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Jellico police arrest burglary suspect

By Natasha Colbaugh

The Jellico Police Department arrested John Wayne Mefford, 35, last week for aggravated burglary.

The JPD investigated the alleged break in of a Jellico residence on Aug. 1, according to the arrest report. Mefford allegedly opened the garage door of a residence and exited through a side door of the house, according to witness statements.

While the victim was out of home, a neighbor reported the burglary to police, the report said. When the victim returned home she identified several items taken from the house.

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Bruce escapes police

By Natasha Colbaugh

Last month, Chad A. Bruce, 31, allegedly escaped from a patrol car following his arrest on several warrant charges.

The Jellico Police Department detained Bruce when they discovered he had outstanding warrants for possession of schedule II and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Bruce was placed in the back seat of a patrol car and taken to the Jellico Police Department. When officers advised Bruce that he was under arrest they opened the patrol car to handcuff him.

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LaFollette is staffing up departments this month

By Natasha Colbaugh

As the LaFollette City Council convened Tuesday night, hiring new employees was the focus.

The council has consecutively hired employees at nearly every meeting in the last few months, with acting city administrator Cade Sexton saying the salaries are included in the current budget.

LaFollette Fire Chief Gary Byrd requested two full time firefighters and received the recommendation from Sexton for those positions. These two positions and one captain position will be voted on at the coming meeting.

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Wife gives kidney to save husband’s life

By Natasha Colbaugh

A miracle.


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Pack of rolling papers get the search started

By Natasha Colbaugh

Routine patrol led to a traffic stop and ended with possession charges last Friday, according to Sgt. Freddy Walker with the Caryville Police Department.

While the suspects inside the vehicle allegedly willingly handed over a pack of rolling papers, a more in depth search led officers to find a container with marijuana, said Walker.

The driver of the vehicle, Carl Aubrey Cook, gave Walker consent to search. In addition to finding the papers and marijuana, Walker discovered a white round pill and a pair of metal knuckles, he said.

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Gives him prison time

Judge doesn’t buy Blakenship’s excuses

By Susan Sharp

Walking into the courtroom wearing a blue blazer and khakis Billy Blankenship didn’t fit the stereotype of a bank robber.


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Hayes receives jail time for abuse

By Susan Sharp

 Jellico man will spend the rest of the year behind bars after admitting to his part in abusing a child.


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Brown arrested on drug charges

By Jennifer Caldwell

Suspicious activity at an abandoned house led to an arrest last Friday.


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Commissioners blow through discretionary funds

By Jennifer Caldwell

The suggestion to relinquish discretionary monies to assist the highway department brought unexpected news at a recent budget and finance committee workshop.


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CHET shares $223k grant

By Susan Sharp

Two area non-profit agencies are coming together with a sole purpose- to better the lives of three Campbell County families.


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