Today's News

  • Blue Devils bounce Halls, 64-58

    Jellico’s varsity boys didn’t just open the high school basketball season with a bang Friday night at Knoxville. They opened it with a bombshell.
    Cody Malicoat gunned in a game-high 22 points to lead the Class A Blue Devils to a 64-58 upset of the Class AAA Halls High School Red Devils in a TSSAA Hall of Fame Game.
    Malicoat, a junior forward who transferred from Campbell County High earlier this year, scored 11 points in each half and also hit a pair of 3-pointers.

  • Jury says ‘not guilty’ in murder case

    With his brother sitting behind bars, Russell Pack is a free man.

    Both men were charged with the murder of Jayne Love in 2008. Earlier this year, Phillip Pack was convicted of second-degree murder in connection with Love’s death. As his verdict was read, he openly wept.

    But last Thursday brought another version of events for the older of the Pack brothers.

    In a trial that lasted less than a day, Russell Pack was found not guilty of second-degree murder and the lesser included offense of facilitation of second-degree murder.

  • Stores and shoppers gear up for Black Friday sales

    Before the turkey has even had time to digest shoppers will be gearing up to hit the stores for what retailers hope will be the biggest shopping day of the year.

    In fact, stores like Walmart won’t even miss a beat between the end of Thanksgiving Day and the beginning of the Black Friday shopping marathon.

    According to staff at the Jacksboro Walmart, the store will be offering special sale prices on select items.

  • Campbell County teams sweep Sevier County

    Perseverance paid off Friday night for Campbell County High School’s varsity basketball teams.
    Playing host to Sevier County for a TSSAA Hall of Fame doubleheader, both CCHS teams were able to withstand a challenge from the Smoky Bears.
    The Lady Cougars won, 51-49, in overtime. Point guard Courtney Morris scored 6 of Campbell County’s 8 overtime points and ended up with a game-high 16.

  • Parades and park events planned for December


    With Thanksgiving meals on the mind this week, many people are already planning holiday events for the first week in December.

    Among the holiday plans are several Christmas parades for the season. And two park events are being planned for an evening of worry-free fun.

  • LaFollette girls, Jellico boys win elementary school games

    LaFollette and Jellico split a pair of elementary basketball games Thursday night at the LES Gym.
    The Lady Owls (9-0 overall) kept their perfect county record intact with a 37-18 triumph over the Jellico girls (5-4 overall).
    Julia Powell led the victory parade with 14 points, followed by Skylar Boshears with 10, Pressley Leach 8, Carmen Harris 2 and Meredith Rippy 1.
    Emily Cummins paced Jellico with 9 points, followed by Morgan Bowlin with 4, Crystal Boozer 3 and Kendra Smith 2.

  • White says finance director to determine status

    The case came down to one question- who got the say so.

    In August 2008 Chancellor Billy Joe White was asked to settle a dispute regarding what makes for an administrative employee versus a non- administrative employee and who gets to decide the classification.

    At the crux of what differentiates between the groups is money. Administrative personnel are not eligible for overtime. Non- administrative employees are allowed to garner overtime, the court records say.

  • Garner arrested; more charges could follow

    The long arm of the law caught up with Leonard Brandon Garner last week when he had his back turned.

    Sitting on what turned out to be a stolen ATV, Garner was arrested when police approached him without his knowledge. Officers with the sheriff’s office were there to arrest Garner on an outstanding warrant.

    “He had fled from us in the past,” said Campbell County Detective Brandon Elkins. Garner’s history of fleeing is what prompted Elkins to walk into the trailer park where Garner was found.

  • CTBI purchases LaFollette First National Corporation

    President and CEO of Community Trust Bancorp Inc., (CTBI) Jean Hale was all smiles last Wednesday about the completed purchase of First National Bank.

    CTBI acquired over 24,000 shares of First National Bank for approximately $16.1 million.

    In a share exchange on Nov. 17, the corporation paid $650 per share, according to Hale.

    LaFollette First National Corporation was immediately merged into CTBI following the share exchange.

  • Thanksgiving recipes from the LaFollette Press Staff

     Easy Cornbread Stuffing.

    Submitted by: Michell Daugherty


    Bake a pan of cornbread a couple of days before use.

    1 package of Pepperidge Farms Herb seasoned stuffing

    1-3 cans chicken broth (enough that the stuffing is still moist after it has soaked in)

    1-2 stalks of celery chopped, however much that you want to use.

    1 chopped onion

    rubbed sage


    In a sauté pan melt butter and sauté celery and onion until done. Set aside