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Year in review; July through December

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By The Staff

July

Rock crawlers returned to Jellico to compete in the eastern division in the rock races at the White Oak course.

Returning soldier Tom Richey had a roadside reunion with family and friends after returning from a tour in Iraq.

Authorities recovered the body of Peter Grubber, an Ohio man who had been missing in Norris Lake since Labor Day weekend.

Campbell County School officials were faced with tough budget choices. The BOE met to discuss budget shortfalls in excess of $400,000.

After six months of going without  a judge due to the court being improperly established, the town of Jellico advertised the position of city court judge.

Jellico Utilities continued its plea for a rate increase to address the issue of the aging and decomposing water and sewer infrastructure.

A not guilty verdict in her daughter’s alleged sexual abuse case inspired Anna Berry to work at introducing a bill that would give sexual abuse victims more rights, while calling for more prison time for those convicted of abuse.

The grand jury indicted  pair in assault and rape case.  Wes McKinney, 54, of Michigan and Melinda Morris, 36 of California were indicted for multiple charges stemming from the incident which occurred in May.

Catherine R. Huntley was recently cited for cruelty to animals when officers found 21 animals inside her West Knoxville home. Huntley had been linked to the organization Friends Fur Life, which had rescued animals from Campbell County.

A black bear was spotted taking a swim near Springs Dock over the July 4 holiday weekend.

Jellico Utilities continued discussions on the water and sewage rate increase.

Habitat for Humanity dedicated its 23 rd home.

Family and friends mourned the loss of 12-year-old Garry White after he was struck while riding his bicycle at the South16th and East Chestnut Street intersection in LaFollette.

On his first day as Director for Campbell County Schools, Dr. Mike Martin was handed a list of budget cuts. Due to budget shortfalls, Martin eliminated several positions in an effort to get the budget out of the red.

A golf swing was rewarded with $100,000 check. J.J Dower was the lucky winner of the Relay for Life hole in one shot.

People’s Bank of the South presented the city of LaFollette with property to be used as a parking lot for the East LaFollette Baseball field.

White Oak Volunteer Fire Department sought legal advice in its lease dispute with property owners Donny and Cathy Shelby.

Miranda Kirby, one of Jonathan Pierce’s alleged killers stood trial.  Kirby, Elmus Travis Gaylor and Samuel Miracle were charged with first-degree murder in Pierce’ s 2006 death.

LaFollette city officials faced off in court in an  effort to resolve council member Hansford Hatmaker’s complaint Shirley Fox Rogers was illegally appointed to the council following the death of Ken Snodderly.

Courtney Partin appeared in criminal court for the re-sentencing in his attempted first-degree murder and aggravated assault case that netted him the lengthy prison sentence.

The Campbell County Airport began its work on extensive renovations including a runway repaving project and the addition of airplane hangars.

The LaFollette Press staff garnered eight awards at the Tennessee Press Association Luncheon held in Nashville.

The Pinecrest community is overwhelmed with crime.  Communities concern over crime in Pinecrest led to the formation of a neighborhood watch by local citizens.

Mary Ann Ayers, 26, of Loop Road LaFollette was charged with three counts of child neglect after LaFollette Police Officer Tony Rucker arrived on the scene and discovered children locked inside an apartment unsupervised..

The LaFollette Police Department took disciplinary actions against one of its officers.  On July 7 after learning of allegations of inappropriate conduct between Officer Jeremy Cross and a female he was placed on leave without pay; Cross later resigned his position.

Wade Douglas Anderson, 65, of Fall Branch, was found dead in the movie theatre at Adult World. An initial report by a medical examiner indicated Anderson had died from a heart condition, police records said.

A Campbell County woman was sentenced to 14-years in prison for making bomb threats at local schools and playing a cat- and-mouse with law enforcement appealed her sentence.  In June 2007, Lillie Chapman pleaded guilty to two counts of filing a false report of a bombing, two counts of felony reckless endangerment, and unlawful possession of a weapon and possession of a prohibited weapon.

The Jellico Board of Mayor and Aldermen held a workshop in an attempt to set the budget, while the water rate issue continued to sit on the back burner.  

Recent issues with the Campbell County Board of Education’s bid selection for the Valley View School renovation fueled discussion at the county commission meeting.

The Campbell County Board of Commissioners jail committee continued  to  consider the use of a metal structure for the proposed justice center.

Tennessee’s Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey attended the Campbell County Republican Woman’s annual Lincoln Day Dinner in an attempt to rally local Republican candidates.

A march on Zeb Mountain protesting coal mining operations ended when four individuals were arrested for criminal trespassing.  

The tests were in and two Campbell County schools were put on notice that improvements were not negotiable.  Release of the Tennessee Department of Education’s Adequate Yearly Progress report revealed  Jellico High School and Campbell County High School students were not performing up to par.  This was the third year CCHS has failed to make AYP and was therefore moved to School Improvement II.

Early voting continues in the county with around 2,000 people taking advantage of the early voting process.

The recent groundbreaking for a clubhouse at The Villages at Norris Lake development in Campbell County appeared to have been in vain. Land Resource LLC, developers of the lakeside community, temporarily ceased construction on roads, utilities and amenities on all nine of their national projects earlier this month due to the loss of seven of its eight lenders.

