Today's News

  • A dream come true

    A chauffeured limousine.

    A shopping trip without a budget.

    A night on the town.

    Sound like a dream come true?

    It was just that for Mariah Gagaris last week.

    The LaFollette Middle School student received rock star treatment last Thursday thanks to The Dream Connection.

  • Motorcyle event deemed a success; CASA gets needed funds

    Thunder rumbled and chrome shone when over 100 motorcycles turned out for CASA’s benefit ride on Saturday, raising awareness and money for a good cause.

    With a line of motorcycles that stretched over a mile, the dedication to this cause was evident. Over $1,100 was raised with funds going directly back into the county, according to CASA Director Renee Tackett.

    “It was wonderful; I think we made a big splash and really raised a lot of awareness for CASA since we were right there on the main highway,” Tackett said.

  • Caryville facing severe revenue losses; decreases employee’s hours to compensate

    A lackluster economy and no source of reliable revenue has landed the town of Caryville in a financial crisis, according to Mayor Bobby Stooksbury.

    With little recourse available, the mayor and aldermen met for approximately half an hour in executive session on Monday night to discuss possible solutions to the financial straits the town is in.

    When the doors reopened, the mood was a somber one in the Caryville Town Hall.

    It didn’t improve when the mayor announced the course of action that had been discussed.

  • Buckert to spend a year behind bars

    After pleading guilty to harming her child, Erica Buckert will spend a year in jail.

    On Monday, the young woman stood before Criminal Court Judge Shayne Sexton both confessing her guilt and learning her fate in the case.

    After agreeing she was guilty of child neglect/endangerment and aggravated assault, Buckert was sentenced to the jail term. She will be given credit for the 30 days she spent in jail following her arrest.

    Once the year’s sentence is finished, Buckert will be on probation for nine years, according to court documents.

  • Lost child found safe

    It wasn’t trained professionals or search dogs that found a missing 6- year-old boy on Tuesday. Instead, it was the voice of his 5-year-old friend that brought Terry Shears out of his hiding spot.

    The drama took around two hours to unfold.

    Brenda Shears said she was preparing to take her son Terry to the doctor when she sent him out to the car.

  • CCHS rips ’Jackets, 12-1, to pick up second victory

    Justin Willoughby threw a one-hitter Saturday afternoon against visiting Williamsburg (Ky.) to lead Campbell County High School’s baseball team to a 12-1 victory.

    It was the second win of the year for the Cougars (0-4 district, 2-6 overall) who lost the second game they played on Saturday afternoon to Cumberland Gap by an identical score.

  • Blue Devils pin 12-4 defeat on Sunbright

    Jellico High School’s baseball team was on its way Thursday afternoon to a doubleheader sweep of Sunbright when the Blue Devils ran out of daylight.

    The Blue Devils (1-1 district, 1-1 overall) crushed the Tigers, 12-4, in the first game and were winning the nightcap, 6-5, when the umpire suspended play because of a problem with the stadium lights at Carroll-Wilson Field.

    “I’d like to have gotten that one in,” said Jellico coach Randy Moses.

    “That would’ve put us 2-1 in the district.”

  • Jellico girls on 3-game win streak

    It didn’t take long for the Jellico High School Lady Blue Devils to put a heartbreaking loss to Coalfield behind them.

    Jellico (2-1 district, 3-1 overall) reeled off three consecutive victories, including a doubleheader sweep Thursday afternoon of Sunbright, to stay afloat in the District 4-A softball race.

    The Lady Blue Devils are having to compete in a much tougher league this year after moving over from District 2-A. Prior to last season, Jellico had gone 10 years without losing a district game.

  • Chapman sets new meet record at Y-12 Invitational

    Campbell County’s girls made a good showing last weekend at the 2nd annual Y-12 Track and Field Invitational hosted the Hardin Valley Academy.

    With athletes qualifying for sectionals in half a dozen different events, the Lady Cougars placed fourth in a field of 18 complete teams.

    Sophomore Kristin Chapman turned in the top finish for Campbell County with a 5-5 high jump, which set both stadium and meet records. Bearden’s Mary Hirst, who went on to win a Class AAA state championship last year in high jump, set the old mark of 5-2.

  • Middle school baseball team begins inaugural season

    It has often been rumored to occur, people talked about it, but nothing had been realized, until January 2010 when CCHS Head Baseball Coach Brad Collette held tryouts for the new Campbell County Middle School baseball team.

    A team was selected and practices began. Collette selected the team from both Jacksboro and LaFollette middle schools, so the team would play together as the CCMS Cougars just as the high school team.

    The players are coached by the high school staff, learning unity, tradition and proper baseball to serve as a feeder to the high school program.