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  • Hopson training to be a K-9 handler for Jellico PD

     The Jellico Police Department plans to combat the drug problem by training a K-9 officer.

    One in five cars on Interstate 75 is involved in some kind of illegal drug activity, said Jellico Mayor Les Stiers. Jellico plans to combat this problem with a new K-9 unit.

  • Animal shelter case goes to court today

    The Campbell County Animal Shelter is going to the dogs in its decision making department. Or at least that is the claim of a Jacksboro man. And today a jury will decide if he is right.

    On June 28, 2007 J. Timothy Bobo and Curtis W. Isabell filed a complaint in circuit court on behalf of their client Anthony Roberts.

    According to the filing, in October 2006 employees of the animal shelter confiscated an Olde English Bulldog owned by Roberts from the home of Jerome Love.

    The attorneys maintain Roberts had leased the dog to Love for stud services.

  • Charges stack up against Davis

    It didn’t take long for Jeffery Davis to rack up a string of charges last week.

    Early Friday morning Campbell County Sheriff’s Deputy Joe Marlow went to Wooldrige Pike in Jellico and found Davis, 29, of 121 Falls Branch Lane, Jellico standing on the porch.

    When Davis became aware of Marlow’s arrival he allegedly ran from the residence cause a foot pursuit though Douglas Cemetery and a wooded area where he allegedly threw a bottle of pills.

  • Coalition receives grant monies

    Plans for the annual Louie Bluie festival are humming along. And now funding the Oct. 1 event will be a little easier too.

    Last week the offices of Senator Ken Yager and Representative Dennis Powers announced the Campbell Culture Coalition will receive an $8,600 arts grant.

    According to Jo Anne Myers, chairperson of the CCC board of directors, the matching grant will go a long way toward helping pay performers for the festival.

  • CCHS renovations off to a good start

    Campbell County High School students may be taking a break from the books this summer. But activity at the school is still in high gear.

    Before classes were dismissed for the summer a number of projects began to improve both the appearance and functionality of the 35 –year- old school.

    When complaints of cold classrooms began to surface during the winter months upgrading the aging heating and air system became a top priority for board member.

  • LaFollette man drowns at White Bridge Park

    Just after 5p.m. crews with the LaFollette Rescue Squad recovered the body of a man who had disappeared in the waters of Norris Lake.
    Kim Woods, 46, of LaFollette, was floating on a raft when he fell off it, slipping beneath the surface, according to Campbell County Sheriff's Department Chief Deputy Jonathan Finley.
    Alcohol and drugs weren't a part of the accident, Finley said.
    For more details on this story see next week's edition of the LaFollette Press.

  • Jury hands down verdict in Ward case

    At the end of a former sheriff's deputy's trial that began on Wednesday morning a jury reached its decision.

    On Thursday afternoon Daniel Ward learned he had been convicted of 10 counts of aggravated sexual battery. He was immediately taken to custody. Ward's sentencing will be done at a later date.

  • Public Records

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as or similar to other members of the community.



    Campbell County Property Transfers

    June 13- June 20


    Union Bank to John Day, Dist. 5, $50,000.

    Calvin J. Ward to Joshua R. Owsley, Dist. 3, $85,000.

    Frederick A. Rushlow to Leland Taylor and Patty Taylor, Dist. 3, $120,000.

  • Ward trial underway

    The trial of a former Campbell County Deputy is underway.

    Daniel Ward is facing 10 counts of aggravated sexual battery, two counts of attempted sexual battery, two counts of attempted sexual battery by an authority figure and two counts of sexual battery.
    The case has run the legal gamut to date.

    From nearly accepting a plea to being placed in jail because his attorney wasn’t prepared for trial, Ward’s case has lingered in the judicial system.

    But on Wednesday the proceedings began.

  • Couple sues for nearly half a million after dog bite

    It’s been less than two weeks since Gora Watts was allegedly attacked by Elko, the Knoxville City Police K-9 officer.

    But $450,000 worth of litigation is already pending in the case.

    Just days after the incident which resulted in the Belgian Malinois being shot and killed by Campbell County Animal Control Officer Otis Poore, attorney David Dunaway filed a complaint in circuit court on behalf of Gora Watts and her husband Fred Watts naming the city of Knoxville and Johnathan and Mandy Chadwell as defendants.