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Today's News

  • Meth cook sent to jail

    Wayne Allen McGinnis’ case lacked an easy answer.

    While he didn’t appear to be a hardened criminal, the laws he broke were serious ones.

    “It is a run of possibilities,” Criminal Court Judge Shayne Sexton said of the range of possible punishments McGinnis faced.

    Earlier this year McGinnis pled guilty to possession of a schedule II controlled substance for resale and initiation of the meth manufacturing process. These facts were disclosed at Monday’s hearing. Both crimes had occurred in less than six weeks.

  • Mother appeals to council for help

    When a woman living on the corner of Fir and Sixth Street had her child approached with the offer to buy meth as he played in the front yard, she was furious. But when she heard LaFollette City Council member Hansford Hatmaker shy away from hiring a trained K-9 police officer and his dog because of weight restriction, she was dismayed.

    K-9 Officer Darrell Mongar has a lifting restriction due to an on-the-job injury he received while employed at the sheriff’s department.

  • Jellico Community Hospital faces $2M lawsuit

    Campbell County resident Lisa Myers is suing Jellico Community Hospital and Clay County Rural Healthcare for alleged negligent acts, according to court documents.

    In mid-June, Myers went to the Jellico Community Hospital Emergency Room and was allegedly treated by Werner Grentz, M.D, who is also a defendant in the case.

  • Jellico Utilities discusses sewer project; rent issues

    At last week’s Jellico Utility meeting, board members discussed the current sewer project, which is going on in Jellico. Citizens may not have to deal with flagmen and congested roads for much longer, as the project is nearly complete.

    “We have around 90-percent of the originally planned work completed,” said Jellico Utility Manager Mike Bethurem. A Community Block Development Grant (CDBG) has funded the sewer project.

    Bethurem said he knew there had been some traffic flow problems, but said the crews had been addressing them the best they could.

  • Runners raise $7,700 for students

    Perspiration wasn’t the only thing flowing Saturday morning at Deerfield.

    Money poured in at a record pace — $7,700 total — during the 3rd annual Firecracker 5K to Benefit Campbell County Public Schools.

    Race organizers said the proceeds generated from this year’s race would go toward a scholarship for a deserving high school senior.

  • Greene, Provins qualify for national track meets

    Two local track and field athletes — Tyler Greene and Rusty Provins — have qualified to compete on the national level this summer.

    Greene, a former LaFollette Middle School hurdler, advanced to the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) Junior Olympics set for Aug. 3-7 at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.

    With the top four performers in each event advancing, Greene earned his spot at nationals by finishing second in the 100 meter hurdles and fourth in the 200 hurdles during a Junior Olympics qualifier last weekend at the Hardin Valley Academy.

  • Drills start Monday for LL gridders

    Tri-City Little League Football coaches will hand out equipment on Friday, July 17 at Linden Park  from 5-7 p.m. and on Saturday, July 18 from 1-4 p.m.

    The first day of practice in pads will be Monday, July 20 from 6-8 p.m. Football players (ages 4-12) and cheerleaders (ages  4-14) may sign up at this time.

    Registration fees are $55 for football players and $85 for cheerleaders.

    Campbell County’s teams include players from Jacksboro, Caryville, LaFollette and Jellico.

    For more information, call 566-1400.

  • Hawks clip Cougars in yet another close game

    Over the years, Campbell County High School’s baseball program has never been competitive enough to develop a rivalry.

    That may have changed, however, after Monday night’s summer league tournament opener at Strang Field in Oak Ridge.

    The Cougars took a 2-0 lead after three innings against Hardin Valley, fell behind 5-2 in the sixth, then had a runner on first base and a potential winning run at the plate in the top of the seventh. The Hawks hung on for a 5-4 victory in yet another hotly contested game between the two District 3-AAA teams.

  • Caryville 9-10s take third place at sub-district

    The Caryville 9-10 Dixie Youth Baseball All-Stars recently participated in the sub-district tournament at Kingston.

    Caryville ended up with a 2-2 record and a third place tournament finish.

    In the opening game, Caryville was defeated 5-4 by Oak Ridge. That loss dropped the Caryville All-Stars into the loser’s bracket where they beat Spring City, 21-4; and Harriman, 15-14 in extra innings.

    The victory over Harriman put the Caryville All-Stars within one game of advancing to the district tournament.

  • Deputy fired; amends lawsuit

    A Campbell County Sheriff’s Deputy (CCSD) recently praised for his professionalism and commitment was terminated on Friday.

    Darrell Mongar, an 11-year veteran of the CCSD, was called into Sheriff Gary Perkin’s office just before noon. Once in the office, Mongar said Perkins relieved him of his duties citing he had not been loyal as a reason for the termination.

    In April Mongar had filed a $300,000 lawsuit asking he be awarded those damages because of injuries he sustained while employed at the CCSD.