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  • Secretary of State visits Campbell County

    With visits throughout the county, Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett was given a warm welcome at the LaFollette Public Library Tuesday morning.

    In the midst of LaFollette’s woes over building a new library facility, Hargett seemed to spread hope to personnel during his visit.

    “I am a cheerleader for rural libraries,” said Hargett. “At rural libraries its not just the place to check out books anymore, its so much more.”

  • Wilson headed to prison following plea

    When Randy Alan Wilson came to court on Monday he was a free man. However, by noon he was a convicted felon with an eight-year prison sentence in front of him.

  • Mother receives 10 years for her role in abuse

    Opting to face a judge instead of a jury, Michelle Anna Mae Douglas plead guilty on Monday to allowing her child to be abused.

    Dressed in electric pink jail garb, Douglas stood before Criminal Court Judge Shayne Sexton and admitted her role in the abuse of her son, Peyton Douglas.

    The child was only 17 months old when officials discovered him badly bruised, burned and beaten, previous testimony indicated.

    He also had a broken arm.

  • Halloween will be celebrated on Saturday in Campbell County

    Those looking for bags of candy or just a fun night out can find it around town on Saturday.

    Every municipality has changed trick or treat times to Saturday, since Halloween falls on a Sunday. Making the evening more convenient for locals, all trick or treating will be held on the same day as many church and city events.

    Halloween will be celebrated on the streets of Caryville, Jellico and Jacksboro from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday. Campbell County and LaFollette neighborhoods will have trick or treating at the same time.

  • Trombley given probation for cemetery thefts

    Less than a month after being arrested on 50 criminal charges, Shane Alan Trombley pled guilty to a multitude of the charges.

    On Monday, he appeared in Campbell County Criminal Court to enter the plea and be sentenced. Trombley plead guilty to seven charges including three counts of desecrating a venerated object.

  • Wanted felon to spend 90 days in CC jail

     Before a man wanted in Colorado, North Carolina and Nebraska can be returned there, he has to spend some time in the Campbell County jail.

    Hiep Xuan Le was sentenced to 90 days by Criminal Court Judge Shayne Sexton for failing to register as a sex offender. At the Monday hearing, Le, through an interpreter, agreed he had failed to register after moving to Tennessee in June 2008.

    Since June 2009, Le had been working at an area nail salon.

  • Botts sentenced for 2002 crimes

    Answering for crimes he committed eight years ago, James Anthony Botts was sentenced to jail on Monday.

    In the summer of 2002, Botts attempted to force himself on a girl who was younger than 13 years old at the time, according to court records.

    As he entered the plea, the victim sat in the courtroom red-faced, obviously fighting tears. Originally charged with sexual battery and indecent exposure, those were the crimes, Botts plead guilty to.

  • Jellico Board attempts several motions at last meeting

    The last meeting for the Jellico Board of Mayor and Aldermen before the election was partially attended. With only two aldermen absent, the town board conducted business.

    Mayor Forster Baird provided an update on the Taylor Machine Building. A lease agreement has been signed, said Baird. Though state permits have not been issued the board was in agreement about moving forward.

    Aldermen Alvin Evans said an additional acre of land in the Jellico Industrial Park would be purchased for $10,000 pending the approval of permits.

  • Cemetery tour tells stories of broken and soaring monuments

    Local history was brought to life last Thursday.  Gathering in the Douglas Cemetery in LaFollette, a large audience learned about the people who made LaFollette great.

    Civil War reenactors told their stories, intermingling descriptions of the city when it was known as Big Creek Gap.

    Dressed in Union Army garb, Mike Sanders told the story of Thomas Rutherford who escaped from the Rebels in 1862 only to die in battle two years later. Sanders raised his voice above a passing train as he explained the dangerous process of loading black powder into his musket.

  • Public Records Oct. 28

     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

    Oct. 18- Oct. 22

     

    Robert Johnston to Whitney N. Wilson and Toby L. Wilson, Dist. 3, $79,900.

    David K. Zornes and Brenda J. Zornes to Nicholas M. Polazkowyj and Jessica B. Polazkowyj, Dist. 2, $262,000.