Today's News

  • Former officer charged with sex crimes turns self in

    Former LaFollette Police Department officer Michael Shane Baker is behind bars. He turned himself into Claiborne County Deputies early Monday morning. He was the target of a multi-agency, two-month manhunt that landed him on the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation 10 most-wanted list.

    Baker,39, of 802 W. Jacksboro Road in New Tazewell, contacted a captain at the Claiborne County Sheriff’s Department to say he was tired of running, according to Claiborne County Sheriff David Ray.

  • Haslam in town

    This afternoon Gov. Bill Haslam will be in town.

    Haslam will swear in new District Attorney General Lori Phillips- Jones at 2:45 p.m. on the courthouse lawn.

    Phillips- Jones’ staff will also be sworn in during the ceremony. And while her staff will be taking an oath of office, two of them will play a part in the program itself.

    Investigator Johnny Vanover will say the opening prayer while child support attorney Todd Longmire will offer the closing prayer.

  • Emerson Properties owner feels tax break given by board of equalizations too small

    Emerson Properties recently received a tax break amounting to just under $42,500 after the Campbell County Board of Equalizations reassessed 241 pieces of its properties. Emerson Properties owner Boog Potter feels this reduction still isn’t enough.

    “It’s still too high,” Potter said. “I bought the property in 2009 for less than $1 million.”

    Potter believes the property was appraised too high by the property assessor’s office.

  • Lowe receives 15 years in starvation case

    A single black-eyed pea.

    That was the contents of Paul Cox’s stomach when he was autopsied.

    Cox died from malnutrition while in the care of his nephew John Lowe in 2010.

    On Friday, Lowe entered a no contest plea to criminally negligent homicide and gross neglect of an impaired adult. Despite Lowe pleading no contest to the charges Criminal Court Judge Shayne Sexton ruled he was guilty of the crimes.

  • Public Records Oct. 4, 2012

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




    Claus A. Reinhardt and Faye Reinhardt to Richard Callicoat and Pamela Callicoat, Dist. 2, $40,000.

    Brenda Venable, Dorwood Heck, James Dorwood Heck, and Peggy Heck to Orby Greene and Linda Greene, Dist. 1, $82,900.

    Dale Dalton and Sally Davis to Bobby Goins and Margaret Goins, Dist. 1, $17,000.

  • Little things, commitment slow Jellico

    Coming out of the first quarter on Friday night, it looked like Jellico was in fine shape, trailing only 14-8.

    However, with three minutes left in the second quarter, those little mistakes became the big talk for the Blue Devils, as they fell 55-8.

    Josh Lay, who returned it to the Bobcat 26-yard line, stripped Oliver Spring’s Shawn Childress of the ball. On Jellico’s next play, they gave it back to the Bobcats.

  • Oneida snaps Jacksboro's win streak

    Oneida had more options than the Sears catalog.

    Running a single-wing offense, the Indians found a way to snap the Eagles’ five-game winning streak last Thursday night in the battle of unbeatens.

    Oneida compiled 400 yards across the ground on 56 carries, while using 10 different runners en route to a 34-6 victory.

  • Egg Bowl set for Thursday night

    This one shouldn’t go over easy.

    The 12th annual Egg Bowl is set for tonight (Thursday) as the LaFollette Owls travel to Jacksboro Middle School to take on the Eagles in what some are calling the “biggest game of the year.”

    The battle is set for 7 p.m., and it is already boiling up to be a good one.

    Since the beginning of the season, the Owls have scrambled from an 0-3 record at the start. Winning three straight, LaFollette will come into this game totally even at 3-3.

  • Taylor finishes 35th in state golf

    Campbell County High School junior Lindsay Taylor competed in the Class AAA state golf tournament on Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 25-26 in Manchester.

    The Willowbrook Golf Course wasn’t kind to Taylor on the first day of competition, as Barren’s Triangle got the best of the first-time state golfer. Taylor finished the day with an 18-over-par 90.

    On Tuesday, however, she bounced back, combining her two-day total for an overall 179 score. That score was good enough for 35th place out of the 56 competitors.

  • FRIDAY NIGHT PREVIEW: Campbell County at Knoxville Central

    When: Friday


    Where: Knoxville Central High School


    Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.


    Records: Campbell County (2-4, 1-3 District 3-AAA) at Knox Central (4-3, 4-1)


    Previous meeting: Campbell County fell in last year’s District 3-AAA match-up between the Cougars and the Bobcats. Central scooted out of L. Hope Dossett Stadium with a 34-7 score.