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Today's News

  • Spiritually Speaking

  • Campbell boys win two in a row; girls suffer back-to-back losses

    Campbell County High School’s varsity basketball teams began the new year on opposite ends of the spectrum.

    The boy’s team won its last two games while the girls lost two in a row.

    Both teams wrapped up play in the Pilot Food Mart Winter Classic on Tuesday at Knoxville Catholic.

    The Cougars crushed Southeast Whitfield (Ga.) by 31 points, 57-26. Senior forward Zach Norman led nine Campbell County players into the scoring column with 12 points.

  • Cougars win freshman tournament

    The Campbell County High School freshman boy’s basketball team set a high benchmark for success by winning the 6th annual Anderson County Freshman Tournament.

    Cody Malicoat scored 12 points to lead the Cougars to a 33-29 opening round win against the Christian Academy of Knoxville.

    Chad Wagers and Nick Litton were heroes of the second round with 13 and 9 points, respectively, in a 45-35 victory over Scott High.

  • Blue Devils fall in tourney finale

    The Jellico High boy’s basketball team ended the Pilot Food Mart Winter Classic last week with a 61-58 loss to Seymour.

    Jesse Chamber paced the Blue Devils with 13 points, followed by Ben Mitchell with 10, Darius Marlow and Jeremiah Thompson eight each, Matt Ayers seven, Thomas Ridenour six, Michael Smith four and Dustin Smiddy two. Greg Korlin led all scorers with 20 points.

    Jellico led throughout much of the first half. The Blue Devils were ahead 18-15 after one quarter and held a one-point advantage, 28-27, at intermission.

  • Cold shooting plagues Cougars

    Campbell County’s shooting woes continued Friday night at Knoxville West.

    The Cougars made only 35 percent of their field goal attempts during a 61-58 loss to the Rebels in a key District 3-AAA boy’s varsity basketball game.

    Seniors Zach Norman and Chris Poteet led all scorers with 17 points each and combined for 14 rebounds but didn’t get a lot of help. Five of their CCHS teammates combined to score the other 24 points. Justin Young, Troy Arnold and Cody Malicoat each tallied six points while Sean Ward had five and Lucas Nelson one.

  • Blue Devils split with Washburn

    Ben Mitchell shows no signs of letting up after recently reaching the 1,000-point milestone.

    Jellico High School’s senior guard pumped in 21 points Friday night to lead the Blue Devils to a 76-70 home victory over District 2-A rival Washburn.

    Jeremiah Thompson chipped in 15 points for Jellico, followed by Darius Marlow with12, Matt Ayers 10, Dustin Smiddy eight, Thomas Ridenour five and Michael Smith two.

  • Arnett facing first degree murder

    Authorities have determined when Robert Brian Arnett murdered Billy Mardis, Jr. last month it is probable the killing was an intentional one.

    On Monday, a Campbell County Grand Jury handed down the sole count indictment charging Arnett with first-degree murder in the matter, according to the court record. Under state law, first degree murder is the charging offense when there is an element of premeditation to the crime.

    While LaFollette Police are not disclosing the exact details of the crime, it does appear to have a domestic element to it.

  • Trimming of memorial tree causes sadness for victim’s mother

    For 10 years a tree has stood as a memorial at East LaFollette Elementary School in honor of Michael Reneman, a LaFollette student whose life was cut short due to a tragic accident.

    A Bradford Pear tree and plaque are both firmly rooted in the ground to memorialize the son, brother, friend and student who passed away on June 4, 1998.

    Last week, Michael’s mother, Gina Reneman, was faced with a multitude of emotion when the tree was cut low to the trunk without an explanation.  

  • Siler filed appeal with state

    It has been almost five years since Jenny Siler was charged with narcotics violations.

    In that time, she pled guilty and had her sentencing delayed numerous times. However, once it was handed down, she and her attorneys immediately began fighting it through the appeals process.

    Last month, they formalized Siler’s appeal by filing a 105 page brief with state appellate court.

    In it, Siler enumerates points her attorneys attempted to argue at her sentencing held in March.

  • Council and Mayor eliminate themselves from policy to hire relatives

    The LaFollette City Council’s decision to eliminate the nepotism policy only as it pertains to them came as a surprise to many on Tuesday night.

    A workshop was held prior to the meeting to discuss the policy, yet no alternatives or decisions on the policy were discussed.

    The workshop ended with Councilman Hansford Hatmaker saying the council should just vote on it.

    And the council did vote when Hatmaker made a motion to exclude only the council and mayor from the policy, leaving the policy intact for department heads and the city administrator.