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  • Icicles lined the halls at Jacksboro Middle

    Suspense had been building for students at Jacksboro Middle School. They anticipated snowfall last week. Daily announcements told students to dress warmly on Oct. 7 because it was going to be cold.

    And it was cold as faculty and staff turned down their thermostats for the secret snow day in connection with Read for the Record, a national campaign to promote reading.

  • Grand jury returns indictments

    The following indictments were returned Oct. 8 and set for arraignment on Oct. 25 at 8:30 a.m.:

    •Bobby C. Hamblin- attempted second degree murder, aggravated assault, burglary.

    •Cody Shane Bolton- two counts rape of a child, aggravated sexual battery.

    •Larry Wayne Thacker- aggravated assault, assault.

    •Carl R. Brown Jr.- theft under $500.

    •Christopher Hamblin- DUI, DOR, speeding, violation of implied consent, financial responsibility, registration violation, open container.

  • Resignation follows allegations

    The devil is in the details.

    And it was in those details that Karen Bundren met her Waterloo last week.

    Questions regarding the authenticity of the federal programs director’s credentials sparked a closer look at transcripts from the University of Tennessee, according to Jeff Marlow, county finance director.

  • Board carries on business as usual

    Tuesday evening Board members wasted little time moving past the sudden departure of Dr. Michael Martin last week.

    At the group’s regularly scheduled meeting chairman Mike Orick kicked off the meeting by reading a prepared statement addressing the resignation of Martin and Karen Bundren.

    In his comments Orick said the board would refrain from comment and would not entertain questions about the situation based on the advice of board attorney Dail Cantrell.

  • Nephew facing murder after uncle starves to death

    A man believed to have starved his uncle to death has been charged with murder.

    John Lowe,40, 455 Meredith Road, Caryville, was indicted for felony murder, second-degree murder, gross negligence of an impaired adult and theft over $10,000 on Friday.

    On Monday he was arrested at his home, said Campbell County Sheriff’s Detective Brandon Elkins.

  • Robbery creates havoc at local pharmacy

    Flashing lights from a fleet of law enforcement and emergency vehicles lit up the rainy afternoon on Tuesday.

    The congregation of police at Walgreens on Jacksboro Pike and the surrounding area was caused by a robbery and bomb threat where the suspect remained at large after fleeing the scene on foot.

    According to reports from the LaFollette Police Department, officers responded to a call of an armed robbery at the pharmacy.

  • Jacksboro meeting brings about questions

    What is usually a straightforward meeting turned out to be a question and answer session at Jacksboro last week.

  • Jacksboro fire department requests items

    Firemen respond when people need help.

    But the Jacksboro Fire Department is the one asking for help.

    Last Thursday auxiliary firemen Chris Wallen presented the board of mayor and aldermen with a two-page list of items the fire department needs.

    The list consisted of 146 items.

  • Elderly man beaten Saturday

    Jellico Police Department arrested two suspects over the weekend after an elderly man was severely beaten and stabbed in a parking lot.

    At 6:19 a.m. on Oct. 9 Jellico Police Chief Chris Anderson responded to the parking lot of Bakers Street where two people were allegedly seen beating an elderly man, said Anderson.

    The victim, 61, was found lying on the ground severely beaten with two stab wounds to the lower part of his body and leg, said Anderson.

  • Questions continue regarding director of schools resignation

    Last week Dr. Michael Martin, director of Campbell County schools abruptly resigned from his position. Since that time many questions have begun to surface about practices he and Dr. Karen Bundren, director of federal programs, employed regarding construction contracts.

    For more information see the Oct. 14 edition of the LaFollette Press.