Courtney Partin had seven years shaved off his 29-year prison sentence at a court hearing this week.  He had been found guilty of and sentenced for attempted first-degree murder and aggravated assault.  An opinion handed down by the state Court of Criminal Appeals had sent Partin’s case back to the local level for resentencing.   

After weeks of fine-tuning, the Campbell County Board of Education reached a consensus on its 2008-09 budget.  Facing a budget shortfall of around $450,000, board members were forced to look at making deep cuts in the system’s $40 million budget.

The Campbell County Children’s Center obtained its accreditation.  

A truck driven by Darrin K. Hatmaker, 43, crashed into a building at 619 South Avenue, which then caught on fire.  Hatmaker’s vehicle and body was discovered inside the building when officials with the LaFollette Police Department and fire department were attempting to extinguish the flames.

After a week of lifting fingerprints, making plaster shoe casts and examining crime scenes, students in the Roane State Crime Scene Investigation Camp put their newly learned skills to the test by investigating a mock crime scene.

The youth group from Bookwalter United Methodist Church in Knoxville descended on the county in a flurry of service and activity.  

Charles Robert Smith, also known as Bobby Smith, was wanted by the Jellico Police and Kentucky State Police for evading arrest, reckless driving and destruction of government property.  Smith was wanted for questioning in a theft in Campbell County. When Jellico Police responded to the Be On the Look Out radio call after spotting Smith’s silver Ford Explorer smith fled the scene, crossing into Kentucky.

August

An Ohio man was criminally charged following a boating accident.  Gene Howard, 37, of West Chester, Ohio, was arrested at a condominium after he fled the scene of the accident near Flat Hollow Marina.  

The company developing The Villages at Norris Lake ceased its operations due to the loss of financial backers.  This left members of the Campbell County Regional Planning Commission trying to answer questions to concerned property owners.

According to Meth Team Leader Sgt. Jason Henegar, the LPD received reports of smoke coming from a dumpster located on South Tennessee behind the Ridgeview Apartments.  An active meth lab in a duffel bag, along with other meth making components was recovered from the dumpster.

Caprice Ward Black drowned while swimming near the Murrayville community.

Terry King appealed for a new trial for narcotics charges that landed him a 10-year sentence. In May of 2006, authorities captured King on video and audio selling and delivering cocaine and meth, according to the indictment.

Arrested in May for helping his girlfriend commit a series of burglaries, Andrew Collins pled guilty to a multitude of charges stemming from the burglaries.

After evading authorities for more than a year a stinking creek man’s luck finally ran out. In June of 2007, a warrant was issued for David Allen Jones, 36, in connection with theft of a debit card.  

Following a year of deployment in Iraq, and Kuwait, the 1175th National Guard Detachment from Jacksboro celebrated with family and friends.

Subsequent to weeks of tweaking the county’s budget 2008-2009 the Campbell County Board of Commissioners budget and finance committee decided on a budget they could all live with.

A fight at the Rooster Scratch Tavern on Whistle Creek Road in Newcomb left one man seriously injured and tavern owner Bobby Keith Mays, 63, of 2387 Whistle Creek Road, Newcomb charged with attempted murder.

Vandalism and moonshine landed a Caryville man in jail, according to authorities.  According to a police report, Michael Eugene Ward, 21, was arrested for breaking into an unoccupied rental property.  He was charged with burglary, vandalism and possession of untaxed whiskey.

As the jury in Jonathan Pierce’s murder trial returned a guilty verdict, no one appeared more shocked than the defendant Miranda Kirby.  Kirby was convicted of pre-meditated first-degree murder, second-degree murder and aggravated robbery.

The school year began under new leadership as Dr. Mike Martin started his first year as director of schools.  The new school year also brought a revamped administrative team at Campbell County High School with Robbie Heatherly taking over as principal.

Rarity Mountain hit a snag in its golf course and resort development due to citations for mining coal without a permit.  

Miranda Kirby filed an appeal after being convicted of first-degree murder, second-degree murder and aggravated robbery in the murder of Jonathan Pierce. Robert Scott, Kirby’s defense attorney, filed a motion asking his client to be acquitted of the first-degree murder conviction.

William Baird won the county mayor’s race with 2,989 votes to Jerry Cross’s 2,480.  Brandon Partin won property assessor’s office, beating out 10 other candidates and Dennis Potter held onto the road superintendent’s post against Gary Leach.

District Attorney General Paul Phillips approached members of the Campbell County Board of Commissioners for help funding a new children’s center.  Phillips requested $150,000 to $200,000 from the sale of the K-Mart building.

During a city council workshop City Administrator David Young was met with strong opposition from council members Mike Stanfield and Hansford Hatmaker when he requested an extension on his contract.  The dissension forced Mayor Cliff Jennings to exercise his vote to break the deadlock on the contract extension.

The Machine Tool Technology class had been closed for two years due to instructor retirement, but was back in business with new equipment, new software and a new instructor.  New England native, David Yassemedis became  the new instructor.

A budget change amendment created discord among Campbell County Commissioners.  When Commissioner Lynn Letner requested a budget change amendment allowing for the funding of an executive assistant/secretary position for the county commission, he was met with strong opposition from some of his colleagues.  Letner was under the impression that money used to fund the commission assistant position would be taken from the county mayor’s budget.  Jeff Marlow, county finance director notified Letner and the rest of the commission that the position would have to be funded by the county general funds undesignated fund balance. Commissioner Adrion Baird argued that Letner’s request to fund the position was an attempt to leave William Baird, county mayor elect, out of the loop.

