Today's News

  • Campbell County observes Easter with services

    Families and churches in Campbell County are preparing to celebrate Easter with events and services from now until Sunday.
    “Easter is the (premier) event of the year,” said Father Joe Campbell, Priest at Our Lady of Perpetual Hope Catholic Church.
    During Easter, Christians celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
    “Without the resurrection, we would have no church,” Campbell said.
    Salvation is possible because of Jesus’ death and resurrection, he said.

  • Caryville police chief demoted

    Despite a spotless record, Johnny Jones no longer serves as chief of the Caryville Police Department. 

    On March 21, Mayor Chris Stanley and Vice Mayor Glenn Smith told Jones he was being demoted. The performance correction notice presented to Jones listed policy/procedure violation, performance and behavior/conduct infraction as the reason for the demotion.

    Stanley declined to elaborate during a phone interview on Monday. 

  • Commission seeks screen to 'Sunshine Law'

     Citing burdens and restrictions, county commissioners are advocating for an amendment to the state Sunshine Law, to allow greater private interaction between local policy makers.

    “I think the law is too burdensome,” Commissioner Bob Walden said Friday. “I think the law is too restrictive for two people to have a conversation.”

    The Sunshine Law—also known as the Open Meetings Act—was passed in 1976 to ensure public agencies operate in transparency and do not conduct business in private.  

  • LaFollette boys pace field in 2013


    The LaFollette Middle School boys’ track team is off to a quick start in 2013.

    The Owls have gone undefeated, thus far, as they’ve swept even the private schools of Knoxville.

    “They’re very proud of themselves,” LaFollette track coach Tiffany Bruce said. “They’re working really hard in practice. They come to practice, and they take it very seriously. They’re very focused, and I think it’s paying off for them at the meets.”

  • Son, mother plead not guilty to rape of Indiana teenager

     A son and mother who allegedly took a teenager from her Indiana home earlier this month, pleaded not guilty Monday to aggravated statutory rape charges. 

    James Slagle was arrested March 6 at the South 17th Street home where he lived with his mother, Debra Saunders, after police learned a 17-year-old female from Indiana was at the residence, according to the police report.

  • Whaley, relay teams highlight Jacksboro


    David Whaley had never participated in high jump during a track meet.

    He didn’t have the proper technique of arching your back over the bar, nor did he know if he would clear a bar or not.

    However, it all worked out, as the newly turned high jumper cleared the 5-foot mark, which was good enough for first place in the Anderson County meet last Thursday night.

    “I was just hoping that I would make it and get over it,” Whaley said with a smile. “I was just praying to get over it.

  • POLICE: Man stashed $30k in coffee cans; drugs found in pickle and Mason jars

     Operation Spring Cleaning was in the works for a year when it culminated Monday with the arrest of nearly 40 people — including one man who allegedly buried more than $30,000 in coffee cans and hid marijuana in various pickle and Mason jars. 

    “Through a series of strategic undercover narcotics buys and on-going undercover investigations we were able to obtain 63 indictments from the grand jury,” said Sheriff Robbie Goins. “All that was left was to start making the arrests.”

  • Sluggish hitting slows middle school Cougars


    In the bottom of the second inning, the Campbell County middle school baseball team found itself in good position.

    With no outs on the board, the Cougars had loaded the bases, as they trailed 4-1.

    However, a lineout, strikeout, and a groundout to the pitchers sealed the inning, as Campbell County came away without a run.

  • New award to honor Carl Rutherford


    The Campbell County Youth Basketball Association plans to introduce the Carl Rutherford Award in honor of a former coach.

    “Carl has been involved in youth basketball for many years,” LaFollette Recreation Department Head Johnny Byrge said.

  • Brackets falling fast in Madness

    March Madness can only be described as one thing.


    I could have easily written a three-word column, simply saying, “I hate bracketology.”

    I mean, really, who saw Harvard winning?

    Although that was probably the most shocking of them all, others are quickly climbing the list.

    Three 12 seeds up set fives, while No. 15 Florida Gulf Coast has run the table to reach the Sweet Sixteen!

    Personally, two of my final four went out in the first round.