Today's News

  • Botts sentenced for 2002 crimes

    Answering for crimes he committed eight years ago, James Anthony Botts was sentenced to jail on Monday.

    In the summer of 2002, Botts attempted to force himself on a girl who was younger than 13 years old at the time, according to court records.

    As he entered the plea, the victim sat in the courtroom red-faced, obviously fighting tears. Originally charged with sexual battery and indecent exposure, those were the crimes, Botts plead guilty to.

  • Jellico Board attempts several motions at last meeting

    The last meeting for the Jellico Board of Mayor and Aldermen before the election was partially attended. With only two aldermen absent, the town board conducted business.

    Mayor Forster Baird provided an update on the Taylor Machine Building. A lease agreement has been signed, said Baird. Though state permits have not been issued the board was in agreement about moving forward.

    Aldermen Alvin Evans said an additional acre of land in the Jellico Industrial Park would be purchased for $10,000 pending the approval of permits.

  • Cemetery tour tells stories of broken and soaring monuments

    Local history was brought to life last Thursday.  Gathering in the Douglas Cemetery in LaFollette, a large audience learned about the people who made LaFollette great.

    Civil War reenactors told their stories, intermingling descriptions of the city when it was known as Big Creek Gap.

    Dressed in Union Army garb, Mike Sanders told the story of Thomas Rutherford who escaped from the Rebels in 1862 only to die in battle two years later. Sanders raised his voice above a passing train as he explained the dangerous process of loading black powder into his musket.

  • Cougars end losing streak at Halls

    Nothing has gone according to plan this season for the Campbell County High School football team. There have been injuries at key positions, a couple of players who have left the program and a seemingly endless string of turnovers and penalties at the worst possible times. But through it all, the Cougars refused to throw in the towel. They were finally rewarded for their perseverance Friday night with their first victory of the season, a hard-fought 21-13 decision at Knox Halls.

  • Blue Devils topple Oakdale in District 4

    For more than three quarters Friday night, it looked as though Oakdale’s 51-game district losing streak was coming to a halt. However, Jellico scored twice in a two-minute span to erase a deficit early in the fourth quarter that propelled them to a 22-19 win over the Eagles on Hollis Eble Field.
    The Eagles (0-5 in District 4-A, 2-7 overall) took a 13-8 lead into the final period, but two pivotal turnovers doomed the home team as they suffered their 52nd straight loss in district play.

  • Public Records Oct. 28

     Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as or similar to other members of the community.


    Campbell County Property Transfers

    Oct. 18- Oct. 22


    Robert Johnston to Whitney N. Wilson and Toby L. Wilson, Dist. 3, $79,900.

    David K. Zornes and Brenda J. Zornes to Nicholas M. Polazkowyj and Jessica B. Polazkowyj, Dist. 2, $262,000.

  • Campbell County boys take 2nd at Cove Lake Invitational

    No one was quite so surprised as Campbell County High School’s boys when the announcement was made for them to receive the runner-up trophy Thursday afternoon following the Cove Lake Cross-Country Invitational.
    The announcement for them to step forward had to be made more than once, as the Cougars mingled with onlookers, not even thinking that they were in the running for a trophy with the likes of Christian Academy of Knoxville, Catholic and Bell County, Ky. among the competition.
    The Cougars finished 34 points behind CAK in the team standings.

  • County middle school teams bow in semifinals of playoffs

    The playoff journey is over for the Jacksboro and LaFollette middle school football teams.
    Both the Eagles and Owls were eliminated after semifinal losses Thursday night.
    Jacksboro was defeated 12-6 in overtime at Clinton in a game that was eerily similar to the regular season meeting between the two teams.
    Clinton also won the earlier game, 16-14, in overtime on Jacksboro’s field.

  • Three people arrested following complaint

    Answering a complaint call at the Super 8 Motel in Caryville resulted in three arrests last week. The complaint was from local business owners who claimed one of the renters was harassing people for money, said Caryville Police Sgt. Freddy Walker.

    When Caryville Police knocked on the door of room 110 two women answered.  A third suspect was in the bathroom of the room, said Walker.

  • Striped bass continue to hit in headwaters of Norris Lake

    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, Oct. 22 was 1,004.91, which is a over foot lower than the previous week.
    Surface temperature readings taken during the afternoon hours are in the low 70s.
    The water is clear, with as much as eight feet of visibility at some locations on the lower end of the lake.