Today's News

  • church news

    A ladies Bible study on the new Beth Moore study, Esther, will begin this week. The study will be offered on Thursday evenings starting Jan. 8 at 6:30 p.m. and on Tuesday mornings at 9:30 a.m. starting Jan.13. The group will meet in the church library at Cedar Hill Baptist Church. Workbooks will be $14.95. For more information or to pre-register, please call Brenda Bennett at 562-4910.

    Lick Creek Holiness Church will host a benefit singing on Jan. 10 at 7 p.m. Singers will be the Reepers and Hanging Rock Singers.

  • news notes

    See the Need Outreach Mission will not be open this week to distribute food. It will be open next Thursday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

    Effective Jan.12 the LaFollette Municipal Building’s office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The office will not be closed during lunch.

    The Campbell County Historical Society will meet Jan.15, at 7 p.m. at the Historic Wedding Chapel. Guest speakers will be Trulene Nash and Jocelyn Griffo who will be discussing Post Office Art and Artists during the depression.

    The Jellico City Council will meet on Jan. 15 at 6:30 p.m.

  • Jellico's Mitchell nears basketball milestone

    Ben Mitchell inched closer to the 1,000-point mark Monday afternoon during the Pilot Food Mart Winter Classic.

    The 6-foot-1 senior guard scored 19 points and hit five 3-pointers to lead the Jellico High boy’s basketball team to an 84-55 trouncing of Southeast Whitfield (Ga.) on opening day of the annual holiday tournament hosted by Knoxville Catholic.

    Mitchell needs 24 points to reach 1,000 career points.

  • Men's 3-on-3 tournament set

    A men’s 3-on-3 basketball tournament is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 10 at Jellico High School, the proceeds of which will go toward the purchase of new traveling suits for members of the JHS boy’s basketball team.

    Games will begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 10.

    For more information, contact Don England at 423-784-2645 and leave a message if there is no answer.

  • Cougars' trio to play in Border Bowl

    Three Campbell County High School football players have been invited to play in the National Guard Kentucky-Tennessee Border Bowl.

    Tyler Albright and twin brothers Phillip and Stephen Wells were chosen to represent Tennessee in the all-star game, which will be played Saturday, Jan. 17 at James H. Taylor II Stadium on the campus of the University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, Ky.

    Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. Tickets are $6.

    Albright made the all-star team as a running back, while Phillip Wells was selected as a defensive back and Stephen Wells as a receiver.

  • Jellico girls snap losing streak with 32-30 win

    Noel Tiller turned in a heroic performance Tuesday night to lead the Jellico High School girl’s basketball team to its first win of the season.

    Tiller, a junior point guard known more for her softball and volleyball skills, scored a game-high 17 points to lead the Lady Blue Devils past visiting District 2-A foe J. Frank White Academy, 32-30.

    Jellico had lost its previous 12 games this season.

    “I’m so proud of these girls, they wanted to win this game,” said Lady Blue Devils coach Harold Sanders.

  • Duo pleads guilty to drug charges

    A Caryville couple has pled guilty to narcotics and endangerment charges resolving their lengthy court cases.

    Last week, April Roberts agreed she was guilty of two counts of reckless endangerment, simple possession of a schedule VI controlled substance and felony possession of a schedule II controlled substance. She was placed on three years probation, assessed court costs, and fined $250, the agreements said. Roberts must also pay a $1,000 forfeiture.

  • Domestic shooting results in death


    An apparent skirmish over a woman has left one man dead and another facing criminal charges.

    LaFollette Police officers responded to a call of shots fired at 615 East Central Avenue on Monday afternoon at approximately 3 p.m.

    When officers arrived at the scene it was determined that during an altercation between Robert Brian Arnett, 39, of LaFollette, and Billy Reed Mardis, Jr., 40, of LaFollette, Mardis was shot by Arnett, said Det. Jason Henegar.

  • Positive screen prompts bail revocation



    When Frank Keathley appeared in criminal court for sentencing in November, his case encountered a delay.

    A drug screen had indicated Keathley had trace evidence of narcotics use in his system, court testimony revealed. This prompted Judge Shayne Sexton to postpone Keathley’s sentencing for a drug conviction pending a more comprehensive screen.

    “If I see any signs of methamphetamine use you will pay with the revocation of your bail,” Sexton warned.

  • Groups gear up for holidays

    With Christmas only weeks away, the Caryville Civil War Council (CCWC) is stepping up efforts to provide a holiday for others.

    The CCWC has partnered with Lyk-Nu Body Shop for the cause.

    “We wanted to do something that would stay in this community,” said Phillip McCulley, one of the shop’s four owners. He said the holiday bug usually hits the staff at the shop and this year was no different. “We have had a decent year,” McCulley said of the business and the hope to give back.