Today's News

  • Column: Hunt of a lifetime

    For some, it’s killing a Rocky Mountain elk.

    Others, it’s getting a Grand Slam turkey hunt all in the same year, while others go for the Big 5 in Africa.

    However, on Saturday, as the rain pitter-pattered off the roof of the hunting blind, I realized it was a hunt of a lifetime.

    Sitting in the blind with Kevin Honaker, I was able to experience the hunt with the United States Marine.

    As rain spilled into the blind and silence fell over the field, Honaker began to tell his story.

  • Tiller Time



    Abby Tiller put on a clinic last Thursday.

    The Jellico Lady Blue Devil pitcher threw a complete game, all while blasting two shots over the center-field fence in order to lift Jellico over the Campbell County Lady Cougars, 12-11.

    “She needed that,” Jellico head coach Nancy Douglas said. “Abby will come through for you. She’s pretty resilient.”

    Trailing by one during the final inning, 11-10, with two outs, Jellico was looking for a savior.

  • School official’s plan would cut top staff to hire SROs

    School board member Rector Miller sees the passage of a state bill as a chance to assign school resource officers to eight currently unmanned schools in the district.
    Under Miller’s plan, the district would eliminate the safety and athletic director position at the central office. Currently, Johnny Bruce holds that position with an annual salary of $65,842. Eliminating that position and combining the salary with the $206,000 already designated for school resource officers would provide funds for contracting with retired officers to patrol the schools.  

  • Fired town recorder’s personnel file spotless until this February

    An oral and written reprimand are part of former Caryville Recorder Cheryl Ivey’s otherwise spotless personnel file, according to documents obtained by the LaFollette Press on Monday.  
    According to reports, Mayor Chris Stanley issued the oral reprimand on Feb. 27. It is for what he cited as a lack of professionalism he said in a written note.
    Ivey raised her voice, according to the note and was asked to be more professional before she reportedly hung up on Stanley in a phone conversation.

  • Decathlon, Pentathlon gives young athletes experience



    JOHNSON CITY - The 2013 decathlon and pentathlon wasn’t an average year for Campbell County High School track team.

    Three sophomores and one freshman joined the ranks with senior Brandon Long to participate in the two-day event held at Science Hill High School.

    For the team, it’s thrilling to have so many young athletes participating.

  • Career center to vacate local office

    JACKSBORO—The Tennessee Department of Labor will stop offering job placement services at the career center in Jacksboro, June 30, leaving four employees without jobs.
    “We’re losing a four-person team that has been working here since the inception of that career center,” Campbell County Chamber of Commerce Director E. L. Morton said.
    The loss of the career center’s services will be a “big loss” to the county, Morton said.
    “We’re gonna miss them,” he said.

  • Jellico workers now insured

    JELLICO—The town is now covered under worker’s compensation insurance by Berkley Assigned Risk Services after previous provider TML dropped the town’s coverage on April 10.
    Among the reasons cited were too many claims made against the town, Stiers said.

  • Powers passes auditing bill

    NASHVILLE—Rep. Dennis Powers, R-Jacksboro, has managed to pass six bills this legislative session, including House Bill 651. House Bill 651 requires chairs of audit committees to report fraudulent or illegal activity to the state comptroller immediately. The bill amends a 2005 law. Lawmakers realized the 8-year-old law needed updating when a local audit committee failed to report fraudulent activity to the state comptroller.
    “They were trying to fall back under the confidentiality provision,” Powers said.

  • 1-on-1
  • Education officials mull budget

    CAMPBELL COUNTY—The Campbell County Board of Education mulled over 14 points in its most recent budget workshop on April 23. Among plans to save money for the 2013-14 school year are measures to consolidate bus routes, restructure staffing at the central office, implement online payments for student lunches and consider rejoining the Clinch-Powell Education Cooperative, a head-start program. The board will also deal with dwindling Race to the Top funds as the program comes to an end at the end of the 2013-14 year.