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Today's News

  • Plea in sexual battery case hits obstacle

     In most cases by the time a plea agreement gets before a judge, the problems have been worked out. However, that was not the case for Raymond Gibbs on Monday. Agreeing he would plead guilty to indecent exposure and sexual battery, Gibbs stood before Criminal Court Judge Shayne Sexton. But, before the judge could sign off on what prosecutors and Gibbs’ attorney had agreed to, Assistant District Attorney General Scarlet Ellis interjected. “The mother (of the victim) wishes to address the court,” Ellis said.

  • Judge denies suppression motion; sets bail for Siler

     Regardless of whom the drugs allegedly found in Jenny Siler’s purse belonged to when she was arrested in June, it is evidence in the case now. In August, Siler’s attorney Herb Moncier had argued the drugs were the fruit of an illegal search. He said that his client had not given consent for LaFollette Police to search her handbag after she and her boyfriend, Jamie Jones, fought that night. During that hearing, Jones recanted his admission that the meth found in the floorboard of his vehicle and marijuana in her purse belonged to Siler.

  • Cougars finally beat Central, 12-7

    Rain came down in buckets late Friday afternoon not long before Campbell County High School’s football homecoming game against district rival Knoxville Central.

    Though the sudden storm forced postponement of kickoff by half an hour, the rain appeared to water more than the grass at L. Hope Dossett Stadium.

  • Eagles wrap up regular season on winning note, prepare for playoff round

    Middle school football teams begin their “second season” this week with first-round playoff games at various sites throughout East and Middle Tennessee.

    Jacksboro won’t have far to go with a short road trip tonight (Thurs.) to Clinton. The Eagles (3-5 overall) wrapped up their regular season last week with a 38-16 homecoming victory over H.Y. Livesay.

  • CCHS runners tackle regional course at Knoxville

    In a tuneup for regionals, which will be held Oct. 29 on the same course, Campbell County High School’s cross-country teams made a strong showing in races held Thursday at Victor Ashe Park in northwest Knoxville.

    The Lady Cougars placed second behind Oak Ridge in the girl’s race.

    Campbell County runners finishing among the top 35 were Lauren Evans, 6th (21:49); Carlie Childress, 12th (22:24); Shelby Jones, 19th (23:12); and Lindsay Evans, 28th (24:16).

  • Lady Cougars fall in district volleyball tourney

    Campbell County High School’s volleyball team ended its season this week with a first-round loss to Knoxville Central in the District 3-AAA Tournament at Oak Ridge.

    The Lady Bobcats won the “best three out of five” match to advance to a second-round game against top-seeded Karns. Central is the only district team to have taken a match from Karns this season.

    “We had a slow start, but the last two games were competitive,” said first-year Campbell County coach David Seals.

  • Blue Devils stumble in muddy home game against Coalfield

    Jellico High School's football team suffered a 23-6 district loss to Coalfield last week in a very muddy game played at Hoyt Morton Field.

    Nathan Overton scored the lone touchdown for the Blue Devils on an 11-yard run. Freedom Scott led Jellico with 17 total tackles, 10 of which were solo.

    “I’m not going to make excuses, because both teams had to play in it, but we were totally unable to execute our offense in the mud,” said Jellico coach Danny Oakes.

  • Supreme court rejects Bartley’s bid to be heard

    After years of court battles, Kenneth S. Bartley may have just come to the end of his legal road.

    On Monday, the Tennessee Supreme Court rejected Bartley’s application to have his case heard by it.

  • Beauty and the Beast- Three women and how they beat Breast Cancer

    When thinking of survival, reality TV shows and sandy beaches often come to mind.

    But what about the everyday survivors? The ones who never stand in the spotlight, yet their stories far outshine anything cooked up by Hollywood.

    What about the people who are our friends, neighbors and family members?

    And what about the hundreds of women who are diagnosed with breast cancer each year?

    In February 2007, Shawna Hunley was diagnosed with breast cancer. She said the first thing she thought was that death was imminent.

  • Number of commissioners will remain at three per district

    Despite a history of flip-flopping on the number of commissioners to be seated per district it was again put to a vote on Monday.

    The group voted to uphold last month’s decision during Monday evening’s commission meeting.

    While he was not successful, Commissioner Adrion Baird’s motion to rescind last month’s action, which bumped the number of commissioners representing each district back to three, created the fourth vote on the issue.