Today's News

  • LUB releases report on odor; Dunaway takes exception

    While the odor that drifted through LaFollette in early October is gone, one man is still saying something stinks.

    “This was a Hazmat situation,” said Dave Dunaway, a LaFollette attorney. “The mayor (Mike Stanfield) should not have said it was harmless.”

    Dunaway’s comments came on the heels of a report released by the LaFollette Utilities Board earlier this week. It was compiled after a subcontractor on a sewer line project released a substance into the system. In the days that followed a heavy odor lingered over LaFollette.

  • Tennova makes local cuts

    Last week, Tennova shut down a cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation ward laying  off 16 employees at LaFollette Medical Center.

    “We’re sorry that it had to happen. I appreciate the spirit these people showed whenever we talked to them, which was very positive,” CEO of LaFollette Medical Center Mark Cain said.

  • Wildcats prevail over Cougars, 42-7

    One week after scoring a school record 49 points during a district win over Knox Halls, the Campbell County High School football team rarely reached the end zone Friday night at Oak Ridge. 

    The Cougars (2-6 district, 3-7 overall) didn’t get on the board until only five minutes remained in a 42-7 loss to the Wildcats (7-1 district, 7-3 overall).

    Senior quarterback Tuffy Shoupe got the touchdown on a 1-yard run. Sophomore placekicker Daniel Izquierdo added the extra point for the final margin.

  • Relay kicks off 2012 fundraising tonight

      It has been only six months since Campbell County’s Relay for Event. But organizers are already making plans for next year.

    Tonight the team captain kick-off meeting will take place at 5:30 p.m. at Miss Lassie’s Lodge.

    This event will mark the beginning of the fundraising season for 2012, Cyndi Russell, Relay for Life publicity chair, said.

  • Local high school runners compete at regionals

    High school cross-country runners from Campbell County competed Thursday in the Region 2 Championships at Victor Ashe Park in Knoxville.

    Jellico’s Olivia Veach, a first year runner, placed 25th overall in a field of almost 100 runners in the Class A/AA girls’ race. She completed the 3.1-mile course in 25:15, which was one of her better times this year. 

  • Campbell elementary, middle school runners participate in regionals

    Several Campbell County elementary and middle school runners competed in the Knoxville Track Club’s Regional Championships on Oct. 11.

    In the elementary girls’ division, Drew Leach placed 59th overall with a time of 7:30.01, followed by Jordyn Amburgey, 74th, 7:49.64; Tristan Hinojos, 82nd, 7:54.65; Maddie Burris, 138th, 8:29.65; Lara Gunter, 253rd, 9:58:16 and Kayla Davis, 285th, 10:37.33.

  • Man allegedly caught with pills at Rite Aid in Jellico

     Last Wednesday afternoon, Jellico Police arrested Dustin Jacob Erbse, 32, 381 Ronald Street, Cocoa, Fla., for disorderly conduct, public intoxication, possession of a schedule II drug for resale in a school zone and possession of a schedule IV drug for resale in a school zone.

  • Press football contest ends

    The 2nd annual Wilder’s Winners football contest concluded last week in the LaFollette Press sports section. Kenny “Bucket” Daugherty earned bragging rights for the second consecutive year for having the best won/loss record (72-28) on the panel of 10 experts. 

    However, he had to share the top spot this year with DeWayne “The Mail Man” Kitts, who finished fourth last year.

  • Caryville Police Department busts gas station for selling alcohol to a minor

     Selling alcohol to underage drinkers can come with consequences.

    Special agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives provided the Caryville Police Department with a 19-year-old undercover informant last week, according to a press release. During a special operation, this informant went into different businesses in the Caryville area attempting to purchase alcohol.

    Caryville Assistant Police Chief Stephanie Smith said the purpose of this operation was to “deter businesses from selling alcohol to underage (drinkers).”

  • Tennova coming to Senior Citizens Center Nov. 7

     From 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Monday, healthcare professionals from Tennova will hold free blood glucose tests and blood pressure checks at the Campbell County Senior Citizens’ Center.