Today's News

  • County mayor’s office spending kept to a minimum

    Editor’s Note: In the coming weeks the LaFollette Press will publish a series of stories focused on spending for travel my governmental entities. This is the first in the series.

    For the four employees at the Campbell County mayor’s office, trips and perks are kept to a bare minimum to save money in tough economic times.

    “We basically just don’t spend anything that we don’t have to spend,” said Deputy Mayor David Young.

    One of the ways the office works to save money is through consolidating trips.

  • Board of education changes AP biology grading scale

    High school students enrolled in advanced placement biology will now receive a weighted grade to compensate for the college-level work required by the class. “Currently we have students who have and are taking this class that are not receiving weighted credit that other schools in our area tend to get,” said Suzanne Crumley, a teacher at CCHS. AP classes are weighted in most school districts so that an A becomes worth 5.0, a B is worth 4.0 and so forth. There are four AP classes at Campbell County High School. All of them are weighted except AP Biology.

  • Jellico still searching for revenue answers

    Property tax payments have eased financial troubles in Jellico, but the board of mayor and aldermen must still find revenue sources to sustain the town’s operations.

    “We have been able to make payroll. The people have been coming in and paying the city property taxes,” said Mayor Les Stiers on Tuesday “We’re able to keep our head above water. We’re paying our bills.”

    The board had been set to hold a special call meeting on Nov. 8, but the death of alderwoman Pam Carbaugh’s husband cancelled the meeting.

  • Father-daughter duo arrested on drug charges

    Two Jellico residents are behind bars after the Campbell County Grand Jury issued indictments for drug related offenses.

    Jay Lay Jr., 54, 232 Wooldridge Lane, Jellico, was spotted by Jellico Police Chief Chris Anderson at a 5th street gas station on Halloween. He was reportedly arrested by Det. Sgt. Jeff Ivey.

    Lay was charged with three counts of sale of a schedule II drug and three counts of delivery of a schedule II drug. His bond was set at $100,000.

  • Jacksboro man jailed after auto accident

    A Jacksboro man was jailed for the seventh time following an early-morning car accident on Indian River Boat Dock Road on Nov. 12.

    Officers reportedly arrived on the scene and found a 2006 white Suzuki crashed into a tree with “moderate damage.”

    Sgt. Josh Carroll of the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department reportedly found the vehicle unoccupied, but the vehicle was allegedly registered to Gregory Wayne Bailey, 45, 121 Cherokee Trail, Jacksboro.

  • Public records for the week of Nov. 15, 2012


    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as or similar to other members of the community.



    James R. Wells and Daina D. Wells to Paul M. Kruth and Catherine M. Kruth, Dist. 2, $147,000.

    Donald K. Beverly and Karla Beverly to David Maurer and Linda M. Maurer, Dist. 2, $23,000.

    United States Housing and Urban Development to One Tenn LTD, Dist. 3, $94,000.

  • Nothing but a technicality



    With the absence of two starters, Austin Hunley and Brian Hicks, the Jellico Blue Devils were looking for a way to win.

    However, a late tangle up under the basket proved costly as the referee signaled a personal foul, followed by a technical foul against the Blue Devils.

    Jellico had battled back from a 32-22 deficit at the half to take the lead over Scott County, 55-54, following back-to-back treys by Billy Rowe and Danny Lay with 1:15 left in the game.

  • Buzzer beater blitzes district favorite



    As the buzzer sounded Monday evening, Jared Ray’s left-handed layup hit the bottom of the net inside Jim and Linda Agee Gymnasium.

    That score pushed Jacksboro to upset the district favorite in Jefferson, 37-36.

  • Block party not enough for Lady Blue Devils



    Rachel Ayers had a party under the goal Tuesday night for the Lady Blue Devils.

    The tall post player added a game high seven blocks to hold off the Lady Highlanders. Destany Creekmore and Natasha Taylor joined in the fun, as they each added two blocks of their own.

    However, the 11 total blocks weren’t enough to hold off a late Scott Count surge, as they Lady Highlanders took the game, 47-45.

  • Local kids facing tough competition in bowls



    When people think of football on Thanksgiving day, it usually involves teams such as the Oakland Raiders, Tennessee Titans, or Atlanta Falcons.

    However, this year, the festivities will feature the Campbell County Cougars and the Lake City Mavs.

    Local football players are looking to play with the big time in this years Battle in Rocky Top this coming weekend. Next week, beginning on Thanksgiving day, they will compete in the Gatlinburg Thanksgiving Bowl.