Today's News

  • Budget out of balance

    LaFollette’s officials must produce a balanced budget by the end of the month. However, as they met for a workshop after the regular meeting Tuesday night, they discovered the general fund is currently $133,000 out of balance. This doesn’t include the wish list from the city’s department heads—which totaled more than $350,000 before city administrator Billie Russell mentioned she needed a vehicle for work operation. The former city administrator vehicle was wrecked in January and hasn’t been replaced.

  • Indian Mountain State Park pulls plug on public pool

    JELLICO—The pool at Indian Mountain State Park, in Jellico, is permanently closed.
    “Tennessee State Parks’ operations staff made the decision to permanently close the swimming pool,” said Meg Lockhart, spokesperson for the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, in a Tuesday e-mail.
    The pool was not being used enough and needed more than $70,000 worth of repairs, Lockhart said. She mentioned Kentucky Splash Park is 11 miles away, in Williamsburg, Ky,

  • Dozens of Vacation Bible schools planned

    During summer break, many children spend their days swimming in pools, jumping on trampolines and sleeping in. Churches use this time to teach children about God through Vacation Bible School.
    “We share what the Bible says with them about Jesus and Christianity,” said Eric Wright, music director at First Baptist Church of Caryville. “(VBS)’s main focus is to share the love of Christ with them.”

  • Third annual Summer Health Celebration set for weekend

    Various organizations will host the Third Annual Summer Health Celebration and Carnival at the Dewey Hunter Center in LaFollette Saturday from noon to 3 p.m.
    “It’s just to raise awareness about what kind of organizations are in this town,” said Christine O’Dell, Court Appointed Special Advocates volunteer coordinator. “To raise awareness about health.”
    Health professionals will provide free blood pressure checks, hearing exams, body mass index screenings and visions exams.

  • Bruce, Wells take Top 20 finish in state tournament


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    NICKAJACK LAKE, CHATTANOOGA - Jordan Bruce and Nick Wells have become accustomed to fighting off other anglers during the 2013 season, as the team took the Anglers of the Year award for Campbell County High School.

    However, on Saturday, the team found themselves battling something tougher than other fishermen.

  • Line breaks to heartaches


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    NICKAJACK LAKE, CHATTANOOGA – Anytime a fish breaks off, it’s a hard day for an angler.

    However, for Aaron Sanders and Jake Clowers, the day was infinitely harder during Saturday’s Student Anglers Federation’s Tennessee High School State Tournament.

    “We had two or three big ones break off,” Sanders said. “It was devastating. We just said, ‘We’ll get the next one,’ and go on.

  • Freshmen excited about future at State


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    NICKAJACK LAKE, CHATTANOOGA – For two Campbell County High School fishermen, it was a chance to prove themselves.

    Caleb Dople and Zach Paul are two freshmen who have proven they have what it takes, only being edged by juniors Nick Wells and Jordan Bruce in the Anglers of the Year competition this season.

    The duo have bigger fish to fry in their next three seasons at Campbell County High School.

  • Big fish helps Shouse, Kirk to 5-pound day


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    NICKAJACK LAKE, CHATTANOOGA - Chris Shouse and Dakota Kirk’s day at the Student Anglers Federation’s Tennessee High School State Tournament didn’t go quite as planned.

    With weather being the biggest threat at the tournament, original ideas changed for many of the anglers in the 70-boat tournament.

    For Shouse and Kirk, the story was no different.

  • Summer ball betters Campbell County Baseball


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    JACKSBORO – Not even a month out of its final game, Campbell County is already back to the grind on the baseball diamond.

    The Cougars have started summer ball, which most think will help the team’s chances in the 2014 campaign.

  • CCHS basketball hosting games tonight, June 6

    The Campbell County High School basketball team will be hosting two games tonight, Thursday, beginning at 4 p.m.

    Both Clinton and Knott County Central High School (Ky.) will be participating in the pre-season scrimmages.

    Clinton and Knott County will start things off at 4 p.m., as Campbell County will take on Clinton directly after.

    Knott County will play Campbell County following the District 3-AAA rematch of last season’s close games.