Today's News

  • Ray prohibited from downtown LaFollette

    After pleading guilty in criminal court on Monday, Pam Ray has been denied access to areas of downtown LaFollette.

    In early April, Ray was arrested after the LaFollette Police received allegations that she had had sexual contact with a 14-year-old- male, court records said. She allegedly did this in exchange for money. Police further alleged it had occurred with 100 feet of a church and less than two miles from a school.

  • Judge denies bank robber new trial

    Billy Blankenship won’t be getting a new trial.

    On Monday, his attorney, Michael Hatmaker, allowed the motion he filed in October 2010 to speak for itself. In essence, it said that despite his client being charged with aggravated robbery but convicted of simple robbery, the case still lacked enough evidence to garner a guilty verdict.

  • Nelson pleads not guilty to battery charges

    A former nursing home employee is facing criminal charges.

    On Monday, Don Nelson was arraigned in Campbell County Criminal Court on four counts of sexual battery. He plead not guilty and is scheduled to appear again next month.

    The charges came following a several month investigation by the LaFollette Police, according to court records. In early February, Nelson is alleged to have sexually assaulted a female resident of Cumberland Village Nursing Home, the indictment said.

  • McKinney serving time for crimes

    Facing nine criminal charges that included multiple counts of child abuse, David S. McKinney opted to plead guilty instead of facing a jury.

    On Monday, he agreed he had committed three acts of child abuse and neglect, four methamphetamine related crimes, had unlawfully had a weapon and had committed domestic assault.

  • Arrests pending in drug raid

    A midday drug raid got some attention on Tuesday.

    Officers with the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department went to the Wooldridge area of Jellico to execute a warrant.

    Once at the home, they allegedly found not only cocaine and various other scheduled narcotics, along with $1,200 in cash. However, that wasn’t the only items police found. Over 10 different types of weapons ranging from handguns to semi-automatic weapons was located.

  • Alleged tire thief arrested

       Despite having nearly $7,000 in new tires, Bruce Hudson still couldn’t escape the law.

  • Little League action winding down in LaFollette

    LaFollette Little Leaguers were hard at work last week trying to win division pennants. Regular season play ends this week for softball and 9-10 and 11-12 baseball. Coach-pitch and tee-ball teams still have a few more games remaining on their schedules.

  • Lady Cougars strive for consistency at summer camps

    With half a dozen battle tested seniors in the lineup, the Campbell County High School girls’ basketball team is doing a little fine-tuning at camp this summer to set the stage for what the Lady Cougars hope to be a banner season in 2011-12.

    The Lady Cougars — who went 11-8 during recent team camps at William Blount, Tennessee Tech and Alcoa — are still striving for the consistency that all championship teams have.

  • Camps give Blue Devils reason to dream big

    Players may come and go, but the ultimate objective never changes for the Jellico High School boys’ basketball program.

    “Our goal is to be in Murfreesboro in the middle of March,” said Blue Devils’ coach Mike Reynolds.

    “We were one step away last year (from the Class A state tournament).”

    Jellico lost seven seniors from the 2010-11 team that won district and region tournament championships before falling to Cloudland in sub-state play. 

  • SPORTS NOTES — June 23

    The Officer Greg Cox Campbell County Cancer Association Benefit Softball Tournament will continue on July 2, starting at 11:30 a.m., at Asbury Park.

    The annual Cove Lake 5K is set for Saturday, June 25 at 8 a.m. Entry fee is $20. Awards will be presented in numerous age categories. Registration forms are available at the front desk of the LaFollette Press.