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Today's News

  • Highway department works around the clock to clear roads

    As the snow fell all around them, highway department crews operated 12 trucks and two graders throughout the night on Sunday. Campbell County Road Superintendent Dennis Potter said many roads had to be re-plowed as the snow continued to pile up.

    School and business closures kept many people at home Monday, which was for the best, according to Potter. 

    “People should stay at home as much as possible,” said Potter about citizens avoiding dangerous road conditions.

  • Christmas comedy comes to Indiana Avenue

    Tickets have sold out for the only showing of “A Cricket County City Christmas.”

    The comedy dinner theater at Indiana Avenue Baptist Church this Friday will feature local actors, some deputing for the first time on stage.

    The script was taken from a playhouse company and features two related families coming together for the holidays with very different personalities.

  • Iconic building bites the dust

    While progress often indicates something new and improved, the “out with the old” mentality is often necessary to achieve it. And so it goes with the old Caryville Elementary School building.

    On Tuesday, area residents traveling to the interstate for their morning commute likely noticed some striking changes to the building that has been a local landmark for more than half a century.  For some like board of education chairman, Mike Orick, the start of demolition struck an emotional chord.

  • Teams celebrate county tournament championships

    Jellico Middle School and the Christian Academy of Campbell County swept their divisions last week in the 2010 Campbell County Elementary/Middle School Basketball Tournament at LaFollette.
    In the small middle school bracket, Jellico’s girls beat Elk Valley, while the Jellico boys topped White Oak in two of the half dozen tournament championship games played on Saturday afternoon.

  • Lady Cougars share league lead after beating Oak Ridge and Powell

    Beating District 3-AAA girl’s basketball powers Oak Ridge and Powell would normally be cause for a generous round of high-fives for the Campbell County High School Lady Cougars.
    Beating them both in the same week is like opening Christmas presents two weeks before anyone else.
    The Lady Cougars (3-0 district, 6-3 overall) are tied with Hardin Valley for the league lead following their 55-50 upset Friday night of visiting Oak Ridge. Two nights earlier, Campbell County had knocked Powell off its pedestal with a 53-46 overtime victory on the road.

  • Weather has been more suitable for ice fishermen on Norris Lake

    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, Dec. 10 was 1,003.77 feet, which is a foot lower than it was the previous week, and falling.
    Frigid weather, with snow and wind, caused the surface temperature to drop considerably. Surface temp readings range from 45 to 48 degrees. Some protected hollows on the upper end of the lake had a thin coating of ice on the coldest mornings.

  • Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency news

    First TWRC meeting of 2011
    set for Jan. 20-21 at Nashville

    The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Commission (TWRC) has scheduled its first meeting in 2011 for Jan. 20-21 at the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency Region II Ray Bell Building in Nashville at the Ellington Agricultural Center.
    The session will open with committee meetings at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 20. The regular commission meeting will be held at 9 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 21. The agenda will be announced about a week prior to the meeting.

  • Wells reflects on remarkable run

    Dewayne Wells leans comfortably back into his office chair, props his feet up onto the desk and stares contemplatively at photographs of each of his varsity teams that adorn the walls of the coach’s office inside the Campbell County High School Football Field House.
    Each photograph has a treasure trove of war stories to tell: of young men in pitched battle, of shared triumph and tragedy, of a brotherly bond not easily broken. The old ball coach can tell you all about their lives, which are linked forever with his own.

  • Board establishes search committee; discusses retiree insurance

     

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    The Campbell County Board of Education took steps to move the search for a new director of schools along on Tuesday evening. 

  • Sheckles answers questions at committee meeting

    Furor within the ambulance service over the policies implemented by its director continued to hold EMS committee members’ attention last Thursday evening.

    During a Nov. 30 meeting County Mayor William Baird found himself on the hot seat concerning Danny Sheckles’ management of the service and its employees.

    At that meeting Baird, who serves as Sheckles’ direct supervisor, admitted to having limited information regarding the daily operation of the ambulance service as he tried to field questions for an absent Sheckles.