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Today's News

  • Lady Blue Devils net second win of the season

    The Jellico High School girl’s basketball team got another win last week.

    Ashley Gulley scored a season-high 19 points to lead the Lady Blue Devils to a 36-34 victory at The King’s Academy on Jan. 13.

    Jellico improved its record to 2-13 overall.

    “We made good decisions down the stretch and didn’t committ alot of silly mistakes,” said Harold Sanders, coach of the Lady Blue Devils.

    “Going on the road, playing a tough ball game and winning just shows that we are improving.”

  • Citizens celebrate the life of King

    On the eve of Barack Obama’s presidential inauguration, the Jellico and Williamsburg communities celebrated the nationally observed birthday of the late Martin Luther King Jr., another man known for firsts.  

    The evening of King’s birthday was spent with hymnal songs about an eternal home in heaven and of love. A group of nearly 80 people stood silent at the end of the program to listen to King when he inspired millions with the “I Have a Dream Speech.”

  • Commission completes donation; spends $215 for parking

    Commissioners managed to resolve two issues that have repeatedly appeared on their agenda.

    During Tuesday’s commission meeting the group voted to bring some clarity and closure to the $200,000 it voted to give to the Children’s Center in November.

    Representatives of the Children’s Center agreed the money would revert back to the county should it ever cease to operate as a child advocacy center. But confusion surfaced when commissioners made a move to place a lien on the property in an effort to protect its interest.

  • Cold Case resolutions recounted in books by one time detective

    The opportunity to write books is a luxury few can afford, but for Richard Foschino that is now a possibility. He has waited years to put his experiences as a detective down on paper.

    Recently retired from the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department, Foschino has compiled court cases from over 30 years of police work.

    “Since I left the sheriff’s office I have been writing feverishly,” said Foschino

  • Altercation end when a rifle is fired

    An alleged domestic dispute between two brothers escalated when a shot was fired last Sunday, officials have said.

    Around 6 p.m. deputies responded to a domestic disturbance in the Long Hollow area at the residence of 887 Marineer Point Road in LaFollette.

    The victim, Robert Douglas, was found with a gunshot wound to the abdomen, according to Campbell County Sheriff Gary Perkins.

    His brother, Kenneth Michael Douglas, 39, of LaFollette, is believed to have been the one who fired the shot and was arrested in the incident, according to Perkins.

  • Plea agreements resolve numerous criminal cases

    The following cases were resolved last week in criminal court using plea agreements:

    Michael Lynn Sweat- aggravated assault- six months to serve with credit for time served, eight years probation, court costs, restitution to be set on Feb. 23

    Shane Kelly Shoupe- aggravated assault, vandalism under $500; five years supervised probation, court costs, $150 restitution

  • Russell pleads guilty to eight felony charges

    Billy Russell’s string of October thefts has netted him a six-year probation sentence.

    In criminal court last week, Russell entered his guilty plea in the case that had him facing eight felony charges.

  • Bowman given probation for thefts

    Even though Anthony Meade Bowman admitted to stealing a variety of construction tools, none of them helped cut his sentence for the crime down.

    In September 2008, Bowman was arrested by county officials after it was learned he had allegedly stolen $100 from the office of a Jacksboro business. During that same offense, Bowman was thought to have also taken a chainsaw, hedge trimmer, two sets of cordless saws and drills along with other various Craftsman tools, court records of the arrest said. These items were taken from a storage building adjacent to the office.

  • Green pleads guilty in forgery case

    Along with paying nearly $1,000 in restitution, a LaFollette man will spend the next four years on probation for multiple forgery counts.

    Last week, Gary Robert Green, II pleaded guilty to four counts of forgery and theft under $500 while appearing in criminal court. He must also pay court costs and a $375 fine.

  • Lions Club is holding essay contest to raise awareness

    natasha@lafollettepress.com  

    The Lions Club of Campbell County has been a leader in providing eye care to children and adults in the area. Diabetes can cause many health problems including a loss of sight due to diabetic retinopathy, according to the American Diabetes Association (ADA).

    This and other health risks are the reason for the Lions Club essay contest recently given to schools throughout the county.

    The Lions Club has contacted schools throughout the county to participate in an essay contest to raise awareness about diabetes.