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  • Rains arrested on theft charges

    A trip to a local retail store ended with a trip to jail for Stephanie Ann Rains.

    On April 16, Jacksboro Officer Josh Carroll was called to an area retail store where an employee notice Rains allegedly concealing merchandise and attempting to leave the store without paying for the merchandise, according to Carroll’s report. The merchandise has a value of $223.19.  Also found on Rains were three round white pills believed to be schedule II.

  • Pair arrested on multiple charges

    A call from a concerned business owner led to the arrest of two people on Saturday.

    An employee at a downtown LaFollette business contacted authorities after observing a woman that appeared to be intoxicated holding a child. When Sgt. Jason Marlow arrived on the scene he learned the woman and a man had left the area in a maroon Ford Crown Victoria.

  • Mullins arrested on possession charges

  • Domestic disturbance leads to meth lab discovery

    What started as an investigation into a domestic dispute led to the discovery of a meth lab on Sunday.

    LaFollette Police Officer Brian Tiller went to a Sunshine Circle address at around 11:30 p.m. to inquire about an argument that had occurred less than an hour earlier.

    Records indicate while at the door Tiller allegedly noticed the strong odor of ammonia coming from inside the residence. When Robert E. Penrose, 46, of 113A Sunshine Circle, answered the door the odor intensified, according to Tiller’s report.

  • Job training on wheels; Career Coach comes to CCHS

    Sometimes the mountain truly does come to Mohammad.

    And in today’s society the mountain comes equipped with 10 laptops, a satellite and burns gas.

    It can also assist those searching for a job assess their interests, learn to write a resume and brush up on their interview skills.

    On Monday, that was the scenario at Campbell County High School when the Career Coach was parked and open for business.

  • Deputies come to aid of trapped couple

    A couple narrowly escaped being swept away by swift waters on Catula Road in the early hours of Saturday morning.

    Campbell County Sheriff’s Deputies Shane Wolfenbarger and Joe Marlow were the first to arrive on the scene after the call came in to the 911 dispatch center.

  • Commission changes procedure for hearing from the public

    After a great deal of debate commissioners voted to change the way they do business at Monday night's meeting.

    Historically citizens have been allowed to address the commission at workshop and regular monthly sessions, but drawing from the operating procedures of another commission County Mayor William Baird suggested the group make some changes to its meeting agenda.

    One of the proposed changes would allow citizens time during the workshop only to speak to the commission and would limit each address to three minutes.

  • Cash and vehicle seized in drug related incident

    Napping in the parking lot of the Dollar General Store earned Robyn Loudon a weekend trip to jail.

    Campbell County Sheriff’s Department Deputy John Wallen dicovered Loudon allegedly passed out at the wheel of her vehicle. When questioned she denied drinking and said she had taken no prescription drugs in the last 24 hours.

  • Meth lab discovered across from LPD

    Having an outstanding warrant and allegedly cooking meth in an apartment across the street from the LaFollette Police Department proved to be costly for Patrick Chitwood.

    Last Wednesday Sgt. Bill Owens went to the an apartment located at 204 South Tennessee Avenue to arrest Chitwood, 31, of 6273 Stoney Fork Road, on an outstanding warrant for violation of probation.

  • Demolition of dilapidated homes underway

    Earlier this year a number of homes in the LaFollette city limits were determined to be uninhabitable. Now the city is doing something about it.

    According to Jim Mullens, public works director, work began last Monday on the demolition of approximately 25 structures in the area.

    While Mullens' department is providing the manpower for the project the city council voted in favor of allowing the city to foot the bill for the rental of the excavator needed to take down the dilapidated houses.