Miranda Kirby was sentenced to at least 51-years behind bars for her role in the death of Jonathan Pierce.  The first-degree murder sentencing came with a mandatory life sentence with a minimum of 51-years before parole.

LaFollette City Councilman Mike Stanfield resigned from the LaFollette City Council in order to run for mayor against Cliff Jennings. Stanfield had to vacate his council position because of a provision of the LaFollette city charter.  Stanfield’s resignation opened up another council position for November’s ballot.

Travis Gaylor, a second defendant in the Jonathan Pierce murder has his trial date set for Feb. 24, 2009.  After Miranda Kirby’s sentencing in the murder trial, Gaylor’s attorney Steve Sams announced his intention of filing a motion for a change of venue or a different jury pool.

Four of the five men charged in connection with a burglary to a local Riggs drugstore decided to take their medicine.  Phillip Cisson and Roy Shane Whaley pled guilty to the crime.  In June, Gregory A. Maples also pled guilty for his part in the crime, while Thomas Matthew Hardesty opted for a trial.  Christopher Paul Parrott, who also took part in the November 2007 burglary, was the first to enter a plea in January. Dets. Monty Miller and David Muse had pursued the suspects throughout east Tennessee.

Artifacts from Campbell County were showcased at the grand opening of an East Tennessee Historical Society exhibit in Knoxville.  Two coal mining artifacts displayed was a store token from the Blue Diamond Coal Company and a circa 1916 picture of Campbell County coal miners.

Kenneth Cordell and James Meadows entered guilty pleas for the manufacture of meth.  Cordell and Meadows lab was found in Nov. 2007, after LaFollette police officers investigated an anonymous tip that an active lab was at a home near the now closed East LaFollette Elementary.

Charles Evans and Brian Warman pled guilty to theft over $10,000 and were sentenced to five years probation, as well as to pay restitution to Woodlawn cemetery.  Evans and Warman were arrested in June for stealing bronze vases from tombstones.

Controversy surrounding the contractor bids for the proposed Valley View Elementary School renovations continued to fuel discussion at the Campbell County Board of Education meeting.

Mattie Nance filled the seat that was vacated by Don Baird in July.

Officers with the LaFollette Police Department began investigating the theft of monthly insurance policy premiums paid by an unsuspecting customer in September of 2000.  According to the arrest warrant issued by Det. David Msue, Thomas M. Stanfield, 62, of 140 Tree Circle, began collecting insurance policy premiums from the victim as an agent of American General Insurance beginning in 1998.

Malcolm King, III, the First Presbyterian Church of LaFollette and the Presbytery of East Tennessee were named as defendants in the suit filed by Siler McCarty on behalf of his daughter, Ericka McCarty.  In the lawsuit the McCarty’s allege that King sexually abused Ericka McCarty as he counseled her for mental health issues. They asked for millions of dollars in damages.

Haley Spicer underwent her first reconstructive surgery in the Shrine Hospital in Cincinnati, Oh.  

After months of debating the issue, the Jellico Board of Mayor and Aldermen voted to raise the water rates in order to provide upgrades to the failing and outdated system.  Users of the Jellico water and sewer system will see rates increased for the next five years under the approved plan.

Candance Annette Gibbs, 37, of LaFollette, led Jacksboro and LaFollette Police Officers on a high-speed chase from Wal-Mart to LaFollette Middle School.  Gibbs had allegedly stolen an over the counter indigestion medication from the large retail store.

Commissioners with the Campbell County Jail Committee got a first hand look of the future jail with a virtual tour of the proposed facility.  

A parking issue on Phillips Street in Caryville led to a property dispute between the town of Caryville and resident Nancy Haun.

In LaFollette, incumbent mayor Cliff Jennings was set to square off against Virgil Kidwell and Mike Stanfield for the position of mayor of LaFollette.  In other council races, Shirley Fox Rogers and Hansford Hatmaker filed as candidates for the other two council seats, along with Jay Huddleston, Wayne Kitts and Tammy Milner, election commission records indicated.

James Olvey, originally from the Chaska community, shared his first hand account of the second surrender of Japan to a crowded room at the historical society meeting.

The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) was forced to raise rates once again to stay in line with the rising cost of fossil fuels.  

Representatives from local fire departments and rescue units met for a training session with Knox County’s Air Rescue 6 team at the Campbell County Airport.

Jellico hosted its second annual Miner’s Mile in a celebration to remember local laborers.  

September

Don Philpot was indicted for possession of schedule II, III and IV controlled substances with intent to sale and possession of the same substances with intent to deliver, according to the indictment.  Philpot was also indicted for having a firearm in the commission of a felony.  He is the owner of an adult-oriented business located at the 141 exit off I-75, according to business records in the county clerk’s office.

A houseboat that claimed a man’s life remains under investigation with the cause of the fire unknown, according to the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department.  The body of Edgar Chaffin, 80, of Powell, was found on the boat after the fire was extinguished, stated the sheriff’s department incident report.

LaFollette Police found a large meth lab in an abandoned home on West Forrest Street.

