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Today's News

  • Jury returns verdict in Brooks case

     After a short deliberation the 12 person jury in Rodney Brooks' attempted murder case found him guilty. But not of the crimes he was charged with. Instead, Brooks was convicted of the misdemeanor crime of reckless endangerment and being a convicted felon possessing a handgun.

    The verdict came after a trial that lasted less then six hours. In the course of the trial, the victim, Anthony Potter admitted he had pushed Brooks into a fight. Potter was shot in the face during the course of that altercation.

    For full coverage of the trial read next week's LaFollette Press

  • Chadwell gets top job at North Greenville

     Campbell County native Jamey Chadwell has been named head football coach at North Greenville University, an NCAA Division II school in Tigerville, SC.

    Chadwell’s appointment was announced at a press conference on the NGU campus Friday, Feb. 6.

    “We are extremely excited to have James Chadwell join our program as the new head football coach at North Greenville University,’ said Director of Athletics Jan McDonald.

    “We expect him to bring excitement and spiritual growth to the football program as well as NGU.”

  • Fishing for stripers has been hit and miss 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.

  • Soccer team hard at work

    The first-ever Jacksboro Middle School boy’s soccer team has put in many hour of practice in preparation for the season opener in April.

    Randy Brown, the Eagles’ head coach, said his team is one of more than 60 club teams signed up to participate in the Smoky Mountain Middle School Soccer Program.

    Brown expects to compete in a division that includes Farragut, Grace Christian, Gresham, Karns, Lenoir City, New Center, Oak Ridge and West Valley.

  • Jellico football player gets second chance

    Having something valuable suddenly taken away often makes one appreciate it all the more.

    Such has been the plight of Jellico High School linebacker Brent Johnson, who missed his entire senior season because of an injury.

    Two days before the 2008 season opener against Oakdale, the Blue Devils’ six-foot, 220 lb. defensive captain blew out a knee during practice. Three weeks later, he underwent surgery to repair a ruptured ACL and MCL. While his teammates played on without him, Johnson worked hard to rehab his knee and get back into playing shape.

  • Offense eludes Cougars

    The only thing drearier than the weather last week was Campbell County’s offense, which was outscored 38-1 in consecutive varsity baseball losses to Halls, Clinton and Knoxville Catholic.

    Senior shortstop Blake Potter scored the only run for the Cougars when he drove in Brandon Kindred with a sacrifice fly in the third inning of a 9-1 loss to Clinton last Wednesday (March 11).

    Kindred and Andrew Dykes each went 2-for-3 in that game to account for Campbell County’s four base hits.

  • Lady Devils stumble in opener

    Nine-time defending District 2-A softball champion Jellico is off to an uncharacteristic 0-1 start this year.

    The Lady Blue Devils were dealt a 6-3 loss last week by Cumberland Gap in their season opener.

    Jellico played the game without three starters, two of which had the flu and another with a shoulder injury.

    “I’ve had to move people from the outfield to the infield to compensate for my pitching,” said Lady Blue Devils’ coach Nancy Douglas.

  • Bluegrass breakdown draws huge crowd in support of CASA

    Past the rows of silent auction items and into the auditorium at Campbell County High School, were the talented musicians who performed and entertained a huge crowd at the eight annual Bluegrass Breakdown.

    The 2009 Bluegrass Breakdown, one of CASA of Campbell County’s biggest fundraisers, was the venue for three groups of skilled instrumentalist and singers to share their talents for the benefit of the county’s abused and neglected children.

  • Branam indicted, leaves teaching profession

    Following a two-week investigation by police, a 30-year education veteran has been indicted by a grand jury.

    Last week Jackboro Police Chief Danny Chapman sat before the 12 person panel outlining the case against Harolyn Dean Branam, a Jacksboro Middle School teacher.

    Afterwards the jury returned a 10 count sealed indictment charging Branam with three counts of sexual battery and seven counts of assault, the record said.

  • Baird vetoes jail addition again

    The county commission is not taking no for answer.

    On the heels of County Mayor William Baird vetoing the addition of a $1.3 million kitchen and laundry facility to the county’s jail, commissioners are planning a special called meeting to possibly overturn  the veto.

    Today at 5 p.m. the commission will convene in a special called budget and finance session to discuss the vetoed resolutions.  

    Baird’s veto can be overturned with a simple majority vote by commissioners.