Today's News

  • Couple sues for nearly half a million after dog bite

    It’s been less than two weeks since Gora Watts was allegedly attacked by Elko, the Knoxville City Police K-9 officer.

    But $450,000 worth of litigation is already pending in the case.

    Just days after the incident which resulted in the Belgian Malinois being shot and killed by Campbell County Animal Control Officer Otis Poore, attorney David Dunaway filed a complaint in circuit court on behalf of Gora Watts and her husband Fred Watts naming the city of Knoxville and Johnathan and Mandy Chadwell as defendants.

  • Terry And Jane Lewis Named Field & Stream Magazine ‘Heroes of Conservation’

        It wasn’t surprising when Terry and Jane Lewis were named Field & Stream Magazine's Heroes of Conservation for June 2011. 

    A list of accomplishments for their conservation efforts would fill a novel-sized document, and their contributions to the outdoors and Campbell County are well known.

  • Ray prohibited from downtown LaFollette

    After pleading guilty in criminal court on Monday, Pam Ray has been denied access to areas of downtown LaFollette.

    In early April, Ray was arrested after the LaFollette Police received allegations that she had had sexual contact with a 14-year-old- male, court records said. She allegedly did this in exchange for money. Police further alleged it had occurred with 100 feet of a church and less than two miles from a school.

  • Judge denies bank robber new trial

    Billy Blankenship won’t be getting a new trial.

    On Monday, his attorney, Michael Hatmaker, allowed the motion he filed in October 2010 to speak for itself. In essence, it said that despite his client being charged with aggravated robbery but convicted of simple robbery, the case still lacked enough evidence to garner a guilty verdict.

  • Nelson pleads not guilty to battery charges

    A former nursing home employee is facing criminal charges.

    On Monday, Don Nelson was arraigned in Campbell County Criminal Court on four counts of sexual battery. He plead not guilty and is scheduled to appear again next month.

    The charges came following a several month investigation by the LaFollette Police, according to court records. In early February, Nelson is alleged to have sexually assaulted a female resident of Cumberland Village Nursing Home, the indictment said.

  • McKinney serving time for crimes

    Facing nine criminal charges that included multiple counts of child abuse, David S. McKinney opted to plead guilty instead of facing a jury.

    On Monday, he agreed he had committed three acts of child abuse and neglect, four methamphetamine related crimes, had unlawfully had a weapon and had committed domestic assault.

  • Arrests pending in drug raid

    A midday drug raid got some attention on Tuesday.

    Officers with the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department went to the Wooldridge area of Jellico to execute a warrant.

    Once at the home, they allegedly found not only cocaine and various other scheduled narcotics, along with $1,200 in cash. However, that wasn’t the only items police found. Over 10 different types of weapons ranging from handguns to semi-automatic weapons was located.

  • Alleged tire thief arrested

       Despite having nearly $7,000 in new tires, Bruce Hudson still couldn’t escape the law.

  • Little League action winding down in LaFollette

    LaFollette Little Leaguers were hard at work last week trying to win division pennants. Regular season play ends this week for softball and 9-10 and 11-12 baseball. Coach-pitch and tee-ball teams still have a few more games remaining on their schedules.

  • Lady Cougars strive for consistency at summer camps

    With half a dozen battle tested seniors in the lineup, the Campbell County High School girls’ basketball team is doing a little fine-tuning at camp this summer to set the stage for what the Lady Cougars hope to be a banner season in 2011-12.

    The Lady Cougars — who went 11-8 during recent team camps at William Blount, Tennessee Tech and Alcoa — are still striving for the consistency that all championship teams have.