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  • Two arrested in handgun heist

    Reports of a stolen handgun ended with the arrest of two people.

    LaFollette Police Officer Charles Duff was on patrol when he was dispatched to the lobby of the police department on Oct. 5 to investigate allegations a gun had been stolen.

  • Water tank and raw wells project nears completion

     As the water tank and raw wells project nears completion, Jellico Electric and Water System has some final hurdles to jump.

    “We’re in the final stages of finishing up the project,” utility board member Les Stiers said at the Jellico Electric and Water System meeting Tuesday night.

    During the project, contracted to Allen Cozy of Cozy Excavating, there was some soil erosion and some roads put in the wrong places. This has caused problems for three property owners.

  • Pair arrested on drug charges in Jellico

    Sleeping in the car at a gas station scored two people trips to jail last week.

    On Oct. 6 Jellico Police Officer Joe Hopson responded to reports of two people allegedly passed out inside a car at the gas pumps at the Rocky Top Shell.

    When Hopson arrived at the scene he reported making multiple attempts to awaken the car’s occupants before successfully doing so.

  • Caryville hires new police officer

     The Caryville Board of Mayor and Aldermen hired a new police officer at the October meeting Monday night.

    Last month the board decided to advertise for a position in the police department after officer Thomas Gentry left. The department received 23 applications and conducted six interviews to fill the position. Monday night, on Chief Johnny Jones’ recommendation, the board approved hiring officer Albert Kidwell.

  • K-9 aids in catching suspect

    K-9 Officer Dano showed his skills when he aided in stopping a fleeing suspect.

    Michael Ryan Bruce, 33, of 262 Bill Brown Lane, was served with an order of protection on Oct. 10. According to Campbell County Sheriff’s Department reports, Bruce allegedly disregarded the order and went to the residence he was barred from a short time later. Bruce allegedly started beating on the back door.

  • Being proactive can make a difference

    With the onset of October pink ribbons can be seen everywhere.

    The ribbons are a reminder that it is breast cancer awareness month. A reminder that one in every eight women is affected by the disease that can not only attack a body it can attack the essence of femininity.

    And while those are the grim realties of the silent disease, there is a much more more optimistic side.

  • Domestic call leads to drug charges

    A domestic disturbance led to meth charges for a Jacksboro man last week.

    On Oct. 5 LaFollette Police Officers Charles Duff, Brian Tiller and Police Chief Jimmy Jeffries were dispatched to East Fir Street on reports of an escalating domestic situation.

    At the scene Clyde Dwane Turner, 43, of 641 Elkins Road, was allegedly outside a residence arguing with a female who had an active restraining order against him.

  • Federal indictment issued for Osborne

    A man who caused the evacuation of a neighborhood in August has since been indicted by a federal grand jury.

    Randel Lynn Osborne was indicted on the sole count of possessing stolen explosives. This included commercial blasting caps and blasting wire, according to federal court records. At the time, Osborne told police he intended to remove tree stumps from his property on 445 Miller Fork Lane with the explosives.

  • Cox arrested for evading officers

    Officers got a little more than they bargained for when they stopped to investigate a suspicious vehicle.

    On Oct. 4 LaFollette Police Officer Joshua Hill noticed a car sitting in the parking lot of Terry’s Pharmacy with three men standing around it at around 9:45 p.m.

    The group allegedly reported they were talking when one of them had walked up to ask for a ride.

    Records indicate Hill took the names of the males including Alberto W. Cox, 22, of 212 Giles Lane, who allegedly told the officer his name was Albert Wilkins.

  • October Indictments

    The following indictments were returned last week by the Campbell County Grand Jury:

    Stacy I. Paul – two counts promotion meth manufacture

    Kennifer Wilson Smith and Mark Anthony Smith – sale of schedule II in drug free zone, delivery of schedule II in drug free zone, felony evading arrest, two counts aggravated assault, felony possession drug paraphernalia (Kennifer Wilson Smith), mitigates criminal littering (Kennifer).