Today's News

  • Relay for Life exceeds expectations

      Around $75,000 was raised for the American Cancer Society at this year’s Relay for Life event.

    The goal was $65,000, the amount that was raised last year.

    “It was a very good event,” said Cynthia Russell, media chair for the Relay committee. “The whole community just supports this whole event with open arms. It just gets bigger and better every year.”

  • Tennessee to phase out TCAPs over next three years

    For years the TCAPs have been the educational yardstick. But that is about to change.

    Tennessee plans to phase out the TCAPs as part of a plan to teach a deeper understanding of concepts and become more competitive with other states. Performance based assessments that require more critical thinking will replace the TCAPs. The change will be gradual. It should take three years to fully implement the changes.

  • Campbell County 911 board to ask for money from municipalities


    Rising costs and increasing amounts of calls have caused the Campbell County 911 Board to look to the municipalities they serve for help paying expenses.

    At a meeting Friday, the Campbell County 911 Board decided to continue operating as a direct dispatch service. It was also decided that in order to continue operating in this capacity, the board must seek financial help from municipalities within Campbell County.

    “The costs just continue to go up,” Campbell County 911 Director Charlie Hutson said.

  • Plea agreements close criminal cases

     The following criminal court cases were resolved this week with the use of plea agreements:

    •Cindy Shepperd- possession of marijuana; sentencing to be determined, court costs.

    •Hannah Deshee Beaty- aggravated assault, theft of property $500 - $1,000; three years supervised probation, court costs, $75 to ECF, $800 restitution.

  • Public Records May 10, 2012

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as or similar to other members of the community.



    APRIL 30 – MAY 4

    Frankie McCurry to Jr. Kitts, Dist. 1, $48,500.

    Daniel J. Anderson and Mary Ann Anderson to Jerome T. Thole and Denise A. Thole, Dist. 2, $180,000.

    E. G. Cline to E. G. Cline and Sarah Cline, Dist. 1, $0.

  • Jellico police arrest man for burglary

     The Jellico Police Department arrested Eddie Joe Bowlin, 42, 916 Plum Street, Jellico, for aggravated burglary on April 24.

    Assistant Chief J. J. Hatmaker went to a residence on 5th Street to investigate a burglary, when he noticed sounds inside, Hatmaker said in a report. 

  • Cougars finally beat Clinton in baseball

    After struggling much of the season to get into a winning rhythm, the Campbell County High School baseball team picked up a pair of victories last week while finishing 2nd in the Knoxville West Tournament.

    The Cougars (2-14 district, 12-22 overall) opened tournament play Thursday afternoon with an 8-4 triumph over the host team.

  • Fallen tree traps man in home

     high winds from a storm caused a tree to fall on a home, trapping a bedridden man inside.

  • Storms blew through Campbell County Thursday morning

     Last Thursday, employees from LaFollette Utilities Board and Jellico Electric and Water System worked to restore power after high winds downed tree limbs and broke a few poles.

    Storms came through around 7 a.m., LUB General Manager Kenny Baird said.

  • LaFollette resident complains about conditions of local street

     At LaFollette’s City Council meeting Tuesday night, David Wilson told the council he was having problems on East Memorial Drive, where he lives.