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Today's News

  • Reckless driving leads to drug arrest

    Running a stop sign led to bigger charges for a LaFollette man last Friday.

    LaFollette Police Officer William Owens was called to East Walden Street to investigate a possible drunk driver when he observed a vehicle driven by Kyle R. Shively, 20, of 502 East Walden Street run a stop sign at a high rate of speed.

    According to Owens’ report Shively continued across Central Avenue into Armstrong Alley allegedly driving recklessly nearly hitting a fence and Owens’ patrol car before coming to a stop.

  • Pre-season Prep Performance Ratings for Tennessee high school football

    The 2009 17th annual Pre-season Prep Performance Ratings for Tennessee high school football have been released.  

    Pre-season number one teams are:  

    1A - South Pittsburg

    2A - Trousdale County

    3A - Alcoa

    4A - David Lipscomb

    5A - Henry County

    6A - Oakland

    Div II A - Knox Webb

    Div II AA - MUS

    Complete ratings can be found at http://earlnall.com

  • Cougars use jamboree as tune-up for opener

    Cougar football fans will definitely need a program this season to identify all the new faces on the Campbell County High School roster.

    Fewer than half a dozen starters return from a team that set school scoring and rushing records and made back-to-back appearances in the state playoffs.

    But even though the Cougars are in a rebuilding mode, that doesn’t mean expectations aren’t as high for this year’s team.

    “I think we’ll get better as the season goes on,” said Campbell County coach Dewayne Wells.

  • Jellico puts up fight in jamboree

    A jamboree tune-up against a tough opponent may have been exactly what the Jellico High School football team needed going into tomorrow (Fri.) night’s season opener at arch rival Williamsburg, Ky.

    The Blue Devils lost 21-7 to Cumberland Gap in a very competitive jamboree scrimmage Friday night.

    “We made a lot of mistakes early in the scrimmage, but our effort was great,” said Jellico coach Danny Oakes.

    The Blue Devils scored their touchdown on an 18-yard pass play from junior quarterback Tyler Brummett to senior wideout Michael Douglas.

  • Potter taking his baseball skills to UC

    Campbell County High School shortstop Blake Potter announced on Tuesday his decision to continue his baseball career as a student at the University of the Cumberlands.

    Potter, an honorable mention all-district candidate last spring, plans to pursue a degree in engineering.

    He excelled on the field, despite playing for four different head coaches throughout his high school career.

    Potter’s best season was in 2008, when he hit .447 and was named first-team All-District 3-AAA.

  • Jellico Elementary players are hungry for a victory

    You’d never know Jellico Elementary’s football team went winless last season by talking to Marshall Lay.

    When the question arose last week as to which team was best in the Area 2 small-school division, the undersized back with a lion-sized heart was quick to chime in, “We are. There’s no thinking about it.”

    Lay’s confidence mirrors that of his teammates, who are coming off a disappointing 0-8 season.

  • Marlow and Perkins hit impasse; court to rule

    While standoffs can be common in law enforcement, they usually occur between police and criminals not between police and the people who cut their paychecks.

    However, a Friday chancery court filing has revealed that Campbell County Sheriff Gary Perkins and Campbell County Finance Director Jeff Marlow are at odds.

    The lightning rod issue is what defines an administrative employee versus a non- administrative employee and who gets to decide the classification.

    That is an issue Joe Coker, county attorney, has asked the court to rule on in the petition he filed.

  • Proposed lake restrictions spark debate

    There is little doubt Norris Lake is the jewel in Campbell County’s crown.

     Surrounded by scenic mountain vistas, its waters have become a tourist destination for many from the north as well as the south.

    And while visitors often choose the spot for its tranquil setting the peace has too often been marred by tragedy, many of which some feel were preventable.

    Although it is apparent that some steps should be taken to reduce the number of boater related injuries and fatalities, there appears to be no simple solution to the dilemma.

  • Town hall meeting draws a big crowd

    In the capacity crowd Knoxville resident Rob Flowers was able to share perhaps the most unique perspective of any who stepped to the microphone for a word with Congressman Lincoln Davis at last Friday’s town hall meeting.

    Originally from Canada, but now a naturalized United States citizen, Flowers told Davis he had recently seen the result of government imposed healthcare in the treatment of his grandparents.

  • Young files petition to return to work

    David Young is claiming city officials violated their own procedures manual when they placed him on administrative leave earlier this month.

    On Friday, he filed a petition in chancery court asking Chancellor Billy Joe White to return him to his position as LaFollette City Administrator.

    In the petition, Young, through his attorney, David Dunaway, says Mayor Mike Stanfield and the four-man council didn’t follow the guidelines of LaFollette’s personnel policy when they suspended him.