Today's News

  • Budget crisis forces layoffs in Jellico

     Jellico Mayor Forster Baird made the call to layoff three officers in the Jellico Police Department earlier this month.

    Budget concerns forced the layoffs, according to Baird.

    “I was able to make the decision for the city without any politics,” said Baird.

    The three officers let go were the last three hired. John Blankenship and Wayne Martin were both removed from full-time positions. Part-time officer Mike Perkins was also terminated.

  • MOPS meetings are off to a good start

    Meeting other mothers is the first step to creating relationships and answering questions about rearing small children.

    That‘s why MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) are forming in LaFollette.

    Despite the different emotions of mothers, the local group is putting mothering into perspective with bi-monthly gatherings.

  • CCSD working to rebuild drug fund

    When Sheriff Robbie Goins took office in September he knew cleaning up Campbell County’s crime would be a tough job. He didn’t know there wasn’t any money to do it with.

  • Public Records Oct. 14

     Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as or similar to other members of the community.


    Campbell County Property Transfers

    Oct. 4 – Oct. 8


    First National Bank of LaFollette to Pioneer Truck Services LLC, Dist. 3, $1,000,000.

    Amy J. Goertemiller and Amy J. Carroll to Jerry T. McBee and Melissa D. McBee, Dist. 1, $100,000.

  • Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency news

    New licenses
    added by TWRA
    As approved earlier at a meeting of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Commission, the addition of five licenses and an amendment to a trout fishing license specific to the city of Gatlinburg are now in effect.
    The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency has announced the addition of a type 23 resident one-day all fish license. The cost for the type 23 License is $11. The resident one-day fishing license (no trout) remains $5.50.

  • Icicles lined the halls at Jacksboro Middle

    Suspense had been building for students at Jacksboro Middle School. They anticipated snowfall last week. Daily announcements told students to dress warmly on Oct. 7 because it was going to be cold.

    And it was cold as faculty and staff turned down their thermostats for the secret snow day in connection with Read for the Record, a national campaign to promote reading.

  • Grand jury returns indictments

    The following indictments were returned Oct. 8 and set for arraignment on Oct. 25 at 8:30 a.m.:

    •Bobby C. Hamblin- attempted second degree murder, aggravated assault, burglary.

    •Cody Shane Bolton- two counts rape of a child, aggravated sexual battery.

    •Larry Wayne Thacker- aggravated assault, assault.

    •Carl R. Brown Jr.- theft under $500.

    •Christopher Hamblin- DUI, DOR, speeding, violation of implied consent, financial responsibility, registration violation, open container.

  • Bass are hitting crank baits fished along the rocky banks of 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 (TWRA).
    The lake level on Monday, Oct. 11 was 1,006.67 feet, nearly a foot and a half lower than it was the previous week.
    Cool nights and shorter days have dropped surface temperatures into the low to mid 70s.
    The water is clear, with as much as eight feet of visibility at some locations on the lower end of the lake.

  • Playoffs start tonight for middle school football teams

    LaFollette and Jacksboro took different paths to victory last week during their final regular season football games.
    However, both the Owls and Eagles will set out on the same road tonight (Thurs.) when they host opening round games in the Tennessee Middle School Athletic Association Playoffs. Jacksboro will play Avery Trace at 6 p.m., while LaFollette will face Horace Maynard at 7 p.m.
    “It’s a good chance to move on to the semifinals,” said LaFollette coach Cody Parker.
    “Once you get to that point, anything can happen.”

  • Real men wear pink

    Football players normally shy away from wearing anything pink.
    But when Jellico Elementary/Middle School cheer coach Linda McNealy pitched the idea for a football game promotion last year to benefit the fight against breast cancer, all those burly, macho boys couldn’t resist rushing to the aid of their damsels in distress.
    McNealy’s idea soon became an annual event that the entire Jellico community embraced with open arms.