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  • LPD makes multiple arrests

    Officers kept busy with drug arrests and an alleged robbery last week.

    On Dec. 14, LaFollette Police Officer Dustin Parrott came in contact with Jennifer Williams, 29, of 113 Sunshine Circle, on N. 15th Street, at around 12:30 a.m. When Parrott checked Williams for outstanding warrants he discovered she had several in Anderson County.

  • Hatfield wanted by LPD and CCSD

    After a high-speed chase more than a week ago Dustin Hatfield is still on the lam.

    On Dec. 14 at around 7 a.m. LaFollette Police Officer Jason Marlow stopped Hatfield, 25, of 6193 Highway 90, Clairfield, at the Big Creek Market for driving with his high beam lights on.

    During the traffic stop Hatfield accelerated onto S. Tennessee Ave and failed to stop at the stop sign at Beech Street. Records indicate Hatfield continued on failing to stop at red lights on E. Central Ave. and Indiana Ave. before turning onto Highway 25W.

  • CCSD makes drug arrests

    Officers with the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department kept busy making drug related arrests last week.

    On Dec. 11 Deputy Brian Nelson was dispatched to Melvin Hollow Road in the Stinking area to investigate reports of a suspicious person on private property. Nelson allegedly found Robert C. Birgholtz, 29, of 139 Brennan Lane, asleep just off the roadway.  Upon contact with Birgholtz, Nelson reported smelling a strong odor of marijuana. A pipe with what Nelson believed to be marijuana residue was also found in Birgholtz possession, records indicate.

  • Domestic dispute at Rocky Top ends in police chase

     Last Thursday, Jacksboro and Caryville police officers went to the Rocky Top Shell station in Caryville in response to a domestic dispute. They ended up chasing the suspect.

  • Alleged shoplifter tased at jail

     Saturday night, Jacksboro Police Officer Zachary Graves went to Wal-Mart in response to a shoplifter.

  • Objections begin workshop on a negative note

     The atmosphere at LaFollette’s workshop started out tense when councilmember Hansford Hatmaker didn’t want to hear county emergency management director Jay Muncy’s presentation about “Code Red.” Hatmaker’s objection was the proposal being presented contained a five-year contract term.

  • The story of the year for 2011

     Earlier this month the LaFollette Press posed a question to readers- “What story had you talking this year?”

    When the votes were tallied, it was nearly a unanimous decision.

    Wanda Cieslak and the death of her newborn son was the headline that grabbed everyone’s attention not letting go.

    This was a story that broke hearts and enraged people simultaneously.

  • Jellico leaders sign agreement with Montclair

     Last Thursday, the Jellico Board of Mayor and Aldermen signed an agreement to extend Montclair Technologies’ lease on the Taylor Machine Shop building until March 1, 2012.

    There will be no extensions to this agreement, Mayor Les Stiers said.

  • City agrees to settle with Mongar

      For more than two years Darrell Mongar's suit against the city of LaFollette has waded through the necessary legal channels. But on Monday evening, despite Councilman Hansford Hatmaker's best efforts to put off a vote his colleagues said yes to a resolution.

    In September 2009 David Dunaway filed a $100,000 lawsuit in circuit court on Mongar's behalf. The filing alleged the LaFollette City Council passed on hiring him for a position with the LaFollette Police Department based on his age and handicap.

  • Commission puts off filling vacancy

    Monday’s commission meeting marked the last of 2011. But when the group reconvenes in the new year they will be facing an old issue.

    When third district Commissioner Melvin Boshears announced in the November meeting he would be vacating his seat effective Dec. 1 it sparked a winding debate among the remaining commissioners about how the veteran commissioner would be replaced.