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Today's News

  • Week 5 Powder Mill Tournament winners

     Jason Dotson and Daniel Stanfill took 1st place Saturday with 13 lbs. during the fifth week of the Powder Mill Bass Tournament Series on Norris Lake. Dotson also boated the biggest bass, a 3.14 lb. largemouth. Runners-up were Rick and Cathy Childs with 12.3 lbs., while David and Karen Miller finished 3rd with 8.6 lbs. Winner of the sponsor bonus ($50 from Union Bank of Jellico) was Sam Richardson.

  • Bass bite continues on Norris

      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 Friday, April 8 was 1,014.70 feet, which is four feet higher than the previous week. 

    There is considerable floating debris in the Clinch and Powell rivers. Boaters need to exercise caution at all locations, but especially on the upper half of the lake.

    Surface temperatures range from 53 to 60 degrees depending on time of day and location.

  • Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency news

     Youth outdoor clinic planned for Knoxville

    A Youth Field Day will be held on Saturday, April 23 at the John Sevier Hunter Education Center in Knoxville.

    The daylong activity will begin at 9 a.m. and is planned for youth ages 10 through 16 who have always wanted to learn some outdoor skills or even have the desire to develop their outdoor skills further.

  • Gibbs plea doesn’t go unnoticed

    Raymond Gibbs found himself in familiar territory on Monday.

    He was standing before a judge, ready to plead guilty to a sex crime with the victim’s mother declaring he would offend again.

    In October 2009, this same scenario played out but Gibbs wasn’t allowed to plead then. Instead, his case was set for trial. Then it was rescheduled.

    Gibbs was to face a jury this week on charges he molested a six- year-old girl.

  • Caryville makes history

    Glasses will soon be clinking all over town after Caryville granted its first two liquor licenses.

    On Monday evening the board of mayor and aldermen made history when it awarded Mark Hoskins and Jeff Hoskins, along with John Davenport permission to open package stores within the town’s borders.

    The decision came after a lengthy meeting where each candidate’s application was reviewed and scored.

  • Former school officials reject plea

    Dr. Michael Martin and Karen Bundren have opted to face a jury of Campbell Countians to resolve their legal woes.

    While the case has been shuffled around on the docket since the two were indicted late last year, that all ended on Monday. Senior Assistant District Attorney Mike Ripley told Criminal Court Judge Shayne Sexton an offer for a plea had been extended to both defendants but he had yet to get a response from them.

  • Ridenour sits for round two of interviews

      Board members wrapped up a week of interviews with the third and final candidate vying for the director of schools post last Thursday.

    Seated before the board in the Jacksboro Middle School library Sharon Ridenour, interim director of schools, exuded confidence in her ability to continue to perform the job she has been doing since October.

  • Rucker admits guilt

    Having once sworn to uphold the law, Tony Rucker admitted on Monday he was guilty of breaking it.

    The one time LaFollette Police Officer appeared in Campbell County Criminal Court agreeing he was guilty of official misconduct, bribery of a witness and filing a false report.

  • Nance sentenced to more time

    What began as a suspected arson case that evolved into child rape has now ended.

    Appearing older and gaunt Joseph Nance pled guilty to sexual battery on Monday. It was one of three charges still outstanding in the case. For the final count he was sentenced to two additional years in prison. Criminal Court Judge Shayne Sexton said Nance would serve these years concurrent to the 64 years he was sentenced to in October 2009.

    The remaining two counts were dropped.

  • Murray and Bowman arrested on theft charges

    Answering a call to give a friend a ride turned out to be quite costly for a LaFollette man that was already on parole.

    Detective Lt. Brandon Elkins of the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department was investigating the burglary of a storage building on South Chapman Road that happened on April 1 when he learned that Anthony Meade Bowman, 23, of 523 Shoreline Circle, had allegedly been the individual that broke into the building.