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  • Dynamite found in LaFollette home

    Domestic calls for police are dime a dozen. However, one that involves 600 pounds of dynamite doesn’t happen everyday.

    That was the situation police found themselves in last Thursday evening when they arrived at 445 Miller Fork Lane in LaFollette.

  • Public Records Aug. 18, 2011

     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

      Aug 8 – Aug 12

    Loretta Lawson Day to Harrison Marlow,  Dist. 3, $100,000.

    Jackie E. West and Tammy West to Margaret Evans, Dist. 3, $4200.

    Harrison Marlow to Danny Walden and Alice Walden, Dist. 3, $10,000.

    Danny Blankenship and Melody Blankenship to Danny Muse, Dist. 3, $15,000.

  • FBI investigating dynamite at area home

    Randall Osborne of  445 Miller Forks Lane, LaFollette has been arrested and could be facing federal charges, according to CC Sheriff Robbie Goins.

    Last night the department responded to a domestic disturbance call at the home. Once Osborne was arrested his wife alerted the police to the dynamite.

    After a quick investigation the decision was made to call in the Knox County Bomb Squad, said Goins.

  • Tourism is big business for county

    Tennessee Department of Tourism Commissioner Susan Whitaker’s upcoming visit to Campbell County is a step forward in developing the tourism potential here. 

     Whitaker will be here Sept. 9, to tour the county with chamber of commerce, county, city and state officials.

     Her visit comes just weeks after the Campbell County Commission adopted rules making the county an “Adventure Tourism District,” and opening up opportunities for state assistance in marketing and tax relief for creating related businesses.

  • Stand-off ends with arrest

    A domestic situation escalated into something far more serious Tuesday afternoon.

    According to Chief Deputy Jonathan Finley, Calvin J. Geddings, 43, of 637 Luther Seiber Boulevard, Apt. 5, became involved in an argument with his girlfriend. During the course of the altercation Geddings reportedly fired a shot from a .22 caliber revolver.

    Finley stated after the gun was fired Geddings’ girlfriend fled the apartment with a four-year-old child and called authorities while in route to safety at a relative’s home.

  • Campbell County homeschoolers find support in groups

       

     

    By PETER SAWYER

    psawyer@lafollettepress.com

     

    As many students in Campbell County scramble to buy pencils and notebooks for the upcoming school year, not all are preparing to learn in a classroom setting.

    Home schooling is an option some parents choose for their children. Many home school families in Campbell County have chosen to find support in groups such as Eternal Praise in Christ, or Learning is Fun Every Day.

  • Board discusses cell phone use and dress code for high schools

    Board members kicked of their regular monthly meeting Tuesday night with a discussion about cell phone use and dress codes.

    Jamie Wheeler, Campbell County High School principal, approached the group to ask that changes be made in both policies. In her presentation, Wheeler noted that upwards of 90-percent of students at CCHS owned cell phones. The school’s new principal went on to point out that the current policy and stringent punishment for violations have historically been a problem that plagued the school.

  • Two arrested for growing marijuana

    An anonymous tip led to arrests for the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department last week.

    On Aug. 6 CCSD detectives went to an address on Demory Road to investigate reports of possible drug activity. At the scene the detectives observed several of what they believed to be marijuana plants growing in planters beside the front porch.

    Records indicate Detective John Long obtained a search warrant and went back to the residence.

    As a result a number of other plants also reported to be marijuana were found.

  • Seatbelt violations end with arrests

    Seatbelt violations led to bigger problems during separate instances last week.

    Last Tuesday Campbell County Sheriff’s Deputy Josh Vann stopped a multi-colored BMW near Eagle Market in Jacksboro when he observed the front seat passenger wasn’t wearing a seatbelt.

    During the stop Donna Melissa Farmer, 38, of 104 Gamble Road, allegedly gave Vann numerous birthdays, social security numbers and a false name before he was able to determine her true identity.

  • Fallen tree kills one

    A freak accident claimed the life of a Jacksboro man last week.

    According to THP Trooper Warren Crumpley’s report, Terry W. Russell, 41, of Alpine Drive, Jacksboro, was driving north on Davis Chapel Road when a tree fell and struck the top and front of his vehicle.

    The incident happened near the intersection of Bolinger Lane and Davis Chapel Road. Records indicate Russell died at the scene.