An investigation into an alleged case of child abuse resulted in the arrest of the girl’s mother Carol L. Longmire, 25, of LaFollette.

Raymond Williams Gibbs, 35, from Dayton, Oh., was arrested and charged with aggravated sexual battery after he allegedly touched a six-year-old girl inappropriately.

A LaFollette woman accused of taking nearly $25,000 in cash and goods from her employer has been indicted for theft. Karrie Wylie faced a sole count of theft over $10,000 following her case being presented to a Campbell County grand jury.

After months of discussions and workshops, the Jellico Board of Mayor and Aldermen finally balanced its 2008-09 budget at a special called meeting.  The solution to balance the budget lay in the original projected 2008-09 property tax.  

Campbell County Clerk and Master Bill Archer had already qualified as a candidate for the city council seat vacated by Mike Stanfield, when he was prevented from running due to a provision in the LaFollette city charter which states that a council member cannot hold another public office.

The 1175 National Guard Unit from Jacksboro received a roaring welcome home with a custom built chopper that paid tribute to one of their fallen comrades.

Rescue workers continued efforts to recover the body of a Michigan woman who was ejected from a boat two days earlier.  Kristin Kleizo, 39, of St. Joe, Mich.  was reportedly thrown from a boat when it hit choppy water, according to the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency.

After years of growing and providing religious growth, Galilee Bible Camp celebrated its 50th year in operation on Sept. 13.

Former LaFollette Police Officer Jeremy Cross pled not guilty to aggravated rape, official oppression and two counts of official misconduct during his hearing.

The Campbell County Habitat for Humanity chapter recently began construction on its 24th home in the area.

When William Stagnolia was arrested in October 2007 on a sealed indictment for selling narcotics, investigators felt the case against him was bolstered by the suspected cocaine found in his possession.  Keith Stewart, Stagnolia’s attorney, argued at Monday’s hearing that should not be held against his client.  Judge Shayne Sexton overruled Stewart’s motion to suppress the narcotics evidence.

Two former law enforcement officials are facing official misconduct and narcotics charges following a Tennessee Bureau of Investigation inquiry.  Ancil Brian Parker and Tonya Robinson are accused of delivering cocaine to individuals between April and May 2007, according to a joint indictment.

According to LaFollette Meth Team Leader Sgt. Jason Henegar, a meth lab was found in a ditch in the West Forrest Street area by a citizen who was out for a walk.  The second lab was later discovered by Officer William Owens near the 7th Street Bridge.

Emma Lou Roaden, 25, of Caryville was arrested in May, after giving birth to a baby boy addicted to drugs.

A family of four moving into a new house in Jacksboro got a fearful welcome when a neighbor fired his gun into the air, according to police.  Owen Thomas, 53, was arrested and charged with four counts aggravated assault and reckless endangerment.

After a year of waiting, Jellico youth finally got their skate park when volunteers from a Nashville based church funded the project and then traveled to Jellico to construct the park.

People in two states were in mourning after Williamsburg, Kentucky soldier Sgt. David Cooper died in Baghdad.

After months of waiting and working on the Asbury Park Playground project, the town of Caryville is near reaching its goal.  The funds have been raised and a location set, leaving the playground as the last part of the equation.

Hunters on Eagle Bluff Mountain found the remains of a woman later identified as Jayne Lynn Terry Love.  Love, 33, had been missing since May. The body was found in a remote wooded area on the mountain. It later was positively identified through dental records.

After beginning his tenure as Director of Schools in July with budget problems and two high schools that failed to meet the state’s Adequate Yearly Progress standards, Dr. Mike Martin was forced to implement a sink-or-swim approach to developing solutions for the system’s critical areas.  He reported that school enrollment was up by 130 students.

Crews continue to search for the body of Kristin Kleizo, a Michigan woman who drowned in Norris Lake at the beginning of September.

The United States rock racing competitors traveled their regional areas to be placed among the top racers in the East and West divisions.  The final event of the year, the XRRA National Championship was held in Jellico.

After being indicted by the Claiborne County grand jury on felony charges of manufacturing methamphetamine and conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, Steve Pebley entered into a plea agreement.

The discovery of meth labs continues to rise at an alarming rate as Officers with the LaFollette Police Department seized their fifth lab in 10 days.

Three dogs in the LaFollette Gardens Apartment complex were poisoned with anti-freeze laced hotdogs.  One of the dogs, Mac, was a seeing-eye dog belonging to Lisa Evans.  While two of the dogs died, Mac was taken to UT Veterinary Clinic and was saved.

The Campbell County Board of Education elected Eugene Lawson and Faye Heatherly its new chair and vice-chair, respectively.

In late August, Candance Gibbs stole a box of Prilosec from an area store and then led local police on a high speed chase.  Gibbs appeared in court and pled guilty to five charges stemming from that incident.  She was sentenced to spend 60 days in jail and two years on probation and fined $150.

Members of the jail committee met to continue the slow process of determining a feasible scope for the proposed justice center and jail facility.

Four adults charged with making meth in a home where children were allegedly living have been sentenced to probation and ordered to pay thousands of dollars in restitution.  Jeffery Lynn Carr, Sherry Carr, James Jacobs and Amber Elizabeth McCarty appeared in criminal court last week and pled guilty in the case.

