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  • Rucker says 'not guilty' of charges

    Entering a not guilty plea on Monday, one time LaFollette Police Officer Tony Rucker made his initial appearance in criminal court.

    In December 2010, Rucker was indicted by a Campbell County Grand Jury for two counts of official misconduct, bribing a witness and filing a false report.

    The indictment came after the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation looked into allegations Rucker had broken the law while on duty. After being indicted Rucker turned himself into authorities and was later released on a $10,000 bond.

  • Director search committee holds first meeting

     

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  • Board makes policy change; discusses prayer before meetings

     

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  • Ayers allegedly leads officers on chase

     

    Charles Ayers gave officers a run for their money last Tuesday and caused injury to one in the process.

    LaFollette Police Officer Matthew Sandefur was patrolling in Village Apartments when he allegedly spotted Ayers, 26, who was reported as homeless, in the complex despite the fact he is not allowed to be on the property.

    According to Sandefur’s report, when he made contact with Ayers he presented as very nervous and had slurred speech and bloodshot eyes. 

  • Woman fights off police

    The property owners told Natasha Sierra Bright to leave several times before calling the police for help.

    But Bright refused to leave for the property owners and put up a fight with Caryville police. The homeowners met the police outside, saying Bright was in their house and they wanted her removed, according to the report.

    “They had asked the defendant to leave several times before calling dispatch,” said officer Ben Marlow.

  • Store clerk reports suspicious activity

    The store clerk at the Pilot Travel Center in Caryville noticed when a woman walked out wearing a pair of sunglasses on her head the tags were still attached.

    The clerk told Caryville Police Sgt. Freddy Walker that she was watching a possible shoplifter, according to the report.

    “The two suspects were found to be acting in a suspicious manner,” said Walker.

  • Jellico heats things up with chili cook-off

    Hot chili sounds good on these cold days.

    And Jellico is getting ready to serve up some hot plates with the Mayor’s Chilly Best Cook-Off being held for the first time.

    On Jan. 22, at Veterans Park, the public is invited to cook up their best chili and have it judged. Participants can register at city hall prior to the event.

  • Humane Society receives money for spay and neuter program

    Local animal clinics say the Campbell County Humane Society spay and neuter program is helpful for residences.

    A Wal-Mart grant for $1,000 was awarded to the Humane Society in December. The money provides $50 for cats and $75 for dogs less than 40 pounds to be spayed/ neutered.

    “The money from Wal-Mart goes to help Campbell County residents spay and neuter their pets,” said Humane Society Vice President and grant writer Darlene Boyd.

  • Caryville residence turned into meth house

    It was a family home where kids played, but now it sits vacant with quarantine signs posted.

    David S. McKinney was arrested from 207 Hollow Lane in August when methamphetamine components were found in an outbuilding. After his arrest, McKinney allegedly moved the operation inside. That’s when the house was quarantined, and McKinney arrested for the second time.

    Still there remained anonymous tips of suspicious activity at the Caryville residence leading Lt. Stephanie Smith to keep watch over the property.

  • Freezing weather depletes resources

    So much snow, not enough hours in the day to clear it.

    That’s what several road department directors are saying after two days of non-stop work.

    LaFollette Street Department crews started clearing roads at 5 a.m. Monday. The next day they continued their efforts touching up rough spots as the snow continued to fall.

    “By this afternoon the streets should be in good condition,” said LaFollette Street Department Director Jim Mullens on Tuesday.