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Today's News

  • Cougars thump Warriors, 42-12

    After a poor start to the football season a week earlier, the Campbell County Cougars came out on a mission Friday night at White County.

    “We were very disappointed in how we played last week and everyone knows that,” CCHS coach Dewayne Wells said of his young team.

    “Our kids had a different mindset at practice and we just wanted to come out and show we were better than what we were last Friday (against Loudon). I think we showed that we were determined.”

    Did they ever.

  • Losing streak over for Jellico

    With a generous helping of smash-mouth football and a dash of razzle-dazzle, Jellico High School was able to snap a 12-game skid Friday night.

    The Blue Devils (1-1 overall) came from behind in the second half at North Greene to defeat the Huskies, 14-8.

    Running backs Ryan Morris and Freedom Scott pounded out most of Jellico’s yardage between the tackles, while newcomer Darius Marlow added an element of speed with a couple of shifty runs on reverses.

  • Lady Cougars take second place at Panther Creek race

    Sophomore Lauren Evans led the Campbell County High School girl’s cross-country team to a runner-up finish during the season opener last week at Panther Creek Invitational.

    Evans ran the course in 23 minutes 4 seconds. The Lady Cougars finished just 10 points behind meet host and perennial state powerhouse Morristown West. A total of 90 runners representing 10 teams competed for top honors.

    “I’m well-pleased with how we ran for such a hot day,” said Campbell County coach Jim Pierce.

  • Jacksboro rallies for 22-16 win

    Jacksboro Middle School’s football team bounced back from a lopsided season-opening loss at Clinton to post a 22-16 victory Thursday night over visiting Grace Christian Academy.

    The Eagles rallied from an eight-point deficit in the fourth quarter with touchdown runs of 9 and 2 yards by bruiser Nick Bailey, who finished with a team-high 105 yards on 14 carries.

    Paul Courdle picked up 43 yards on 10 carries and scored Jacksboro’s first touchdown on a 70-yard kickoff return.

  • School goes into lock down

    Campbell County school officials proved that advanced planning can ease potentially dangerous situations.

    On Wednesday morning Dr. Michael Martin  implemented the system’s emergency plan at Campbell County High School.

    According to Martin, a female student had allegedly made threats to fellow students via text messaging the night before. She texted  that she planned to bring a gun to school, he said.

    Based on this information Martin started the ball rolling by placing the school in lock down mode.

  • Parking problems lead to assault charges in Jacksboro

    What began as a parking issue at a Jacksboro apartment complex ended with an arrest on Sept. 2. Calvin Jimmy Geddings, Jr., 41, of Eagle Bluff Rd, Jacksboro, was charged with aggravated assault.

    On that night, Jacksboro Police Officer Josh Carroll was dispatched to Eagle Bluff Road on the report of two males fighting, according to a Jacksboro Police report.

    Upon arriving, Carroll found one man lying in the grass outside the apartment complex and Geddings was standing in front of his own apartment, the report said.

  • Christian Academy goes green with recycling program

    Green is the way to be these days.

    In that spirit the Christian Academy of Campbell County is starting its students off right by teaching them about the importance of recycling and conservation.

    “The way we’re doing it is so it’s not so much a project, but a lifestyle,” said Christian Academy Headmaster Donny Poston.

  • Mayor stands behind decision to dismiss city administrator; Young contemplating further legal action

    Though David Young is no longer an employee of the city of LaFollette, the mayor and council haven’t heard the last of him.

    The legal repercussions of the council’s decision may have resounding affects with Young already has two lawsuits against the city, and promising more to come.

    In a Tuesday morning interview, Mayor Mike Stanfield said he stands behind his tie breaking decision, which dismissed Young at the last city council meeting.

  • Branam trial reset for November

    A one-time middle school teacher accused of having inappropriate contact with students will not stand trial this week.

    Harold Dean Branam was set for to face a jury on Wednesday.

    However, at the request of his attorney, Michael Hatmaker, that has been postponed. Branam’s new trial date is Nov. 18.

    In March, Branam was indicted 10 combined charges. He faces three counts of sexual battery and seven counts of assault, the court record said.

  • Drug court celebrates three years

    For those who battle substance abuse the Eight Judicial Drug Court provides them something they may not have otherwise- hope.

    For the last three years the court has extended a hand, sometimes a firm one, to those who say they want to kick the habit.

    But make no mistake, this program is not for the timid.

    “These people have seen things we have only read about,” said Criminal Court Judge Shayne Sexton. It was Sexton who brought drug court to the area and now presides over its weekly sessions.