By masquerading as a judge, Terry Wayne Harness obtained nearly $100,000 from a local couple.  Facing charges of extortion, theft over $60,000, robbery and criminal impersonation, Harness agreed to enter a guilty plea instead of going to trial.

An attorney for Kenneth S. Bartley again sought to overturn the teenager’s guilty plea for the fatal shooting of Campbell County High School Administrator Ken Bruce.

Claude Leon Baird, a Private First Class from Duff who disappeared on an army mission 50 years ago, was honored at Campbell Memorial Gardens on Oct. 4.

The wait was finally over for the family of a Michigan woman who drowned in Norris Lake earlier this month.  The body of Kristin Kleizo was recovered in around 100 feet of water, according to Durand Carmany of the LaFollette Rescue Squad.

During the past two weeks, meth lab discoveries became part of a daily routine for the LaFollette Police Department.  Officers with the LPD discovered the eighth lab in two weeks.

Commissioners were at odds during Monday’s commission meeting regarding the placement of a traffic light at the Highway 63 intersection where 63 and Old Middlesboro Hwy intersect. The particular section of road has been the site of a number of accidents this year, including two fatalities.  Commissioners David Goins and Whit Goins opposed the placement of the light.

North and South bound lanes on Interstate 75 were closed early Tuesday morning when a tractor trailer hauling carburetor cleaner, blew a tire, crashed and caught fire.

Four years after his conviction, Tommy Owens was still contending he did not abuse his daughter, Haley Spicer.  His attorney took that assertion to the Tennessee Criminal Court of Appeals in the hopes of reducing or reversing his 95-year-sentence.

Emory W. Saylor, 40, of Jacksboro was charged with criminal simulation and violation of the seat-belt law, after he was pulled over for a traffic violation and 18 sheets of counterfeit money was found.

Two LaFollette women allege that they were assaulted by a moving vehicle, according to a police report.  The incident remains under investigations.

After four years of planning and fund-raising, the LaFollette Rescue Squad moved into its new building in October.  The new building is located next to DeRoyal Industries off of Highway 63.

After 33 years in business, Charley’s Pizza once again expanded to the east end of Campbell County.  It is located next to Food Lion off of Hwy. 63.

In response to the growing need, Second Harvest Food Bank is starting a new initiative by contacting other organizations in East Tennessee in order to learn about the programs that exist.

October

Campbell County ranked number one in tourism growth.

St. Mary’s offered free flue shots to citizens at several venues.

LaFollette Council debated an administrative assistant position. The council was against hiring help for City Administrator David Young.

The Coats for the Cold campaign got amazing support from area citizens.

Fifty years after PFC Claude Leon Baird disappeared over the Taiwan Straights in WWII his family remembers his youth and his service.

The LaFollette Police Department starts the month off with two meth lab discoveries, bringing the total number of seizures to 10 since August.

Rape suspect Wes McKinney was denied a bail reduction, which would enable him to be released until his court date.

Former tobacco store employee, Karrie Wylie, received trial date for theft charge.

Lowe’s home improvement store had a grand opening in LaFollette.

Campbell County students received free flue mist from St. Mary’s Medical Center.

The Caryville Civil War Council started planning for a charity drive.

Floyd Walden’s alleged lapse in memory was not enough for the judge to suppress evidence.

Jellico Police made an arrest for copper theft.

The City of LaFollette faced a $3 million lawsuit filed by a couple who say their rights were violated by the city.

LaFollette Utility planned on building a new substation in the Red Hill community.

Volunteers with Adopt a Shore cleaned the banks of Norris Lake as part of a twice-yearly initiative.

Valley View Elementary received grant funding.

Homer Lee Morgan had his stalking charge sent to grand jury.

A domestic dispute left Anthony Potter, 24, with two gun shot wounds to the head.

The alternative school received a complete overhaul as director of schools made changes to the schools structure.

A jury convicted Howard Frank Keathley in minutes for narcotics crimes.

Gregory W. Malone, 35, a trucker for a local company racked up over $5,000 a week on a company fuel card. Malone was allegedly selling the fuel.

John Griffith, along with his daughter, travel to 2008 world Olympics held in Beijing, China.

The sheriff’s department found a meth lab and made three arrests.

A LaFollette council meeting went smoothly with anticipation of the election.

Jellico voters prepared for a second chance to vote for liquor.

White Oak Elementary has Governor Phil Bredesen visit.

Jack Faulkner wins a competition for having the biggest pumpkin.

Three meth labs were discovered by LaFollette Police.

The possibility of new justice center was in limbo as the county election neared.

The sheriff’s department made a meth arrest.

The Center of Hope announced a new Christmas plan.

Concerned citizen, Ronnie Daugherty, addressed individual town boards about the problem of meth and a possible solution to get harsher sentencing.

The Caryville Civil War Council had a successful toy run.

Valley View Elementary maintained its Earth flag School status.

Jellico water system anticipated another water shortage

The Campbell County Lions Club completed vision screening for those without ability to get glasses and vision tests.

Contours Express hosted a Bingo for Breast Cancer event.

A Newcomb couple requested reimbursement from the Jellico Utility.

Ann N. and Jerry S. Massengill faced shooting charges.

Two Jacksboro firefighters are accused of arson.

Early voting attracts big turnout from locals.

