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Today's News

  • Weekend marks start of Christmas festivities

    Thanksgiving leftovers may still be in the fridge, but that won’t stop the Christmas festivities from getting into full swing this weekend.

    On Dec. 3 at 2 p.m. the annual Campbell County Christmas Parade will kick off the season. The line up for this year’s parade will be at LaFollette Elementary School with a parade official stationed at the front gate by 10 a.m. to assist individuals with locating their spaces.

  • Lady Cougars get first victory

    After a frustrating start to the basketball season, Campbell County High School’s varsity girls finally got their first victory last weekend.

    The Lady Cougars (1-3 overall) overcame two dozen turnovers Saturday afternoon to defeat District 4 power Maryville, 45-42, during the final game of the Heritage Thanksgiving Classic.

    Senior point guard Courtney Morris led Campbell County with 19 points, five rebounds and five steals. Senior wing Kristin Chapman nearly had a triple-double with 15 points, nine rebounds, eight steals and a pair of assists.

  • Veterans sound off on need for clinic

    James Aiken served in the Army during World War II. Now 91 years old, he suffers from heart and prostate problems and has high blood pressure. James Aiken takes over 20 medications. He has a broken femur and can’t walk. His wife, Virginia Aiken, takes care of him.

    “We have to go to Knoxville or Johnson City to get anything done,” Virginia Aiken said. “It is unreal what we have to go through to get him help. To have to drive to Johnson City is something else.”

  • Henderson sees more charges

    Kenneth Joey Henderson was arrested three weeks ago in connection with a string of burglaries in the Big Creek and Fox Lake communities. Although he is sitting in jail, he continues to rack up charges.

  • Cougars roll through Heritage tourney

    The Campbell County High School boys’ varsity basketball team is off to a solid start this season with wins in three of its first four games.

    Last weekend, the Cougars picked up a pair of victories at the Heritage Thanksgiving Classic. Campbell County clobbered the host team, 55-35, on Friday and squeaked by William Blount, 42-40, on Saturday.

  • Jellico teams split league opener with Oakdale

    There wasn’t a lot of drama in Jellico last week as the defending District 4-A champion Oakdale Lady Eagles and Jellico Blue Devils opened the District 4-A basketball schedule with victories.

    Oakdale’s girls took the floor first and Fred Snow’s cruised to an easy 59-31 victory while Mike Reynolds’ Blue Devils used a big second half to pick up a 68-48 victory over the Eagles.

    Girls’ Game

    The Lady Eagles never trailed and were never challenged in picking up the 28-point victory.

  • Campbell County teams sweep district rival Clinton

    Winless Clinton proved to be a good District 3-AAA tune-up Tuesday night for both of Campbell County High School’s varsity basketball teams. The Lady Cougars (1-0 district, 2-3 overall) notched their second consecutive victory with a 68-34 thumping of the Lady Dragons (0-1 district, 0-5 overall). Senior wing Kristin Chapman poured in a career high 21 points to lead Campbell County. Classmate Courtney Morris chipped in 11 points, followed by Niki Ward with nine, Maria Foust seven, Shayla Goins six, Courtney Miller five, Emily Byrge four, Hannah Owens three and Amber Young two.

  • Tri-City Tournament set

    The Tri-City Basketball League will host a tournament for age 5 through high school divisions from Dec. 16-18 at the LaFollette Recreation Center. The entry fee is $25 per team. 

    If any team from the LaFollette Recreation Center wants to play in the league, the director will try and work around the game times at the Rec. 

    Sign-ups will be Dec. 17 at Valley View from 1-4 p.m. 

    For more information about the tournament or league play, call 423-566-1400 or 423-912-5927.

  • Pursuit ends with arrest

     A Newcomb man hit the skids after running from the law last week.

    When Campbell County Sheriff’s Deputies Franklin Ayers and Cody Chapmen saw a black Ford F-150 fail to signal a turn onto Standard Hollow Road from Highway 297 on Nov. 23 they attempted to stop it.

    Despite the blue lights and siren the truck driven by Billy W. Green, 61, of 272 Old Standard Hollow Lane, Newcomb allegedly turned into a field and drove for some distance before stopping, the arrest report said.

  • Case could go to grand jury

     As the investigation into the actions of two former sheriff’s department employees reaches the 90 day mark it appears the end is in sight.

    “We are far into the investigation, District Attorney General Paul Phillips said on Tuesday. “We would expect charges to follow.” Those charges could come in the form of a presentation to the grand jury.

    Phillips did say if the two are indicted the charges would be felonies.