Today's News

  • Kitts to run for mayor of LaFollette

     LaFollette City Council member Wayne Kitts has higher political aspirations. On Monday night he expressed his intentions of running for mayor this fall.

    “My council term’s up,” Kitts said after the meeting Monday night. “I was going to have to run for council, I just decided to run for mayor.”

  • Partin scores second term

    When Thursday was over and the votes were counted, Brandon Partin was elected to another term as county property assessor.

    He won the race with 58 percent of the vote.

    After the celebration ended, it was time for Partin to resume his duties.

    Among those duties is the installation of a new computer system. In October the property assessor’s office will convert its appraisal system. “The values of people’s properties will not change,” Partin said. “But it will give more flexibility to the appraisal process.”

  • Newly elected officials comment on next terms

     Wendell Bailey

    Could not be reached for comment


    Danny Wilson

    Danny Wilson ousted David Lynch for the first district school board seat with 568 votes. Lynch received 397 votes. Wilson is the only new school board member from this election. He will be sworn in at the September school board meeting.

  • Stinking Creek community to host Mountain Heritage festival Labor Day Weekend

     The Mountain Heritage Community Club will host the annual Mountain Heritage Festival in Stinking Creek Sept. 1-2.

  • Dennis Potter wins reelection campaign for roads superintendent; looks to upcoming term

    Thursday night, Campbell County voters chose Dennis Potter to remain road superintendent by a margin of nearly two to one.

    “I expected to win,” Potter said election night after the results were in. “I thought the race might be a little closer. My opponents worked really hard; we did too. We worked like we (were) behind. Didn’t take nothing for granted.”

    Potter felt the election went well, and running a positive campaign helped him.

  • Results in; high number of county early votes

    Almost half of the Campbell County residents who cast votes in the state primary and county general election did so during early voting.

    “People took advantage of early voting,” Administrator of Elections Ann Ayers-Colvin said.

    Not counting provisional ballots, the unofficial count for votes in the election is 6,680, Ayer-Colvins said. About 3,000 of these votes were cast during early voting.

    But voting during Election Day went smoothly, Ayers-Colvin said.

  • Sinkhole reduces traffic volume on Interstate 75

     Tuesday, a sinkhole caused the right lane of southbound traffic on Interstate 75 to be shut down at mile marker 126.

    The hole was four feet wide, and workers had to dig to the bedrock, 22 feet down to assess how deep the hole was.

  • Jacksboro man drowns

    A Jacksboro man drowned Monday evening while tubing in Norris Lake.

    Robert Thomas, III, 47, of Jacksboro was alone in the Shady Cove area of Norris Lake when it appears he slipped off the intertube he was floating on, according to Campbell County Sheriff’s Department Capt. Brandon Elkins.

    Police reports indicate Thomas’ wife had dropped him off earlier in the day.

    “He regularly swims in that area,” Elkins said.

  • Public records Aug. 9, 2012


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



    JULY 30  – AUGUST 3

    Harrison R. Boston Jr. and Katherine P. Boston to Rebecca Lynn Bolton, Dist. 1, $119,000.

    S. C. Meates to Fred Bayani and Ladan, Dist. 2, $120,000.

    Carol J Masur to Stuart G Smith, Dist. 2, $62,000.

    Ayers LP to Derrick N. Goins and Sibyl D. Goins, Dist. 3, $11,900.

  • Collette steps down from Cougar baseball

                After four years as the head coach of the Campbell County Cougars, Brad Collette has stepped down. Following a 12-22 season in 2012, the search now begins for a new head coach.

    The job is now being posted, according to Campbell County Athletic Director Sherry Chapman.  With the search underway, Chapman hopes the Cougars will have someone in place before Labor Day.

                For Collette, the decision was a hard one.