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Today's News

  • Cougars sink Admirals, 60-53

    The comeback kids were at it again Friday night.

    Campbell County rallied from a 17-point first quarter deficit to defeat Farragut for the second time this season, 60-53, in varsity boys’ high school basketball action at John R.W. Brown Gymnasium.

    Senior forward Nick Litton had a monster game for the Cougars with 26 points — including a pair of 3-pointers and 8 of 8 free throw shooting — 12 rebounds and four blocked shots. Campbell County has won four consecutive games for an impressive 5-1 record thus far.

  • A double celebration for the Muse family

     World War I; the Great Depression; World War II; the Apollo Missions; the Cold War; VCRs and space shuttles.

    All of these have come and gone in Zie Muse’s lifetime. Not many people make it to the century mark, but on Christmas day this year, Muse will.

  • CCHS players named to all-district team

    Several Campbell County High School football players were recognized last week for their outstanding play this season.

    Five Cougars made first team All-District 3, while five more earned honorable mention status.

    Senior quarterback Tuffy Shoupe headlines the first team selections for Campbell County. 

    He accounted for 20 touchdowns, nine by air and 11 on the ground, while making the transition from the option to the spread.

    Shoupe passed for 1,617 yards and rushed for 660 while averaging nearly five yards per carry. 

  • Cieslak indicted in son’s death

     A woman accused of killing her newborn son has been indicted by the Campbell County Grand Jury.

    Last week Wanda Cieslak was indicted on four felony charges. She now stands charged with two counts of felony murder, aggravated child abuse and neglect and aggravated child neglect.

  • Grand jury says no to charges

     Two police officers have been cleared on any criminal actions following last week’s convening of the grand jury.

    Jonathon Finley, former chief deputy for the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department, and Jason Henegar, a detective with the CCSD, were facing possible felony charges on Friday.

  • Planning commission moves to annex Highcliff and Bowlin Straight

     

    Last Thursday, the Jellico planning commission decided to move forward with its intentions to annex a 1,013-acre area east of Jellico. This area includes Highcliff and Bowlin Straight.

    Municipalities around Jellico that have grown have done so by small, incremental annexation, Mayor Les Stiers said.

    After going over the costs of providing benefits to people in this area, and the revenue Jellico could receive from it, the planning commission went to the heart of the matter, discussing some the people’s objections.

  • Lady Cougars look better in rematch with Farragut

    Although the final margin was very similar, the Campbell County High School Lady Cougars played much better at home Friday night against Farragut than they did during a loss earlier this season to the Lady Admirals.

    Campbell County dropped the rematch, 54-47, but scored almost twice as many points as it did during a 32-24 season opening loss on Nov. 15 at Farragut.

    “I thought we played much better,” Lady Cougars’ coach Ryan Browning said.

    “Our offense looked more in sync.”

  • County tournament continues through Saturday at LaFollette

    Campbell County’s Middle and Elementary School Basketball Tournament tipped off Monday afternoon with four boys’ games at LaFollette Elementary.

    Wynn and White Oak advanced in the small elementary school division. No. 4 seed Wynn defeated No. 5 seed Jellico, 18-14, with Gavin Muse scoring eight points and Gavin Ayers six.

    Gage Minton and Noah Albertini scored four points each for Jellico.

    Wynn will face No. 1 seed Christian Academy of Campbell County tonight (Thursday) at 6 p.m. for a berth in Saturday’s championship game.

  • Two arrested on burglary charges

    The watchful eye of a utility worker helped police nab a couple of burglars last week.

    On Dec. 1, LaFollette Police Officer Stephen Wallen was called to investigate a burglary at Shoreline Circle. A local utility company employee reported he had seen two men carrying a flat screen television from Shoreline Circle into a wooded area. When the homeowner returned home just after 7:30 a.m. she discovered someone had broken into her home.

  • Thefts at impound lot prompt changes

    Thefts at the county’s impound lot have prompted changes in security.

    Aaron Evans, Campbell County Sheriff’s Department chief deputy, said on Nov. 20 Don Boshears, environmental services director, reported when he arrived at the Towe String Road convenience center around 7:30 a.m. the lock on the front gate was missing.

    After further inspection Boshears discovered the gate at the impound lot was open and the lock had also been cut, records indicate.