relationship with her and then leveling threats, according to court records. While the female applied for an order of protection against Raynor, it was denied.

    Raynor initially remained employed with the department.

    However, as of April 30, he had resigned his position with the department.

  • Lady Cougars get first win in final softball series of season

    In an otherwise disappointing high school softball season, Campbell County found reason to celebrate Monday afternoon.

    Playing their final regular season series, the Lady Cougars swept a doubleheader from visiting Cumberland Gap High School to post their first two wins this year.

    Campbell County won the first game, 6-3, and then pitched a 12-0 shutout in the nightcap. The teams split a pair of games last season.

  • Campbell County track teams sweep meet at William Blount

    Campbell County High School’s track and field teams swept a meet Thursday afternoon at William Blount.

    The Lady Cougars piled up 240 points in their victory. Host William Blount finished a distant second with 155, followed by McMinn Central with 92, Tellico Plains with 46 and Sequoyah with 45.

  • Owls claim regional golf titles

    LaFollette Middle School’s golf teams did the same thing at regionals.

    Trevor Huckaby followed up his boy’s district individual title with a third-place regional finish Monday at Rarity Bay. The Owls scored nine strokes better (358) than runner-up Lake City. Huckaby shot 81 to win a playoff for the Owls. Teammate Caleb Baird shot 84; followed by Tyler Chumley, 93; and Weston Sharp, 100.

    Lenoir City’s Tanner Nelson earned medalist honors by shooting a 76. Jacksboro’s Jake Clowers was boy’s individual runner-up with an 80.

  • Cougars drop baseball games to non-district foes Fulton and Carter

    Whether it was on the road or at home, the Campbell County High School varsity baseball team just could not seem to catch a break last week in non-conference games against Fulton and Carter.

    An 8-4 loss Thursday afternoon to visiting Fulton spoiled an otherwise perfect Senior Day for the Cougars.

    Campbell County racked up nine hits but had trouble getting runners home. Justin Willoughby and Andrew Dykes each got a pair of singles, while Joe Goins, Lance Webber, Andy Hickman, Chris Hutson and Ryan Hutson each had a base hit.

  • Drug court offers hope

    Their stories are the same as any other addicts.

    The drug use began at an early age and quickly escalated.

    Next came the brushes with law enforcement. Not far behind that, the felony charges began racking up.

    So goes the life of an addict.

    Not always.

    Instead of this pattern repeating itself, participants in the Eighth Judicial Drug Court are given a chance to stop their downward spiral. For some it can mean the difference between life and death.

    For Gussie Kidd Hall that is exactly what it meant.