Today's News

  • Jacksboro builds AAU basketball dynasty

    Over the past four years, the Jacksboro Lady Eagles — coached by Randy Brown — have become one of the most successful girl’s AAU basketball programs in East Tennessee.

    The Lady Eagles have posted an overall record of 80-17 while winning 17 area AAU tournaments and finishing second in nine others.

    With 26 AAU tournament championship game appearances, one might be hard-pressed to find a team that can match the success of the Lady Eagles.

  • School employees kick year off with enthusiasm

    A sea of red, blue, orange and maroon converged on Jellico Monday morning.  

    Hundreds of school system employees, dressed in t-shirts representing their respective schools, streamed into the Church of God Mountain Assembly in anticipation of the first in-service of the 2009-10 school year.

    While the gathering, that included everyone from central office staff to the maintenance department, was meant to mark the beginning of a new year it was also a celebration of sorts for the accomplishments achieved during the previous year.

  • Counterfeit bags seized

    Larry Watters, owner of Lota Bags may be accused of possessing counterfeit merchandise but the warrant served on him on Monday by the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department was real.

    Officers were looking for merchandise bearing counterfeit logos at the business as well as at Watter’s home, according to the search warrant.

  • Jellico gets back on the track

    Extreme rock racers are revving their engines as they prepare for the Eastern Division Rock Racing finals, which will be held on the White Oak course Saturday.

    Due to its success in the past, it looks as though there will be ample opportunities to view the outing for years to come.

    “It’s just so good for our area and it does so much for our town. We just hope it’ll bring in more and more people,” said Jellico Tourism Director Jake Bennett in a previous interview about the event.

  • Classes gearing up for Best of Times III

    Remembering the best of times is easier with a little help from friends. So Gail Stout Herrin, alumni president, is seeking memories, movies and more to make next year’s LaFollette High School reunion “one worth coming home for.”

    The planning for the four day long event, beginning Thursday June 3, 2010, is well underway. The Alumni’s Historian, L.C. Madron, is the official chairman of the first event. Herrin and Sue Byrd Troutman, secretary, hope to  really get things rolling in the coming months.

  • Love of books can be fostered early

    For many the love of books begins at an early age.

    Not only is being read to a fond memory shared by many, studies have shown children who are regularly exposed to books are better prepared when the time comes to start school.

    “The love of reading sparks educational growth,” Nelsie Wooden, who is part of the Campbell County Imagination Library said.

    Wooden addressed the South Campbell County Rotary Club at its weekly meeting on Tuesday stressing the importance of the Imagination Library.

  • Jacksboro Police make DUI and drug arrest

    Sonny L. McHenry, 31, of LaFollette, was arrested for allegedly driving under the influence (DUI) and driving on a revoked license on Aug. 7.

  • Campbell County High School students earn field trip

    Hard work and perseverance paid off for several Campbell County High School classes in the form of a field trip.

    Students from Teresa Gross’s, Tim Hooks, Jim Piper’s and David Seals’ class earned the trip to Busch Gardens in Virginia in May.

    “We try to take a group trip every year to reward the kids for being good students for the whole year,” said CCHS Teacher Teresa Gross.

    The CCHS students worked the football concession stands at the University of Tennessee and also had a pancake breakfast in order to earn money for the trip.

  • Caryville discusses lawsuit, budget and road construction

    From the negative secondary effects of sexually oriented businesses to fixing the roads in Caryville, the board of mayor and aldermen discussed it all at Monday night’s meeting.

    The main event of the meeting was a presentation by attorney Scott D. Bergthold to the Caryville board about the negative secondary effects of sexually oriented businesses. Caryville recently had a lawsuit filed against the town in regards to ordinances and regulations that govern adult oriented businesses in the town.

  • Foster children in Campbell County receive computers

    Children in foster care in Campbell County and across other East Tennessee counties received computers as part of the Connected Tennessee program.

    On Monday, Connected Tennessee presented 152 foster children with computers through the Computers 4 Kids program (C4K).

    Connected Tennessee’s C4K program seeks to place computers in the hands of underprivileged children and their families across East Tennessee, according to spokesperson Mandy Hale.