Today's News

  • Crappies and bass biting on Norris

     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 Friday, Jan. 28 was 1,000.10 feet. Surface temperatures range from 39 degrees on the upper end to 42 degrees at Loyston and Norris Dam. Most of the large, protected hollows that were frozen during the cold snap have thawed. Some sections of the main channels above points 15 and 32 may be frozen on cold mornings.

  • Oakes turns Jellico program over to Lawson

      Longtime Jellico High School football coach Danny Oakes stepped down last week and handed over the reins to Brad Lawson, who served as defensive coordinator last season for the Blue Devils.

    The announcement was made Friday night during Jellico’s Basketball Homecoming.

    Lawson is a 2010 graduate of the University of the Cumberlands, where he played linebacker for the Patriots. He was a student assistant at UC in 2009 before joining the Jellico staff last fall. He teaches U.S. History and economics at JHS.

  • Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency news

     Teens charged

    with killing elk

    Two juvenile males from the Briceville section of Anderson County have been charged with illegally killing a 5X5 bull elk, according to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA).

    According to reports, the two youth were spotlighting from an ATV in the Beech Grove Community on Jan. 15, when they shot the elk with a Marlin .22 rifle. They did not take the elk.

    TWRA wildlife officers confiscated the spotlight and .22 rifle.

  • CCHS girls defeat Powell, AC and Karns

     Campbell County High School’s girls won three out of four district basketball games heading into Tuesday’s road trip to Knox Halls.

    The Lady Cougars (9-3 district, 14-7 overall) defeated Powell 65-48 last Tuesday, knocked off host Anderson County 45-39 on Thursday and then fell 63-45 Friday at Oak Ridge before bouncing back with a 77-44 home win Monday against Karns.

  • School system in the midst of several capital projects

    Some recent changes in the county’s landscape are due largely to projects being undertaken by the Campbell County Board of Education.
    With the iconic Caryville Elementary School now completely removed from the scenery Rector Miller, building committee chairman, said the site is now ready for excavation.  Demolition on the old building began in early December. After several months of debate over what to do with the dilapidated building board members determined the land located right next to Interstate 75 would be worth more without the structure.

  • Meth lab discovered; children removed

    Complaints of possible drug activity led to the discovery of a meth lab and the placement of two juveniles in protective custody last Wednesday.
    Campbell County Sheriff’s Deputy Thomas Richey went to 238 River Road, Jacksboro to investigate reports narcotics activity at the residence. After receiving permission from  Jessica Gibson, 32, of 238 River Road, to search the exterior of the home Richey reported seeing partially burned remnants of a methamphetamine lab.  Following this discovery Richey contacted Det. Sgt. John Long for assistance.

  • North, Jackson lead Owls into semifinals of Area 2 Tournament

      Austin North and Duran Jackson powered in 16 and 12 points, respectively, Monday night to carry LaFollette Middle School’s boys to a 46-30 opening-round victory over Oak Ridge-Jefferson in the Area 2 Basketball Tournament at Jacksboro.

  • Count reveals county residents need shelter

    Braving bitter temperatures volunteers fanned out across the county last Thursday to assess the homeless situation in Campbell County.
    The day marked continued participation for Campbell County in the Tennessee Valley Coalition to End Homelessness’ Point In Time Count. According to Debi Mikesell, of the county mayor’s office, a total of 10 teams, two for each municipality, were dispatched to look for signs and make contact with residents who have found themselves without a home.

  • Five nabbed in Little White Oak meth lab

    Reports of a possible meth lab led deputies with the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department to a Little White Oak Road home last week.
    On Friday night Deputies Freddie White and Johnny Blankenship went to 270 Little White Oak Road to investigate the possibility of a methamphetamine lab on the premises.

  • LaFollette firefighter loses life in crash

    The city of LaFollette tragically lost one of its public servants last Thursday evening.
    LaFollette fireman Larry Jarrett, 40, was driving on Old Middlesboro Highway just before 7 p.m. near Stonecrest Lane when the Ford Focus he was driving left the right side of the road and struck a power pole.