Today's News

  • Cougars take the high road

    Two weeks of pessimism gave way to at least a day of optimism Friday morning at L. Hope Dossett Stadium.

    Perhaps the most tumultuous spring in Campbell County High School football history culminated in the Blue and Orange Game. 

    Never mind the score (for the record, the Blue won 21-10), the single-most important thing the Cougars are taking into a long summer of conditioning and weight training is that they have been united in purpose by an off-season of adversity and misfortune.

  • Fire destroys building

    A popular fireworks store was destroyed by an early morning blaze on Tuesday.

    Around 2:30 a.m., crews with the Caryville Fire Department were sent to 292 John McGhee Boulevard. When they arrived, five minutes later, Thundermountain Fireworks was already fully engulfed, said Caryville Fire Chief Eddie Hatmaker. Flames were coming out the front windows and fireworks were being set off by the blaze forcing crews to fight the fire from a distance.

  • Sports Notes — June 2

  • Audit reveals spending issues

    For a second week Campbell County Schools are in the spotlight. At the root of this unwanted attention is the unfortunate alleged behavior of school administrators.

    In the wake of former Jacksboro Elementary principal Sandra Chaniott's indictment by the grand jury on one count of theft over $1,000 and one count of official misconduct related to the misappropriation of funds at the school, another principal found himself under scrutiny related to his school's financial situation.

  • Men’s league tips off in LaFollette

     Area men’s basketball league teams began battling for bragging rights two weeks ago at LaFollette Middle School.

    The LaFollette Men’s Basketball League includes eight teams and features many former high school standouts. It’s more or less a local version of Knoxville’s popular Rocky Top League, which is a summer jam session for local college players. 

    Even though it lacks the star power of the Rocky Top League, the LaFollette Men’s League packs plenty of intensity into its weekly schedule.

  • LaFollette looking at shortfall

     At Tuesday night’s workshop, the LaFollette City Council brought out the preliminary budget for the 2011-12 fiscal year.

    Though the budget projects a $209,000 deficit, the council plans to “iron out the wrinkles” before the budget takes effect July 1.

     “We’re still in good shape financially,” interim city administrator Cade Sexton said. “We’re going to fine-tune some things at the next workshop.”

    The council plans to read over and discuss the budget more, to work out the discrepancies.

  • Lots of fish are being caught these days on 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 Tuesday, May 31 was 1,020.78 feet, which is 10 inches lower than it was last week and falling slightly. The water is high and in the shoreline brush. 

  • Senior Citizens of Campbell County

    Senior Citizens of Campbell County

    May 26 – June 4



    9:30 a.m. Pat’s line dance class

    11:15 to 12:15 Lunch serving meatloaf, mashed potatoes, rolls and peaches

    6 p.m. Snack bar serving hamburgers and hot dogs

    7 p.m. Live Jamboree w/Junior and Friends $5 admission, drawing for quilt to be held tonight



    10 a.m. Bingo

    11:15 to 12:15 Lunch serving chicken sandwich, potato salad, pork and beans, fruit cocktail 

  • Reunions

    The Petree Reunion will be held May 28 at Cove Lake State Park, bring a covered dish.


    The Housley Family Reunion will be held May 28 at Lassie's Lodge beginning at 11 a.m. Bring food to share and a $5 gift to exchange. For more information call Debbie at 562-0106 or Joyce at (423)871-2066.


    The Baird Reunion is scheduled for May 29 at 12 p.m. at the home of Luther Baird in Elk Valley. Please bring your favorite covered dish.


  • Spiritually Speaking

    A stranger in our house


    I borrowed this article from a newsletter from the organization “Parents Television Council.” They have had a lot of success getting big name advertisers to not support certain programs. Here is what one writer had to say in a recent article.