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  • Sheckles answers questions at committee meeting

    Furor within the ambulance service over the policies implemented by its director continued to hold EMS committee members’ attention last Thursday evening.

    During a Nov. 30 meeting County Mayor William Baird found himself on the hot seat concerning Danny Sheckles’ management of the service and its employees.

    At that meeting Baird, who serves as Sheckles’ direct supervisor, admitted to having limited information regarding the daily operation of the ambulance service as he tried to field questions for an absent Sheckles.

  • Public Records Dec. 16

     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

    Dec. 6 – Dec. 10

     

     Gretchen O. Eldridge and Angela D. Adkins to Bettye E. Wilson, Dist. 1, $116,900.

    Cynthia J. Crawford, Cynthia Jeffrey and Loel H. Crawford to Rebecca Holmes Revocable Trust, Dist. 2, $480,000.

  • Suspect in child rape case caught

    After nearly five months of investigation local authorities were able to make an arrest in a child rape case.

    According to Campbell County Sheriff’s Department Detective Jason Henegar, he began building his case against Marco De La Cruz, 20, of 106 Magnolia Drive, in July when he was a detective with the LaFollette Police Department.

    Henegar said De La Cruz had allegedly developed a relationship with his 12-year-old victim through text messaging.

  • Recording lays out police hire

    The nephew of LaFollette City Councilman Joe Bolinger has joined the ranks of the city’s police force  following  a meeting in which city officials indicated a pending lawsuit would go away if a job was provided.

  • Police go undercover to investigate underage beer sales

    Three establishments received citations for selling alcohol to a minor following an undercover investigation by the Caryville Police Department.

    On Dec. 9, Caryville Police Chief Johnny Jones and Lt. Stephanie Smith accompanied a confidential informant to gas stations and businesses at exits 141 and 134. The purpose of the undercover operation was to ensure these establishments were not selling alcohol to underage people, said Smith.

  • New police department hire has lawsuit against city and former employer

    The newest part-time employee at the LaFollette Police Department has a lawsuit pending against the city as well as his previous employer.

    Brian Tiller was not hired last year when he applied for a patrol position in the police department; he claims the city’s refusal to hire him was based on his disabilities. Court records indicate Tiller suffers from health issues ranging from muscular weakness to skeletal problems.

    Tiller filed a lawsuit last December, claiming the city was discriminatory when it refused to hire him on Aug. 5, 2009.

  • Grand jury indicts ex- police officer

    On Monday afternoon, former LaFollette Police Officer Tony Rucker witnessed the jail book in procedure from a new vantage point.

    He was the one under arrest.

    On Friday, a Campbell County Grand Jury returned a four count sealed indictment against the one time officer.

    Within the indictment, Rucker is charged with 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.

  • Coat drive offers warmth in time for snow

    The Jellico Coat Drive came just in time for the cold weather.

    Leaving town hall on Friday wearing layers of warm jackets and carrying a bag full of coats for family members, many Jellico citizens were prepared for the dip in temperature.

    If someone came to get a jacket for their brother, they left with two for everyone in their family. Some coats were in such good condition, people questioned if they were really free.

  • Pack hit with drug charges

    With the ink on his second-degree murder acquittal barely dry, Russell Pack was arrested Monday night.

    In November, Pack walked away a free man after a jury said he had played no part in the 2008 death of Jayne Love.

    But with a sealed indictment for multiple narcotics crimes, Detective John Long of the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department, arrested Pack at a Jacksboro home on Monday night.

  • Grand Jury Indictments - Dec. 9

     The following indictments were returned Dec. 6.

    •Jonathan R. Tackett- FTA.

    •Karen Bundren and Michael Martin- theft over $1,000, two counts official misconduct, two counts forgery, two counts tampering w/government records, two counts falsifying of educational and academic records.

    •Donny Burris- aggravated assault, three counts reckless endangerment.

    •Freddie Violet- theft over $1,000.

    •Freddie Violet- theft over $500.

    •Jacent Jones- theft over $500.