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Today's News

  • Icicles lined the halls at Jacksboro Middle

    Suspense had been building for students at Jacksboro Middle School. They anticipated snowfall last week. Daily announcements told students to dress warmly on Oct. 7 because it was going to be cold.

    And it was cold as faculty and staff turned down their thermostats for the secret snow day in connection with Read for the Record, a national campaign to promote reading.

  • Grand jury returns indictments

    The following indictments were returned Oct. 8 and set for arraignment on Oct. 25 at 8:30 a.m.:

    •Bobby C. Hamblin- attempted second degree murder, aggravated assault, burglary.

    •Cody Shane Bolton- two counts rape of a child, aggravated sexual battery.

    •Larry Wayne Thacker- aggravated assault, assault.

    •Carl R. Brown Jr.- theft under $500.

    •Christopher Hamblin- DUI, DOR, speeding, violation of implied consent, financial responsibility, registration violation, open container.

  • Bass are hitting crank baits fished along the rocky banks of 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 Monday, Oct. 11 was 1,006.67 feet, nearly a foot and a half lower than it was the previous week.
    Cool nights and shorter days have dropped surface temperatures into the low to mid 70s.
    The water is clear, with as much as eight feet of visibility at some locations on the lower end of the lake.

  • Playoffs start tonight for middle school football teams

    LaFollette and Jacksboro took different paths to victory last week during their final regular season football games.
    However, both the Owls and Eagles will set out on the same road tonight (Thurs.) when they host opening round games in the Tennessee Middle School Athletic Association Playoffs. Jacksboro will play Avery Trace at 6 p.m., while LaFollette will face Horace Maynard at 7 p.m.
    “It’s a good chance to move on to the semifinals,” said LaFollette coach Cody Parker.
    “Once you get to that point, anything can happen.”

  • Real men wear pink

    Football players normally shy away from wearing anything pink.
    But when Jellico Elementary/Middle School cheer coach Linda McNealy pitched the idea for a football game promotion last year to benefit the fight against breast cancer, all those burly, macho boys couldn’t resist rushing to the aid of their damsels in distress.
    McNealy’s idea soon became an annual event that the entire Jellico community embraced with open arms.

  • Resignation follows allegations

    The devil is in the details.

    And it was in those details that Karen Bundren met her Waterloo last week.

    Questions regarding the authenticity of the federal programs director’s credentials sparked a closer look at transcripts from the University of Tennessee, according to Jeff Marlow, county finance director.

  • Board carries on business as usual

    Tuesday evening Board members wasted little time moving past the sudden departure of Dr. Michael Martin last week.

    At the group’s regularly scheduled meeting chairman Mike Orick kicked off the meeting by reading a prepared statement addressing the resignation of Martin and Karen Bundren.

    In his comments Orick said the board would refrain from comment and would not entertain questions about the situation based on the advice of board attorney Dail Cantrell.

  • Nephew facing murder after uncle starves to death

    A man believed to have starved his uncle to death has been charged with murder.

    John Lowe,40, 455 Meredith Road, Caryville, was indicted for felony murder, second-degree murder, gross negligence of an impaired adult and theft over $10,000 on Friday.

    On Monday he was arrested at his home, said Campbell County Sheriff’s Detective Brandon Elkins.

  • Robbery creates havoc at local pharmacy

    Flashing lights from a fleet of law enforcement and emergency vehicles lit up the rainy afternoon on Tuesday.

    The congregation of police at Walgreens on Jacksboro Pike and the surrounding area was caused by a robbery and bomb threat where the suspect remained at large after fleeing the scene on foot.

    According to reports from the LaFollette Police Department, officers responded to a call of an armed robbery at the pharmacy.

  • Jacksboro meeting brings about questions

    What is usually a straightforward meeting turned out to be a question and answer session at Jacksboro last week.