Robert L. Foshee plead guilty in the boating accident that killed his daughter.

William Stagnolia was given prison time for cocaine related crimes.

The county commission hired an assistant and debated a sizable donation to the Children’s Center.

Stacey Hopson was indicted for abuse on her children.

Meth lab seizures continue, bringing the total to 26 labs found by LaFollette Police.

Bingo for Breast Cancer event draws a huge crowd. Survivors were honored during the event.

Betty Snodderly resigns from the Chamber of Commerce after 20 years.

A chamber pig roast event fundraiser raised over $10,000 for operations.

Cheerleading coach Jeremiah Tarwater plead guilty to statutory rape.

Suzanne West DuBois, the granddaughter of Grant LaFollette returned to LaFollette to see the origin of her roots.

The justice center got approval from commission to go ahead for now.

City of LaFollette took business owner Bob Andrews to court for ordinance violations.

Coats for the Cold prepared to give warmth to those in need.

A kick off breakfast held for the Boys and Girls Club. About $17,000 is raised during the fundraiser.

Shawna Henson sentenced to jail for numerous break-ins.

LaFollette Utility Board discussed the construction and equipment bids.

Billy Nathaniel Russell, 19, of Jacksboro was arrested for burglary.

Linn Hudson resigned as the LaFollette Press publisher.

Erica Buckert sought insanity defense for charges of child abuse and neglect from and incident where her 11-month-old had several broken bones.

November

The votes were in for the LaFollette City Council election and voters chose new leaders both as mayor and council. Mike Stanfield became the city’s new mayor, Joe Bolinger and Wayne Kitts were the newly elected councilmen and Hansford Hatmaker was reelected to another term as councilman.

The countywide initiative Coats for the Cold was a huge success with over 4,000 winter items donated to men, woman and children in need of jackets, hats and gloves. Event organizer Margaret Ayers was pleased with the large turnout and the public’s generosity.

Ballots cast on Tuesday show just how divided voters are when it came to liquor being available in their town. The mountainous community voted 327 in favor and 444 against the sale of liquor in Jellico. This was the second time the liquor referendum failed by the citizen’s vote.

Three years after the fatal shooting of Ken Bruce, the family is thankful for the community’s sincerity and compassion. Bruce’s widow remembered her husband with fondness and love and said, “We know what matters… That is the gift that comes through grief.”

Daniel Podstawka, 26, of LaFollette was arrested a week after his son was hospitalized with severe bleeding inside the skull. Police were notified the abuse, which had caused the five-month-old to be in critical care at Children’s Hospital.

Caryville Det. Stephanie Smith was assaulted while investigating a breaking and entering near her home. The perpetrator hit Smith on the back of the head and fled, taking her money and checkbook. Smith was treated for injuries.

Caryville election brought no changes for the town as Mayor Robert Stooksbury, Aldermen Joe Heatherly and Wade Lawson defeated their opponents and were re-elected. Aldermen Glen Smith and Chris Stanley ran unopposed for another term on the board.

Thirty-sixth district state representative candidate Chad Faulkner was declared the winner in the state race based on votes from Campbell and Union Counties. Democratic candidate Roger Byrge carried the votes in Campbell County but lost in the overall election to Faulkner.

Two people from Williamsburg, Ky., Linda G., 45, and Scotty M. Griffith, 39, were arrested for the alleged theft of checks and forgery when they attempted to cash a check at a local Jellico bank.

Despite a recent sentencing of six months in jail and more than nine years probation for multiple home invasions from April till May, Shawna Nashea Henson, 21, of LaFollette was arrested yet again for theft and forgery charges.

The well know community health servicing center REACHS changed its name to Community Health of East Tennessee. CEO Teresa Dabney said the name change reflects the organizations focus on healthcare.

In three months the Campbell County High School auto tech students rebuilt and restored a 1991 GTA Firebird. Three classes participated in building the engine, replacing the rear axel axle as well as electrical work. Auto tech teacher Dwayne Lee said he was very proud of the student’s hard work during the year.

Alleged assault charges for Sean Smith, 30, of LaFollette, were just the beginning of the charges when he was already wanted for another domestic incident.

Spray and Wash Car Wash features recycled water. Owner Jerry Sharp installed a complex water recycling system, which cleans and reuses the water in the car wash.

The county gave generous raises and donations. The K-Mart sale proceeds in the amount of $700,000, which was initially dedicated toward purchase of industrial property, was deducted by $200,000 as commissioners voted in favor of providing funding for the new construction of the Children’s Center facility. County Finance Director Jeff Marlow also appealed to the commission for a salary increase, saying he should be paid $85,000, the same amount as the principle at Campbell County High School.

Campbell County High School showed room for improvement, yet remained at risk. The yearly Tennessee Department of Education’s adequate yearly progress report shows the two county high schools were put on notice that improvements in student performances are necessary to avoid state imposed sanctions. According to federal programs director Dr. Karen Bundren English and writing assessments is what put the schools on the improvement category.

Campbell County agencies collaborated to raid Adult World. The establishment, was believed to be involved with illegal drug sales and nudity, according to Caryville officials who planned the raid and rallied support. Approximately 15 people were arrested out of the 47 patrons present during the raid.

