Today's News

  • LaFollette man found dead in Norris Lake

    POWELL VALLEY—Ralph Ward, 65, of 205 Sharp Lane, LaFollette was found dead in Norris Lake July 4.
    His body was spotted floating in a cove off Cliffside Drive near Powell Valley Marina about 3:30 p.m. July 4, according to reports from the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department.
    Someone called 911 around 3:30 p.m. to report the body, Chief Deputy Aaron Evans, with the department said. Campbell County Emergency Services, LaFollette Rescue Squad and CCSD were dispatched.

  • Douglas ditched


    JELLICO—After three years as head coach of the Lady Blue Devil basketball team, Nancy Douglas was released from the position on Monday morning.

    Following a slow season, in which Jellico finished with a 3-25 mark, Douglas was told she would not be coaching during the 2013-14 campaign.

    For Athletic Director Danny Oakes, it was a hard decision to make.

  • Campbell County preparing with 7-on-7 scrimmages


    FARRAGUT—Campbell County has started it’s season off with some tough competition.

    The Cougars traveled to Farragut High School on Tuesday morning to face off with the Admirals in the first 7-on-7 scrimmage of the season.

    For the coaches and players, it was a welcome sign to see.

  • LaFollette hires officer
  • Soiled oil gets new life

    LaFOLLETTE—The Public Works Department is now accepting, and recycling, used motor oil from locals—for free. The motor oil fuels a furnace that heats the shop where public works vehicles and equipment are maintained.
    “This is a public service where people can dispose of their used oil, but it is also a big energy savings for us,” Public Works Department Head Jim Mullins said. “It’s not just to allow people to dispose of their oil, but it also helps us to heat our shop.”

  • Column: #FillDossett

    It worked for the University of Tennessee, so why won’t it work for Campbell County High School?

    The Cougars had played Powell Valley High School in the mid-80s and early 90s, but the team hasn’t played the new version of Cumberland Gap High School.

    However, on Aug. 23, it’s all going to change. Cumberland Gap will come to L. Hope Dossett Stadium to face off in a border battle atmosphere in Campbell County’s first game of the season.

    With such a close new rival, what better way to welcome them than with a full stadium?

  • RUSSELL’S AGENDA: evaluations, open-door policy

    LaFOLLETTE— Newly hired City Administrator Billie Russell is unveiling some of her plans for LaFollette—which include employee evaluations and a more open door policy.
    “I think it would be a good business practice,” said Russell, in reference to evaluations, at a recent workshop. “Other cities are doing this now.”
    Evaluations could be used to identify areas that need improvement as well as provide a basis for raises and promotions for city workers.

  • Commission debates animal shelters’ closing

    JACKSBORO—Several are raising the question of when the Adrion W. Baird Animal Center will reopen.
    Among the voices is county resident Jim Slusher.
    “Four weeks ago a commitment was made, the animal shelter would open in two to three weeks,” he said. “This hasn’t happened.”
    Slusher criticized the commission for providing funds for a shelter that currently isn’t operating.
    The shelter closed April 11 after a viral Internet video surfaced alleging several malpractices there.

  • It's a Miracle!: Let God set expectations

    "Hungarian National Baseball"


    Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed.

    ―Alexander Pope

    The last few days have been some of the most challenging days while in the mission field.

    Remember last week when I was talking about expectations? Yea, well I believe I set myself up again to realize that God is the only one that needs to set expectations. He continues to blow me away.

  • Sports News 7-11-13

    July 11-14

    Campbell County Summer Baseball

    The Campbell County High School summer baseball team will participate in the League Tournament. The times and locations will be announced.


    July 12

    Campbell County Football

    Campbell County High School will be participating in a 7-on-7 scrimmage at Grace Christian on Friday. The teams will work on passing drills throughout the camp. The scrimmage is set to begin at 5 p.m.