Today's News

  • Six apply for chancellor position

    Six candidates have submitted applications to replace the late Chancellor Billy Joe White. White’s death in Nov. 2012 meant that after 30 years his position in the judicial community was open.

    He served as the chancellor in the Eighth Judicial District which is comprised of Claiborne, Campbell, Scott, Union and Fentress Counties.

  • LaFollette City court judge sees charges dismissed

    Wes Hatmaker’s legal charges have been dropped.

    In October 2012, the attorney and LaFollette City Court Judge was arrested for driving for on a suspended license.

    However, since his arrest Hatmaker has taken the necessary steps to restore his driver’s license, according to a motion filed by Deputy District Attorney General John Galloway.

    As a result, the charges were dropped in December 2012, general sessions records indicate.

  • Public Records -Jan. 10, 2013



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



    JAN. 2 – JAN. 4

    David L. Blankenship and Regina Blankenship to Sabarina Walp, Dist. 4, $8,000.

    Charles Baird to Crystal Morgan, Dist. 3, $87,147.

    Ricky L. Hutson to Scottie Allen Sharp, Dist. 3, $150,000.

    United States Housing and Urban Development to Bradley Lynn Utley, Dist. 3, $23,150.

  • Jellico public utilities board raises base rate, extends Rowe’s contract

    The base rate for electricity in Jellico will rise on recommendations from Chris Mitchell of Chris Mitchell Management Consultants.

    “With the investments and the improvements you want to do for your system, you probably want a little more budget,” Mitchell said in a workshop before the regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday

    Currently, 21 cents of every dollar paid funds the distribution, leaving 79 cents for operating costs.

    In October 2012, the utility added $1 to the base rate. That move generated $42,000 for the system.

  • Jellico native publishes romance novel

    Jellico native Chasity Bowlin might be able to thank a case of the H1N1 flu for helping her publish her first novel, The Haunting of a Duke.

    “I caught swine flu. I was quarantined in my house for 11 days, and on my third day I ran out of things to read,” she said. “And I’d been writing for years, and I just dug back on the files on my laptop and reading some of the things I had written, and it just kind of sparked my interest again.”

  • Big third quarter thumps Karns



    The Lady Beavers are obviously a first quarter team.

    Coming out of the first quarter, Karns led 13-8 after two big treys by Savannah Pope.

    However, following that point, the Lady Beavers could only match their first quarter total as the Lady Cougars went to on take the District 3-AAA game, 52-26.

  • Bass team set for high school



    Not every student is an athlete.

    With this in mind, Campbell County High School is attempting to create new ways of giving every student a chance at sports with the recent addition of the bass fishing team.

    Under the direction of Will VanEtten, a teacher at Campbell County, the team will fish in its first tournament on Jan. 12.

  • Simpson to be cleared for return



    Ethan Simpson’s senior season didn’t go exactly as planned.

    In the second week of the football season, a 39-20 win at Cumberland Gap was overshadowed by an injury.

    Simpson left the game with a torn ACL, a torn MCL, and a half torn meniscus.

    Now, nearly five months after that game, Simpson is being cleared to return to the hardwood for the Cougars.

  • Reserves help Karns past Campbell County



    Going into Tuesday night’s game, Campbell County knew how potent Karns’ junior Devin Sibley could be.

    Before the Campbell County game, Sibley averaged over 22 points per game. He’d also managed a 53 percent (132-of-248) shooting clip.

    He’d scored at least 20 points in 13 of his previous 17 games before Tuesday’s.

  • Three locals compete in 3FC 15


    Raymond “Noodle” Strohl, Billy White and Chris Shaneyfelt each had fights this past weekend in the 3FC 15 bouts in Pigeon Forge.

    Strohl defeated Nick Baker, an independent from Newport, by an arm bar in the third round.

    “He had me in that triangle, and I was pretty comfortable for a minute,” Strohl said. “Then he started throwing big bombs. I started to go white for a minute, and I told myself not to give up.”