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Today's News

  • LaFollette City Council approves big equipment purchases for public works department

     The LaFollette City Council approved the purchase of a street sweeper and a backhoe for the public works department.

    The decision was put off at the last regular meeting. Public works department head Jim Mullens discussed the prices of the different pieces of equipment and the trade in value of the equipment the city is currently using during the workshop last Monday.

  • Jellico paves roads for the first time in six years

     After six years without street paving in Jellico, parts of 12 streets were paved in one week.

    G Paving was the lowest bidder for the project, and subcontracted to KNK construction, alderman Tommy Bowlin said. Bowlin oversees the street department.

    KNK, based in Kentucky, has completed projects in Campbell County before, at the Rarity Mountain Bridge and at Wal-Mart, Bowlin said.

    “They’re real good at what they do,” Bowlin said.

  • Jellico Housing Authority tears down old Fold dealership

     Last week track hoes tore down the old Ford dealership.

    The Jellico Housing Authority had purchased the abandoned building and the lot next to it.

    “We knew we were going to tear that building down, it was just a matter of when,” JHA Executive Director Crystal Creekmore said. “I know it had a lot of history, but it was a very old building, just in poor condition.”

    This building used to be a Ford dealership, but has been abandoned for years.

  • Scouting Report — Campbell County at Karns

    The Cougars had a minor setback last week against AC, but are eager to prove themselves against a much-improved Karns team. Senior quarterback Tuffy Shoupe continues to carry the load for Campbell County, but will have to have help if the Cougars are to be successful this season.

    Karns has a 2-1 record while playing on the road the first three weeks of the season. That includes impressive victories over Corbin, Ky., 22-21; and Clinton, 28-0. The Beavers’ only loss was to South-Doyle, 7-0, in the season opener.

  • Three Williamsburg men allegedly found with drugs and a weapon

     When three Williamsburg men were stopped in Jellico on Aug. 30, the Jellico Police Department allegedly found drugs and a gun.

  • HMA and Mercy rename St. Mary’s

     St. Mary’s Medical Center of Campbell County will be renamed LaFollette Medical Center in the coming weeks.

    St. Mary’s is among seven hospitals that Health Management Associates acquired from Mercy Health Partners in East Tennessee in a recent $520 million transaction.

  • Jellico looking at annexation

     Last Thursday Jellico Mayor Les Stiers brought plans for annexing parts of Campbell County outside of Jellico before the planning commission.

     “We’re going to go about the process of annexation and growing Jellico,” Stiers said. “It’s a tough issue. Opposition is going to be there.”

    “I think it’s about time for the city to grow,” said Alderman Charles Vermillion, head of the planning commission. “But a lot of this depends on the people, whether they want to be a part of it or not.”

  • SPORTS NOTES - September 8

    The Jellico High School boys basketball team will be hosting a 16-inch co-ed softball tournament Sept. 9-10 at Jellico. Entry fee is $150. For more information, call 423-494-9859.

    LaFollette Little League will host postseason banquets this weekend according to the following schedule: Friday, Sept. 9, 6-8 p.m. at the Little League Field, 9-10, 11-12 Little League boys and 13-14, 15-16 softball girls; Saturday Sept. 10, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Little League Field, Tee-Ball, Coach Pitch and Coach Pitch girls.

  • Eagles win big at Norris

    Jacksboro spread the wealth during a middle school football game last week at Norris.

    Four different players scored touchdowns to lead the unbeaten Eagles (2-0 overall) to a 49-22 victory.

    Eagles’ quarterback Tyler Loveday had a hand in 3 touchdowns. He rushed for 44 yards and 2 TDs on half a dozen carries and completed 4 of 6 passes for 45 yards and another score. Koji Urcino piled up 119 yards and 2 touchdowns on 6 totes. Landon Byrge rushed for 131 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries. Fullback Austin Raines rushed for 38 yards on 15 tries.

  • Holiday means extra work for law enforcement

    The Labor Day holiday meant a long weekend for much of the area’s workforce. But the three-day weekend was anything but a vacation for the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department.