Dry weather and possible arson contribute to wild fires. As fires rage around Campbell County for two weeks, the forestry department said fall leaves, dry weather and maybe arson are contributing factors. The worst among the fires burned through around 150 acres above IvyDell Church of God.

Amanda Kay Parker, 24, of LaFollette found herself back in jail weeks after pleading guilty in criminal court. Parker was charged with aggravated burglary and trespassing at a Jellico residence.

Michael Todd Huckaby, 29, of LaFollette faced third arrest on meth charges. The most recent arrest was due to a traffic stop where LaFollette Police found several components used in the manufacture of meth.

The investigation into an auto burglary led LaFollette Police to the discovery of a meth lab.

Campbell County native Scott Miller exceeded his goals in law enforcement with his most recent promotion as captain with the Kentucky State Police.

Campbell County Mayor William Baird’s decision to halt construction on the $7.2 million justice center prompted some people to speak out at the commission meeting. Paul Phillips with the attorney generals office for the eighth judicial district explained multiple problems with limited jail space including lesser jail terms for offenders and those with substance abuse issues back on the streets.

County Mayor William Baird’s opposition to the justice center construction was met with debate.  Baird stated the current jail and courthouse is adequate for the county despite the fact law enforcement and court personnel gravely disagree.

The Campbell County Sheriff’s Department makes arrest for promotion of methamphetamine. A tip on the drug hotline lead to the arrest of Jeffrey Michael Desotell, 23 and Jessica Desiree Desotell, 22, both of LaFollette.

With the approved water rate increase by Jellico Board of Mayor and Aldermen, Jellico Utility prepares a contract with Whitley County Water District in negotiating rate increases. In separate business, Jellico Utility agreed to reimburse a local Newcomb business for power failure in a three-phase system that caused temporary damage to business machinery.

Jacksboro planned for a downtown-paving project. The board accepted the only bid for the project, which included paving and striping.

Dr. Burgin Wood was honored during a reception at St. Mary’s for 50 years of dedicated service.

Jellico police made an arrest for several possession charges. Steven E. Mefford, 38, of Jellico was arrested after police discovered schedule II and schedule VI controlled substances.

The Jellico Police Department made another drug arrest after a traffic stop after police discovered a large amount of marijuana inside the vehicle. The stop also revealed a large stash of pills in the trunk of the vehicle. Adam Russell Foster, 18, of Greenup, Ky., was allegedly transferring the drug for resale according to Jellico police.

Veterans celebrated early at Elk Valley Elementary with a presentation by the American Legion Honor Guard post 154. Students and faculty took part in the ceremony honoring both veterans and those currently serving in the military.

The LaFollette Housing Authority reached an agreement with the Jellico Police Department concerning extra police protection at the Jellico Housing Authority.

Jellico Police Department hires female officer, diversifying the employees.

While commissioners at the finance meeting voted in favor of pay increases for Finance Director Jeff Marlow and Environmental Services Director Clifton Jones, the group sang a different tune during the monthly meeting when raises were revisited. Director of School Michael Martin advocated for Marlow, saying the raise was not an expenditure but rather an investment. Marlow was awarded a raise of $16,000 a year while Jones was denied a raise.

During a commission meeting, Pinecrest community citizen Rick Gillium criticized the sheriff’s department for the growing drug problem in his community. Sheriff Gary Perkins blamed Gillium for calling too much attention to the problem and ruining the investigation.

The Lighthouse Fellowship Church of God in Caryville planned for a Thanksgiving dinner for those less fortunate in the county.

Mayor-elect Mike Stanfield discussed plans for term and views on LaFollette government. Stanfield expressed his joy in winning the seat and his plans to straighten out the city of LaFollette.

Robert L. Foshee had his sentencing postponed until January for the death of his daughter Ginger Robbins in a boating accident 18 months earlier.

Frank Keathley, found guilty for possession of meth and possession of meth with intent to deliver, had his sentencing delayed pending an expanded drug screen.

Director of School Michael Martin addressed block scheduling at board of education meeting. Martin stated improving ACT and Gateway test scores was a priority.

Democratic candidate for State Representative Roger Byrge filed a suit, claiming 18th district representative Stacey Campfield defamed him in a blog during the election. The blog stated Byrge had been arrested for possession and drug dealing, according to the filing.

A brawl at local bar led to the arrest of Anthony David Herron, 31, of Jacksboro, for aggravated assault, robbery and theft. The victim refused to file charges until he learned the defendant had taken his wallet after the assault.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol and the LaFollette Police Department worked together on a mobile meth lab. Two people faced charges when a search of the vehicle showed several items used to manufacture meth.

The LaFollette City Council meeting was a farewell to Cliff Jennings as he prepared to relinquish the seat to mayor-elect Mike Stanfield.  New Councilmen Joe Bolinger and Wayne Kitts were introduced to the audience.

The robbery of a local man proved to have another accomplice when April Ann Harvey, 29, was arrested for her part in the crime.

Jacksboro Elementary School hosted a Korean teaching intern. The program allowed for Seung Il Seok to teach the students about his homeland and native tongue.

Mack Kennedy Jr. entered a guilty plea in the death of his 9-year-old stepdaughter Brittany Gardner.

The construction of a new justice center remains dead after County Mayor William Baird’s veto.

