Today's News

  • LUB gives Kenny Baird a 5-year contract

     At Monday’s meeting, members of the LaFollette Utilities Board voted to grant Kenny Baird a five-year contract.

    “I have no problem with the contract,” LUB chairman James Walker said. “Me personally, I’m for it, and I’m for you (Baird).”

  • Football, cheerleader sign-ups set

    Campbell County Youth Football and Cheerleading will be having sign-ups for the 2012 season on consecutive Saturdays, May 5, 12 and 19 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the new LaFollette Recreation Center located in the old West LaFollette School. Registration is $55 for football players and $60 for cheerleaders. Ages for football are 5-12, while ages for cheerleaders are 4-13. For more information, call Steven Phillips at 865-617-5429, Tabatha Phillips at 423-494-1806 or Lisa Lester at 423-871-0230.

  • Thomas wins Tennessee History Day Competition

     Jonathan Thomas represented Jellico in the Tennessee History Day competition in Nashville on April 21. He won first place.

    “We’re very proud of him,” said Ronnie Buck, owner of Buck’s Hardware. “And he’s a fine young man.”

  • CCHS blanks Jellico, 16-0, in softball action

    Monday’s rematch between Campbell County and Jellico was in stark contrast to an earlier meeting of the two girls’ softball rivals.

    The Lady Blue Devils, who won a shootout, 17-14, at Jellico on March 21, were shut out 16-0 Monday afternoon by host Campbell County.

    Alex Hempsall picked up for the win for the Lady Cougars. She struck out three batters, walked one and allowed only one hit during three innings on the mound.

    Campbell County improved its record to 3-24 overall, with two wins coming in the last four games.

  • Turkey hunt inspires hunters and volunteers

    The spirit of Vaitor Davis was alive and well Saturday morning in the woods of Campbell County.

    Davis, who was only 18 years old when passed away on Feb. 20, had been an active participant in the annual Ultimate Turkey Hunt for handicapped hunters and wounded warriors held at Stinking Creek on the farms of Terry Lewis and Ron Cunningham.

    During a time of remembrance at this year’s hunt, County Mayor William Baird was on hand to formally declare Saturday, April 28 as Kelly Vaitor Davis Day in Campbell County.

  • Faulkner, Cooper post top times at First Volunteer 5K

    On April 21, First Volunteer Bank sponsored the 3rd annual 5K run/walk to benefit Relay for Life. Beginning at Jacksboro Middle School, 116 excited, soaking wet runners came out and finished the race to support this wonderful cause. 

    Overall winners were Gracie Faulkner with a time of 20:52 and Gavin Cooper, who was just three seconds behind her at 20:55. 

  • Relay for Life is Friday

    Tomorrow night, seventeen teams will gather at Jacksboro Middle School for Relay for Life.

    Campbell County has participated in Relay for Life for about nine years, said Cynthia Russell, media chair for the Relay committee.

    At 6 p.m., the event will kickoff with the opening Survivor Ceremony. Cancer survivors, wearing purple T-shirts, will be presented with medallions, and will take the first lap around the track after each one is announced over the loudspeaker.

  • Former CCHS baseball coach publishes inspirational memoir

     David Vince, a double amputee who coached baseball in the college and high school ranks over three decades, tells his inspirational life story in a 120-page memoir published by Langmarc Publishing in Austin, Texas.

    When Life Throws You Curves, Keep Swinging is a truly unique story of overcoming hardship, living life to the fullest and motivating young men and women to achieve their full potential in sports and in life.

  • Cold case gets another look

    It has been 27 years since an unnamed female was found alongside Interstate 75.

    The records from that day are few but detailed.

    A truck driver called the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department on a CB radio. He said a motorist had discovered a body at the 148 1/2 mile marker.

    When police responded they found a female about 15 feet from the guardrail, according to then Capt. Lynn Murphy’s report.

    “It was an unidentified body,” said CCSD Capt. Brandon Elkins. “We still don’t know who she is.”

  • Academy of Martial Arts hosts tournament

    On March 31, the Academy of Martial Arts at LaFollette Fitness Center hosted a martial arts tournament. Students from five schools competed at the tournament, which featured a variety of events. The 24 athletes on the competition team took seventeen 1st place medals and two Grand Champion trophies. 

    “This was the biggest tournament we have hosted in some time, and we were up against some stiff competition,” senior instructor Larry Bostic said.