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Today's News

  • Spiritually Speaking

     

  • Blue Devils back in win column

    Nearly two months have passed since Jellico High School last won a football game.

    The leaves were still green and the late summer air was hot and humid when the Blue Devils went on the road to defeat North Greene, 14-8, on Aug. 28.

    During the seven weeks that followed, Jellico lost six consecutive games by an average margin of 19. 5 points. The defense gave up a total of 177 points in those six games while the offense struggled to score 60.

  • Jellico’s remarkable season ends with loss at sub-state

    Jellico High School’s first appearance in sub-state volleyball was a bit of a disappointment for the Lady Blue Devils.

    Host North Greene defeated Jellico in three games — 25-13, 25-12 and 25-22 — to advance to the state tournament this week at Murfreesboro.

    However, the Lady Blue Devils expect to be back next year with one of their two all-region players returning for her senior season.

    “I just wanted to win one (sub-state game) at least,” said Jellico coach Barbara Carter.

  • Cougars drop heartbreaker to Halls

    A competitive high school football game Friday night against Knox Halls quickly turned sour for Campbell County during the final 5 1/2 minutes.

    Trailing by a single point on their home turf, the Cougars (2-5 district, 3-6 overall) gave up two touchdowns down the stretch of a 28-13 loss to the Red Devils (3-4 district, 3-6 overall).

    “The kids really played hard. We really had (Halls) on the ropes,” said Campbell County coach Dewayne Wells.

  • Local runner places 4th in inaugural Cumberland Trail 50K

    Local ultra marathon runner Tony Branam finished 4th out of 20 starters with a time of 6 hours and 48 minutes in the area’s first-ever ultra marathon, the Cumberland Trail 50k, held on Oct. 10.  

    The 31-mile trail race was won in impressive 5:26 by Byron Backer, 45, of Greenville, S.C.  

    Women’s winner Dreama Campbell, 37, of Chattanooga finished in 6th place with a time of 7:12.  Only one runner dropped from the course, due to a previously existing injury.

  • Burns and bruises lead to child abuse charges for solider

    When Joseph Smith joined the Army, he promised to protect America and the people who live here.

    Now he stands accused of severely abusing one of the country’s littlest citizens.

    Late Tuesday evening Smith, 23, 6763 Desert Storm Avenue, Fort Campbell, Ky., was bound over to the grand jury on the sole count of aggravated child abuse. The child at the center of the case is 22-month-old Peyton Douglas, the son of Smith’s one time girlfriend, Michelle Douglas.

  • ‘He didn’t deserve this’- Peyton’s grandmother comes forward

    As the testimony in Joseph Smith’s aggravated child abuse hearing ensued, an auburn haired woman stifled her tears.

    When the extent of Peyton Douglas’ injuries was divulged, the tears grew audible.

    For Sharon Douglas, the toddler’s maternal grandmother, hearing that her then 18-month-old grandson had been subjected to bone breaking force was almost unbearable.

  • Gun discovered on CCHS campus

    The discovery of a loaded gun on Campbell County High School’s campus harkened back to the hauntingly vivid events of November 8, 2005 when shots rang out killing Assistant Principal Ken Bruce and wounding Assistant Principal Jim Pierce and then Principal Gary Seale.

    While both days ended with a student in custody, Tuesday’s arrest took place without incident.

  • Bridgework could take up to two years

    For those who have been grinding their teeth and experiencing a little bit of extra road rage because of bridge construction in front of the high school, take hope.

    Good things come to those who wait, or at a minimum new bridges do. At least that’s the news from the state department of transportation.

    “You have to go through the pain of the remodel to get the end result,” said Tennessee Department of Transportation Regional Spokesman Travis Brickey, after explaining that if the project were not a priority, the construction would not be taking place.

  • Testing shows schools have work to do

    Campbell County schools managed to dodge the bullet known as state take-over last year.

    But despite the fact all schools, with the exception of one, met or exceeded Annual Yearly Progress requirements there is still more work to be done.

    Due to the announcement of ramped up state standards celebration of the previous year’s victory has been short lived.