A shoplifter at Wal-Mart was arrested for possession of schedule II controlled substance when Jacksboro officers found several plastic baggies holding a white substance.

Amanda Kay Parker, 24, found herself back in jail on Veteran’s Day when she was again arrested for alleged theft of property.

Stephanie Holder was ordered to serve the remainder of her sentence for robbery and facilitating a kidnapping behind bars.

Jellico Elementary School students completed a drug awareness program. Students wrote letters to underclassman explaining the dangers of drugs.

Caryville resident Ronnie Daugherty led a crusade against meth, asking lawmakers for harsher sentencing for meth crimes. Daugherty has asked each municipality to draft a letter to the state requesting harsher punishments for meth users and manufacturers.

Food pantry shelves at Food Life Services were full thanks to the help of employees at Terry’s Pharmacy.

The family of Jayne Lynn Terry Love continued to grieve as the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department continues the death investigation.

Jellico High School is eligible for $500,000 in federal grants.

Caryville’s Lighthouse Fellowship Church of God planned a dinner for the needy.

Shortly after being reelected to the Caryville Board of Mayor and Aldermen, Joe Heatherly died due to complications with his long-time battle with cancer.

A traffic stop led LaFollette Police to chase and later arrest Jesse James Ballard, 24, of LaFollette He was charged with assault on a police officer.

The Campbell County Boys and Girls Club have officially announced their merger with the Boys and Girls Club of the Cumberland Plateau.

The armed standoff between police and Denzil Russ Partin, which led to a civil rights suit, was denied based on a lower court’s decision.

December

A dispute, believed to be over a woman, ends with gunshot and the death of one man.

Missionaries stranded in Thailand due to political upheaval made plans to return home to Campbell County.

LaFollette Council reappoints all department heads at the first meeting with Mayor Mike Stanfield and new councilmen.

The LaFollette Council debated a nepotism policy. Councilman Hansford Hatmaker claimed the city should do away with the policy or start following it.

The Caryville Civil War Council (CCWC) geared up for the holidays with donations.

The county planning commission revisited zoning codes.

Jacksboro Police raised money for Christmas giveaway program Shop with a Cop.

Operation Christmas Child collected approximately 1,080 shoeboxes in 2008 despite economic uncertainties.

A positive drug screening for Frank Keathley meant he was sent back to jail until his next court date in January. Keathley faced a minimum eight years for drug convictions.

LaFollette elected officials take oath of office.

Local missionaries were safely home from Thailand and making plans for another missionary trip.

County Mayor William Baird made his intentions known to the public about his interest in a state position.

Months after being convicted of murdering Jonathan Pierce, Miranda Kirby still claimed her innocence.

Michael T. Huckaby, of LaFollette faces 11 narcotics charges following an indictment by the grand jury.

The investigation of a roadside assault led LaFollette police to the discovery of a meth lab. Kenneth Sccott Hatmaker, 24, of LaFollette was charged with both assault and manufacturing meth.

Rodney Brooks was indicted for attempted second-degree murder for the shooting of his girlfriend’s son.

The grand jury indicted Jerry S. and Ann N. Massengill on four counts of attempted murder when they endangered the lives of three juveniles and an adult by shooting into a vehicle.

The Campbell County Sheriff’s Department arrests two people for the death of Jayne Lynn Terry Love, which police are calling a homicide.

Russell Leon Pack, 37 and Phillip M. Pack, 23 both face charges of second degree murder.

Director of Schools planned to implement block scheduling at Campbell County High School.

The commission continues to debate justice center construction.

Faithway Assembly in LaFollette hosted the Toys from Heaven event and supplies over 100 children with toys for Christmas.

A teacher is suspended with pay from Jellico High School pending an internal investigation. School board officials say little to clarify the situation except that the allegations do not pertain to inappropriate behavior with a student.

A traffic stop led the Jacksboro Police Department to the seizure of meth.

Dustin Ward, 23, was arrested by the TWRA in the Royal Blue Wildlife Management area when an agent discovered a white powder substance inside a light bulb and a straw.

Eric D. Partin, 23, from Clairfield, died in a fetal car crash.

After a boy died when he was hit by a vehicle while riding a bike, the family sued asking for $3.5 million in damages.

Allen Dewayne Cordell 24 of LaFollette, and Elizabeth Paige Douthat 18 of Kingsport, were charged with felony theft over $10,000, forgery, and identity theft.

LaFollette High School graduates planned Best of Times 2010 event.

Commissioner Melvin Boshears introduced a motion to take away a salary increase for finance director.

Four men netted aggravated burglary and kidnapping charges.

Habitat for Humanity provided 24th home for a Campbell County family.

A family sued the board of education for $700,000 after their son hurt his finger on heavy door. The family claimed the school faculty was negligent.

School officials gather to celebrate Gateway scores.

Charles Robert Smith, 38, of Williamsburg was arrested in Pulaski County after several months of being wanted in Jellico for fleeing police and leading multiple agencies on a high-speed chase.

Bruce Thomas Bradley, 54, faced attempted first-degree murder charges for shooting his girlfriend’s son. The sheriff’s department detectives wait for more information to determine motive.

The Shop with a Cop event turned 10. The event was the best year ever for community support and the gifts for those in need.

Caryville Civil War Council gave gifts to those in need.

LaFollette Library Director and Council discuss plans to build new library building.