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  • Former commissioner dies Tuesday



    It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end”.


    No one can deny that Adrion (“Adron”) Baird’s journey mattered—to many people.

    The 78 year- old “Renaissance Man” died on April 5, after a valiant battle with acute leukemia.

  • Missions group reaches milestones


  • Scott County Homeless Shelter available to four-county area

    It’s a sobering realization that a homeless shelter may be needed by Campbell Countians. But at the same time it’s reassuring to know there is a place to go for those in need.

    Ray Perry, case manager with Scott County Homeless Shelter, attended the LaFollette City Council workshop last Monday to tell people about the resources available.

    Up to 180 families utilized the homeless shelter last year; about 25 percent were from Campbell County, according to Perry.

  • Indictments returned


    The Campbell County grand jury returned 34 indictments on March 25.

    Those indictments were: *Howard S. King, Matthew E. Hamblin and Charles F. Pittman, Jr.- aggravated criminal trespass, theft over $1,000, vandalism over $1,000

    *Adam W. Carroll and Brandy M. Wilson- initiation of the process to meth manufacture, felony possession of drug paraphernalia, unlawful entering quarantined property, resisting arrest; *Adam W. Steakley- aggravated burglary, theft over $500

  • Pleas

    The following criminal cases were resolved last week with the use of plea agreements:

    Tabitha Dawn Wilhoit Holstein- felony possession of drug paraphernalia; probation, court costs, $1,500 fine.

    Wesley L. Powers- theft over $1,000, felony FTA; split confinement of nine months with a jail credit from July 4, 2010, court costs, $75 to ECF, restitution to victim.

    Alice L. Chambers- felony possession of drug paraphernalia; two years probation, court costs, $500 to LPD drug fund.

  • Public Records

    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

    March 21- March 25


    Franklin R. Riley to Jack R. Varnadoe and Colleen Varnadoe, Dist. 3, $325,000.

    Ayers LP to Charles Edward Morgan and Shirley Ann Morgan, Dist. 1, $18,000.

    TN Land Partners LLC to William W. Riley and Carolyn D. Riley, Dist. 1, $17,900.

  • Roadblock takes impaired drivers off the road

    Some folks learned the hard way on Friday night that drinking and driving doesn’t mix well.

    Just ask the people arrested on Friday night during a Governor’s Highway Safety Roadblock.

    Beginning at 9 p.m. officers with the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department, the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Anderson County Sheriff’s Department along with officers from LaFollette, Caryville and Jacksboro were joined by their counterparts from Cumberland County, Oneida, Roane County and Oak Ridge for the three-hour event.

  • Jacksboro election slated for Saturday


    Jacksboro residents will be heading to the polls on Saturday. Two alderman seats are up for grabs in the biennial election.

    According to Dean Sexton, Campbell County’s administrator of elections, turnout for early voting was “really light.” At the close of the early voting on Monday only 93 people had cast their ballots.

  • Sexton leaves 56 year sentence in tact


    Larry Rathbone’s case has been through just about every legal channel and back. And it has gotten him nowhere. A Campbell County jury convicted Rathbone for sexually abusing his son on multiple occasions. These multiple convictions netted the offender a 56 year prison sentence. When his case went to the state court of criminal appeals, the justices sent it back to Criminal Court Judge Shayne Sexton.

    Last week, defense attorney Robert Scott and Scarlet Ellis, assistant district attorney general argued the points of Rathbone’s sentencing again.

  • Board kicks of director interviews


    Board members are down to their short list for Campbell County’s next director of schools.