Today's News

  • 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.

  • Camps give Blue Devils reason to dream big

    Players may come and go, but the ultimate objective never changes for the Jellico High School boys’ basketball program.

    “Our goal is to be in Murfreesboro in the middle of March,” said Blue Devils’ coach Mike Reynolds.

    “We were one step away last year (from the Class A state tournament).”

    Jellico lost seven seniors from the 2010-11 team that won district and region tournament championships before falling to Cloudland in sub-state play. 

  • SPORTS NOTES — June 23

    The Officer Greg Cox Campbell County Cancer Association Benefit Softball Tournament will continue on July 2, starting at 11:30 a.m., at Asbury Park.

    The annual Cove Lake 5K is set for Saturday, June 25 at 8 a.m. Entry fee is $20. Awards will be presented in numerous age categories. Registration forms are available at the front desk of the LaFollette Press.

  • Jellico's budget on time; first time in 10 years

     The fiscal year for 2011-12 starts July 1. Without a budget the Jellico Board of Mayor and Aldermen can’t spend money without meeting every time it needs to write a check.

    “The charter says you have to have a budget,” Jellico Mayor Les Stiers said. “It’s up to us to come up with it.”

    Before the board had its second reading of ordinance 89-2011, the budget for fiscal year 2011-12, it met for a public hearing at 6 p.m.

  • Caryville Main Street Festival

     From July 15 to July 17, Main Street will be closed from Caryville Surplus Stores to the railroad depot for the Main Street Festival.

    Tobacco Shop owner and alderman Michael Miller is organizing the festival. The board approved the festival at its meeting last Monday. Now Miller is searching for vendors. The American Tribal Council will form the base at the depot. They will exhibit crafts, perform music and have other events.

    The price for vendors to set up is $20. This money will go toward prizes and other costs for running the event.