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Today's News

  • Pack murder trial starts

    Between coming to court five minutes late and appearing to nod off as potential jurors were questioned, Phillip Pack was seemingly taking his second degree murder charge in stride.

    Yesterday Pack's trial for the 2008 murder of Jayne Love began.

    Prosecutors believe Pack furnished Love with the meth that led to her death.

    But Keith Hatfield, Pack's court appointed attorney said while that was the state's theory they could not prove it.

    “At the end of the day Mr. Pack will be entitled to an acquittal,” Hatfield said.

  • Judge allows DNA evidence at trial; reserves right to revisit decision

    With the start of Phillip Pack’s second-degree murder trial less than 48 hours away, a last ditch attempt to exclude DNA evidence was made on Monday.

    With Pack’s court appointed attorney, Keith Hatfield, unexplainably absent from court, Wes Hatmaker agreed to argue the motion asking to have the evidence tossed.

    That was the first hurtle to be crossed.

    With Hatmaker’s agreement to stand in, Senior Assistant District Attorney General Mike Ripley objected asking if Pack was aware of this substitution. Pack was not in court to answer that question.

  • Board member named in sexual harassment suit

    The Campbell County Board of Education and more specifically one of its board members was dealt a blow with the recent filing of a lawsuit in federal court.

    In a complaint filed in the United States District Court school system employee Alexis R. Keiser, alleges she is the victim of sexual harassment perpetrated by veteran board member Mark A. Wells.

    According to the filing, the suit is being brought as a result of Wells’ attempt to date Keiser and his subsequent retaliation once he learned she was in a relationship with someone else.

  • CASA Bluegrass Breakdown raises funds

    The ninth annual CASA Bluegrass Breakdown not only raised funds for area children, but awareness for the issues they face.

    The Saturday evening event went well, raising around $8,000 including corporate sponsors, according to CASA Director Renee Tackett.

    The Department of Children’s Services had a foster/ adoption booth set up to provide information for anyone who was interested.

    “I feel that it did raise awareness. The community effort was strong and the response was big,” Tackett said.

  • Proposed marina issue remains unresolved

    Despite the fact that a year has passed since a proposed 799 slip marina disrupted the calm waters of Norris Lake, a decision has still not been made by the Army Corps of Engineers and Tennessee Valley Authority.

    On March 19 of last year, an application was sent to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Tennessee Valley Authority proposing a commercial marina on Norris Lake, near Heatherly’s Point.  

    This location just happened to lie directly across from the portion of the lake where Camp Galilee laid down its roots over 50 years ago.

  • Lady Cougars can’t unseat Oak Ridge

    There was no deviation from the norm Tuesday night during the girl’s championship of the District 3-AAA Basketball Tournament at Knox Halls.

    Oak Ridge High School (24-5 overall) added a tournament championship to its regular season title with a 75-68 victory over No. 3 seed Campbell County (19-11 overall), which ended a seven-game winning streak for the Lady Cougars.

    Campbell County’s last loss came at the hands of the Lady Wildcats on Feb. 4, almost three weeks ago.

  • Blue Devils stumble in region opener

    Having a one-dimensional attack likely cost the Jellico High School boy’s basketball team a chance to move on in tournament play.

    The Blue Devils (18-11 overall) could not find their shooting touch from long range Saturday night during a 77-59 loss to Grace Christian Academy (GCA) in a Region 2-A quarterfinal game. The defeat eliminated Jellico from the tournament. Meanwhile, the Rams (18-9 overall), who avenged a two-point loss to Jellico on Jan. 9 at Knoxville, advanced to play Harriman in the region semifinals Tuesday at Wartburg.

  • Lady Cougars have tough time against William Blount in 2-AAA

    Basketball tournaments have little margin for error, especially during the elimination rounds.

    So when the Campbell County High School girl’s basketball team didn’t play its best Friday night while hosting a Region 2-AAA quarterfinal game, William Blount was quick to take advantage.

  • Bobcats defeat Blue Devils for District 4-A crown

    The 2009-10 season hasn’t been easy at times for the Oliver Springs Bobcats, as early season injuries and illness made it difficult for Tony Ingram’s squad to hit their stride.

    Through it all, however, coach Ingram knew that the postseason was all that mattered and now that the Bobcats are playing at 100 percent, they seem to be peaking at just the right time. Jellico found out just how good the Bobcats can be when they’re clicking on all cylinders Tuesday night as Oliver Springs bombed the Blue Devils 72-48 to capture the District 4-A Tournament championship.

  • Little League sign-ups being held Saturday in LaFollette

    Sign-ups for LaFollette Little League Baseball and Softball will be held on Saturday, March 6 at the LaFollette Community Center. The time period will be 1-4 p.m. The registration fee is $35 per child.

    Bring a copy of your child’s birth certificate and three documents that show the address of the child. All children ages 3-15 and who live in Campbell County are eligible to play.

    For more information, call Marvin Rutherford at 423-566-1400.